Category Archives: Fisheries

Human activities, shipping, fishing, polluting, links to killer whale deaths: study

VICTORIA — A long-running study of more than 50 dead killer whales in the Pacific Ocean concludes human activities pose deadly threats to the orcas. Killer whale deaths from Alaska to British Columbia, south to California and west to Hawaii linked

Human activities, shipping, fishing, polluting, links to killer whale deaths: study

VICTORIA — A long-running study of more than 50 dead killer whales in the Pacific Ocean concludes human activities pose deadly threats to the orcas. Killer whale deaths from Alaska to British Columbia, south to California and west to Hawaii linked

Draft fishery deal possibly a ‘historic recognition’ of treaty rights: Mi’kmaq chief

A draft agreement between Ottawa and a Nova Scotia First nation over a "moderate livelihood" fishery has the potential to be a historic recognition of Mi'kmaq treaty rights, the community's chief said Sunday. Mike Sack of Sipekne'katik First Nation sai...

Trouble brewing ahead of start to Nova Scotia fall lobster season: Indigenous leader

HALIFAX — The Indigenous leader at the centre of a simmering dispute over Nova Scotia lobster said Thursday the recent seizure of lobster traps in St. Marys Bay by federal officials could lead to big trouble on the water. Chief Mike

Whales to trout: Ottawa announces $50M for research into fisheries ecosystems

The federal government has announced more than $50 million for research into marine and freshwater ecosystems across Canada. The projects range from improving habitat for Atlantic salmon to measuring the effects of shipping on whales off the British Co...

Federal fisheries minister should resign over lobster dispute: Indigenous leader

HALIFAX — The chief of the First Nation at the centre of a lobster fishing dispute in Nova Scotia says the federal fisheries minister should resign because she appears unwilling to deal with the band's challenges. Chief Mike Sack of the

‘Not good’: Ocean advocacy group criticizes Canadian fishery management in audit

HALIFAX — Only about 25 per cent of Canada's fish populations are considered healthy and the federal government is missing data on more than one-third of the country's fisheries, according to an ocean conservation group.  Oceana Canada released it...

Ottawa plans to move from open-net fish pens to ‘sustainable technology’ in B.C.

VANCOUVER — The federal government says it has a game plan to transition away from open-net fish farming on British Columbia's coast.  Terry Beech, a Burnaby MP and parliamentary secretary for the minister of fisheries, said the government is comm...

First Nation to launch lawsuits against N.S. commercial fishers for alleged damages

INDIAN BROOK, N.S. — A Mi'kmaq First Nation that encountered violence after it opened a self-regulated lobster fishery says it will launch a series of lawsuits against non-Indigenous fishers for alleged damages incurred by its members.  The band a...

Indigenous moderate livelihood lobster fishery expands in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — The Indigenous moderate livelihood fishery in Nova Scotia has a new participant. The Pictou Landing First Nation this week became the latest Mi'kmaq band to start fishing for lobster outside the federally regulated season. Like the other band...