Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Day 19: Down with draggers...letter to editor

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on Monday, September 4th:

Down with draggers
At the UN General Assembly, which meets in November, countries from all over the world will be discussing the future of our seas, specifically the high seas. It has been proposed that a resolution be tabled and passed, asking for an interim prohibition (a time out, if you will) on all dragging activities on the high seas (beyond the 200-mile limit). Currently, Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn has not stated a position on this issue. Since mid-August, the Ecology Action Centre has been bringing this issue to commuters all over the Halifax peninsula. Every morning during rush hour, these deep-sea diehards have been out with signs, successfully educating people on this issue. The response has been encouraging, with interest from pedestrians, cyclists and car commuters. The mismanagement of the fisheries is something that Nova Scotians know far too well and it is time for the Canadian government to make a change on the international stage. Visit the campaign blog, www.deepseas.blogspot.com, for daily updates and information.

-Beth Elias, Halifax

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