Saturday, 27 June 2009

Beautiful Young Foxes

I hope to get out for a little fishing later today but thought I’d share these pictures with you first.


These are young foxes living in the South Shore area of Nova Scotia. My daughter, Nancy and her Uncle Ron saw them two nights ago and sent these photos.


The title of this post should bring in some hits from Google don’t you think ?

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Monday, 22 June 2009

Whale Watching

I’ve been away for a few days doing some work travel.
Here are some pictures from a whale watching excursion that was part of the trip.

I saw a few whales but I didn’t get any good pictures of them. All told I saw seals, porpoises, a bald eagle and of course the whales.




The circular cages are part of a salmon farm just up the coast from Digby.

Was hoping to get out trout fishing this weekend but the weather has been foul. The forecast is calling for rain from Saturday until next Thursday.


Saturday, 13 June 2009

Trip With Brother Warren

I had a nice trip out with my brother Warren the other night.
The river we visited was shockingly low and the whole bottom was covered in a brown algae. Warren called it “Rock Snot”.

I had been there about a week and a half ago and the water was at the perfect level, Shad and Trout were everywhere. We had to follow the brook down to where it hits the big river to find any fish. I caught a small Bass and Warren hooked a few Shad.

Not legendary fishing by any stretch but fun to get out and it doesn’t hurt for the big brother to win one every now and then.
Certainly cuts down on the “noogies”.

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Six Nova Scotia Projects Receive Funding

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Six Nova Scotia projects receive funding from Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation

June 1, 2009, Fredericton, NB – Groups working to conserve wild Atlantic salmon stocks in Nova Scotia (NS) will receive a total of $52,800 in funding from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) this year. The Foundation announced its 2009 grant recipients today. Six Nova Scotia projects were among the 20 to be funded, which also included four in New Brunswick, four in Quebec, three in Prince Edward Island and three in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The total value of grants awarded by the Foundation for 2009 is $219,850.

“This is just our second round of awards,” said ASCF Chair, the Honourable Rémi Bujold, when the successful applications were announced, “but the Foundation is already gaining recognition as the funding agent for wild Atlantic salmon conservation in Canada. Our plan is to be a reliable and long-term supporter of salmon conservation by community partners.”

Some 46 applications were submitted by conservation, environmental, sports angling and Aboriginal groups in Atlantic Canada and Québec to fund work to be done during the 2009 season. “This shows that there is widespread and active interest in, and commitment to, conservation of wild Atlantic salmon,” said Hon. Bujold.

Nova Scotia applications were assessed and selected by the Foundation’s Nova Scotia advisory committee and its Central Advisory Committee. The $52,800 awarded in Nova Scotia includes:

  • $15,000 for the Nova Scotia Salmon Association to mount a demonstration project in Beaver Bank aimed at restoring the West River, which has been extensively damaged by acid rain;

  • $9,000 to the LaHave River Salmon Association in Bridgewater to improve and maintain the water quality of the LaHave River watershed through water quality monitoring and a public education program;

  • $9,000 to the Sackville Rivers Association for a comprehensive watershed study to establish priorities for Atlantic Salmon habitat restoration and improvement in the watershed;

  • $7,500 for the St. Mary’s River Association (Sherbrooke) to identify culverts that interrupt spawning migration and develop a restoration plan for culvert remediation;

  • $6,300 to Antigonish’s Habitat Unlimited to continue its work on fish habitat restoration in Wright’s River;

  • $6,000 to the Mabou & District Community Development Association for its Shea’s Brook restoration project to create a more complex habitat suitable for salmon spawning, development, and migration.

    “The salmon fishery is essential not only to the province’s ecology, but also to its economy, First Nations and to the growing eco-tourism industry,” Scott Cook, chair of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation’s Nova Scotia Advisory Committee, said when the funding was announced. “These projects will contribute significantly to the reestablishment and conservation of this valuable resource in Nova Scotia.”

    Work on the spring 2009 projects will begin as soon as environmental conditions allow.

    The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization established with the goal of helping to achieve healthy and sustainable wild Atlantic salmon stocks in Atlantic Canada and Québec. Funded with an endowment from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Foundation has created a trust fund to promote and strengthen partnerships among groups working to conserve wild Atlantic salmon. Conservation projects and program administration are financed from interest earned by the trust fund.

    For more information on the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation please visit the website at

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Saturday, 6 June 2009

"Never Seen Anything Quite so Bizarre or Incredible"

Not much fishing to report from me this past week so I thought I would share this gem from the Business Times of Australia.

By Ivan Adnan06 June 2009 @ 02:26 pm AEST
KAUAI - A man in Hawaii has caught what is possibly the luckiest catch of any era a fish that has coughed up a gold watch.

