LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales

Back in 2008 I ran a community non-profit with a mandate to promote a sustainable environment and community. But every time I am called an “environmentalist” I cringe. In 2008 a local newspaper was reporting on a bunch of protestors … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales

ISSUES: Bambi reports on deer life today … not heard from since 2008…

ANNUAL REPORT 2019 N.B. Deer Association, Charlotte Co. Division EDITORS NOTE: It’s been years since we last received a report from Bambi Deerburger. We just found this version in an email that came from an address in St. Andrews, NB. … Continue reading ISSUES: Bambi reports on deer life today … not heard from since 2008…

The Phalarope is Fundy’s “canary” … is it dead or dying.

This article was written 20 years ago. During that time right whales have moved northward and the presence of Phalaropes has been “up and down” according to the few reports we have received. Is anyone aware of recent studies? ******************************************************** … Continue reading The Phalarope is Fundy’s “canary” … is it dead or dying.

ISSUES – FOOD: Are you suspicious because bread doesn’t taste the same and baking bread doesn’t even smell the same!..

Apart from the fact that breads have no real taste these days and certainly don’t have the same smell when baking, there is this: “Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several … Continue reading ISSUES – FOOD: Are you suspicious because bread doesn’t taste the same and baking bread doesn’t even smell the same!..

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)?

OPINION: Antibiotics in fish farming create resistance and are an animal welfare disaster – but there are solutions.

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.

POLLUTION – The truth about Boat Harbour Mill Effluent in Nova Scotia

And the battle continues in 2022!! An extremely powerful video about 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 … Continue reading POLLUTION – The truth about Boat Harbour Mill Effluent in Nova Scotia

ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

As more and more goods are transported around the globe, ocean traffic continues to rise. As this chart shows, here in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, traffic records show the phenomenal activity along our shores. Should we … Continue reading ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

CLEARCUTTING – Learning why our forests are important for a healthy planet

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

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

BIRDS: Dovekies blown ashore will Die unless we help

 Only about 20 cm long this tiny little bird often confuses locals and visitors alike. Has anyone seen this fascinating little bird? Reports online indicate Dovekies (Little Auk) have been showning up on land along our coast … driven in … Continue reading BIRDS: Dovekies blown ashore will Die unless we help

ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

In 2003, levels at some drainages into the river were thousands of times higher than acceptable levels!19 years later … has anything changed? TAKE NOTE: THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE LEVEL IS ≤ 200 E. coli /100 mL LEARN MORE AT: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/canada/health-canada/migration/healthy-canadians/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/water-recreational-recreative-eau/alt/pdf/water-recreational-recreative-eau-eng.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

ISSUES: SEA RISE IMPACTS AROUND THE BAY OF FUNDY – Tantramar – Will Nova Scotia become an island?

Will Nova Scotia become an island? The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there may be only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly … Continue reading ISSUES: SEA RISE IMPACTS AROUND THE BAY OF FUNDY – Tantramar – Will Nova Scotia become an island?

LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

Another old post from 2007 – Scientists listen to endangered whales By Russ Bynum, Associated SAVANNAH, Ga. — Beneath the ocean, microphones listen around the clock for the mooing calls of endangered North Atlantic right whales in an eavesdropping experiment … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

  The following post from 2006 provides an interesting history of the New England Aquarium and Canadian Whale Institute in their continuing efforts to save the North Atlantic Right whale.  I think it’s worth repeating.  Art MacKay ******************************** By Mark … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

There are a couple of problems with this article. Firstly, 15 days in the field does not a season make. One would hope that whale watch companies from New Brunswick, Maine and Nova Scotia are contributing their sightings and that … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

LOOKING BACK – THE LAST WOODLAND CARIBOU. This saga continues today.

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.

ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….

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 ….

PHOTOGRAPHY – Mike Strong’s Tales & Rants – A Life Well Lived

This is the photo collection from Mike Strong’s book Tales and Rants from the Shore to the Offshore – A life in DFO research … all about his experience within the world of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) … Continue reading PHOTOGRAPHY – Mike Strong’s Tales & Rants – A Life Well Lived

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 ….

ISSUES – LNG is good for the environment you say … really?

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?

ISSUES: Rod Cumberland on Deer, Forests, Towns, and Forest Management

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

ISSUE: Climate change and shipping–Unanswered questions

This interesting chart from marinetraffic.com shows the densities of ships travelling in the area for the year 2013. With global trade growing annually, the emissions from gigantic ships that range from huge cruise ships to giant tankers is substantial both in terms … Continue reading ISSUE: Climate change and shipping–Unanswered questions

CLIMATE CHANGE: Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south AND Northern krill are moving north

Another species of krill is a keystone here along our north Atlantic coast. And they too will be moving … but north … taking other important species like Right Whales along with them.  Art MacKay *********************************************   Antarctic krill: Key … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south AND Northern krill are moving north

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

WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

THE ISSUE: Some believe whales are starving, wandering far afield and producing fewer young. If it’s true, then it’s a complex of answers that includes impacts from new chemicals dumped by municipal and business sewage, acidification, temperature changes, forest and … Continue reading WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

TEACHING? – Don’t miss this FREE Trout and Char Poster!!

Source: FREE POSTER: Trout and Char of Canada and the USA by Archive Atlantic A specialty offered at teacherspayteacher.com for Down East teachers. Join (for free) and download this special poster and other items as well. Check it out! Your … Continue reading TEACHING? – Don’t miss this FREE Trout and Char Poster!!

ENERGY – Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust – Jan 2, 2022

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

CLIMATE CHANGE: If the Warnings are True, Sea Level Rise in Boston will be Catastrophic!!

The Future?   Fundy Tides has been posting articles about the potential impacts from sea level rise around the Bay of Fundy. Although there are some real worries like the Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Plant, for the most part we … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: If the Warnings are True, Sea Level Rise in Boston will be Catastrophic!!