WHALES: Whales, Porpoises and the U. S. Navy

While the US Navy has recently been taken to task for the impacts of sound on whales in our oceans, it seems that the Navy VS Whales contest has been going on for decades. The following paper from 1961 provides … Continue reading

OPINION: Did we bomb whales? “If it acts like a sub, pings like a sub, sink it like a sub!”

I wrote this article some time ago, but didn’t post it because the east coast connection wasn’t really solid and I couldn’t really point to the person or article I was referring to below. Well, I just found the article. It … Continue reading

SIGNIFICANT AREAS: Did you know that Minas Basin has 2 areas considered to be of global significance for birds?

IBA identifies the Southern Bight Minas Basin and Cobequid Bay as areas of Global significance for Birds. Important Bird Areas of Canada (IBA, http://www.ibacanada.com/) is part of an international conservation initiative co-ordinated by BirdLife International. Canadian Co-partners are Bird Studies Canada … Continue reading

THE TIME THE CANARY DIED: The passing of the Red-necked phalarope from the Quoddy Region and what it means.

When I went away to do graduate work at McGill University I experienced a vacuum, a void, a realization that something was missing. Moving west to Victoria BC helped but the feeling didn’t leave … something was missing deep inside … Continue reading

A REMINDER: Extinct animals of the Bay of Fundy

As we continue to put pressure on our ecosystem and the plants and animals that live here in the Bay of Fundy, perhaps we should be reminded of some creatures that we drove to extinction right here in the Bay. … Continue reading

SIGNIFICANT AREAS: Minas Basin, Nova Scotia

One of the most significant publications on the important areas in the Bay of Fundy was carried out by M-I. Buzeta, R. Singh, and S. Young-Lai. Entitled Identification of significant Marine and Coastal Areas in the Bay of Fundy, this work identified … Continue reading

ISSUES: Dead Mink and Dead Herring: The locals speak out.

My post Do Dead Mink and Dead Herring have something in common seems to have stirred the pot out there. The government and industry have disavowed any potential connection between the mink industry and problems in St. Mary’s Bay. This … Continue reading

ISSUES: Do Dead Mink and Dead Herring Have Something in Common?

COMMENT: There have been some pretty negative comments about this article. Please read the supporting documents before you blast off. This is a serious local pollution problem that has been ongoing in the key watersheds leading to St. Mary’s Bay … Continue reading

ISSUE: Global Warming is NOT Killing Bay of Fundy Herring and Invertebrates

The current herring and invertebrate deaths along the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy have folks speculating about cause. One of the persistent claims is that global warming is creating high temperatures in the waters of the Gulf of … Continue reading

ISSUES: An Open Letter to Political Leaders re: Marine Life Protection in the Bay of Fundy

Posted on January 3, 2017 by kentcountynbenvironmentwatch Addressed to: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Stephen McNeil, Premier of the Province of Nova Scotia Brian Gallant, Premier of the Province of New Brunswick … Continue reading

ISSUES: Wow! Lot’s of fishing activity in SW Nova Scotia – What’s going on?

We have all been following the mystery of the dead herring and invertebrates in the waters of St. Mary’s Bay and Southwest Nova Scotia. We had a blistering southwest wind a few days ago and reports seemed to have stopped. … Continue reading

OPINION: Fishing for Solutions to the Climate Crisis – Lois Mitchell

By Lois Mitchell on November 16th, 2016 From the Catalyst, Winter 2016 I live in the small fishing community of Deer Island, New Brunswick. My husband, son, and son-in-law are commercial fishermen. (As was my father-in-law and his father before him and his father … Continue reading