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.

SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles covering shipwrecks in the Bay of Fundy

Interested in information about shipwrecks back when they happened?? Here’s a booklet I created from Cathryn MacKay’s collection of old Fundy shipwreck posts. CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD Source: Fundy Tides: SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles Continue reading SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles covering shipwrecks in the Bay of Fundy

ISSUES: Bay of Fundy is more than some strange rocks and lots of mud

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Well, the Bay of Fundy didn’t win one of the seven coveted spots in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World contest, but it was one of the final 28 magnificent places around the world AND the only one from Continue reading “ISSUES: Bay of Fundy is more than some strange rocks and lots of mud”

ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…

CANADA IS BOUND BY LAW OF THE SEA TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WHALES, THEIR HABITAT, AND THEIR FORAGE (Updated February 14, 2020) I’m currently researching once more the various treaties and laws that oblige the Government of Canada to protect Right … Continue reading ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…

ISSUES – OCEAN DRILLING: Concerned about drilling off Nova Scotia? Add military chemical, biological and weapons dumps to your concerns…

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Seems this was brought up way back in 2002 when Miles Kehoe petitioned the Canadian government for answers. His concerns included: “Military personnel have told me that 28 sites have earned the Canadian Armed Forces designation of “Military Top Priority One Classification“.  This designation is apparently Continue reading “ISSUES – OCEAN DRILLING: Concerned about drilling off Nova Scotia? Add military chemical, biological and weapons dumps to your concerns…”

ISSUES: Marine Protected Areas – Canada’s failure in the face of big business?

Everyone knows the Bay of Fundy … right? It is home to thousands of unusual and spectacular marine invertebrates as well as more beautiful birds than you can count and a dozen species of whales and seals including the endangered North … Continue reading ISSUES: Marine Protected Areas – Canada’s failure in the face of big business?

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: 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)?

LOOKING BACK & FORWARD: University of Maine offshore wind project continues.

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.

OPINION – Short Sea Shipping! Did I Doze Off or What?

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?

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?

EXPLORE – Nubble Light House, “Beware the Savage Rocks”

Located on Cape Neddick, the Nubble Lighthouse warned voyagers of a dangerous path. The surrounding area offers gorgeous views, rock climbing and a robust area for scuba diving. What makes this area so picturesque and relaxing is the same thing that … Continue reading EXPLORE – Nubble Light House, “Beware the Savage Rocks”

EXPLORE PEI: Best beaches on P.E.I. to find sea glass

‘If you explore beyond the popular spots you can still find lots’ Sara Fraser · CBC News · Posted: Jul 16, 2017 8:00 AM AT | Last Updated: July 16, 2017 Beachcombing for interesting shells and beach glass has become an increasingly popular pastime … Continue reading EXPLORE PEI: Best beaches on P.E.I. to find sea glass

WIKIBOOK – Go Downeast to Newfoundland and Labrador

Created before the pandemic, this wikibook outlines the attractions you could enjoy on a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. Things may have change somewhat but still a great guide to use for a real or virtual trip. check it out … Continue reading WIKIBOOK – Go Downeast to Newfoundland and Labrador

‘My Octopus Teacher’ Stuns Audiences, Reinforces Power of Nature – EcoWatch

 Tiffany Duong Sep. 24, 2020 10:33AM EST In ‘My Octopus Teacher,’ Craig Foster becomes fascinated with an octopus and visits her for hundreds of days in a row. Netflix In his latest documentary, My Octopus Teacher, free diver and filmmaker Craig Foster … Continue reading ‘My Octopus Teacher’ Stuns Audiences, Reinforces Power of Nature – EcoWatch

MYSTERIES: Fundy Mystery – Can You Identify This Object?

These images are of an object found on the beach below Friar’s Head at Campobello. Because the object predates the island’s aquaculture industry, it may have been used in the weir fishery. Older area residents can likely identify it if … Continue reading MYSTERIES: Fundy Mystery – Can You Identify This Object?

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

ISSUES: Maine Yankee Nuclear Waste – Still No Place to Go? Update 2022

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

Minister Guilbeault: Hit the brakes on the Bay du Nord project and invest in sustainable jobs instead 

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 

MORE ON AQUACULTURE – How it all began in the Bay of Fundy

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

NUCLEAR QUESTION: Was radioactive heavy water removed from Point Lepreau reactor 8 years ago?

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?

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

WHALES – Passamaquoddy Tribe Whale Hunters take “Monster Whale” – 1912

Posted on October 21, 2018 by schsuser The Charlotte County Museum in Milltown New Brunswick has recently provided the Historical Society with some interesting photos from its collection. We recalled a newspaper story about Passamaquoddy whale hunters in the early … Continue reading WHALES – Passamaquoddy Tribe Whale Hunters take “Monster Whale” – 1912

CREATURES: Blown off-course, dovekies find helping hands

The following is an older story. However, the winter of 2021-22 is equally hard on these and related seabirds. They cannot take off from land, so be sure to contact your local animal rescue group for help. Editor EASTHAM– Wild … Continue reading CREATURES: Blown off-course, dovekies find helping hands

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

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