I was very pleased to read Tim Bousquet’s feature “The Catch” (Feb. 26). It highlighted the problem of industrial fishing off Nova Scotia’s coast and the importance of supporting our local sustainable fisheries. Our seas have been devastated by bottom-trawling and other heavy industrial fishing practices.
As we struggle toward a more sustainable fishery that uses better fishing practices, it’s important that we also consider the role of marine protected areas in the management of our oceans.
Although Nova Scotia is home to several globally unique and important coastal ecosystems, we are sadly lagging behind the rest of Canada when it comes to protecting our coastal environment. And Canada is sadly lagging behind the rest of the world.
---Ashley Sprague, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society NS