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!

ISSUES: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology

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

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

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?

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?

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!!

FORESTRY: Facts about Irving subsidies and the Canada US tariff battle – Cheryl Urquhart Tait – 2018

The battle between forestry interests in Canada and the United States just never seems to end and generally the issue is about real or perceived subsidies given to Canadian companies, particularly the forestry giant JD Irving, Limited (JDI). With major … Continue reading FORESTRY: Facts about Irving subsidies and the Canada US tariff battle – Cheryl Urquhart Tait – 2018

ISSUES: 9 Links to Articles About the House of Irving by Investigative Reporter Bruce Livesy.

Special Report House of Irving   A series by investigative reporter Bruce Livesey examines the powerful role the Irving family plays in the business, politics and media of New Brunswick and beyond.  https://www.nationalobserver.com/u/bruce-livesey National Observer 8 Articles ****************************************** The Irvings’ … Continue reading ISSUES: 9 Links to Articles About the House of Irving by Investigative Reporter Bruce Livesy.

FORESTRY: Private woodlot owners come last – How it all happened.

During the 60’s and 70’s, woodlot owners fought hard for the establishment of marketing boards, realizing that without them, they had no hope of being paid a fair dollar for their wood, since the large forestry companies had all the … Continue reading FORESTRY: Private woodlot owners come last – How it all happened.

COMMUNITY: Could citizens participate directly in a publicly owned business like NB Power? Food for thought.

  Here’s an example for the International St. Croix River. I’m part owner of my power company and I want my shares! …and my dividends! by Art MacKay Our earth is filled with valuable assets. Consider our quarries, our gold … Continue reading COMMUNITY: Could citizens participate directly in a publicly owned business like NB Power? Food for thought.

FORESTRY: A HALF CENTURY OF ECOSYSTEM DESTRUCTION. Are forest and agricultural sprays the cause?

Have you noticed that swallows, swifts, martins and whip-poor-wills are missing from our sky? I grew up on the St. Croix River and well remember the swallows swooping down and feeding on the insects emerging along the river above the … Continue reading FORESTRY: A HALF CENTURY OF ECOSYSTEM DESTRUCTION. Are forest and agricultural sprays the cause?

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

OPINION – New Brunswick, the Irving company’s province – Pine Tree Watch

Lance Tapley  ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2015   Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series investigating the Irving corporate presence in Maine and New Brunswick and its implications for the state’s future. SAINT JOHN, NEW … Continue reading OPINION – New Brunswick, the Irving company’s province – Pine Tree Watch

IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?

  Under the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), we have established Zones of influence over our oceans. They are less than perfect, but there are legal mechanisms for settling disputes, although ultimately “power”, financial or … Continue reading IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?

LOOKING BACK: Efforts to Protect the Quoddy Area Didn’t Happen!

Passamaquoddy Bay is known to have the highest biodiversity along the Northeast Atlantic coast. Does it need protection from continuing attempts to turn it into an industrial port? Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are created to protect special areas in our … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Efforts to Protect the Quoddy Area Didn’t Happen!

LOOKING BACK: More on the Tar Sands Pipeline – Canadian Bitumen from Alberta Threatens the Gulf of Maine

Bitumen from Alberta is destined for export via tankers through the Gulf of Maine. Data shows that traffic from Saint John, NB will double. Along with proposed and existing offshore drilling for gas and oil, dumping of fracking and mine … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: More on the Tar Sands Pipeline – Canadian Bitumen from Alberta Threatens the Gulf of Maine

LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

The following was posted back in 2016 when concerns about the proposed pipeline were being expressed. We are publishing it here again since it speaks to the impacts such a pipeline would have on Atlantica in general and, in particular, … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?

The following was written in 2015 when the government was introducing regulations for the operation of drones.  How has that impacted the use of these devices in 2021? *************  It’s been many. many years ago now, but one of the … Continue reading ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?

COMMUNITY: The painful death of my hometowns – St. Stephen, NB and Calais, ME

This was written in 2013 when the future of my hometown looked bleak. Today, properties have passed to the next generation and younger entrepreneurs are buying and fixing up old retail spaces and bringing the potential for new life to … Continue reading COMMUNITY: The painful death of my hometowns – St. Stephen, NB and Calais, ME

ISSUES: Article on Tracking Native Salmon with Special Devices.

This interesting article discusses a tracking device found on Deer Island and the unique use it is put to trying to determine the location and movements of native Atlantic salmon stocks. As interesting as it is, there are serious questions … Continue reading ISSUES: Article on Tracking Native Salmon with Special Devices.

CLIMATE CHANGE – Can we protect properties on the International St. Croix Estuary?

With predictions that climate change will bring rising sea levels and more flooding, can properties along the St. Croix River Estuary be protected. This survey was conducted in early 2000 and includes photos of nearly all Canadian dwellings as they … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE – Can we protect properties on the International St. Croix Estuary?

ISSUES: Guess what organizations negatively impacted Atlantic salmon for over 150 years? Now it’s poison they plan to use!

My 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 ISSUES: Guess what organizations negatively impacted Atlantic salmon for over 150 years? Now it’s poison they plan to use!

NUCLEAR CONCERNS: But we are smarter than the Japanese. Right? And CANDUs are better? Right?

As the tragedy deepens in Japan, the impacts begin to spread around the world as the links below attest … But I still hear people saying we are better, ours is safer, it’s about the jobs … While the earth … Continue reading NUCLEAR CONCERNS: But we are smarter than the Japanese. Right? And CANDUs are better? Right?