Tag Archives: Jamie Baker

Baker: Shrimpin’ ain’t easy – Federal decision to cut inshore shrimp quotas mystifying, devastating for NL economy

I wonder how many people casually dismissed the news this week about northern shrimp quota cuts as just more “fishermen crying and whining” about their lot in life. A good many I’d say. And that’s too bad because in doing so you missed something that has huge ramifications. For everyone. I don’t think people fully understand how huge the decision is.  There are upwards of 3,000 direct jobs linked to northern shrimp in Newfoundland and Labrador on vessels and in the plants. This decision could begin to wipe all of that out. Read the rest here 08:33   Newfoundland shrimp workers rally against feds and cuts Video, click here

Fishery fund benefits big players, few fishermen – Only 7 harvesters among 261 project approvals

A $16-million provincial fund that was created to provide funding for all aspects of the fishery has almost exclusively benefitted academic institutions, unions and big players on the processing side of the industry, not the harvesters who work directly on the water. The Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program (FTNOP) was established in 2008, to “provide support for harvesting, processing, and marketing initiatives in order to diversify these activities and increase the overall viability of the Newfoundland and Labrador seafood industry.” Read the rest here 07:19

Fishery may be in transition, but don’t bank on cod as a saviour

I love this idea that gets floated by political decision makers, that the fishing industry in this province is in transition. Well, of course it is. But from what to what? Shrimp and crab are clearly in serious decline in most commercial fishing areas.,, The cod fishery on the United States’ side of Georges Bank in the Gulf of Maine was shut down this past November when American scientists suggested stocks had plummeted to about three per cent of their historic level (although fishermen there argue the scientists are wrong — sound familiar?) Read the rest here 07:09

FFAW’s Keith Sullivan on what’s ahead for the fishery in 2015

In an interview regarding what’s ahead for the fishery in 2015, the new president of the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union, Keith Sullivan, spoke with the CBC’s Jamie Baker about what he expects to run into during his first full year on the job. Sullivan talks about a shaky inshore shrimp fishery, concerns in the crab sector — as well as how the low price of oil could actually help the province’s seafood sector. Listen to the interview here 09:44

Salt cod: a traditional local Christmas dish with a Spanish twist

For some folks, it’s a Christmas Eve tradition. Others prefer to have their “feed” of it Christmas morning. And others still are finding ways to serve it as party of their party grub. However you like it, there’s no doubt salt cod continues to be a savoured treat in many households in the province. But salt cod isn’t just a traditional feast here. It’s also a welcome part of the diet in many countries, including everywhere from Portugal to Brazil. Read the rest here 11:29

BAKER – CETA: Political showdown or tempest in a teapot?

mza_1601165783653993600_255x255-75The continuing ruckus around the is feeling a little bit like a Twilight Zone episode: What is real? What isn’t? Why did this suddenly become an issue? Who promised what? And who was the man in the red hat? All good questions. Well, mostly. Read the rest here 16:31

Baker: So Sarah McLachlan hates the seal hunt; what else is new?

If you wanted to get a ticket to see songstress Sarah McLachlan on her two-stop tour through Newfoundland, you’re S.O.L., as the young urbanites like to say.,,some folks around these parts have taken to calling for a boycott of McLachlan. Stop the press! A musician hates the seal harvest! Read the rest here 22:41

Baker: Why FFAW head Keith Sullivan will be tested early, and often

It was a result that was never much in doubt, but one that raises a few interesting questions nonetheless. In what was essentially a coronation, Keith Sullivan became the new president of the FFAW on Monday morning. The first question amongst those not in the know is, “who the hell is Keith Sullivan?” Read the rest here 10:02

N.L. government halibut quota caught and landed in N.S.

