Tag Archives: Nova Scotia’s fishing industry

Nova Scotia fish exporters not intimidated by Trump’s anti-free trade talk, nor should they be!

campaign-2016-global-pollThe fishing industry is used to dealing with crises, whether it’s collapsing fish stocks, low catch prices or the effects of climate change. But clouds of another kind may be gathering on the horizon. Donald Trump, president-elect of the United States, lashed out at trade agreements during the election campaign, and even pledged to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement if it wasn’t renegotiated. Even so, that doesn’t faze some people in Nova Scotia’s fishing industry — despite the fact that in 2015 the province exported $960 million worth of seafood to the U.S, according to provincial government. “He’s not going to tear that up. He’s mostly all talk,” said Dannie Hanson, vice-president of sustainability for Louisbourg Seafoods in Cape Breton. “His bark is worse than his bite.” Hanson expects Trump may try and alter some free-trade agreements rather than discard them, but he said that could end up benefiting Canada. Read the rest here 12:42

MLAs hear of capping stack limits – 10 to 30 days to successfully stop the flow of oil after a blowout

Even if companies drilling for oil along Nova Scotia’s offshore had access to a capping stack, the CEO of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board says it could still take anywhere from 10 to 30 days to successfully stop the flow of oil after a blowout. If safety measures like aand other systems fail, “it likely means there’s been damage down at the sea floor and debris would have to be cleared away, so you have to send in equipment to clear the debris,” Stuart Pinks told the Standing Committee on Resources in Halifax on Thursday. Read the rest here 08:19