If this is true then in gives hope to fisheries recoveries up and down the Atlantica coast. But, clearly it will require adjustments and sensible management in the face of impacts to the fishermen themselves. Are we ready? History says … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Cod recovery ‘quite spectacular’ in Newfoundland and Labrador – but more time needed for recovery.
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)?
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
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
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
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 ….
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.
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?
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
Art MacKay: 06 Nov 2017 Some of us remember the Passamaquoddy Bay Region on the Maine – New Brunswick border, as a bustling centre of activity fed by the abundant fisheries of the area. Major changes have happened since … Continue reading FISHERIES: Just how much have things changed in 90 years you ask!
This whole article gives a brilliant portrait of life one hundred years ago, but the whale tale was particularly revealing as it spoke to the continued pressure right whales have suffered along our Gulf of Maine coast for hundred of years. Continue reading RIGHT WHALES: The Gulf of Maine Oil Business a Century Ago – Not For the Weak at Heart!!
Not everyone knows what the bottom looks like … when it’s health or when it’s sick. Take a look at this video for a quick look at what persistent industrial and domestic pollution did to the international St. Croix River … Continue reading OCEAN POLLUTION: What it really looks like!
From: Canadian Treasure ‹ Geological Society of London blog Here is a treasure map found in the bottom drawer amongst the miscellany of uncatalogued maps that live there. It’s a bit of a peculiarity. Dedicated to a mother, it’s an … Continue reading EXPLORE: A Grand Manan Treasure Map.
Fishing rights are one of the big prizes for the tiny Passamaquoddy First Nation in southern New Brunswick as it negotiates status recognition with the government of Canada. (Steve Bruce/CBC) Reporter Paul Withers Another Indigenous fishery is in the works … Continue reading ISSUES – N.B. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE – access to fishery has international implications
Dead Herring, Krill, Copepods and Demoic Acid As most folks are now aware, thousands of dead Atlantic herring have been washing up along the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and citizens and researchers are considering a multitude … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – Hunting for Answers to Expain the Mass Mortality of Herring in the Bay of Fundy.
M. G. FISHERIES LTD. Grand Manan, NB, Canada How to Cook a Lobster Use salt water if possible, if not add lots of salt to your water. You want to steam the lobster not boil it. Boiling will cause the … Continue reading FOOD – Chances are you don’t know how to cook a lobster!
Great Auks, drawn by John James Audubon in Birds of America. UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH/PUBLIC DOMAIN On December 20, 1792, … Continue reading MYSTERIES: What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery
Many, many years ago I gave a presentation to the board of directors at Sunbury shores Art and Nature Center … a talk that explored the St. Andrews of the past, the St. Andrews at the time and the challenges … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: St. Andrews, NB – Once the Center of a Coastal Community.
Maine’s battle over who owns the rights to harvest on their intertidal area. Click to access rockweed-trial.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: Who Owns Rockweed Anyway.
“If there is nothing for fish to eat, there are no fish for you to eat!” If you spend much time exploring the intertidal waters of Cobscook Bay, you are likely to have seen a variety of creatures that look … Continue reading OCEANS: So where have all our fish gone anyway? Think small!
Have I told you about Willis Doughty and his son Everett Doughty from Deer Island … the one in Passamaquoddy Bay? These were the guys who bought the family herring carrier, “Lois and Isabel” later in her life, Well, as my … Continue reading ISLAND HUMO/UR: Storm Warning!! Storm Warning!! Storm Warning!! |
Tim and Amy Sheehan, co-owners of Gulf of Maine Inc. in Pembroke, are bringing innovation to the tradition-bound clamming industry in Washington County. Their efforts appear to be paying off: They anticipate gross sales of $2 million by year’s … Continue reading BUSINESS: Company builds clamming industry in Maine’s poorest county – Wait until you see what it is really worth!
Drivers have long known that slowing down on the highway means getting more miles to the gallon. Now airlines are trying it, too — adding a few minutes to flights to save millions on fuel. Southwest Airlines projects it can … Continue reading WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?
Well it seems that radioactive iodine has found it’s way into seaweeds on both coasts. Unfortunately there is little current information that I can find since it seems no testing is done along our Atlantic coast. Art MacKay Click to … Continue reading RADIOACTIVITY: Jeez … is your dulse radioactive?
MacKay, A.A. et al The Sea Urchin Roe Industry in the Bay of Fundy, 1976 This research was initiated by the Research and Development Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Fisheries in an effort to obtain additional data on … Continue reading FISHERIES: The Beginning of the Sea Urchin Roe Industry in the Bay of Fundy, 1976
The battle continues as scientists and legislators continue to try to bring rules to bear that will protect the endangered Atlantic right whale. So far, industry has been fighting these efforts. The lobster fishing industry will need to absorb the … Continue reading LO0KING BACK: 2008 – The battle to protect right whales continues