A significant halibut quota owned by the provincial government is being harvested and landed in Nova Scotia by a Nova Scotia-based fish company, CBC Investigates has learned. But CBC Investigates has discovered that Icewater isn’t harvesting that quota at all. The Newfoundland company has instead been sub-leasing it to an unnamed harvesting entity outside the province. Read more here 10:24

Baker: Fabian Manning shines a light on an uncomfortable truth

mza_1601165783653993600_255x255-75As recently as last Wednesday, I had compiled what I was only half-jokingly calling a “shrimp tastes like chicken” list. The list was a collection of all the folks who had either ducked interviews or denied them all together when it comes to the issue of the significant quota cuts recently dealt to the the inshore shrimp fleet. It’s quite a list, comprised mostly (but not exclusively) of people who get handsome paycheques directly from the same taxpayers they are choosing to ignore in this case. Read more here  13:37

Baker: A DFO library gets checked out

fisheries_and_oceansCBC_News_logoWe all learned this week that more than 50,000 files have been moved or discarded from the library at the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the federal government plan to consolidate the country’s fisheries libraries. Read [email protected]  10:17

How does Nova Scotia compare with their haddock and cod fishery? – Struggles in the sea urchin fishery

The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker –  How does Nova Scotia compare with their haddock and cod fishery?  Click to listenStruggles in the sea urchin fishery   Click to listen  15:34

Baker – The axeman cometh for DFO and Coast Guard?

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Some things are hard to explain even by the most verbose of politically astute minds.  The ongoing gutting/changing of budgets and services at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard are beginning to defy logic. Less offshore fishing surveillance – I won’t ramble on about the rationale, only to say it’s comparable to firing the cops because you haven’t had a serious crime in a while. Read [email protected] 10:35

Baker | The double standard of natural resources

Imagine for a moment if France moved in and started mining ore on the Southern Shore, based on their previous settlement history. Or if England moved in and started harvesting timber in central Newfoundland, citing the previous colonial government as giving them the right to do so. Or if the Scandinavians (formerly Vikings) started drilling and extracting oil in St. Anthony because they used to live there. I wonder how everyone would react to that? Call me a sensationalist, but I would suggest it would be torch and pitchfork time, heads would roll, and Rome would be razed to the ground in a campaign of Newfoundland nationalism the likes of which we have never seen. So please tell me how it is that when exactly that same thing happens with fish, nobody gives a fiddler’s you-know-what? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question; so no need to be pointing it out. [email protected]  08:27

The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker

Are rebounding cod numbers really behind the decline in crab? The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker

CBC_News_logoWe’ll hear more concerns about the salmon escape in Hermitage Bay. [email protected] fisheriesbroadcast  13:38

Baker | Are coral beds protected from oil drilling?

Corals are a relatively new concern on the marine environmental radar and there’s apparently still quite a lot left to be learned about them — but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Those zones have been closed to any fishing activity that involves gear coming into contact with the bottom. In an interesting twist, however, those fishing bans do not necessarily prevent oil companies from doing drilling or exploration around sensitive coral zones. [email protected] 07:49

The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker

Protecting sensitive coral zonesSensitive coral zones in the offshore may be off-limits to fishing, but what about oil drilling?  We find out more about corals and sponges and how they may or may not be protected.  And a new study looks at ways to predict fishery declines long before they happen. An update from the Matthew Legacy Committee A pilot project was put in place on the south coast this year, allowing many harvesters to get access to extra cod quota. But with the depressed market conditions and nobody apparently buying cod in 3Ps, some of those harvesters are now left wondering what all the fuss was about. [email protected]

Baker | A haddock fishery for Newfoundland?

It seems haddock are making a comeback on the south coast of Newfoundland. The comeback is such that scientists believe the stock could support some form of commercial fishery. I want to get excited about that. I really do. But I can’t. From a research and ocean biology perspective, it’s fascinating stuff. Haddock was last fished on the south coast in the Sixties. It was a pretty good fishery back then, too, but the stock just disappeared. The fact that it is making such a return now, half a century later, is not without intrigue for scientist types. [email protected]  10:39

Baker | There’s no sense being deluded about a cod comeback more here posted August 26, 2013

The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker – What happens when you can’t sell the cod you already have?

Tonight you’ll hear why some fishermen on the south coast have asked government to give them an exemption to sell their cod outside the province. [email protected]  16:08

Foreign vessels are catching lots of cod in NAFO areas next to us – Not everyone is happy!

CBC_News_logoThe Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker – Monday September  9, 2013 – listen  20:26

The Fisheries Broadcast with Jamie Baker – Halibut, halibut and more halibut –

radio-microphoneWe hear from angry harvesters who feel they are being shut out of the halibut fishery.7/22/2013  [email protected]