AQUACULTURE: What’s really happening?

I have been following the articles and posts on aquaculture and, frankly, both sides seem populated by the equivalent of zealots. “It’s bad” … “It’s good”, “Shut it down” … “It’ll save the world”. On and on it goes while … Continue reading

ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

  It’s been a few years but while researching the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in relation to several proposed LNG terminals in the Quoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy, I had shown, I think, … Continue reading

INDUSTRY: Ship Traffic Densities for Fundy, Gulf of Maine & Scotia Shelf – 2013

This interesting chart from marinetraffic.com show the densities of ships travelling in the area for the year 2013. Traffic going to Saint John, NB, goes through vital North Atlantic Right Whale summer territory and a key marine nursery area for other … Continue reading

COMMUNITY: Can we rebuild our community resource and supply system in time?

Originally published in January 2015 The big boys have been buying, closing and diminishing businesses in my home area, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, for many years now. Local dairies, fish processing, aquaculture operations, local poultry producers, local farmers and the … Continue reading

ISSUES: Are escaped Atlantic salmon really a threat to wild Inner Bay of Fundy salmon?

First published Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Modified May 3, 2015 The truth is what we choose to believe.  Well,  here is another business tragedy being turned into a gloom and doom story as the Atlantic Salmon Federation and others keep … Continue reading

ISSUES: Gaspereau will continue up the St. Croix River

Maine lawmakers reject bill to bar alewives from upper St. Croix River Guides and sporting camp owners in the Grand Lake Stream area want to block alewives, for fear that the sea-run fish will harm the important smallmouth bass fishery. … Continue reading

GENETIC ENGINEERING: FrankenSalmon haven’t gone away. Just what has happened up to 2015?

  Cban.ca January 2015 Canada’s Minister of the Environment approved the commercial production of genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon eggs in November 2013. However, the GM fish is not yet approved for human consumption – the Canadian and US governments … Continue reading

LNG: Is anyone listening? – The Head Harbour Passage – Cobscook Bay Area is the single most important site along the North Atlantic Coast.

It has been repeated over and over for decades now as developers continue their attempts to establish heavy, polluting coastal fossil fuel industries in the Passamaquoddy – Cobscook Bay area and the unique entrance through Head Harbour Passage. For the … Continue reading

WILDLIFE: Herring decline threatens fragile seabird populations, biologist says

Tony Diamond has already noticed changes in puffins, razorbill auks at Machias Seal Island By Connell Smith, CBC News Posted: Mar 23, 2015 5:23 PM AT Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 5:23 PM AT A seabird biologist says the sharp decline … Continue reading

RIGHT WHALES: New Publication on vessel strike mortalities to large whales

We are pleased to announce the following paper has now been published in print, and online open access in Conservation Letters. This paper is relevant to the new proposed critical habitat to North Atlantic right whales in US waters. van … Continue reading

RIGHT WHALE: USA considering New Critical Habitat for North Atlantic Right Whales

I was pleased to see that NOAA is considering an expansion of Critical Habitat for Right Whales as described in this article. While Irving and the folks from the New England Aquarium successfully moved the shipping lane to Saint John, … Continue reading

TV DOCUMENTARY DIVES INTO A LIFE AND DEATH ANIMAL RESCUE

 Halifax, Nova Scotia – January 9, 2013 With seemingly effortless grace, power, and beauty, marine mammals glide through the waters along our coastline. However, these majestic creatures can often find themselves caught in fishing gear or stranded in shallow water. … Continue reading

Leatherback sea turtle spotted in the Bay of Fundy

Leatherbacks are considered critically endangered CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:00 AM AT A leatherback sea turtle was spotted in the Bay of Fundy over the weekend. (Courtesy of Durlan Ingersoll) Related Stories Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs crushed … Continue reading