Additions to website:
Seal Disease Update - October 23, 2006 Responses from government.
Seal Oil Leaves a
Fishy Aftertaste..." April 20, 2006, and " Letter
to Minister responsible for safety of seal products" May 20, 2006
Hunt Ecologically Irresponsible - April 2, 2006
DFO Seal Forum 2005 -
Comments on the new Seal Hunt Plan: specifically, how ecosystem objectives
should be incorporated into this plan, and also,
a letter to the Minister of
Fisheries and Oceans asking him to elicit science advice on the wisdom of
the current seal hunt from DFO's ecosystem scientists - November 21,
2005 - Perennial seaweeds in Nova Scotia continue to decline, in
patterns that are consistent with falling ocean fertility. July 12, 2005
Trust the Seals, Fear
the Microbes... Position statement of the Grey Seal Conservation
Society ( GSCS) against the Canadian
harp seal hunt. March 14, 2005
Something (else) is
Rotten in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. March 8, 2005
Something is Rotten in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence - in more than one way, this describes the
overall effects of the harp seal hunt: stifling, rather than enabling, the
recovery of the cod stocks. Feb. 11, 2005
- Another disappearing seaweed story in support of the conclusion that
ocean fertility is gradually declining. Oct. 6, 2004.
A meeting with DFO scientists to
discuss models of marine production - Canadian marine life is in deep
trouble, but the official diagnostic exercise is not going well at all.
Sept. 22, 2004
Saving the 'fat cat' - two
species of catfish, or wolffish, face extinction in Canadian waters. DFO's
pro-industry agenda clashes with the requirements of a new federal law,
the Species at Risk Act. August 28, 2004
Hungry humpbacks? Conflict
between whales and herring fishermen in the Bay of Fundy, plus a
mysterious decline in the health of the herring stock, may force a new
conservation strategy - August 25, 2004
DFO publishes a new
explanation for the cod crisis, admits cod are starving, and exonerates
seals - an update sent to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. July
May 10, 2004 -
meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
April 19, 2004 -
Geoff Regan, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
April 8, 2004 -
- technical arguments regarding unexpected inherent difficulties in
distinguishing between a starving ocean and an overfed one...but seaweed
tells the tale.
April 2004 -
Conservation Society (GSCS) formed in Nova Scotia in opposition to the
proposed new grey seal hunt.
March 9, 2004 -
Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, in which I request a
meeting and an urgent inquiry into the state of ocean health/ocean
science. Check back: I will also post his response. (posted above)
March 3, 2004 -
Hunt Proposed in Nova Scotia, an outrageously misguided, ecocidal
plan. This needs to be blocked, and not because the seals are "cute"...
November 16, 2003 -
to DFO's assessment of a major expansion in Nova Scotian baitfish stocks,
based on overlooked information from Newfoundland science, and from
(starving) baitfish predators.
September 26, 2003 -
Where have the
Fish gone? A fresh look at the Ocean: Slides and notes from a
presentation given at Dalhousie University, summarizing evidence of a long
term decline in marine primary production and the role that fishing may
have played in causing it.
May 8, 2003 - Advice to the Commons Standing Committee on
Fisheries and Oceans:
Positive features of seal
ecology may be slowing, rather than accelerating, the loss of the
groundfish stocks....once all things are considered...
April 14, 2003 - Advice to the Senate Standing Committee
on Fisheries and Oceans:
To rebuild the fish
stocks, first rebuild the zooplankton
April 11, 2003 -
kill story updated Many observations support the hypothesis that
oxygen depletion of bottom water may have played a role.
April 7, 2003 -
Cod freeze to
death in Newfoundland(?) ...did they freeze, starve, or suffocate?
...and how does this story relate to other marine ecosystem components
such as seals and zooplankton?
March 22, 2003 -
that white stuff in the seaweed? and
Shifting Baseline in the color of
February 6, 2003 -
"outside the box" in the case of the mysterious loss of the Canadian cod
December 5, 2002 -
November 26, 2002 -
Atlantic cod to the FRCC (also brief
submitted to the Canadian Fisheries Resource Conservation Council on Nov.
November 6, 2002 -
The Downturn of the
Atlantic Cod in Eastern Canada
October 17, 2002, website revised...
September 26, 2010 - I'm learning how to use "youtube"
- my channel is
StarvingOcean , and I've made "playlists" to show how I've tried to
argue that fishing can and has eroded ocean fertility. See:
Where have the fish gone? 2004 talk at Dalhousie University with Debbie
June 13, 2004 - CBC broadcast its "Starving Oceans"
episode of Land & Sea
it on CBC's website) , explaining how the scientific establishment
effectively bars me (an amateur) from participating in advancing
scientific understanding, and explaining in particular how the Canadian
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) had "frozen me out." DFO refused
to comment on camera.
September 19, 2004 - DFO invited me to give a
seminar to a group of scientists at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
Video of my presentation is below (a series of 6 youtube videos), but lacks feedback from DFO because the scientists were
not comfortable debating or commenting on the issues on camera.
01/08/02 NASA reports global decline in phytoplankton: