Click to read. Click below to purchase printed copies for distribution. ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)? By Art MacKay in OCEAN LIFE 4 pages, published 4/15/2020 This … Continue reading ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?
NOVEMBER 17, 2015 Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, in front of the VolturnUS prototype wind turbine deployed off the shores of Castine in 2014. BY JAMES MCCARTHY Monday’s announcement that a consortium led … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD: University of Maine offshore wind project continues.
A report has issued an urgent warning on the spread of drug resistance (anti-microbial resistance, AMR) from animal to human pathogens. It identifies aquaculture as a major source worldwide. Aquaculture (fish farming) is an under-appreciated source of AMR, and as global citizens we can … Continue reading OPINION: Antibiotics in fish farming create resistance and are an animal welfare disaster – but there are solutions.
This article was first written in 2008. Today in 2022, the cost of fuel for the huge ships that bring our increasingly expensive essentials from far afield may indeed see us returning to local produce and coastal sail. What do … Continue reading OPINION – Short Sea Shipping! Did I Doze Off or What?
A YOUTH’S GUIDE TO THE THE ACADIAN FOREST – Written for kids, this important free publication is vital for those of all ages! As clearcutting and spraying changes our forest ecosystem, it is important to understand what we are loosing. … Continue reading FORESTRY: What is the Acadian Forest Anyway?
February, 2008. It’s been fascinating watching the fever building in Saint John around “The Great Energy Hub”. Certainly everyone is doing a great job in building the hype that seems to be necessary to move these developments forward. The Telegraph … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008
As indicated in the article below, the Georges Bank area was up for grabs for some time. It was issued protection by the Nova Scotia Government … that protection has just been extended much to the delight of the fishing … Continue reading FISHERIES – George’s Bank Moratorium Extended for 10 years 2022
Imagine, sailing ships and skyships plying the waters of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine, moving goods back and forth along traditional trade routes that are centuries old. Imagine also that we design these ships to reduce impacts … Continue reading IDEAS: Sky Ships for Atlantica?
Placer and lode gold have been found in Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Knox, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo and Washington Counties. Note: Some sites listed below may have prohibitions against prospecting. Always seek permission from property owners and obtain any necessary permits prior … Continue reading PLACES: Maine – Map of Gold, Silver & Lost Treasure Sites
Available at: https://payhip.com/b/bJ8zPThis image was created from a photo taken by the artist. It depicts a herring boat sailing past the lighthouse on Peter Island in Gtand Passage. Grand Passage runs between the northern end of Brier Island and the … Continue reading ART – SAILING PAST PETER ISLAND LIGHT HOUSE, NS BY ART MACKAY
INTRODUCTION: Clearcutting, earth scouring, pesticide sprays, herbicide sprays, forest plantation monocultures … all actions that destroy our natural forests. The complex forest food web is generally understood by trained biologists, but if you don’t have that background, how can we … Continue reading CLEARCUTTING – Learning why our forests are important for a healthy planet
Since its closure at Wiscasett, Maine in 1997, the nuclear waste from the Maine Yankee Nuclear Plant remains stored onsite … apparently with no place yet to go and at an annual cost of about $10 million dollars or more … Continue reading ISSUES: Maine Yankee Nuclear Waste – Still No Place to Go? Update 2022
A massive new oil-drilling proposal that would extract up to 1 billion barrels of oil is sitting on the Environment Minister’s desk.1,2 The Bay du Nord project — an offshore drilling project in Newfoundland — is a carbon bomb. It would push us further … Continue reading Minister Guilbeault: Hit the brakes on the Bay du Nord project and invest in sustainable jobs instead
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture – From idea to Consolidation.Originally published in “The Atlantic Canada Great Ideas Exchange” at The Georgetown Conference. Today, the Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry stirs great emotion and opposition. But when originally conceived it was seen as a … Continue reading MORE ON AQUACULTURE – How it all began in the Bay of Fundy
The current massive aquaculture operations along the east coast of Canada and the US … as well as elsewhere … had humble beginnings at Deer Island, New Brunswick. This video show some scenes from the very beginning during the period … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – AQUACULTURE IN THE BEGINNING 1978 – 1980
With elections looming in New Brunswick, it is disheartening to see how little progress has been made in the 5 years since this was published. As Rod Cumberland enters the political arena, we can only hope that things change for … Continue reading ISSUES: If A Tree Falls – Rod Cumberland Interview at Wilderness Obsession
NUCLEAR QUESTION FOR TODAY In February 9, 2012, two environmental groups, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, called on nuclear authorities to drain radioactively contaminated heavy water from the core of the … Continue reading NUCLEAR QUESTION: Was radioactive heavy water removed from Point Lepreau reactor 8 years ago?
VIEW & DOWNLOAD FREE @ MAGCLOUD Mysid Shrimp – Winter Food for Young Groundfish By Art MacKay in MARINE INVERTEBRATES 4 pages, published 12/12/2019 Mysids are tiny shrimp-like marine invertebrates that are distributed mainly in the coastal zone of the … Continue reading MARINE LIFE: This tiny shrimp-like Mysid is vital to overwintering groundfish
With dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comeback BY TOM CHENEY; PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK HAWKINS SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Oct. 29, 2018, 1:44 p.m. From 800 … Continue reading WHALES: The Plight of the Right Whale – Smithsonian Magazine
I remember when Connors was acquired by George Weston Ltd. in 1967. At the time, it was mainly just another takeover by the big boys, with the usual siphoning off of our resource dollars to folks far, far away. But … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: THE REAL STORY behind the bankruptcy of Connors Brothers Ltd & Bumble Bee Foods LLC
Over 400,000 hectares of Caribou habitat destroyed for toilet paper and lumber every year The boreal forest makes up a quarter of the world’s intact forests. It’s home to some of the largest populations of iconic creatures like the Canada … Continue reading ISSUES: Woodland Caribou are in Trouble
Many of us wonder about the huge wind generators that huge companies seem to want to use to generate power. The issues are self-apparent, but there have always been many more modest but workable options and more are emerging as … Continue reading ENERGY: Yes there are solutions other than huge wind generators. Check out these options!!
