Friday, September 22, 2006


Day 35: Deep sea fishes will only be left in jars....

Students in Dalhousie University's 'Ecology and Evolution of Fishes' class support a U.N. moratorium on high seas dragging. They hold up a sign reading "Deep sea fishes will only be left in jars if there isn't a moratorium on high seas dragging".


Day 35: Islanders for the high seas!

Dr. Irene Novaczek, Director Institute of Island Studies (PEI) and Sara Roach-Lewis of the Women for Environmental Sustainability (PEI) ask Canada to realize that if there's no habitat, there's no fish. Vulnerable and ecologically important habitats can be scientifically difficult to find. Without a moratorium to give scientists time to discover these areas, dragging may destroy these habitats before we can even know they exist. Today, Australia revealed that it will be taking a strong stand at the U.N. and will call for an immediate moratorium on bottom trawling on the high seas. We applaud Australia's leadership and ask that Canada start acting proactively as welll.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Day 34: Standing up for the high seas in L'Anse aux Meadows

Dr. Trudy O'Keefe of St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Gretchen Fitzgerald of Duncan's Cove, Nova Scotia (and St. Anthony, NL), sent in these photos of them standing up for the high seas near L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Trudy and Gretchen say "Think before you act .... remember the cod."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Day 33: Don't be crabby, support a moratorium!

Here's a great photo of Heather McKibbon doing a crab dance in Dartmouth yesterday, drawing attention to the fact that dragging in the high seas results in the destruction of habitat for a variety of marine creatures.


Day 33: Come on Canada! Stop dragging your feet!

A crab, a lobster, a piece of coral, a fish, and a gaggle of sign-holding, Canadian flag-waving people were in the streets in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia yesterday outside the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) meeting. While motorists honked in agreement, members and volunteers of the Ecology Action Centre and CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) held up signs encouraging Canada's Fisheries Minister to join other countries in supporting a moratorium on dragging. You can read the article about the event at:

Monday, September 18, 2006


Day 32: It's time to be RIGHT and HONOURABLE

Dr. Christopher Gerow, retired Pacific fisherman Gordon Olsen, and his daughter Moriah Olsen daughter stood at a busy intersection in Courtenay, British Columbia on September 16th to demonstrate their support for a moratorium. They say that it became clear from all the honking horns that passing motorists also supported a moratorium. Mr. Gordon says "The Right Honourable Loyola Hearn needs to get off the fence and support the U.N. moratorium on deepsea bottom trawling". Their signs send the clear message that it's time that Loyloa Hearn be RIGHT and HONOURABLE.


Day 32: Is Loyola Hearn still his own man?

Silver Donald Cameron wrote an opinion piece on Loyola Hearn and his upcoming decision on dragging in yesterday's Halifax Chronicle-Herald. You can read the article at To see a photo of Silver Donald Cameron supporting the moratorium, click on 'The Mowats and the Camerons' in the left side bar.


Day 32: Don't strip our reefs!

Jocelyn Rankin, Lilith Wyatt, and Zoë Caron, take a break from studying at Dalhousie University, to cut to the chase and make their message clear "Don't strip our reefs! Act now!"


Day 32: Project Seahorse stands up for the high seas

Members of Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia, take a moment to show their support for a moratorium on high seas dragging. Project Seahorse is an interdisciplinary and international organization committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems. Their research and work can be found at


Day 32: Saving the oceans for future generations

Barbara Negus of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, wants Canada to save the fish for her generation and future generations.


Day 32: Dragging destroys

While visiting Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, from Boston, Jack Miller stood up with his sign, pointing out that longlining is a more sustainable way of fishing than dragging.


Day 32: Fish biologist stands up for the high seas!

Canadian Lisa O'Neill takes a time-out from sampling Halibut in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to say: "The time is NOW, Canada, to support a 'time-out' from high-seas bottom trawling! We/future generations cannot afford to wait!!"


Day 32: We do KNOT like bottom dragging

Paula Naugle, from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia does not like what's happening to the oceans and does KNOT like bottom dragging.


Day 32: Come on Canada! Support a moratorium!

Tyler Schulz and Susan Gass stand on the streets in Halifax, telling the government that it's Canada's turn to join the other countries supporting a moratorium on dragging. Tyler is a Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University studying sperm whale communication and Susan is a Ph.D. student at the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory in Scottland, studying the impact of the oil and gas industry on deep-sea corals.


Day 32: Photo from Australia

Marco from the Netherlands (front, centre) and his friends from England and the Netherlands send a message while sailing in the Whitsunday's in Australia. Although their sign blew away, their message is clear "We, and our respective countries, support a ban on high-seas why is Canada still dragging it's feet?"


Day 32: Boatbuilder for the high seas

Wyatt Lawrence, a boatbuilder from Mascarene, New Brunswick, understands the impact that dragging has on the fish and the boat building industry. He reminds Canada that fish are indeed few.


Day 32: We want more fish than goldfish!

Mandy O'Neill and daughter, Jenna, sent in this photo from Lindsay, Ontario, saying "Don't let these fish be the only ones your kids know! Support a moratorium on high-seas bottom trawling!"


Day 32: Standing up on Salt Spring Island!

Here at Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island, Brian Smallshaw, Jan Slakov, Andrew Lewis, and a friend from the Netherlands, hold up their signs supporting a moratorium on dragging.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Day 31: I DO.....want a moratorium!

Amy Harvey and Conor McGlynn, who recently got married in Bermuda, take a moment during their wedding to show their love for eachother and a high seas moratorium on dragging. Congratulations!


Day 31: One Fish, Two Fish, Dragged Fish, Blue Fish

Lisa and her niece, Hailey, in Downeyville, Ontario (along with some help from the wise Dr. Seuss), plead for the Canadian government to support a ban on high-seas dragging, so that there may be fish/other marine life thriving in the future.

Hailey is sad for the 'sad' fish that has lost it's home, and thinks we should build it a new one. But, that will take a very LONG time, so we're working to stop the destruction of the fish homes.


Day 31: Dragging destroys the ocean bed

Tom Miller from Borneo, Nova Scotia, says that dragging is destroying the ocean bed

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