Where Do Maritimers Stand, or Swim, on Marine Protected Areas?

In 1885, Banff National Park was established as Canada’s first national park, to protect its unique and pristine area for future generations. Since that time, hundreds of other federal and provincial terrestrial parks and ecological areas have been designated to protect a variety of and biologically and culturally important environments. Continue reading

On World Tuna Day, let’s ‘tuna’ Canada’s policy on Species at Risk into something great

Today we celebrate the 6th annual World Tuna Day – an opportunity for the world to rejoice with me and my relatives! This is an interesting year for me here in Canada with some big decisions coming about how my species is going to be managed into the future. Continue reading

“Sustainable” Certified Herring: A Long Swim Ahead to True Sustainability

Last week the Marine Stewardship Council certified Canada’s largest herring fishery as “sustainable and well-managed”. Despite this eco-check mark, the Ecology Action Centre continues to be concerned about this fishery. Continue reading

Canada’s Bluefin Tuna Management: Time to Get it Right

Back in August, Fisheries and Oceans Canada released its recommendations on whether or not to list several marine species as endangered or threatened under the Species At Risk Act—one of which was Atlantic bluefin tuna. Regardless of whether the government lists the species on SARA or not, these bluefin need more attention. Continue reading

Holy Mackerel, A Species in a Dire State

Many people are surprised to hear that there is reason to be worried about the humble mackerel. Perhaps mackerel seem like staple to anyone who has lived near the ocean; their spring arrival and fall departure has always been a part of life for many Nova Scotians, and it seems like it always will. Continue reading

What’s going on with Atlantic Canadian sharks?

Shark Week has begun! While I like all the attention I get for the week, I thought I’d take some time to address some things that hit a bit closer to home – some of the real problems facing sharks in Atlantic Canada. Continue reading

Fisheries Co-Management in the Canadian North: Nunatsiavut and Nunavut

Guest re-post by Stephanie Boudreau. Canada’s approach to fisheries management was widely criticized after the infamous closure of the cod fishery in 1992. Newfoundland is profoundly linked to the cod and the moratorium severely impacted the livelihoods of those reliant upon the fishery. As an undergraduate student studying marine biology in the … Continue reading

Moving Forward Together

Maria Recchia at Moving Forward Together

Guest Contribution by Brett Tolley Last week I had the privilege to join the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Movement for their two-day meeting in Halifax. My purpose was to learn more about owner-operator policies in Atlantic Canada but to be … Continue reading