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

THE WEIR: Inner Bay of Fundy Version

There are many types of weirs. In the Outer Bay of Fundy they are built by driving stakes with pile drivers and are fished and emptied by boat. Inner Bay of Fundy Weirs, on the other hand, are fished differently, … Continue reading

ATLANTIC HERRING: Are mass mortalities an extention of VHS in Labrador and Newfoundland?

THE STORY: Thousands of Atlantic Herring have been dying along the Fundy shores of Nova Scotia. The characteristics of the mortalities and the widely dispersed areas, suggesting the possibility of of disease. This is currently being investigated by DFO.  However, a … Continue reading

FISHERIES: Hey! Hands Off of My Herring!

Hey! Hands Off of My Herring! Nets the Width of Football Fields and Five Stories Tall By Dan Shapley http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/herring-47052205 If for you, the word “fishing” conjures images of a solitary figure casting over a placid lake, hold onto your … Continue reading

ISSUES: What happens when “mainlanders” have power over the fishing community?

It seems strange, but I remember when “unemployment” was introduced into the fishing communities of the Bay of Fundy. At that time, the storekeepers and family processors kept folks going through the winter if they had a bad season. For … Continue reading

FISHING: N.S. cod quota cut in half as species struggles

Surveys show fish dying before reaching age five or six CBC News Posted: Apr 08, 2015 5:16 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 08, 2015 5:16 PM AT The cod quotas haven’t seen the fish recover. (CBC) The federal government has … Continue reading

The Sad Story of a Fisheries Brought to Collapse and Beyond

By Joseph Gough, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/history-of-commercial-fisheries/ History of Commercial Fisheries Fisheries drew the first Europeans to what is now Canada, and still sustain large coastal and inland regions. The industry is defined by cycles of “boom and bust”, with fishermen enjoying periods of … Continue reading

More Trouble for the East Coast Cod Fishery

CLF Calls to Shut Down New England Cod Fishery Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:12 PM PST Yesterday the story of New England’s cod fishery took another tragic turn when the New England Fishery Management Council voted to drastically cut catch … Continue reading

LAW SUIT: Friends of Merrymeeting Bay to Sue EPA over St. Croix River Alewives

St. Croix River Alewife population has plummeted by over 90 percent RICHMOND, ME– Monday, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Doug Watts and Kathleen McGee filed a 60-day Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean … Continue reading


Halifax, Nova Scotia – January 9, 2012 – Most people have tried them at least once and we often claim to feel squeezed like one. Some people eat them daily while others can’t stomach the smell or their texture. They pack … Continue reading

FISHERIES: “Off the Hook” may change the face of Bay of Fundy fisheries.

Posted Wed, Dec 14, 2011 by Emily Fisher to Fishing boats in Nova Scotia. © Becky Cliche via http://www.offthehookcsf.ca A group of hook-and-line fishermen in Nova Scotia are helping change the face of fishing, and we think you should know … Continue reading