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Abnormally warm Atlantic waters found off Nova Scotia

Halifax - While Nova Scotia, Canada was digging out from a spring snowstorm this week, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) off the coast, scientists were recording record-high ocean temperatures in deep water that reached 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit).

Watch sea lion grab little girl, pull her into the water

Vancouver - There were some tense moments as a sea lion grabbed a young girl’s dress and dragged her into the water at a wharf in Richmond, B.C. The girl was unharmed but the incident shows the dangers of feeding sea lions and having them get too close to humans.

Search on for orca whale who may be dangerously tangled in gear

An orca killer whale may be tangled up in fishing gear off of the coast of Vancouver Island and two groups are trying to help. The transient whale, often seen with another whale, was recently photographed and the photos suggest it is tangled badly.

DFO urges boaters to keep distance from English Bay grey whale

Vancouver - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Canada has reminded boaters to steer well clear of a grey whale that has been spending time off the shore of Vancouver's English Bay. The big cetacean has been seen feeding near the beaches there.

Analysis finds lakes, rivers lost key protections in Harper govt.

Ottawa - Recent statistical analysis of changes made to environmental laws and procedures by Canada's conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper show that protections for lakes and rivers have been "all but abandoned," The Canadian Press reports.

Fisheries Minister promoting ‘flexibility’ for water pollution

Vancouver - Canadian Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield has created controversy and drawn harsh criticism from environmental advocates over statements in a letter recently released where he promotes options allowing the industry to contaminate fish habitats.

Reduced research funds hamper study of declining Atlantic salmon

Saint Andrews - DFO funds allocated to study the decline of wild Atlantic salmon populations in the Maritime Provinces are declining along with the salmon. The Atlantic Salmon Federation claims that this could worsen the already precarious situation of the fish.

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