Curt Carish was at a picnic with others in the vicinity of Port Allen Beach on the island of Kauai when the group of friends spied a fish clumsily swimming close to the shore, The Garden Island website reports.

Encouraged by his friends Mr. Carish jumped into the water and clubbed the 10-inch fish unconscious, with a bamboo stick.

Mr. Carish mentioned he had noticed the fish's stomach appeared abnormally large but did not give it any thought after tossing it into an esky. (An “esky” is a cooler)

A friend later opened the cooler, to make the discovery of a gold watch next to the fish's mouth.

"The funniest thing is that the watch was on time and still ticking," Mr. Carish was quoted by the website as saying.

Mr. Carish believes that in the 30 years he had been living in Hawaii he had never seen anything quite so bizarre or incredible.

He has obviously never been fishing with Brad "Fish Hawk" McC.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

For Immediate Release

Three Generations Protect Land, Family Heritage
Sunday morning, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the St. Mary’s River Association Interpretive Centre in Sherbrooke for a community celebration.

Sherbrooke is home to Sherbrooke Village, a long celebrated historic and tourist attraction. However, a lesser known fact about this community—and the reason for this week’s celebration—is that, at its heart, is a thriving movement to protect not only Nova Scotia’s history, but its future too.

A champion of this movement comes in the form of 14 year old Reid Anderson, who, at the age of 11, voiced his desire to see the land protected for the benefit of the wildlife that call the area home. Reid, along with his father Jamie, and his grandfather Murray—whose ancestors have lived in Sherbrooke since the 1800s—have succeeded in protecting this portion of their family land, in perpetuity, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

The formal announcement of the river’s newest conservation site was made on Sunday. The land will been named the C.W. Anderson Conservation Lands—in honour of Murray’s grandfather who was a mill owner, shipbuilder and general store proprietor in Sherbrooke in the early 1900s.
This 110-acre property supports a bald eagle feeding site and over 1,000 metres of shoreline on the Main Branch of the St. Mary’s River. According to Dennis Garratt, the Nature Trust’s Conservation Manager, “this site is a wonderful contribution to conservation on the river. Its varied forest habitats and undisturbed shoreline will help keep the river shaded and healthy for Nova Scotia’s imperilled Atlantic salmon.”

The property was acquired with support of the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, and generous sponsorship provided by EnCana, the David and Faye Sobey Foundation, and ExxonMobil Canada.

There is an old proverb which states “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but rather, borrow it from our children.” In permanently protecting this land, the Anderson family has recognized the ultimate truth of this idea and has both preserved an important connection to their family history, and ensured that Reid and those who come after him will always have a connection to this treasured place.

This property is the fourth site protected through the Nature Trust’s St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Campaign, which has protected over 400 acres of land along the River to date. The Nature Trust is Nova Scotia’s leading private land conservation group, with over 4,300 acres protected on private lands across the province.

The St. Mary’s River

The St. Mary’s River is one of the most scenic rivers in the province, and has long been popular among salmon-fishermen, even attracting baseball great Babe Ruth to fish its waters.

Aside from its recreational and scenic value, it is also highly significant ecologically, supporting four “ecological gems”:

Important habitat for wood turtles, a national species-at-risk;
Habitat for Atlantic salmon, a species that is declining throughout its range;
Some of the last remnants of old-growth hemlock forest in the province;
Some of the most extensive and intact remnants of Acadian floodplain forest in the province. These forest provide a variety of important ecological functions, while providing habitat for rare floodplain plants.

The St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy Campaign

Begun in 2006, the St. Mary’s River Conservation Legacy campaign is focused on protecting the most outstanding natural areas on the river, through private land conservation, landowner outreach, and community education.

Since 2006, over 150 landowners of priority properties have been personally contacted to share information about options for land conservation and shoreline stewardship. The Nature Trust has also launched a successful community outreach initiative, including a variety of activities, from guided nature walks, to public presentations and community celebrations.

The first major land conservation success of the campaign was the donation of two ecologically significant properties on the river by the late Sandy Cameron, his wife, Shirley, and their family.
The success of the project continued last year, with the Nature Trust protecting the stunning Hemlock Falls Nature Reserve in partnership with the province of Nova Scotia.
The vision for the campaign is to work with landowners to protect, as “forever wild” conservation lands, some of the most outstanding natural areas on the river. Voluntary stewardship of shoreline properties is important in connecting the permanently protected areas, creating a network of protected lands along the river.

Intact natural habitats on the shore are essential to the long-term health of the river and to the survival of the species that depend on the river for their survival, including wood turtles and Atlantic salmon.