Friday, January 5, 2024

CARTOON - What About Those Fundy Tides

Tidal changes on the Bay of Fundy typically range 47.6 feet from high tide to low tide and a maximum of 53.5 feet. Many folks have experienced this situation when ... a) they didn't know or b) they were delayed in returning to the dock.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

NUCLEAR CONCERNS: Radiation? Just take your antioxidants and it will be fine.

I almost gagged when I listened to a Tom Young interview with some "expert" from Sudbury, Ontario ... the toxic "moon scape" of the earth. Don't worry, he said ,there are so many toxins in the earth and air that it won't help to worry. Just "take your antioxidants", he said!

More and more I am hearing folks soft pedal the nuclear accident in Japan, attempting to leave the impression that it couldn't happen here at the Point Lepreau reactor. Check the record folks, we have never been that smart and Point Lepreau has edged up to the brink a few times during its history.

In Japan it gets worse and worse. Now they have found not only levels of iodine-131 that are almost 5,000 times the acceptable levels, but now cesium-137 has been found at a village in levels exceeding that used in Chernobyl to justify abandonment of the area for centuries into the future. Trust me this stuff doesn't go away in a few weeks.

It must be "Hell on Earth" ... Kyodo also reported Thursday that the bodies of hundreds of people killed by the quake and tsunami lay unburied near the plant because they were contaminated by radiation, and the police and morgue workers were unable to handle them safely.

Read what else the New York Times has to say:

Radioactive Iodine Detected in Ocean, Despite Gains at Japanese Plant

Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Nagashima Rio, who was born on March 15, was tested Thursday for nuclear radiation at an evacuation center about 70 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant three weeks ago rose to nearly 11,600, with more than 16,000 people listed as missing. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless, including tens of thousands who have been displaced from the area around the nuclear plant. Workers have been dousing the reactors and spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi plant with water to prevent meltdowns and frantically trying to restore power and restart the cooling systems, but the resulting floods of dangerously contaminated water have complicated the efforts.TOKYO — Workers made incremental progress at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Thursday, but disturbingly high radiation readings there as well as miles away continued to reinforce fears that Japan’s crisis was far from over.
Workers prepared more tanks on Thursday to transfer radioactive water from the turbine buildings at Reactor Nos. 1, 2 and 3 to keep it from flowing into the ocean. But readings taken in the sea near

GRAND MANAN - Colorized drawing from field work on Grand Manan 1960s.


Copyright - Art MacKay

Thursday, October 5, 2023

OPINION - Frankenfish coming to Bay of Fundy soon?

© Art MacKay

Atlantic salmon swim to forefront of science
By JOHN McPHEE Environment Reporter, Halifax Chronicle-Herald
Thu. Dec 10, 2010

A genetically modified Atlantic salmon escapes from a fish farm into a river.

But it doesn’t live long enough to enjoy its freedom. Because the salmon isn’t eating a particular feed, a "kill gene" kicks in and it dies.

It may sound like science fiction but researchers are well on their way to this kind of genetic tweaking, said Fred Whoriskey, of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, in an interview Wednesday.

Genome mapping and research will eventually open up a wide array of biological tools. Most of them

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

ISSUES: The House of Irving's Role in New Brunswick - by investigative report Bruce Livesy.

Special Report

The House of Irving

A series by investigative reporter Bruce Livesey examines the powerful role the Irving family plays in the business, politics and media of New Brunswick and beyond. 8 Articles


The Economics of Poverty

Art MacKay

It seems that New Brunswick is now economically depressed and many of our people are now "poverty stricken" … some even living in tents. It was not always so.

Today the definition of poverty is based almost exclusively on income and does not consider the background of the people and their way of life. Personally, I believe that relatively few people here would actually be “poverty stricken" if they could return to the lives we built in the past. Certainly, most of us come from enterprising stock - fishermen, lumbermen, and farmers who through their own

RESOURCE FILE - Enjoy A Virtual Trip to the Zoo - Saint John NB



LOOKING BACK - Maine politicians move from ridiculous to downright dangerous!


From Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Beware Of Two Bills That Seek To Roll Back Your Right To Know About Pesticide Spraying In Your Neighborhood

LD 16 - An Act To Revise Notification Requirements for Pesticides Applications Using Aircraft or Air-carrier Equipment. This bill would reduce the aerial spray notification distance from 1,320 feet to 100 feet, and reduce the air-carrier spray notification distance into crowns of fruit trees or Christmas trees from 500 feet to 50 feet. MOFGA opposes this bill.

LD 228 - An Act To Revise Notification Requirements for Pesticide Application. This bill seeks to repeal the notification registry entirely. MOFGA opposes this bill.

Monday, October 2, 2023

LOOKING BACK - Seascape Kayak Tours Inc. Launches New Website and Newsletter

Looking back at a local Enterprise that is still functioning on Deer Island, NB and Costa Rica!!

The first digital issue of Seascapes, your paddling community newsletter, in "on the shelf". This past summer has been a very busy one at Seascape’s headquarters on Deer Island. Not only did we have an awesome paddling season despite the high fuel costs and some foggy weather, but we unveiled our new logo and launched our new web site, where you can find tons of information about our offerings. This newsletter will give you the inside scoop on what we’ve been up to in Canada – and what’s in store for the exciting winter season in Costa Rica.

More ...

LOOKING BACK– Are Shrimp in Danger in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy? And today?

  • The shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine has been very unsuccessful, with a meager catch preventing fishermen from reaching even their small quota, which was cut by 74 percent from the previous season’s levels. In response, regulators are now allowing shrimp boats to fish seven days a week, up from two at the beginning of the season, and have eliminated the 800-pound trip limit. The

Bay of Fundy Hawk Watch - Quoddy

Years ago, Todd Watts started posting information on hawk migration at Greenlaw Mountain near St. Andrews. We think that it is worth following. 

If you know of other hawk areas around the Bay, please let us know and we will post your information as well. If you like birds and nature, consider the Nature NB as a source of information. Some of the best birders in the area contribute and it will help you find local clubs and groups.