LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales

Back in 2008 I ran a community non-profit with a mandate to promote a sustainable environment and community. But every time I am called an “environmentalist” I cringe. In 2008 a local newspaper was reporting on a bunch of protestors … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales

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: ACCIDENTS – 93 PLUS GLOBAL NUCLEAR REACTOR MELTDOWNS, ACCIDENTS, FIRES & MORE

So you think nuclear is the answer! Check out these accidents & meltdowns from 1942 to 2015!
Chalk River, Canada
1962 – 2015 – RTG’s; 9 Deadly Radioactive Plutonium Reactor Containing Satellites Exploded, Melted

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?

EXPLORE: Can you find the lost city of Norumbega … Is it somewhere in New England?

Art MacKay Norumbega, or Nurembega, is a legendary settlement in northeastern North America which appeared on many early maps from the 1500s until American colonization. The word “Norumbega” was originally spelled Oranbega in Giovanni da Verrazzano’s 1529 map of America, and the word is believed … Continue reading EXPLORE: Can you find the lost city of Norumbega … Is it somewhere in New England?

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

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

LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

Another old post from 2007 – Scientists listen to endangered whales By Russ Bynum, Associated SAVANNAH, Ga. — Beneath the ocean, microphones listen around the clock for the mooing calls of endangered North Atlantic right whales in an eavesdropping experiment … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

EXPLORE: Sailing Atlantica with Bruce and Bonnie

Sailing the Gulf of Maine is a special adventure. We published this interesting blog post years ago. Still works today I think. For more exciting postings, visit Bruce and Bonnie’s Blog at: http://bbmarriott.blogspot.com/2008/02/bay-of-fundy.html ******************* Sunday, February 3, 2008BAY OF FUNDY … Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing Atlantica with Bruce and Bonnie

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

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

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

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

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

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?