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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.
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Exploring the coast this summer?Don’t miss these fascinating little marine birds…living on a cliff near you!!Source: THE BLACK GUILLEMOT’S WORLD – RESOURCE FILES – Payhip Continue reading THE BLACK GUILLEMOT’S WORLD – RESOURCE FILES @ PayHip
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)?
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.
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?
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?
Art MacKay’s artwork. With over 50 years as a marine biologist and illustrator, these are just a few of Art’s illustrations for you to enjoy. Continue reading ART MACKAY: Some Great Gulf of Maine Creatures
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
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”
Imagine, sailing ships and skyships plying the waters of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine, moving goods back and forth along traditional trade routes that are centuries old. Imagine also that we design these ships to reduce impacts … Continue reading IDEAS: Sky Ships for Atlantica?
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
Working on creating some art images from old B&W drawings. What do you think? This artwork is based on an original B&W image of a jellyfish that has been upgraded and now is ready to be downloaded, printed and framed. … Continue reading ART – JELLYFISH
These little guys are from out west. We have guillemots here too … one of my favorite birds in fact. Pigmots. That is what we call them. We the folks that have come to know them on a personal level. They … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – Pigeon Guillemots – Cousins from Out West 2016
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
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
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
Whales – The Whale Louse, Delilah and Her “Son” Calvin Imagine having these guys crawling over your head. Whale lice like this were on Delilah, a female right whale that was struck by a ship and ended up on … Continue reading WHALES -The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin – Imagine having these guys crawling over your head
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?
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
Imagine taking 6 hours to travel 16 miles from North Head to southern Head! Imagine catching the tides and the wind to slowly sail your way to visit Grand Manan. It’s 1891 and Samuel Adams Drake explored the coast of … Continue reading EXPLORE: Prowling Grand Manan Island by sail, foot and horse, 1891
Harbour Seal Resting By Art MacKay in OCEAN LIFE 2 pages, published 9/11/2017 Harbour Seal resting. Head Harbour Passage, Bay of Fundy, NB Continue reading PRINT: Harbour Seal Resting
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
A Collection of 60 Clip Art, Printables and Stories about Holland. Written by Maude M. Grant, Illustrated by Bess Bruce Cleaveland 1919. Continue reading EDUCATION – Color & Learn – Common Bivalve Molluscs Clip Art
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?
Indian Place Names From Around Passamaquoddy Bay From the blog at http://JohnWood1946.wordpress.com Albert S. Gatschet wrote an article entitled All Around the Bay of Passamaquoddy in 1897. It began with a short description of the Passamaquoddy area, but its main purpose was to present … Continue reading HISTORY: Indian Place Names Downeast
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!
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!!
Heading for the seashore. Use our Field notes. Common Starfish By Art MacKay in OCEAN LIFE 2 pages, published 7/2/2017 Field Notes for the common Starfish. All the basic information you need to know about the Common Starfish when exploring … Continue reading EXPLORE: Field Notes for the Common Starfish
WHALES – Animal behaviour specialist says life in captivity is detrimental to whales By Nina Corfu, CBC News Posted: Nov 17, 2016 8:00 AM AT Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 and Dec 18, 2021 Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with … Continue reading WHALES – World’s first captive whale retirement home could be in Nova Scotia
Working on creating digital artwork and printable publications for some east coast lighthouses, forts, special places, etc. Really like this one that is now up at Fine Art America. Check it out! Continue reading ART: West Quoddy Lighthouse, Lubec, Maine
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!
A collection of seabird images from contributors to the blog “I Love Quoddy Wild” and public domain sources. Compiled by Art MacKay, December 2016 Can you identify these birds? No? Check Cornell Universities guide here. Continue reading SEABIRDS – 40 good reasons to protect our Atlantic coast!
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?
During the process of researching our coastal lighthouses, I ran across this publication. If you would like to experience things the way they were, then this is a really great read and source of information. Click to access anchor-to-windward.pdf https://archive.org/stream/anchortowindward006018mbp?ui=embed#mode/2up Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing the Downeast coast in the 1930s
Most of us know that Killer Whales or Orcas are common in the Pacific. But did you know they occur along the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada? While the East Coast population of Killer Whales is small … Continue reading WHALES: Killer Whales in the North Atlantic … Have you seen one yet?
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