The executive director of the Association of Seafood Producers of Newfoundland & Labrador asks whether Canada has the nerve to fix the fishery.
The fifth edition of Ideas Matter takes a look at AIMS' extensive work in the fishing and aquaculture industries. Ten years after publishing "Taking Ownership", AIMS suggests the answer to the question of whether it matters who owns our fish is just as important as ever.
Author Robin Neill, professor of Economics at UPEI, examines the bureaucracy surrounding the aquaculture industry in Canada and calls for a fundamental reorientation. In "It is FARMING, not Fishing", Neill concludes aquaculture needs to be separated from the administration of the wild fishery, which means taking it out of the jurisdiction of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
It's just days from the federal election, days of political promises and political finger-pointing. In this series of commentaries, AIMS lays out the public policy issues that will mean make a difference in Atlantic Canada. It is not a wish list for handouts or preferential treatment. Collectively they are a request that whoever forms the new government thoroughly scrutinize and quantify the actual effects of existing policies. We believe that such an examination will lead to the same conclusions that many authors published by AIMS have arrived at over the past several years.
To read the news, you'd think that the fishery in Canada is dying, yet it is making more money than ever. Here is a paper that explains what Canada can do to make the fishery more prosperous, more economic, and better managed.