THE BLACK GUILLEMOT’S WORLD – RESOURCE FILES @ PayHip

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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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?

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!

EXPLORE: For those who didn’t move to Cape Breton when Donald Trump Won – Here’s what you missed!!

Back in the day all you Yanks were told by CNN that Cape Breton would welcome you IF DONALD TRUMP WINS. For those who didn’t follow through, here’s what you missed !!! Welcome. I am humbled.  I am just a … Continue reading EXPLORE: For those who didn’t move to Cape Breton when Donald Trump Won – Here’s what you missed!!

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 – NOAA Expands Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales – but without Canada it’s only half as good!

Posted on January 26, 2016 To the attention of The Honorable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard – Art MacKay In a press release dated January 26, 2016, NOAA has expanded its Right Whale “critical … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – NOAA Expands Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales – but without Canada it’s only half as good!

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?

WHALES: Reducing Ship Strikes Worldwide with Whale Alert App – Still available

Whale Alert – Reducing Ship Strikes – Worldwide Whale Alert helps reduce the chance of fatal ship strikes by large vessels by displaying active whale management areas, required reporting areas, recommended routes, areas-to-be-avoided and near real-time warnings in shipping lanes … Continue reading WHALES: Reducing Ship Strikes Worldwide with Whale Alert App – Still available

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – KRILL – A vital ocean forage species.

THE VISUALS THE STORY CONCERNS: The health of the oceans depends on a complex food web which ultimate depends on the sun providing energy for photosynthesis by tiny plants called phytoplankton which, in turn, serve as food for equally tiny … Continue reading EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – KRILL – A vital ocean forage species.

WHALES: The Missing Whales – A Report that Came True!

The following 2013 report from Yale speaks to possible changes in the North Atlantic that are influencing the distribution of North Atlantic Right Whales. These changes continued in 2015 and beyond into 2021 with summer population shifts from the Bay … Continue reading WHALES: The Missing Whales – A Report that Came True!

FISHERIES: Where are all the missing eels? Mystery solved?

via Canadian eel tracked on 2,400-kilometre migration to Sargasso Sea – Technology & Science – CBC News. Canadian eel tracked on 2,400-kilometre migration to Sargasso Sea 1st direct evidence of eels migrating to tropical nursery By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: … Continue reading FISHERIES: Where are all the missing eels? Mystery solved?

POLLUTION: 100 municipalities discharged sewage into the St. Lawrence river and Gulf in 2015. What’s happening today?

100 municipalities discharge sewage into Quebec’s waterways CBC obtained a complete list of all municipalities that dump untreated wastewater CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2015 6:46 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 23, 2015 10:42 PM ET Raw sewage from Chute-aux-Outardes … Continue reading POLLUTION: 100 municipalities discharged sewage into the St. Lawrence river and Gulf in 2015. What’s happening today?

WHALES: Looking Back – DFO Harpoons Endangered Right Whale Recovery Team?

Updated 2021 The Sierra Club of Canada and other concerned professionals are asking Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn to reconsider his decisions to dismiss the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Implementation Team, a coalition that provides … Continue reading WHALES: Looking Back – DFO Harpoons Endangered Right Whale Recovery Team?

WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?

Drivers have long known that slowing down on the highway means getting more miles to the gallon. Now airlines are trying it, too — adding a few minutes to flights to save millions on fuel. Southwest Airlines projects it can … Continue reading WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?