Posts Tagged ‘Nova Scotia’

Ghost Towns, Above and Below Water


Newfoundlanders Abandon Villages, Cod Fisheries Gone

Child with Cod, circa 1895, from Greenpeace

After more than 400 years as the foundation of one of Earth’s great fisheries, cod are not coming back to Canada. The costs are more than environmental.

In the mid-20th century, cod supported more than 40,000 eastern Canadian fishermen. That’s when industrial catch techniques nearly tripled annual harvests. By the early 1970s, cod numbers plummeted.

Fishing stopped for a while. Cod came back. Fishing started again. Cod disappeared. In the early 1990s, the government halted fishing again, expecting the fish to return, just like before — but this time, they didn’t. They’ll likely vanish before mid-century.

Scientists can’t say for sure what’s going on under those cold gray waters, but they can speculate.

Newfoundland communities abandoned since 1960

There were likely too few cod to revive a population: individuals simply couldn’t find each other to reproduce. Some other species might have taken their spot in the web of life. The web itself has changed shape, and may no longer have room for them.

“You see this very rapid, drastic collapse of large predatory fishes that used to dominate, particularly cod,” said Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. “You see a rapid collapse of those, and a shift of the ecosystem towards invertebrates and small pelagic fishes.”

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North Mountain Flutes


By Brenda Dowst,
MSI Board Member
Pictou, Nova Scotia
The potential for making great connections is everywhere, and I seem particularly attracted other music lovers.  Just before I returned to New Hampshire from Nova Scotia, about a week ago, I met Mike Cheney.  Mike was playing a gorgeous Native American two pipe flute at a local craft fair at his display of some thirty handmade wooden flutes.  We spent about 1/2 hour talking, listening,handling the flutes and learning about his interest in Native American flutes.  Mike lives in what Nova Scotian’s refer to as the “Valley” on the Bay of Fundy.   He is a delightful person, an excellent performer and a superb flute maker.  I gave him our web address and told him about the Chimu Inka’s tour.  He expressed an interest in being associated with Mountain Spirit Institute, and making a connection with the Chimu Inka flute players.  I suggested we exchange links to each of our web sites.  His web address is:  We talked briefly about how to include music on our web site and  Mike suggested a video clip of the Chimu Inka as a beginning.  I wanted to purchase one of his flutes, but just couldn’t make up my mind about which one.  Mike is in the process of producing his first CD, and I can’t wait to hear it.  He is a trained piano player and has a deep understanding of the role that music plays in our health and well being.