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Posted: Fri, Apr 06, 2018
The Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board has released information on oil and gas bids detailing lease areas available for 2018 – and these areas directly overlap a large fisheries closure announced in December by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Posted: Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada announced measures aimed at preventing further deaths of the endangered North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of St Lawrence. These include early opening and closing of the snow crab fishing season, shipping lane closures and mandatory speed limits, and funding for surveillance and whale response teams. Significantly, fixed area closures as well as dynamic closed areas to fishing and shipping when whales are present were also announced.
Posted: Thu, Dec 21, 2017
Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced seven new fisheries closures stretching from the Newfoundland Shelf all the way to the Eastern Arctic and totaling 145,598 km squared. All bottom fishing activity, including traps, longlines, gillnets and bottom trawls will be prohibited.
Posted: Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Risky management decisions, a failure to follow science advice and a lack of negotiating transparency overshadowed this week’s work at the international body that manages the valuable bluefin tuna and other tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
Posted: Sat, Oct 28, 2017
Following a commitment in the mandate letter of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to protect 5% of Canada’s coastal and marine environments by 2017 and 10% by 2020, Canada announced today that it has met its interim target.
Posted: Fri, Sep 29, 2017
As the government of Canada seeks to meet its target of protecting 5% of our coastal and marine environment by 2017, the EAC recognizes that all tools – including closures under the Fisheries Act must be used, as our current legislation and process for Marine Protected Areas under the Oceans Act does not allow for an expedited process and MPAs can take between 6-8 years from identification to establishment.
Posted: Fri, Sep 22, 2017
The 39th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) closed today, in Montreal. The Ecology Action Centre attended as an observer to the meeting of 12 Contracting Parties who collectively manage fisheries on the high seas, outside the 200-mile limit in the North Atlantic.
Posted: Mon, Sep 18, 2017
High seas fishing nations, members of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization, will hold their annual meeting this week. The Ecology Action Centre, a member of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean, will participate as an environmental non-government observer.
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