Sturgeon Booklet and Posters

By Summer Student Leah Gerrior
Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 7 – Issue 7 August 2011

The information booklet with the four posters on the Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon were produced by the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council/ Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariate and IKANAWTIKET.

The booklet and posters contain information with illustrations on the two species of Sturgeon found in Atlantic Canada. The information booklet provides a more detailed explanation about the Atlantic Sturgeon and Shortnose Sturgeon.

The four accompanying posters highlight four topics discussed in the booklets: Anatomy, Life cycles, Threats and Significance. The anatomy poster highlights anatomy characteristics which distinguish the Atlantic Sturgeon from the Shortnose Sturgeon. The life cycle poster contains information about the Sturgeon’s life cycle and the different growth stages and preferred habitats.

The threats poster highlights threats and human activities which have led to the Atlantic Sturgeon now identified as a “Threatened Species” and the Shortnose Sturgeon as a “Species of Concern.” Sturgeon are a living fossil of over 200 million years and a vital biodiversity of the ecosystem now shared by humans. The Mi’Kmaq people of North-East, North America have harvested Sturgeon long before any contact, indeed for several millenniums using a variety of trapping and spearing innovations and technologies developed for a 6 to 13 foot, 100 to 200 pound fish without teeth.

To order your free copy of any of these publications, contact MAPC MAARS at: – (902) 895-2982

MAARS Priorities to Implement the 2011-2020 Aichi Targets

By MAARS Director Roger J. Hunka
Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 7 – Issue 7 August 2011

The Strategic Plan for the Decade of Biodiversity 2011-2020, announced in Nagoya, Japan during the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), is a 10 year framework of urgent goals and action targets for all countries and stakeholders to undertake to save biodiversity, sustainably use biodiversity and equally share in the benefits of Biodiversity for all people “Living in Harmony with Nature.”

Reproduced within this issue of Netawek Ikjikum (see Netawek Ikjikum Newsletter PDF – Page 11) are the twenty (20) Aichi Biodiversity Targets. These twenty (20) targets were developed to meet five strategic goals:

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MAARS receives the 2011 Marshall Award for Aboriginal Environmental Leadership

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 6 – Issue 4 March 2011

March 4, 2011: The Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariate received the 2011 Nova Scotia Environmental Network Marshall Award for Aboriginal Environmental Leadership.

Also of note, the Nickerson Lifetime Achievement Award went to Stephen Hawboldt.  The NSEN Eco-Heroes group of the year was presented to No Farms No Food.  The NSEN Eco- Hero Environmentalist of the Year was presented to Michael Ciarrocco who is a Co-Chair of NSCC-Annapolis Valley Campus Environmental Committee.  The Cole Award in Excellence for Environment and Health was presented to Donna Smyth and Gillian Thomas of the Citizen Action to Protect the Environment (CAPE).

Youth Environmental Leadership award was presented to James Hutt of the Sierra Club.   The Award for Environmental Political Will was given to the Town of Wolfville and the Langille Honour in the Woods Award was presented to Wade Prest.

NOAA and Partners Assist Entangled Right Whale off East Coast of Florida

Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Dec. 31, 2010

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 6 – Issue 4 March 2011

A team of state and federal biologists assisted a severely entangled North Atlantic right whale off the coast of Daytona, Fla., yesterday. The team successfully removed more than 150 feet of ropes wrapped around the whale’s head and fins, and cut portions of entangling ropes that remain on the animal.

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ESSIM: Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management Plan

by Samantha Dutka, Roger Hunka, and Joshua McNeely

A case study of and Integrated Marine Coastal Area Management Plan, or Large Oceans Management Area, the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management Plan (ESSIM) in Atlantic Canada, which included over ten years of stakeholder involvement to develop from concept to final draft plan, involving multiple diverse users and interests in a highly public and competitive ocean space area, with several unresolved jurisdictional issues, in a country surrounded by three oceans, became victim to a “lack of leadership for implementation”.

This study reveals the depth of citizens and users interests, involvement and ownership of the plan within a transparent public process. Sadly, since the area had low national government priority, the ESSIM plan is allowed to languish without Government leadership for its implementation. This situation is contrasted at end, by comparison to a more recent LOMA, the Beaufort Sea Plan, less than four years from development to approval and implementation in the Arctic Ocean. BSP had the advantage of clear central government, and involves fewer stakeholders, jurisdictions, and competing interests for ocean space, and ocean uses.

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Vote for the Bay of Fundy in the New7Wonders of Nature Campaign

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 6 – Issue 3 December 2010

The Bay of Fundy has won the prestigious nomination to represent Canada in the final stage of the global Official New7Wonders of Nature campaign.

Starting in 2007, the Bay of Fundy was one of 440 participants, representing over 220 Countries worldwide and today is proud to be one of the 28 worldwide finalists. The final 7, chosen by popular vote, will be declared on November 11, 2011.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows Canadians to showcase one of their most extraordinary natural wonders on the international stage.

Canada’s Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on the country’s East Coast. The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tides on the planet: measuring 53 feet (17 metres) which is 5 to 10 times higher than the rest of the world’s tides and supports a unique diversity of geology, biology and Peoples shaped by the tides.

Go to to vote for Canada’s Bay of Fundy in the New7 Wonders of Nature campaign.

People United but States Divided on Biodiversity Convention

By IKANAWTIKET Facilitator Joshua McNeely
Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 6 – Issue 3 December 2010

As the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (2010:IYB) comes to a close, the world turned their attention to Nagoya, Japan during October 18-29, 2010, where ambassadors from 193 nations, as signatory “member States” to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10).

CBD COPs are held every two years to bring together ambassadors and experts to build upon the Convention by signing Protocols, COP Decisions, and CBD Strategies, which together add to international biodiversity law, advance the CBD, and serve as benchmarks for States to consider for national laws.

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