Canada Oil Spill

Canadian Oil Spills Needed Better Reporting During Spills

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Husky Oil Company was responsible for an Oil Spill of 250,000 Litres off the Coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland last November (2018). The slick was 21 km long and 8 km wide; however, the media relations people for the company did not make the dimensions of the slick available for the public. Why didn’t they make it available? Perhaps it was because the public has difficulty picturing how much Ocean a 250,000 Litre oil spill would cover.

Academics from Memorial University would like to see more research by Husky and the Provincial/Federal governments to understand how an oil spill will behave in a cold water ocean environment.

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BC Sea Lion Populations Are Not Out Of Control

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A video of a fisherman throwing a bear bomb into a pod of sea lions out in the ocean went viral on the web recently. The fisherman laughed about the incident confirming his distaste for the pinnipeds. He’s not the only fisherman who finds the sea lions pests. Others have been complaining about sea lions eating their herring catch right out of their nets often damaging their fishing gear.

There seems to be a notion that the sea lion and seal population is out of control; however, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as well as other experts from the Vancouver Aquarium, disagree. The population hovers around 105,000 individuals and has been stable since 1999. The sea lion population is one-third of that of the seal population. The experts say the population is in line with the historical population before the Europeans came to North America and began hunting them to near decimation.

So there is no validity to the perception that the population is growing out of control. The question that needs to be answered is who has the priority for eating the fish, humans or pinnipeds (seals, sea lions)?

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TOTOABA ENFORCEMENT

Law Enforcement Disrupting Trade That Is Killing The Vaquita

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We all know that the Vaquita, a small porpoise endemic to the Sea of Cortez, is nearly extinct; however, there are many organizations that are still fighting to keep the Vaquita from going extinct.

The Vaquita population is in trouble because they keep getting killed from illegal fishing practices in the Sea of Cortez by fishers who are trying to catch another endangered species called Totoaba. Asian countries are seeking out these fish for their swim bladders in which they think has healing properties (it has never been medically proven).

The people working to protect the Totoaba and the Vaquita are having a hard time stopping the fishers from catching an illegal, but high priced fish. Some organizations have moved to stop the middle people from arranging the shipments of Totoaba swim bladders to China from Mexico. And it’s working!

A new commentary on Mongabay news by Andrea Crosta, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the international illegal trade watchdog group, Elephant Action League, describes how her organization and partners have infiltrated some operations that conduct illegal operations to provide information to the proper authorities to make arrests.

Check out the rest of the details by listening to the podcast.

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How To Shop For Used Clothing With Jackie Lang

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A number of episodes ago, I discussed an article that showed an increase in sales at thrift stores in the UK. I admitted to you that I had never bought 2nd hand clothes before and I couldn’t even tell you how the process works.

I received a number of messages after that episode from the audience telling me about their experiences in shopping 2nd hand and how they did it almost exclusively.

Jackie Lang was one of those people who reached out, so I asked her to be on the show to discuss her experience with buying clothes from thrift stores.

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