Thursday, October 19, 2006


Stop ignoring the science. Support a moratorium

Dr. Ransom Myers at Dalhousie University asks Loyola Hearn and PM Harper to stop ignoring the science and support a U.N. moratorium on high seas dragging. Dr. Myers says "imposing a moratorium on deep-sea dragging is an absolute no-brainer. It would be shameful and ignorant for Canada not to support a U.N. moratorium on high seas dragging".

A moratorium would be temporary and in unregulated international waters, where no Canadians currently bottom-trawl. Thus, a moratorium would have no effect on Canadian fishermen.


Listen to scientists, support a moratorium

Benthic marine ecologist, Dr. Bob Scheibling, at Dalhousie University has a very simple message for Fisheries Minister, Loyola Hearn. Listen to scientists, support a moratorium.

For years scientists have been urging the world to put a moratorium in place in order to give time for them to find the areas on the high seas where dragging would have a negative impact (such as on seamounts and coral reefs) as well as the areas where dragging could continue without much impact (such as areas of sandy bottom). But without a moratorium, how can Loyola Hearn find these areas before they are all dragged to destruction?


Don't let the net drop, make dredging stop!

Lindsay Janes (blue fleece vest in centre) and students from Old Scona Academic in Edmonton, Alberta made posters and took this photo while on a school trip off the north east coast of Vancouver Island to demonstrate their wish for Loyola Hearn to support a moratorium on high seas dragging.


Photo support from the sea!

Nele and Kenzie, co-presidents of the Old Scona Academic Environmental Club in Edmonton, sent in this photo while on a marine biology trip off the coast of Vancouver Island on the Island Roamer. They say that they're very disappointed with Loyola Hearn's decision.


High seas dragging scrapes the bottom of the only barrel we know!

Writer and editor Amanda Jernigan, and photographer John Haney send their support from St. John's Newfoundland. Without a moratorium, we'll continue to scrape the bottom of the high seas without knowledge if the area being bottom-trawled is of ecological importance or not.


Photo from Cape Breton

Taking a break from eating turkey on Thanksgiving in Cape Breton, artists Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter join Judith Fuller in sending a message to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. They support a time out on the high seas, where fishing is unregulated - until such time as countries of the world can establish regulatory regimes that will ensure the sustainability of the marine environment.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Support from Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Brian Smallshaw, Jan Slakov, Andrew Lewis, and an inspired Dutch tourist stand in Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, B.C. showing their support for a moratorium on bottom-trawling.

They point out that the negative impact of bottom-trawling is a result of both the physical destruction of benthic habitat and the by-catch of untargeted species. Between 1996 and 2002, the B.C. bottom trawling fleet discarded 68 million kilograms of by-catch, the amount it would take to fill a convoy of pickup trucks, bumper to bumper, between Vancouver and Prince George (Living Oceans Society,

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