Category: Commercial Fishing

The Time DFO Was in Denial

My Facebook memories told me that four years ago I had an op ed published in the Telegraph Journal. It’s basically a more cleaned up version of this blog post talking about the importance of the fishery to coastal communicates in general and mine in particular. I talked about the owner operator policy and how I had hope the Department…

A Whale of a Tale

I’ve worked for the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association for 25 years. It’s been a good career; there’s always something new in the fishery. I’ve gotten to know some great people both locally and across the country. I come from a fishing family; my father, brother, and brother-in-law are all fishermen. I have a strong attachment to what I do and…

Stay the Course on Owner Operator

Back in July I had the privilege of attending a political announcement for my job.  Political speeches are nothing new, and often don’t say anything new. This one was different.  In it, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc announced the government’s intent to enshrine the owner operator policy into the Fisheries Act. For fishermen, it means that the…

Wharves in Cape Breton

One of my favourite parts of work trips is when there is an opportunity to tour the area, particularly the wharves and harbours. While these stops used to make me crazy when I was growing up (I would have much preferred a gift shop or two) I’ve learned to appreciate the bustle and character each harbour possesses. Here are some…