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

Finding a Place for Sustainable Seafood in Nova Scotia’s Universities

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A couple of times a week, students of Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University line up in cafeterias across campus, ready to fill their plates with the seafood flavour of the day. These kitchens consume a whopping 700 to 900 kg of seafood every month through Aramark’s food services program. Continue reading