The Cooperator is presenting a FREE screening of the powerful documentary, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil on March 2 from 2 pm-3:30 pm at the Musquodoboit Harbour Library. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba lost its supply of cheap oil. Cuban agriculture was based on the familiar system of large farms dependent on oil, pesticides and fertilizers. But without cheap oil, the country was in danger of not being able to feed itself.
By Richard Bell
The proposal to build a construction & demolition debris recycling facility in Porters Lake on Highway 7 is still alive and kicking. On April 4, the HRM Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council (HEMDC) will hold a meeting on the HRM staff report on this proposal, Case #19800, at the Lake Echo Community Centre at 6pm.
By Richard Bell
In the Cooperator’s March article “Who’s In Charge? Community-Managed MPAs?,” I mentioned that DFO’s website referred to at least one MPA where DFO was “co-managing” the MPA with a First Nation’s community, Paulatuk in the Northwest Territories.
Here is the question I sent to DFO: Does the use of the term "co-manage" mean that DFO has formally ceded some authority to the community of Paulatuk? In other MPAs, DFO is clearly in charge, although there may be a community-based advisory committee of some sort. I want to know if co-managing means more than simply advising DFO.
Welcome to the Cooperator’s web page on the debate over establishing an Eastern Shore Islands Marine Protected Area. Here you will find all of the Cooperator’s stories about MPAs, plus links to a selection of documents, podcasts, and videos from other sources that we believe are helpful in understanding the debate over the proposed Eastern Shore MPA. If you have a document that you think should be included, please email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most recent additions:
Tasmania and Nova Scotia Sign MOU on Aquaculture, Eastern Shore Cooperator, March, 2019
Is DFO Really Listening?, Tammy DeWolfe, Letter to the Editor, Eastern Shore Cooperator, March, 2019
Who's in Charge: Community-Managed MPAs, February 26, 2019
MP Sean Fraser Editorial on MPAs, February 26, 2019
Response from the Whale Sanctuary Project, February 9, 2019
"Whales and the MPA?," by Richard Bell, ESC website, February 7, 2019
Susanna Fuller on "Preserving Livelihoods and Marine Habitats," February 1, 2019
Quick Overview: The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced on March 22, 2018 that a 2,000 square km area off the Eastern Shore as a new “Area of Interest” (AOI) under the provisions of the Oceans Act Marine Protected Area (MPA) program. The proposal encompasses the waters around the 30km of islands between Clam Harbour and Mushaboom. Since then, a fierce struggle has emerged, birthing a new society, the Association of Eastern Shore Communities Practicing Environment and Historical Access (AESC-PEHA)that opposes going forward with the current MPA process. AESC-PEHA has held several well-attended meetings, and has plastered Highway 7 with large and small NO-MPA signs.The Eastern Shore Fisherman's Protective Association has also come out against the MPA as proposed by DFO.
By Richard Bell
The government of Tasmania reported on February 17, 2019 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Nova Scotia at the conclusion of the visit to Tasmania of a fishing industry delegation led by Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Keith Colwell. As of February 23, 2019, there was no information available on the Fisheries and Aquaculture website about this MOU or any other trip results.