Atlantic lobster fisheries eye sustainable approval

CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:47 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 12:49 PM AT

Photo: The P.E.I. lobster fishery sought out an eco-friendly label in 2009. (CBC)

The Maine lobster fishery has outpaced almost all of its counterparts in Atlantic Canada when it comes to a new certification for sustainable catches, says the executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada.

The London-based Marine Stewardship Council has given its seal of approval to the Maine fishery, meaning the industry can market itself as sustainably run.

Geoff Irvine argues that certification has become important, particularly for U.S. and European markets.

“Everybody knew…

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Mi’kmaq call on Canada to recognize fishing treaty

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:22 PM

Photo: Donald Marshall Jr., accompanied by Mi’ kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, right, and his cousin, Chapel Island Chief Lindsay Marshall , left, walks through Sydney, N.S. in a peaceful protest over native fishing rights in 2000. (CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan)

A dozen Mi’kmaq communities filed a notice of application with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Friday alleging that Canada has not met its obligation to accommodate fishing treaty rights.

Membertou Chief Terry Paul says a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision found that Mi’kmaq have the right to harvest and sell…

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Fish lose sense of smell in polluted waters

Fish in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, stoking concern among experts that the problem could devastate populations. But if the fish can just get into cleaner water – even if they’ve been exposed to pollutants their whole life – they start sniffing things properly again, according to new research out of Canada. Fish use their sense of smell to find mates and food, and to avoid getting eaten. It helps them navigate their often murky world, and it is necessary for their growth and survival. But when metals contact fish nostrils, the neurons shut…

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