Fishing Remains Our Mainstay

Newfoundland & Labrador has been known for hundreds of years for being a fishing economy – even today it is the mainstay of our Great Northern Peninsula. The weather may be colder at the moment as local residents put a log on the fire to heat their home by the old  wood stove.

As I peered out my window today I could see the Strait of Belle Isle in a deep freeze as pack ice began connecting the island to maintain Labrador. Maybe in the future there will be a permanent link that creates a transportation hub that will radically transform our local economy.

In the meantime, the days are getting longer with Springtime quickly approaching. These little boats in the photo below are tied up at the Sandy Cove wharf, they will take to the water. The small boat fisher will be seeking to harvest lobster, herring, mackerel, cod and other species. It will only be a matter of time before the pots, nets and gear hit the water. A flurry of activity will commence through the busy summer season and into the Fall.

Boats at Sandy Cove

The wharf is an essential piece of infrastructure. In the past many fishers had their own private wharves, which led to fishing rooms, drying and gear sheds. One can view many properties driving the Great Northern Peninsula. They make for the perfect photo op.

sandy cove

We pride ourselves in our rich fishing culture in the District. It is our reason for being here, our  mainstay.

Live Rural NL

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North



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  2. Greatly looking forward to EI changes actually forcing some of these people to work year-round, or not draw from the public purse if they wish to enjoy the fruits of their seasonal labour.

    1. Sectors of the Canadian economy is built around seasonal labour, especially given the climate in many parts of the country. Most farming, fishing, tourism and a number of small businesses are seasonal in nature.

      1. That’s fine, and I don’t consider that unemployment that should be rewarded with payment from governments funds, it should only be used in the case of legitimate layoffs (and for that matter, fishing claims should be no different from general claims). I don’t think EI was ever intended to be an annual subsidy for those working seasonally.

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