Ministerial Statement - Carapace Size Increase for Lobster Fishing Area 25

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, issued the following statement today on the minimum legal size for lobster fished in the western half of the Northumberland Strait between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., in an area known as Lobster Fishing Area 25.

Sustainable Ancient Aquaculture

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.

Endangered Atlantic Salmon Are Facing A New And Potentially Devastating Threat

The Atlantic salmon, already an endangered species in the United States and in parts of Canada, is facing a new threat: A recent breakdown in an international agreement with Greenland may mean that tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon-which otherwise would have been protected-will be harvested at sea before they can return to North American rivers

Mississauga firm plans to offer tours to Sable Island

It’s on many people’s bucket list. Visiting the mysterious and mythical Sable Island, graveyard of the Atlantic, home to vast colonies of birds and seals, and populated by a wild colony of ponies. Located 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax in the stormy Atlantic Ocean, the fog-shrouded, 40-kilometre spit of land — a sandbar really, little more than a kilometre wide — Sable Island is an intriguing place many people have heard or read about, but never seen.

Minister MacKay Announces Support to Canada’s Unique Marine Habitat on World Oceans Day

PICTOU, Nova Scotia – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Harper Government is protecting two areas of the Scotian Shelf by closing them to bottom-contact fishing. This action protects a rare sponge off Nova Scotia on the eastern Scotian Shelf, Vazella Pourtalesi, from intrusive human activities.