What’s New

I will be using this page on occasion to further develop the ideas in “Changing Course”, introduce new initiatives, flag relevant events or articles and add my own comments.

11. The Capelin Conundrum

Here’s a better way to resolve the current controversy over the capelin harvest.

10. When is a Plan not a Plan

The Navigator features this article about the DFO December 2020 Cod Rebuilding Plan in its March 2021 issue.

9. Heads up

The Ocean Frontier Institute is an international hub of scholars in ocean research, led by Memorial, Dalhousie and the University of PEI, aiming towards development of a sustainable blue economy. The February newsletter of OFI’s Module I, which focuses on “Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean,” published our article “There is more than one way to…Manage a fishery!” with this introduction:

“For Barry Darby and Helen Forsey, a ‘fishery of the future’ is “where the harvest was ecologically sustainable, economic returns were optimized, high quality food was produced, harvesters were trained professionals, and coastal communities enjoyed food sovereignty and economic stability”. To them, this is only achievable if we ‘change course’, and reimagine the ways we manage fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. They propose a paradigm shift in our approach to fisheries governance: from attempts to control outputs through quotas, to managing mainly by controlling input, i.e. fishing effort. Effort-Based Management (EBM), according to them, would benefit not only the fishery but the ocean itself. Getting there, however, will require input from a wide range of stakeholders – academics, harvesters, fishery workers, the people of our coastal communities and the general public – to move us towards a new paradigm, one aligned with the vision of the Blue Economy and the ideal of ‘Getting It Right’.”

Download the article at https://www.ofigovernance.net/opinion-darby-forsey

8. Do Fish Carry Passports (and Does it Matter?)

This saucy piece by Helen Forsey appeared in the Independent, January 22, 2021.

7. Redfish, Bonanza or Boondoggle

This article was published in the Navigator Magazine, December, 2020 and explores the risks that poor harvest management could have on this new emerging fishery.

6. Heads Up:

Changing Course featured in Rural Delivery magazine

Effort-based fishery management is the subject of a two-part series by Barry Darby and Helen Forsey in the popular and practical Nova Scotia-based magazine, Rural Delivery. “Changing Course – A case for effort-based management of Atlantic fisheries” appeared in the October, 2020 issue, followed by “Changing Course – How do we make the shift?” in the November 2020 edition.

Barry Darby and Changing Course on CBC Radio’s The Broadcast

Many fishery issues are explored in detail on CBC Radio’s The Broadcast, with host Jane Adey. Past episodes are available for listening at https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-122-the-broadcast. Several of the programs in recent months have featured the ideas in Changing Course:

A. The FIX: a sea change in how the federal government manages the fishery

Interview with Barry Darby, March 10th, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-122-the-broadcast/clip/15765140-questions-long-awaited-harp-seal-count-the-fix

B. Does cod need a new management approach 28 years after the moratorium?

Interview with Barry Darby, July 17, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-122-the-broadcast/clip/15787899-does-cod-need-management-approach-28-years-moratorium

C. Fishing cod by effort instead of by quota. Is there a better way to manage the cod fishery?

Reaction from Keith Sullivan of the FFAW, the union representing fish harvesters, Aug. 12, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-122-the-broadcast/clip/15791927-fishing-cod-effort-instead-quota-reaction-union-represents

5. Complexity and Simplicity in Fishery Management

In this post I consider the challenge a fishery manager has in producing a simple, clear harvesting plan from the complex world of fishery science. This article appeared in the St. John’s Telegram November 19, 2020.

4. Re-examining DFO Basics

Originally entitled How DFO Gets It Wrong, this article appeared in the July 2020 issue of The Navigator, with shorter versions in the St. John’s Telegram and the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

3. Indigenous Realities and Fishery Policy

My colleague Helen Forsey writes here about the key importance, in fishery policy and practice, of indigenous people and their traditional knowledge.

2. We Know Better

The current system of fishery management contains many assumptions and practices that we know – or should know – are false. This article highlights some of them.

1. The Beginning – The Lobster Model

A brief introduction into how this all started.