Cleaning up Ocean Garbage

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 5 – Issue 2 September 2009


What do plastic bags, pop bottles, cellophane wrappers, and plastic forks all have in common. For one, you probably use these products every day (and then throw them away in the trash). What we are learning now is that an alarming amount of that plastic eventually finds its way into the oceans – in fact, millions of tons of plastic world wide. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that on average 46,000 pieces of plastic can be found floating per square mile of ocean around the world. Major sources of Ocean Garbage include land-based dumpsites near rivers or coasts, industrial outfalls, untreated sewage and storm water drains, legal and illegal at-sea dumping by vessels and oil & gas platforms, and abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear.

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National Aquaculture Strategic Action Plan Initiative (NASAPI)

Source:  Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 5 – Issue 2 September 2009


On July 9th, 2009 Roger Hunka, Joshua McNeely, Jordan Crane, Barry LaBillois, Franz Kesick and Naomi Crane attended the Nova Scotia Finfish Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the National Aquaculture Strategic Action Plan Initiative (NASAPI), at the Citadel Halifax Hotel, in Halifax Nova Scotia.

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Canada’s Response to the European Union’s Regulations in regards to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fisheries

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 5 – Issue 2 September 2009

By MAARS NS AMDO Franz Kesick

Members of the MAPC/MAARS team attended an Information session with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Canada’s response to the European Union’s (EU) Regulation on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. On January 1, 2010, the European Union regulations will come into force to deter Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and the import of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. These regulations will have a direct impact on exporters in Canada and an indirect impact on all of the fishing industry. The European Union Regulations can be seen in its entirety at:

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Special to the Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariate

Nova Scotia Government renews push for Georges Bank gas exploration

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 4 – Issue 4 March 2009
By Timothy Gillespie

After an exhaustive process of review and in the wake of the 10-year, Georges Bank oil and gas exploration moratorium, the Nova Scotia government made several promises to its citizens that it would diligently pursue the scientific and other issues required for the next review in 2009. In ten years, nothing has been done to keep those promises. According to a senior official for the Department of Energy, there is no record of one dime having been spent, or one study authorized or one analysis of existing data being conducted to prepare the government for the impending decision in January of 2010 whether to conduct another review of the benefits and risks of drilling on one of the world’s most productive fishing grounds.

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Smallmouth Bass Invasion!

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 4 – Issue 4 March 2009
By N.B. CARDA Barry LaBillois

The Miramichi River is one of a few river systems that have very few predators, but, this longtime freedom took a different twist on September 26, 2008 when an angler caught a smallmouth bass on Miramichi Lake.

Miramichi lake is a 221 hectare headwater lake of the southwest Miramichi River system. To confirm the presence of smallmouth bass in the lake, the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of the lake on September 29 to October 3, 2009 using boat electro fishing equipment and gill nets. A total of five young-of-year bass were captured via electro-fishing and two bass of indeterminate age were captured in the gill nets. Using backpack electrofishing equipment, they examined selected sites on the Southwest Miramichi and the 5.3 km stream that connects Miramichi Lake to the Southwest Miramichi, named Lake Brook. Again, young-of-year, reported to be in “good condition” were discovered, though their distribution appeared to be limited to the first 300m downstream from Miramichi Lake.

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Using Satellites to find fish – The SAFARI Project

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 4 – Issue 4 March 2009
By MAARS CDIL Brett Bancroft

The waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (right) are midnight blue in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on July 2, 2003. South of Nova Scotia (center), however, bright blue swirls in the water suggest a bloom of marine organisms, perhaps a kind of phytoplankton called a coccolithophore, a single-celled plant whose chalky white covering can cause the water to appear bright blue.

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We Extend Our Hand on Invasive Alien Species

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 4 – Issue 4 March 2009
By IKANAWATIKET Regional Facilitator Joshua McNeely

Since the creation of the Nova Scotia Invasive Species Working Group (NSISWG) in September of 2007, IKANAWTIKET has been working with other NSISWG members from the Nova Scotia departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Transportation, Acadia University, Canadian Food and Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Clean Annapolis River Project, Cape Breton University, and others to organize and host the first ever Nova Scotia invasive alien species (IAS) stakeholders workshop.

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Celebrate World Ocean Day

June 6, 2009, Halifax, N.S.

Join MAARS at the Halifax waterfront to celebrate World Ocean Day. Representatives from government, industry, academic and other organizations will gather to raise awareness of the important role oceans play in everyday life.

Ocean Day activities will be held on the wharf behind the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. There will be interactive and educational exhibits and displays, a touch tank, demonstrations, and face painting.

Admission is free.

For more information visit:

Natural Resources Engagement Workshop

Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 4 – Issue 3 December 2008
By MAARS Director Roger Hunka

Saturday October 25, 2008 at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia; the Voluntary Planning Committee invited more than 60 Nova Scotians to review and comment on the “working paper” produced by the Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee of Voluntary Planning.

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