Friday, October 06, 2006


Canada's Conservatives plan to let down world

Even after President Bush announced his call for the end of unregulated high seas bottom trawling and even after Canadian fishermen announced their support of a moratorium, Canadian Fisheries Minister, Loyola Hearn, announced today that Canada will not be joining the U.S., U.K., Australia, and other countries in supporting a moratorium.

Scientists, fishermen, ecologists, and other Canadians expected this government to listen to the science and support a moratorium, a temporary time-out on bottom trawling. Most of the high seas have absolutely no regulation of this destructive fishing practice. Therefore, a moratorium is needed to give scientists time to identify where the fragile and ecologically important habitats are before they are destroyed. Furthermore, because the development and implementation of management policies does not happen overnight, a moratorium is needed to provide the time to put these policies in place, before these habitats are destroyed.

Currently, no Canadian vessels bottom trawl on the high seas, so a moratorium would not affect Canadian fishermen or coastal communities. In 2004, 1000 scientists from around the world urged the world's leaders to put a moratorium in place to prevent the further destruction of high seas habitat. If scientists, fishermen, ecologists, other countries, and George Bush support it, then why doesn't the Conservative Party of Canada?

It looks like Loyola Hearn still needs to know that Canadians care.


PEI Fishermen support a moratorium!

Ed Frenette, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, announced on Wednesday that Island fishermen support a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling, and they're looking for Canada's fisheries minister to follow the lead of George Bush and the United States on this issue.
You can read the whole story at the link below:


Come on Canada! Bush is showing you up!

Whitney, an American living in Belgium sent in this photo, encouraging Canada to live up to at least George Bush's environmental standards and support a moratorium.

The Conservative government must be pretty behind the times if the Bush administration is more forward thinking than they are.


Biologists across Canada support a moratorium

Don't be a drag, Canada! These biologists ask Loyola Hearn to stop ignoring the science and support a moratorium before it's too late.

From left to right: Sarah, Troy, Sonja, Quinn, Heather, Jason, and Paul.


Newfoundlander for a moratorium!

Janice Villagomez, from Gander, Newfoundland stands up to ask Loyola Hearn to listen to the hundreds of scientists that in 2004 urged the world for a moratorium on high seas dragging.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Students from around the world want a moratorium!

Students from around the world urge countries to support a U.N. moratorium on deep seas bottom trawling. This photo was sent in by students and professors at the United World College in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

Pictured from left to right, back row: Yerko Rubio (Chile), Daniel Clerk (Ghana), Hugo Cervantes (México), Keally Cieslik (USA), Julianna Gärtner (Germany), Sima Seidalkidani (Palestine), Mattia Gerin (Italy), Bruno Hardy (Belgium), David Opoku (Ghana), Yangli Lim (Malaysia). Front row: Atalya Levy (Israel), Carl Rosenberg (Norway), Gaspar Opiyo (Kenya), Ken Hoffman (Canada)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


U.S. calls for end to dragging on the high seas!

Today, the White House announced that President Bush is "calling for an end to destructive fishing practices, such as unregulated bottom trawling on the high seas". Click on the link below to read the press release.

President Bush must know that Americans, just like Hollywood actress Jane Alexander, support a high seas moratorium on dragging.
Well we Canadians support one too! If President Bush can recognize the destruction of high seas dragging, so can Loyola Hearn and PM Stephen Harper? Come on Canada! Support a moratorium!

Click here to read the press release from the White House:

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