Highlights / fishery

Atlantic bluefin tuna are corralled by fishing nets off the coast of Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Two studies by environmental groups say overfishing of the Atlantic continues, in part because quotas are too high. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Where have all the tuna gone?

We love tuna.  In sushi, in tins at the store, or fresh examples at the fishmongers. But in just a few years time we could be asking that opening question as global fishing of the species continues unabated. A new» 

Environment

Deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales driven by manmade causes, says study

The majority of North Atlantic whales found dead off the coast of eastern Canada and the United States over the last decade and a half died as a result of human-induced trauma, according to a new paper that looked at» 

Environment, International, Politics

Canada pledges to advance ocean science and develop ‘blue economy’

Canada is pledging $10.5 million to a United Nations initiative to advance our understanding of oceans and preserve their health, and develop a sustainable “blue economy,” harnessing the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers, federal officials announced Wednesday.» 

Environment, Society

Redfish plan absent, maintain fishing quotas, demand conservationists

Oceana Canada is calling on the Canadian government to maintain current fishing quotas after a process to manage redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence failed. It wants the government to redouble its efforts to deliver a plan to rebuild» 

Environment, Society

Lobster fishery rules changed to protect right whales

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced new measures for lobster fishing in hopes of protected the endangered North Atlantic right whales. Eighteen of them died off the coast of Canada and the U.S. last year, most often because» 

Economy

Fishing boats leave for the start of lobster season

It was still dark when hundreds of fishing boats left ports in the eastern province of Nova Scotia to kick off one of the most profitable fisheries in Canada. Some fishermen set off fireworks to celebrate what is known as» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Agreement soon on high Arctic fishing in international waters?

The area under discussions is almost 3 million sq/km of ocean beyond the boundaries of Arctic nations known as the Arctic doughnut hole Recently two relatively small sailing yachts on a British expedition made it almost to the North Pole.» 

Economy, Environment

Ottawa orders mandatory speed limit for large ships to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

The Canadian government is ordering a temporary mandatory slowdown for vessels of 20 metres or more in length to protect the population of endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, federal officials announced today. The announcement by Transport» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Fundy tide power, controversy continues over ‘transparency’ concerns

Plan to capture the power of the Bay of Fundy tidal bore: possible power for 1,000 homes The bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world at about 6 metres or much higher in some areas.  Each tide» 

Economy, Environment

Canada’s fish stocks severely depleted: Oceana report

Less than a quarter of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy and the status of almost half is unknown, according to a new report released today. The report by Oceana Canada, a charity dedicated to protection of the country’s three»