LOOKING BACK: Cod recovery ‘quite spectacular’ in Newfoundland and Labrador – but more time needed for recovery.

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.

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

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)?

ART – SAILING PAST PETER ISLAND LIGHT HOUSE, NS BY ART MACKAY

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

MARINE LIFE: This tiny shrimp-like Mysid is vital to overwintering groundfish

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

WHALES: The Plight of the Right Whale – Smithsonian Magazine

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

LOOKING BACK: THE REAL STORY behind the bankruptcy of Connors Brothers Ltd & Bumble Bee Foods LLC

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

ISSUE: FOREIGN FISH INTRODUCTIONS: Let he who is without sin ….

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 ….

WHALES: Did ropeless fish traps really help save endangered whales?

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?

FISHERIES: The importance of Mysid shrimp to the ground fishery in Passamaquoddy Bay

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

ISSUES: Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon – Before you lose it … read it!

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!

EDUCATION: The Atlantic Salmon’s Journey. An interactive fun page for kids.

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.

FISHERIES – FISH-NL calls for independent investigation of ‘epic’ mismanagement of northern cod stock by DFO – Has anything changed?

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?

LOOKING BACK: The truth about Boat Harbour mill pollution and the Northumberland Strait

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

FISHERIES: Just how much have things changed in 90 years you ask!

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!

RIGHT WHALES: The Gulf of Maine Oil Business a Century Ago – Not For the Weak at Heart!!

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!!

ISSUES – N.B. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE – access to fishery has international implications

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

LOOKING BACK – Hunting for Answers to Expain the Mass Mortality of Herring in the Bay of Fundy.

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.

MYSTERIES: What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery

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

LOOKING BACK: St. Andrews, NB – Once the Center of a Coastal Community.

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.

ISLAND HUMO/UR: Storm Warning!! Storm Warning!! Storm Warning!! |

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!! |

BUSINESS: Company builds clamming industry in Maine’s poorest county – Wait until you see what it is really worth!

  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!

WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?

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?

FISHERIES: The Beginning of the Sea Urchin Roe Industry in the Bay of Fundy, 1976

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

LO0KING BACK: 2008 – The battle to protect right whales continues

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