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Dalhousie Conducting Oil Spill Research

Risk assessments of potential oil spills in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and improving strategies for oil and water separation (oil decanting) are the focus of two research projects being conducted by Dalhousie University in Halifax. The projects are being funded under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative of the Ocean Protection Plan. “Through the Multi-Partner Research Initiative, our government is fostering scientific knowledge to help protect our waters and coasts from oil spills ...

Please Think About Consequences of Northern Pulp’s Proposed Pipe

The following letter was written by nine-year-old Hannah Fleury, to N.S. Environment Minister Margaret Miller in response to the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed replacement effluent treatment plant. Dear Environment Minister Margaret Miller, I am writing to you about Northern Pulp’s pipe that they want to build. I am nine years old from Central Caribou, N.S. Please do not dismiss my letter because of my age. I have grown up on the beaches of Caribou and my ...

Group’s Spirits Raised on Shipwreck Issue

Coast Guard Recommends Manolis L Oil Removal Following Technical Assessment The shipwrecked tanker Manolis L has given up its innermost secrets after lying on the sea bottom in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, for 36 years. Armed with knowledge of how much oil remains in the wreck’s cargo tanks following a detailed technical assessment, the Canadian Coast Guard is recommending to the federal government that potential environment-damaging oil be removed from the wreck as soon as the operation ...

Ocean Farming in 3-D

Former Newfoundlander Making Eco-Friendly Waves in the U.S. Bren Smith would love to see his 3-D ocean farm model set up around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. It would be one piece of the puzzle in solving the province’s current economic problems, he says, and offset the decline in key commercial fishing stocks such as crab and shrimp, and the northern cod moratorium. In fact, Smith’s vision of the future fisherman is one not chasing fish at all, but farming it. “That ...

Scientists, Environmentalists Plead for Repairs of Damage Done by Harper Government

Fisheries and Oceans is wounded but not slain and many people in the fishing industry hope that it will rise up again because in these times of high uncertainty and anxiety, what the fishing industry needs is more credible science. The Harper government certainly did a job on Fisheries and Oceans. Budgets were slashed, scientists muzzled, all in the name of having a balanced budget which Harper hoped would return his party to power for a third term. Fortunately, this didn’t happen. The ...

Action Committee Hopes Liberals Stick to Commitment on Environmental Assessments

In a region which has been labelled as ‘have not’ for so many years, the thought of any project that will create jobs for any extended period of time is music in the ears of politicians, as well as their constituents. The problem with this scenario is Atlantic provincial governments did not practice due diligence on mega projects which promised much and produced very little. Thus we have major failures in the four Atlantic provinces in the field of attracting companies which last the ...

Proposed Grieg Aquaculture Project Under Review

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation announced today that Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. have registered the Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act. The company is planning to construct and operate a land-based Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) Hatchery for Atlantic Salmon in the Marystown Marine Industrial Park and 11 marine-based farms in ...

Northwest Atlantic Ocean May Get Warmer, Sooner

A new study by NOAA researchers suggests future warming of ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. may be greater and occur at an even faster rate than previously projected. Their findings, based on output from four global climate models of varying ocean and atmospheric resolution, indicate that ocean temperature in the U.S. Northeast Shelf is projected to warm twice as fast as previously projected and almost three times faster than the global average. The models were developed at NOAA’s ...

The Canadian Coast Guard to Explore Long-term Solutions for Manolis L

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Canadian Coast Guard is requesting information from businesses that specialize in marine salvage to execute an in-depth technical assessment of the Manolis L. An in-depth technical assessment will provide detailed information on the status of the hull and identify locations and amounts of oil that may be contained within the wreck. In addition, the technical assessment will outline other operational challenges that will ...