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Economy, Indigenous, Politics

Lobster conflict in emergency Parliamentary debate

The escalating tensions in southwestern Nova Scotia over the lobster fishery resulted in an emergency debate in Canada’s Parliament last night. Due to COVID, such sessions continue to see only a limited number of members present in person in Parliament, »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous leaders condemn mob attacks against Mi’kmaw fishermen

Indigenous leaders in Canada and in Nova Scotia are condemning Tuesday’s disturbances targeting Mi’kmaw fishermen as racist hate crimes and calling for the federal government to intervene in the ongoing lobster fishery dispute between First Nations and commercial fishermen. Indigenous »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International

Lobster dispute between Indigenous and commercial fishers boils over, again

Yelling, cursing, but no physical confrontation on or off the water Another contentious chapter in a very long dispute over Indigenous fishing rights and federal laws on conservation has begun. Thursday saw a handful of Indigenous lobster boats head out »

Environment & Animal Life

Endangered North Atlantic right whales return to Canadian waters

The sighting of two North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters over the weekend has triggered fishery closures in Atlantic Canada designed to protect the endangered marine mammals from potentially deadly entanglements in fishing gear. The pair of right whales »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Fishery decline in Canada: Audit 2019

The independent advocacy group Oceana Canada, has just released its third and latest annual audit on the state of the fishing industry in Canada and the news is not good. Fishery Audit 2019 says the health of fish and marine »

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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life

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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, 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 & Animal Life, 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 »