“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

What the hake? B.C.’s largest fishery is turning fish into fish meal

Few Canadians know that the largest fishery on B.C.’s coast is for Pacific hake. Although it’s a food-grade fish, the federal government granted permission last week to allow catches to be converted into fish meal. 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