QUODDY: Protect It or Lose It

by artmackay

Passamaquoddy Bay is known to have the highest biodiversity along the Northeast Atlantic coast. Does it need protection from continued attempts to turn it into an industrial port?

Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are created to protect special areas in our oceans around the world. The Passamaquoddy Bay Area or Quoddy Region is located at the northern reaches of the Gulf of Maine and is shared by the USA and Canada and is it one of those places that needs protection. It is time to work together to protect this special place for future generations.

For decades, large polluting industries have been trying to turn Quoddy into a huge industrial port. So far their efforts have been largely unsuccessful. But these efforts continue and the industrial growth that has occurred has had clear and measurable environmental and economic impacts and the degradation continues.

In recent times, dozens of individuals and groups have attempted, largely unsuccessfully, to have the Quoddy Area protected in some way. Unfortunately, these efforts to protect the area have encountered serious local opposition based on a fear that "traditional" fishing will be impacted. Yet this is happening already because there is no protection at all and landings have continued to drop with huge losses of revenue. Pollution from industry, coastal sewage and aquaculture coupled with large-scale corporate fishing continues unabated and the impacts will continue unless the area has protection of some sort.

Fortunately, the new Government of Canada recently announced interest in exploring Quoddy as a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Join the movement and help us put in place measures that will protect the Quoddy Region for future generations while ensuring protection for existing traditional businesses and lifestyles.

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The Quoddy Region

What's so special about Quoddy?

This linked presentation provides details about the geological history and post-glacial migrations north of plants and animals, the creatures, the plants, the people, the economy, the threats and the options for protecting this vital area. Follow this link to learn more:


Creating a Quoddy MPA
Creating a Quoddy MPA

The greatest biodiversity on the Northeast Coast

The Quoddy ecosystem includes Passamaquoddy Bay, West Isles, Cobscook Bay and other nearby localities. It has long been known that the Quoddy area supports an awesome assemblage of plants and animals and this has been fully supported by recent research. 

The Creatures
The Creatures

Quoddy is home to many endangered species

The richness of the Quoddy Ecosystem is so great that it has long been an essential home to numerous endangered species of plants and animals. This remains true today and protection of Quoddy is vital for these species.

Unfortunately many species that depended on the Quoddy Ecosystem are now extinct as a result of habitat destruction and over harvesting in the past as well as post-glacial climate changes.

The Endangered Ones
The Endangered Ones
The Ones who Are Gone
The Ones who Are Gone

Originally home to the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the arrival of Europeans changed Quoddy forever.

The arrival of Champlain in 1604 and the subsequent clashes between the English and French and later the American and British created ongoing conflicts and destruction in the Quoddy Area. In spite of this, the Quoddy Ecosystem has maintained its productivity. But formal protection is now essential to maintain this vital resource.

The Beginning of Today
The Beginning of Today

Quoddy's Eco-economy is unique

Supported by its natural richness and beauty, Quoddy's economy has approached a billion dollars per year from fisheries, tourism, small-scale coastal shipping, manufacturing and, more recently, aquaculture.

The Eco-economy
The Eco-economy

Developers continue to push to turn Passamaquoddy Bay into a superport.

As can be seen from the accompanying map, Passamaquoddy Bay is a uniquely protected bay that is coveted by industrial developers who see it filled with huge tankers carrying fossil fuels, LNG and other products. In fact, several LNG terminal proposals have fallen by the wayside under pressure from local citizens. But one remains and other developments may be on the horizon.

The Challenges
The Challenges

How Do You Feel About a Quoddy MPA?

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Updated: 02/21/2016, artmackay
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