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Posts tagged with ‘fishing’ (9)

How Canada is fighting illegal fishing

Posted by Guest Blogger in Wildlife on Friday, March 20, 2015

Canada's Operation High Seas Driftnet was first launched in 1993, and contributed to enforcing the United Nations’ moratorium on the use of high seas driftnets. This is the kind of vessel that the operation looks for. (Photo: courtesy Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

By: Nathalie Trépanier, Senior Communications Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

“People don’t always realize how truly vast the ocean is,” says Judy Dwyer, director of enforcement operations at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). But although the ocean can appear limitless, she notes that its resources are not.

For conservation and protection officers, protecting those resources can take on many different forms. Illegal fishing is one of the greatest challenges to ensuring ...

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Canadian Geographic goes ice fishing

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Travel on Friday, February 20, 2015

Canadian Geographic editor Aaron Kylie with a 73.66-centimetre-long walleye caught through the ice on Lake Winnipeg near Matlock, Man., on Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo: Javier Frutos)
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At first brush, ice fishing near the south shore of Lake Winnipeg in the middle of February during an Environment Canada extreme cold warning may not sound like a high-adrenalin, high-five inducing activity — but it is. When it takes just five minutes to land a big, 63.5-centimetre-long walleye for which the area is famous, your blood gets pumping and you start jonesing for another. Yes, ice fishing is addictive.

My excursion out on the so-called “hardwater” of Lake Winnipeg was the first event ...

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UBC research supports ban on high seas fishing

Posted by Jordanna Tennebaum in Wildlife on Monday, February 16, 2015

Rashid Sumaila, the director of the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit. (Photo: Martin Dee)

Shutting off the high seas to commercial fishing might be an economically and environmentally sound option for the world’s fisheries and maritime nations, according to new research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Director of the UBC Fisheries Economics Research Unit Rashid Sumaila led the study on the high seas fishing industry, and states that international waters should be protected much like a global fish bank. Sumaila began the project in 2012, and presented this weekend at ...

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Q & A with Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak on how satellite images calculate fish catches

Posted by Angele Cano in Wildlife on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Traditional fishing gear in the Persian Gulf, since the 1800s, with set nets (fixed stake net trap), called moshta in Iran and hadrah in Kuwait. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Imagine finding a mythical black hole into which a major portion of the ocean’s fish disappeared.

That’s akin to what University of British Columbia PhD student Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak did when she discovered 1,900 previously unidentified fishing weirs in the Persian Gulf using Google Earth — the first time a fisheries catch had been estimated from space.

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An Arctic researcher works to reduce the impact of trace contaminants in country food

Posted by Mark Anderson in The Polar Blog on Friday, March 28, 2014

Frozen cut-up char, one of the foods Inuit near the Arctic Ocean rely on as part of their diet. (Photo: Henry P. Huntington)

For Inuit living near the Arctic Ocean, hunting and fishing provide food for the table, and are vitally important to community life and culture. Though fresh and highly nutritious, country food comes with a price: mercury and other environmental contaminants, carried to the polar region by wind and ocean currents, concentrate in predators at the top of the food chain, including marine mammals and fish that comprise a large part of the Inuit diet.

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