Saturday, September 09, 2006


Day 23: Oceanographers for the high seas!

Faculty and students of Dalhousie University's Oceanography Department stand together to ask the Canadian government to support a moratorium on high seas dragging and protect ocean habitat.


Day 23: Fisherman against dragging

Randy Nickerson, from Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, has been a trawler fisherman for more than 20 years and stands here in Halifax to say that Dragging Destroys Fisheries and support a moratorium on high seas dragging.


Day 23: Dragging moratorium just makes sense

Julie Blomquist, owner of The Sprout restaurant in St. John's, and a friend want Canada to support a moratorium on dragging on the high seas. Who wouldn't?


Day 23: Dragging hurts whales and dolphins too!

The Whitehead Marine Mammal lab at Dalhousie University stand together on the Dalhousie campus to let people know that dragging doesn't just negatively affect coral, sponge, and fish species, but also whales that rely on a productive and stable marine ecoysystem.


Day 23: Dragging destroys coral beds

Anne Pryde stands in the streets of Halifax on Friday dressed as a piece of coral to make it clear that dragging in the high seas results in the destruction of deep water coral beds. One motorist stopped to talk to Anne and then later wrote about the encounter on her blog....


Day 23: Marine mammalogists for a moratorium

Graduate students from Memorial University's Whale Research Group, Claudio Corbelli and Steven Benjamins stand up in St. John's to support a moratorium on dragging on the high seas.


Day 23: Firefighter against the high seas

Kevin Reade, a firefighter from Halifax, says that protecting high seas habitat from draggers is the same sort of idea as preventing fires; preventive measures reduce the risks of catastrophe. It's time we took action before vulnerable seamounts and other fish habitat are destroyed beyond repair.

Friday, September 08, 2006


Day 22: Former Fisheries Minister John Crosbie stands up for the high seas!

Former Conservative Fisheries Minister, John Crosbie and his wife Jane Crosbie take a moment to show Loyola Hearn and Harper's Conservative government that they want fish habitat protected and a moratorium on high seas dragging.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Day 21: Stop bulldozing the high seas!

Wayne Eddy, a fisherman from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia stands next to a bulldozer with a sign "What this does to the land, bottom dragging does to the oceans". Mr. Eddy says "I have seen the damage caused by dragging and how it hurts the fisheries. I fully support a high seas moratorium on dragging".


Day 21: EXcellent sign supporting a moratorium

Leith Hoculik stood up for the high seas at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto to ask Canada to support a!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Day 20: Fisheries biologists for the high seas!

Graduate students in the lab of Dr. Ram Myers (Dalhousie University) collectively ask the Canadian government to support a moratorium and leave them something to study!


Day 20: Let's keep the oceans LIVING

Staff of the Living Oceans Society in Sointula, British Columbia, stand up and ask Canada to protect deep seas habitat and support a high seas moratorium!


Day 20: Mechanics honk for the high seas!

Fouad (Fred) Mina, owner of Master Auto in Halifax says "I enjoy fishing and eating fish, but I want to see it done sustainably and with respect for our kids and future generations. Whether it is a car or the ocean, you have to look after things". Fouad (right) and fellow mechanic Rob Khoury ask Canada to HONK for the high seas!


Day 20: Families for the high seas!

Sister and brother Jenn and Jeff Spencer from Shelburne, Nova Scotia beg Mr. Hearn to support a moratorium on deep seas trawling.


Day 20: What dragging looks like

In this photograph, one can see that the Japanese vessel that hauled in this catch off of Greenland caught much more than the redfish that it was targetting. Because dragging catches prey indiscriminately, corals, sponges, and other marine life are unintentionally destroyed and hauled up during a drag. The deep water sponges seen in this photograph take decades to centuries to grow to this size.


Day 20: Dragging the high seas is garbage!

This cleaning crew in Halifax took a break to make it clear that it's time we gave the fish a chance and stop dragging the high seas.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Day 19: Dr. Ransom Myers stands up for the high seas!

Dr. Ransom Myers, an internationally renowned marine biologist at Dalhousie University and one of Fortune magazine’s 10 people to watch, stands up for the high seas with his daughter and her friend.

Dr. Myers comments:
"Permitting dragging in the high seas is the most destructive thing humans are doing in the oceans today. It would be shameful and ignorant for Canada not to support a U.N. moratorium on high seas dragging. This moratorium is needed to give time to come up with an effective high seas management plan before vulnerable deep-sea coral, sponge, and seamount ecosystems are destroyed beyond recovery".


Day 19: Hiatus holler from Holyrood

The autonous underwater vehicle crew in Holyrood, Newfoundland, stands up for the high seas!


Day 19: On the streets in Halifax again

Jen Ford and other moratorium supporters stood at the intersection of Quinpool and Robie in Halifax, reminding motorists that if there is no habitat, there will be no fish.


Day 19: Down with dragging in PEI

Jen Graham and Samuel Laroche show their support for the high seas while on the beach in PEI.


Day 19: Outside DFO, St. John's

Krista Koch, stands outside the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John's, to let people know about the blog and bring attention to the important issue of dragging in the high seas.


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,, for daily updates and information.

-Beth Elias, Halifax


Day 19: Standing up for the seas in the dark

Halifax citizens have been seen during daylight hours carrying signs with a message for Loyola Hearn, but now they are coming out at night as well as friends Neil Rough and Michael Fuller join the growing number of Canadians opposed to high seas trawling.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Day 18: Danny Michel stands up for the high seas!

Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel sent us this photo of him wearing the t-shirt he made asking the government to Protect Fish Habitat! Thank you Danny for your support! More info on Danny can be found at


Day 18: Stop the terror on the high seas!

World-renowned marine mammalogist Dr. Hal Whitehead and his daughters Sonja and Steff stand up for the high seas in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, asking the government to stop the terror on the high seas and protect our fish.


Day 18: Support for a U.N. moratorium

Dr. Tarah Wright, Director of Environmental Programmes at Dalhousie University stands up for the high seas with other members of the department, including Katja, Kaarin, and Christine.


Day 18: Protecting the oceans for our children

Johanna Dingwall of Halifax supports a moratorium on high seas dragging so that we can protect the world's oceans for her son Lucas and future generations.


Day 18: Standing up for the seas in Brooklyn

Canadian Rachel Elias stood in Brooklyn, New York with her two signs supporting a moratorium on high seas dragging: "If you want sea creatures crawling, don't support trawling".


Day 18: CPAWS-NS stands up for the high seas

The staff, volunteers, and board members of the Nova Scotia chapter of CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) took a moment during their Wine & Wilderness social event to support a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling.


Day 17: Message to PM Harper

John Goodridge and Toni White of Halifax, Nova Scotia sent in these photos of themselves asking Prime Minister Harper to do his part to end the destruction and STOP the bottom trawling of our oceans

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