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Shark week: straight from the shark's mouth

August 14, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Shark week: straight from the shark's mouth

(Credit: Ecology Action Centre)

Special guest column by Hector the Blue Shark, spokes-shark for the Ecology Action Centre's Marine Program in Halifax, NS.

Shark Week is here! While I like all the attention I get this week — you can find me on social media ranting at the latest Could-Megalon-Really-Exist?, No-It-Definitely-Couldn't, But-We-Are-Going-To-Mislead-The-Heck-Outta-You-Anyway Shark Week special — I'd like to talk about things that hit a bit closer to home: some of the real problems sharks face in Atlantic Canada.

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Dogfish aren't trash fish

August 13, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Dogfish aren't trash fish

(Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Kyle Empringham, Public Engagement Specialist

Poor dogfish! They've been labelled "trash fish" because west coast commercial fisheries typically discard them. But should we be tossing them — or eating them?

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Canada's fisheries: shark friends or foes?

August 11, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Canada's fisheries: shark friends or foes?

This basking shark is shocked. (Credit: NOAA Fisheries Service. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

By Scott Wallace, Senior Research Scientist

Sharks are usually associated with tropical waters, so few people know Canada has sharks and shark fisheries. This Shark Week, we're asking: Just how shark-friendly are Canadian fisheries?

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Pacific Underwater: Abalone pile up and spawn

August 7, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: Pacific Underwater: Abalone pile up and spawn

(Credit: Anne Salomon)

By Kat Middleton, Western Region Science and Policy Intern

Northern abalone (AKA "ears of the sea") look like creatures from outer space, with many tentacles poking out beneath flat, colourful, ear-shaped shells. They're actually sea snails, and like land snails, they have two protruding eyes and a strong foot muscle for sticking to rocks and moving along the ocean floor. They're strict vegetarians that chow down on algae and kelp using a saw-toothed tongue called a radula.

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The canoe reminds us that we are all one

July 24, 2014 | Leave a comment
Photo: The canoe reminds us that we are all one

(Credit: Kris Krüg)

By Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, Marine Planning & Jodi Stark, Public Engagement Specialist

A giggling toddler runs into a young woman's loving embrace. Behind them, songs echo to a booming rhythm held on a solid log. Elders dance onto the field, leading their young relatives. The fog rolls in off the ocean and I am happy for the opportunity to join the Eagle Dance to warm up.

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