Fate of lobster season still up in the air

It looks like there will be rough waters ahead for the future of the lobster fishing season in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait this year. The season would normally open on May 1, but the interim president of the Northumberland Fisherman’s Association describes this year as “the perfect storm.” Challenging current market...

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When whales wash ashore

There is only one population of North Atlantic Right whales left on Earth, and it can be found off our coastline every summer, building the fat stores necessary for a southern winter. Were fate kinder, their skin would be a smooth, dignified black, but sharing these waters with human beings has covered them with unseemly...

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Fishing coalition seeking position from federal election candidates

Members of a coalition of Maritime fishing associations representing the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board, Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association, Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Pictou Landing First Nation, will be seeking the position of all local federal election candidates on the proposed effluent pipeline that would discharge into the Northumberland Strait from Northern...

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Penguins of the North

A few weeks ago I took to the Bay of Fundy, catching a boat from Grand Manan Island to our oceanic border with the United States. In these hotly contested waters can be found a small stretch of land, Machias Seal Island, protected by the Canadian Wildlife Service as a migratory bird sanctuary for the...

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Transport Canada fines vessel for contravening the speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

OTTAWA – Endangered whales such as the majestic North Atlantic right whale deserve to swim danger-free in Canadian waters. That is why the Government of Canada has introduced several measures to address risks they face by marine shipping and fishing activity. One of the implemented measures includes speed restrictions in certain zones in the Gulf of St....

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Two additional North Atlantic right whales found in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed reports on Tuesday of two additional dead North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The whales were located near the Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick and west of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec. These are the third and fourth confirmed dead North Atlantic right whales reported in Canadian waters...

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Fishermen’s associations reach impasse with Northern Pulp

NEW GLASGOW  – Nova Scotia and PEI fishermen’s associations announced at a meeting with Northern Pulp last week that they are suspending any further meetings until an alternative to the proposed plan to pipe pulp mill effluent directly into the Northumberland Strait is available for discussion. Since the proposal was announced last fall, the Gulf...

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DFO concerned by deaths of endangered North Atlantic Right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

MONCTON, NB – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is working with marine mammal experts, scientists, and fishery officers from across Atlantic Canada to determine what has caused the recent deaths of several rare North Atlantic Right whales in eastern Canada. At least five dead Right whales have been seen recently in the Gulf of St....

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