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Some facts about Canadian fisheries

 

 

As you know, I’m a passionate angler and has been so ever since I was a kid. My parents were into angling, as well, although my mother kind of found it hard to understand my dad’s passion, especially when he got into the hobby. At the beginning of his learning curve, she couldn’t understand what the fuss was about the whole idea of fishing and why he would scatter bait and artificial lures all over the place. He wasn’t particularly organized, and I’m afraid I take after him, to some degree.

I recently came across several stats that were jaw-dropping to me. For instance, did you know that Canada exports seafood and fish worth over 6 billion dollars? That was the figure back in 2015, but I have no idea how much money the Canadian government makes these days thanks to such exports. Now, I have nothing against the whole idea, but I believe that there has to be some balance to everything in life.

Is it a good idea for so many species to be targeted just to make some money off of them? I don’t think so. Of course, if this is farmed fish we’re talking about, the situation is entirely different. I know that farmed fish is less preferred by fitness aficionados and health freaks, but let’s get real. It’s a sustainable way of feeding the world population and has to be done, so that wild species get to live in their natural environment for as long as possible. If fishing for wild salmon, for instance, gets out of hand, in less than a decade, we’ll come to the nasty conclusion that it’s an endangered species.

For example, something that I found out by checking out the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website is that the country exports farmed Atlantic salmon. That’s good! However, exports of lobster and shrimp are less so, at least in my opinion.

Globally, it is said that aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food-related industries, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. There are people who have given up on eating red meat, poultry, and pork, but who live a healthy life based on protein sources consisting of dairy, eggs, and fish. Plus, fish is way healthier compared to other sources of protein, as long as it comes from a known source where it has not been exposed to dangerous chemicals or metals, of course.

In some respects, trying to farm marine species might be a good idea as this way, the chances of them being exposed to the formerly mentioned substances are slim.

All in all, I believe that the fishing industry is likely to grow in the following years. I’m hopeful that this way, we’ll be able to preserve the species we now have in wild waters.

 

 

Travelling in Canada

3 amazing RV routes in Canada

 

As you know, I come from a family of Romanian immigrants, so it was only natural for me to start discovering Canada as best as possible. While my job isn’t particularly flexible, I try to make as much time for going on trips either by myself or with a couple of buddies. This summer, I plan on renting a motorhome to go to some of the most amazing RV locations in Canada. I thought I would share them with you; maybe you might be interested in doing the same thing.

 

 

Southern Saskatchewan Discovery Loop

While the vast majority of folks tend to think that the flatlands are downright boring, I wouldn’t say the same about them. Whether you’re focused on seeing the sights or would like to taste a bit of the local cuisine, go to a bar or cafe, or just look at miles of wheat and barley, this region really has it all.

The neat thing about the Loop is that it’s 1,659 kilometers of driving, which means that you’ll spend enough time behind the steering wheel and take loads of breaks to visit more than enough places. I enjoy going on vacation and forgetting all about a fast pace. If you’d like to find out more about this route, you should check out what this guy has to say about it. I found it incredibly useful to read about his tips and tricks, and he was very helpful mostly because he also included a DIY route that he created by himself.

 

Going from St John’s to Central Newfoundland

Nothing beats Canadian cuisine when it comes to catching and eating fish. I love cod myself, so why not have a chance at trying out some local specialties? The trip is slightly shorter compared to the Southern Saskatchewan Discovery loop as you’ll have to drive for 1,401 kilometers. It’s not like that’s a lot less, but if you add it all up, it still matters a great deal.

Obviously, the areas scattered throughout this route are perfect for foodies like me. I’ve heard there’s a dish called Cod Tongues and I’m looking forward to trying it despite the fact that some of my friends have told me that it’s horrible. Who cares? You only have one life, and you should try as many things as possible. Otherwise, you’ll end up being old and sad because you haven’t gone there, kissed that girl, made the wrong choice, or whatever other reason for regrets you might have.

 

 

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

This trail is for those people who hate driving for a lot of time. I find it hard to understand how you can set out for a trip with your motorhome and end up driving for only three hundred kilometers. If you take loads of breaks, however, it will certainly be enjoyable.

The region is scattered with panoramic views, wildlife, and all sorts of traditional fishing towns. I believe that it would be a good idea to spend up to a week on this route. I hope that this post helped you some way or the other.

 

Talk to you later!