Earlier this week I posed the question, Are the little boats of Newfoundland doomed? The following is Gus Etchegary’s response.
In Newfoundland and Labrador — as in Norway, Iceland, Alaska, and other advanced fishing nations — there is room for offshore and inshore fisheries, for various reasons.
That’s providing Canada provides a well-managed fishery, examples of which are conducted in the Barents Sea north of Russia or the South Atlantic.
In Iceland and Norway, for example, 75 per cent of fish is landed by stable, ice-strengthened offshore trawlers, with the remainder harvested by a very viable inshore fleet. The earnings of Icelandic and Norwegian fishermen, on a per capita basis, are fifth and sixth in the world.
You need a year-round supply of all species to effectively market in international competition. Inshore boats generally operate from the April/May period to October/November. Some offshore species can be fished only during winter months.
Most importantly, if Canadians don’t catch their own offshore quotas, the Law of the Sea and regional commissions demand they be turned over to foreigners to catch.
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