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?

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”

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

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

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

WHALES -The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin – Imagine having these guys crawling over your head

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

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?

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

EXPLORE: Prowling Grand Manan Island by sail, foot and horse, 1891

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

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

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?

HISTORY: Indian Place Names Downeast

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

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!!

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!!

WHALES – World’s first captive whale retirement home could be in Nova Scotia

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

SEABIRDS – 40 good reasons to protect our Atlantic coast!

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!

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?

EXPLORE: Sailing the Downeast coast in the 1930s

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

WHALES: Killer Whales in the North Atlantic … Have you seen one yet?

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?

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