Consuming our planet. More on wildfires from NASA. WORLDWIDE NORTH AMERICA More at:https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/… Continue reading ISSUES – WORLD WIDE WILDFIRES – AUGUST 2021
Once abundant to the south of Maine, there seems to be little doubt that the Woodland Caribou could have been preserved. Had the early inhabitants of the region realized what was happening, sanctuaries could have been created and proper harvesting … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – THE LAST WOODLAND CARIBOU. This saga continues today.
Anyone who has visited a true rain forest, whether in the Amazon, British Columbia, or Asia, must be struck by the dampness below the massive canopy of ancient trees, a canopy that holds and maintains water that is vital to … Continue reading ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….
Right Whale at Head Harbour Lighthouse. Danielle Dion photo. ************************************************ 16 years ago, the battle against LNG development at Eastport, Maine required proof that Right Whales were common at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Memories From 2006 Ever … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds
Early involvement in the aquaculture industry, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and several environmental non- profits, led to the accumulation of historical information on the introduction of non-native strains of Atlantic salmon as well as other species of fish, into virtually … Continue reading ISSUE: FOREIGN FISH INTRODUCTIONS: Let he who is without sin ….
LNG presents fire risks, pollution risks, transport risks, marine fauna risk and greenhouse gas emissions. Spending 10 years helping to protect Passamaquoddy Bay from several proposed LNG terminals, led to the accumulation of a lot of information on LNG and … Continue reading ISSUES – LNG is good for the environment you say … really?
Crab fishermen to test ropeless fishing to help save endangered whales A publication from 2018. Does anyone know how this worked out? Is it being used at all today? Art MacKay *************************** Idea once considered crazy could eliminate the entanglements … Continue reading WHALES: Did ropeless fish traps really help save endangered whales?
An interesting articles on the importance of Mysid shrimp to the groundfish in the Bay of Fundy, principally at Passamaquoddy Bay. Mysids Make Winter Meal for Groundfish (Published in The Quoddy Tides, December 28, 2001) If you spend much time … Continue reading FISHERIES: The importance of Mysid shrimp to the ground fishery in Passamaquoddy Bay
By JUSTINE E. HAUSHEER JANUARY 21, 2019 Rappahannock Oyster Co in Topping, Virginia. Photo © Jason Houston Nets of diseased, lice-ridden salmon. Escapee fish polluting the gene pools of wild populations. Miles of mangroves bulldozed to build shrimp farms. Aquaculture … Continue reading ISSUES: Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon – Before you lose it … read it!
The Atlantic Salmon’s Journey. An interactive fun page for kids. The Atlantic Salmon’s journey is an interactive 8.5″ x 11″ fun page for kids. It features cartoons showing all stages of the salmon’s journey and provides interactive activities and quizzes … Continue reading EDUCATION: The Atlantic Salmon’s Journey. An interactive fun page for kids.
FROM – Sustainable Ancient Aquaculture – National Geographic Society (blogs) Lessons We Can Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology Use plant-based feeds instead of wild fish; Use integrated polyculture practices such as IMTA; Reduce nitrogen and chemical pollution through multi-trophic aquaculture; … Continue reading ISSUES: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology
Rod Cumberland Interview on John Higgins Live John Higgins interviews wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland on Charlotte County Television while taking calls live on TV from viewers watching at home. Cumberland, a former professor at the Maritime College of Forest Technology … Continue reading ISSUES: Rod Cumberland on Deer, Forests, Towns, and Forest Management
In the optimistic spirit of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Message from the Future, this letter is a speculative and fictional look back from the future to imagine what New Brunswick could be like if we could meet our climate change obligations. … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE – Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23rd, 2018 The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says a dramatic decline in northern cod below 1992’s moratorium level reflects “epic” mismanagement that isn’t characteristic of the federal Department of Fisheries … Continue reading FISHERIES – FISH-NL calls for independent investigation of ‘epic’ mismanagement of northern cod stock by DFO – Has anything changed?
Overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, Split Rock emerges from the beach a short walk from Sipayik, the Passamaquoddy village at Pleasant Point, Maine. It is small, nondescript, and has little if any intrinsic value. Yet Split Rock became the symbol for a … Continue reading NATIVE AMERICANS -Split Rock – The Spirit of Quoddy
POLLUTION: This is an extremely powerful video about Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp’s Boat Harbour and Mill. The killing of aquatic life began immediately on startup in 1960. Reminds me of the death of the St. Croix River and Estuary starting … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: The truth about Boat Harbour mill pollution and the Northumberland Strait
Source: Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust | CBC News A first post for 2022 indicates fossil fuel extraction offshore is not working out. Good News for the ocean!! Art MacKay, Jan 2, 2022 *************************** Click … Continue reading ENERGY – Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust – Jan 2, 2022
I’ve lived in New Brunswick alongside Maine for most of my life. Apart from really serious problems related to its historical use of natural resources, the state has remained famous for its environment and its smart governance of its natural … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: When LePage tried to divert land conservation money to timber harvesting on Maine lands. What’s the Story Today?