Why are International Actions and Agreements Important for Canadian Ocean Health?

Making change often requires working in diverse ways to achieve the change we want to see.  When it comes to fisheries and oceans management, some fish tend to stay around Canada’s water in preferred habitats, while others migrate through Canadian and international waters. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s No Crying on a Fishing Boat

Guest post by Stephanie Boudreau. My father likes to joke that he comes from a place where “the men are men, and the women are men too”. Both of my parents are from Yarmouth County in southwest Nova Scotia.  My … Continue reading