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Etchegary Responds to Lane's View Point/ Cod, COSEWIC and Seals

One cannot but agree that a burgeoning seal population is having an
enormous impact on cod recovery. After this years 65,000 catch of seals
the situation can only get worse. Only 65,000 seals will be taken from
out of a quota of something like 350,000 seals. However if anyone thinks
there is not relatively intense fishing on the diminishing cod stocks in
3Ps and the Gulf stocks then they are mis-informed on inaccurate
information provided by people who are very involved in those fisheries.
The same applies to 3NO cod, the fastest growing cod in the North
Atlantic ( if given a chance to grow). The very small stock there is
directly fished or with high bycatch levels. The same situation applies
to American Plaice , a very important species  to the  N&L offshore 
fleet.  It was bad enough before NAFO changed the bycatch levels from 5
to 13 percent (which in practical terms is 20 percent). Now it will
never have an opportunity to recover. Furthermore, recently DFO  and N&L
Provincial fisheries gave permission to an offshore trawler company 
to export  yellowtails and AP from bycatches to China in
a round state. A substantial portion of their catch is small and too
young to reproduce.

Yesterday we made an appeal to have a Judicial Inquiry into fisheries in
N&L in order to stop the continuing overfishing in its many forms.

Gus Etchegary, Chairman , Fisheries Community Alliance, N&L

TAGS: cod, seals, COSEWIC, overfishing, Grand Banks cod, fisheries, sustainable

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 May 2010 08:49 )

 

Cod, COSEWIC and Seals/ Dan Lane

I have read Jeffrey Simpson's column and Jeff Hutching's comments re the COSEWIC conclusions. I really think they are missing a key point. For at least the last decade (and even before) the “drama” of cod stock decline has NOT been about fishing. There has been minimal fishing exploitation across the Atlantic on cod.  This is evident in DFO's Research Documents on stock assessments. Since the turn of the century, fishing mortality rates (Fs) on cod stocks have been below 0.1 – and in many years best estimates have been  F=0.0. 

 


Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 May 2010 08:35 )

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PIPS Symposium on Public Science

It looks like the union representing federal scientists has finally awakened over the past couple of years to the need to draw attention to the valuable work that federal scientists undertake for the public good. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is hosting its second international Symposium on public science on May 12 to 14, 2010. The Symposium brings together scientists, policy-makers, decision-makers and public opinion leaders across a range of sectors to discuss the state of public science in Canada and map a path towards the future that includes the best science and public policies to enhance the health, safety and security of Canadians.

More info here

TAGS: public service, federal scientists, science, public policy, science symposium

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 17:35 )

 

Newfoundland union questions report stating Atlantic cod on brink of extinction

Editorial

The Newfoundland FFAW union is questioning the COSEWIC report stating  that Atlantic cod are on the brink of extinction. According to to a Canadian Press report, Union President Earle McCurdy contends that while some stocks are still struggling, others are growing. He goes further and states that "any suggestion that cod are declining in all fishing areas is completely unwarranted."


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Etchegary condemns comments by Loyola Hearn on N&L fishery

Mr. Gus Etchegary, Chairman of the Fisheries Community Alliance in N&L, and a longtime advocate on fisheries issues, has condemned  in a hard-hitting letter to N&L media (see below) recent statements by former federal fisheries minister Loyola Hearn.

Dear Editor:

Re: Loyola’s Rant

If the speech by former DFO Minister Loyola Hearn was reported
accurately in last Fridays St. John’s Telegram it surely represents the
epitome of misinformation that has continuously spewed from DFO
Ministers and their senior bureaucrats in recent years. It was another
vain attempt to bury the Federal fisheries mismanagement record since
1970 and particularly since the moratorium was declared in 1992.

How Hearn could muster the unmitigated gall to utter statements that all
is well in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries, that DFO has
everything under control and all we need to do is close a few fish
plants and “consolidate” is surely one for the books. It is clear that
whatever little knowledge he had of the N&L fisheries before and during
his unfortunate term of office as Minister has completely evaporated. We
all realize Mr. Hearn is comfortably enjoying his retirement with the
support of two pensions provided by the taxpayer but surely he must be
conscious enough to know some of the “facts of life” regarding the state
of the federally mismanaged fisheries of 2010 of which the fishermen of
our province are keenly aware on a 24 hour basis. Wake up, Mr. Hearn, to
the fact that we have lost 15 percent of our population to the mainland
and twenty five thousand jobs in fish processing and in the goods and
service sector of the industry. On top of that, the future survival of
rural N&L is in jeopardy because of federal fisheries mismanagement by
you, your predecessors and now your successor.


Last Updated ( Monday, 03 May 2010 11:10 )

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