Friday, January 18, 2019

WHALES: 3rd 2019 Right Whale Calf Reported!

Introducing #3!
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Right whale calf #3 spotted!!
Catalog #1204 and calf were spotted by our aerial survey team on January 17, 2019 off Amelia Island in NE Florida. FWRI researchers also photographed the pair from the water.
Catalog #1204 has given birth to at least nine calves in her lifetime which makes her one of the most successful mothers in the population. Only two other North Atlantic right whales are known to have given birth to nine calves: Catalog #1240 and #1334.
Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

LOOKING BACK 10 YEARS: Irving Fined for Destroying Heron Nests

J.D. Irving fined $60,000, pleads guilty to destroying heron nests.

Originally published Monday, 9:48 PM 2008 AT CBC News (Original deleted at CBC)

Photo from Wikipedia

Forestry giant J.D. Irving Ltd. was fined $60,000 after pleading guilty Monday to destroying a blue heron habitat in New Brunswick two years ago.
 Charges were laid against J.D. Irving in 2006 for violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act by destroying a blue heron colony near Cambridge Narrows on company property, about 80 kilometres north of Saint John. The company was building a logging road in the area where eight nests were destroyed, the court was told.  J.D. Irving was charged with disrupting the nesting colony and had originally pleaded not guilty. Judge Patricia Cumming in Burton, N.B., court handed down a $60,000 penalty — a $10,000 fine and a $50,000 contribution to Bird Studies Canada, a non-profit conservation group.  
J.D. Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith said the company decided not to fight the charge once it was decided there was going to be an allocation made to Bird Studies Canada, a group the company has had a long-standing relationship with. "Understanding that and the fact that we were likely looking at a long and protracted legal case, we made the decision to proceed with the settlement that was determined in court today," Keith said.
As well, the company cannot log in the area for five years. "I make no finding of negligence … or that this was done intentionally," Cumming said when delivering the fine. She said it was fortunate that the colony, which appears to have re-established itself, is thriving. 

ISSUES: How a pulp mill killed commercial fisheries in New Brunswick’s St. Croix Estuary, and its lessons for the Northumberland Strait

Monday, January 7, 2019


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

DEATH IN THE BAY OF FUNDY: Things most of us don't see or know about.


The following underwater videos were taken about 10 years ago. They show dead and dying zones in the St. Croix River Estuary adjacent to Bayside Port and Quarry. The cause? Probably a combination of local quarry activities and a 10 year period where the pulp mill in Woodland dumped highly toxic black liquor into the river. 

Odds are this was never acted upon and was ignored by all levels of government.

1. The "normal" look of the bottom where currents prevent sedimentation,

2. Intermediate sedimentation with active recolonization by mud-dwelling invertebrates.

3. Virtually "dead" bottom covered by sediment.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Explore Atlantica, Cape Cod to Labrador


Atlantica is a huge area ranging from Cape Cod to Labrador. In the past, we all lived, worked and worried within our own little jurisdictions. We are at a time in history when we all need to broaden our scope and become concerned about common issues.

Monday, October 22, 2018

AQUACULTURE: Lessons We Need to Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology

Sustainable Ancient Aquaculture – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Posted by Mark Spalding in Ocean Views on July 11, 2013. Written by: Mark J. Spalding, Kathryn Peyton and Ashley Milton

 Lessons We Can Learn from Ancient Aquaculture Technology
  1. Use plant-based feeds instead of wild fish;
  2. Use integrated polyculture practices such as IMTA;
  3. Reduce nitrogen and chemical pollution through multi-trophic aquaculture;
  4. Reduce escapes of farmed fish to the wild;
  5. Protect local habitats;
  6. Tighten regulations and increase transparency;
  7. Re-introduce time-honored shifting and rotating aquaculture/agriculture practices (Egyptian Model).

Phrases like “lessons from the past” or “learning from ancient history” are apt to make our eyes glaze over, and we flash to memories of boring history classes or droning TV documentaries.  But in the case of aquaculture, a little historical knowledge can be both entertaining and enlightening.
Fish farming is not new; it has been practiced for centuries in many cultures.  Ancient Chinese societies fed silkworm feces and nymphs to carp raised in ponds on silkworm farms, Egyptians farmed tilapia as part of their elaborate irrigation technology, and Hawaiians were able to farm a multitude of species such as milkfish, mullet, prawns, and crab. Archaeologists have also found evidence for aquaculture in Mayan society and in the traditions of some North American native communities.
The award for oldest records about fish farming goes to China, where we know it was happening as early as 3500 BCE, and by 1400 BCE we can find records of criminal prosecutions of fish thieves.  In 475 BCE, a self-taught fish entrepreneur (and government bureaucrat) named Fan-Li wrote the first known textbook on fish farming, including coverage of pond construction, broodstock selection and pond maintenance. Given their long experience with aquaculture, it’s no surprise that China continues to be, by far, the

Monday, October 15, 2018

FOR THE RECORD: House of Irving by investigative report Bruce Livesy.

Special Report

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. To fund more investigative reporting on National Observer by Bruce Livesey, please subscribe.
8 Articles

Are the Irvings Canada's biggest corporate welfare bums?

The LNG terminal is at the center of a bitter dispute pitting the region’s largest energy company, Irving Oil Ltd., against Saint John’s city hall. In so doing, it’s become a potent symbol of all the problems inherent with corporate welfare in Canada – and in New Brunswick especially.
By Bruce Livesey in News, Energy, Politics | March 30th 2017

Are the Irvings trying to censor CBC reporter Jacques Poitras?

Canada's seventh-richest family complains to CBC about the author of a book about them. CBC ombudsman rejects request to ban the reporter from covering the family and their businesses.
By Bruce Livesey in News, Energy, Politics | March 24th 2017

  • The Irvings' Invasion of Maine

    The methods the Irvings used in New Brunswick to great effect — they are now trying them out in Maine.
    By Bruce Livesey in News | July 21st 2016

    The Irvings' media monopoly and its consequences

    Does the Irving family's media monopoly serve their corporate interests?
    By Bruce Livesey in News | July 6th 2016

  • How the Irvings intimidate their critics

    Rod Cumberland knows what it feels like to be the target of one of Canada’s most powerful corporations and richest families – to have, in effect, a bull’s eye on your back.
    By Bruce Livesey in News, Politics | June 27th 2016

    Playing hardball the J.D. Irving way

    J.D. Irving is a forestry, shipbuilding and media conglomerate that aggressively challenges its critics.
    By Bruce Livesey in News | June 20th 2016

    Turmoil at Irving Oil

    One of Canada's largest energy companies is facing challenges on all fronts as it champions the Energy East pipeline.
    By Bruce Livesey in News | June 13th 2016

    What have the Irvings done to New Brunswick?

    Despite being viewed as a charming Maritime province tucked away on the east coast, in reality it’s a “company province” dominated by one very rich and powerful family.
    By Bruce Livesey in News | June 6th 2016