All Tied Up: why truly local & sustainable seafood is eluding Nova Scotia’s tourists

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by Justin Cantafio and Dave Adler. It’s that time of year again, and while an endless barrage of snowstorms had many of us doubting its actual existence, spring has indeed finally sprung here in Nova Scotia. As the weather warms … Continue reading

Newfoundland & Labrador’s Northern Shrimp Inshore Fleet: a lesson in the importance of small scale fisheries.

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Small scale fisheries are crucial for the social and economic well-being of coastal communities. But when push comes to shove, we need data to back up the sentiment. Continue reading

The Looming Spectre of Ocean Acidification in Atlantic Canada

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by Susanna Fuller. It is Earth Day today – and we often forget that the earth is 70% ocean. Increasingly, what we do on land is impacting our oceans and our fisheries, which remain the most abundant source of wild … Continue reading

Tiny, Plastic Pollutants are Creating a Big Problem in Our Oceans

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by Heather Grant. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard something or other about “microbeads” over the past couple of weeks. These tiny particles have been making a big splash in the news lately – from the NDP’s ban on … Continue reading

PEI: the birthplace of the first ever GM food animal?

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When most people think of Prince Edward Island, they think of potatoes, red beaches, Anne of Green Gables and fresh, wild-caught seafood. Unfortunately, beneath these idyllic images lies a more disturbing reality: PEI is also home to Canada’s first genetically-modified fish. Continue reading

Finding and Embracing Unlikely Alternatives: Piloting a jellyfish fishery in Atlantic Canada

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The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) has been working closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Nova Scotia government, local fishing organizations, processors, retail outlets, and restaurateurs to spearhead a new jellyfish fishery that they hope will bring much needed economic stimulation to Nova Scotia’s coastal communities. Continue reading

Recognizing the Importance of Small-Scale Fisheries

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Earlier this month, FAO officially released the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines – a momentous occasion for the millions of small-scale fishermen around the globe, including those here in Canada, who often feel marginalized and underrepresented by their governments. Continue reading

Proposed Aquaculture Regulations Would Pollute Environmental Protections

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Last month, 120 scientists, business leaders, commercial and recreational fishing associations, environmental law organizations, and conservation organizations from across Canada sent a letter to Prime Minister Harper asking to put a stop to some proposed changes to the Fisheries Act. Continue reading