Tag Archives: Brad Watkins

What if the cod came back? The push to reinvent Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery

If you want to find out if there’ll ever be a vibrant, successful commercial cod fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador again, start with the guy whose boat sank in some of the most formidable waters in the country. “Groundfish is not coming back, it is back,” says Brad Watkins, who is determined to be at the vanguard of a reimagined cod business. Two years ago, his boat, the Atlantic Charger, sank in the frigid waters of Frobisher Bay, off the coast of Nunavut, nearly costing the lives of the nine men on board. Despite that severe setback, Watkins is back in the game, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state-of-the-art fishing gear and capitalizing on easy-on-the-ocean technology. click here to read the story 08:58

Owner of Atlantic Charger, sunk in Frobisher Bay, angry no helicopter responded

The owner of the Atlantic Charger, which sank in the Davis Strait last month, is asking why a search and rescue helicopter wasn’t dispatched from Labrador to rescue the crew. Brad Watkins, who owned the Atlantic Charger before it sank in off Resolution Island Sept. 22, said he’s grateful to the “awesome” search and rescue team that responded. However, he says his crew members were disappointed and angry by the absence of a helicopter during the rescue. Read the rest here 09:05