Canada Missing Big Opportunity to Support its Small-Scale Fisheries

Guest post by Arthur Bull.  The vast majority of fisheries in the world are small-scale.  These are the community-based, small boat, family-owned fisheries that make up a whopping 90% of the world’s fisheries, fisheries that land more than 2/3 of … Continue reading

Making Fishing Fair

Coils of bottom longline. Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

by Sadie Beaton. Our oceans are vast, and filled with mystery. Though we may enjoy seafood or even an ocean view, many of us don’t have a clue what happens on fishing boats, let alone under the water. Unmistakable though, … Continue reading

Why There Might Be Something Better Than Local Fish

Sara, in the hold

Guest Contribution by Nic Mink Two years ago, while I was working at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, five Alaskan fishing families and a few non-fishermen (me included) embarked on a great community food system experiment: to start a Community … Continue reading

What are our fisheries for?

Wharf buoys, Tiverton, Nova Scotia.

Guest Contribution by Jordan Nikoloyuk Since Ecology Action Centre published ‘Valuing our Fisheries: Breaking Nova Scotia’s Commodity Curse’, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about our key findings. The report shows that if we want fisheries that provide economically … Continue reading

Breaking the Commodity Curse

by Sadie Beaton Superstitions abound among Atlantic Canada’s small-scale fishermen. Whistling on board can bring on a gale, while a mere mention of pigs- let alone snacking a pork product whilst at sea- threatens a trip to Davy Jones’ Locker. … Continue reading

More Than Meets the Eye: Trade Treaties and Atlantic Fisheries

Guest Contribution by Jordan Nikoloyuk. If you’re like me, you’ve heard a lot about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, but you don’t know many details. It turns out that’s deliberate. The agreement … Continue reading