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 Might Canada’s “Wave of Red” Mean for Our Blue Ocean?

Canada’s three oceans have suffered over the last decade (and indeed before that time), primarily from a lack of focus in Ottawa on implementing our various laws and policies. Continue reading

Niaz’ Top 10 Myths About Seafood, Fisheries, and Marine Conservation

I’ve officially passed the 20-year mark of working on fisheries and ocean issues. What I thought would be a short-term assignment as a Greenpeace campaigner has become my life’s work. Continue reading