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Lund Is Soul Candy

The ECOreport tours British Columbia’s Sunshine coast, Part one: Lund Is Soul Candy

By Roy L Hales

The village of Lund is about 20 miles from my home on Cortes Island. There are vantage points on Cortes, from which you can actually see Savary Island. Though only a short distance across the waters, it takes a day and three ferry trips to drive there. The experience is delightful. Lund is soul candy.
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Four Decades Of Gillnetting In British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at commercial fishing with the help of one man’s experience, Four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere are more than more 40 names on the Cortes Island Museum’s list of fishermen from the 1970’s. Some were wives, who worked alongside their husbands. Others may have been deckhands. The names of 28 boats are given, though not how many were working in any given year. Now there are two.1 In this week’s radio program (podcast below), the owner of one of those 28 fish boats describes close to four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia.

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  1. Ken Block; Chris & Amy Kendel

Where Have All The Wild Salmon Gone?

The ECOreport asks Cec Robinson, a founder of the Cortes Streamkeepers, where have all the wild salmon gone?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSix to eight hundred adult Chum Salmon used to come up Hansen’s Creek. Now there are 30 in a good year and as few as 3 in poor ones. Though we were talking about Cortes Island, this is a common phenomenon along the West Coast of British Columbia. Where have all the Wild Salmon gone?

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Report supports shutdown of All High Seas Fisheries

From UBC News 

Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia.
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BC: Public oversight of fish farms disappearing

From the David Suzuki Foundation 

By John Werring, Senior Science and Policy Advisor

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is working with the aquaculture industry to expand fish farms on the West and East coasts and the Great Lakes. In March 2010, the David Suzuki Foundation and 400 people from all walks of life attended a public meeting held by DFO in Campbell River to consult West Coast residents about the plans. This was the public’s chance to offer input. A government official at the meeting brushed off concerns I raised, but now it appears my warnings were correct.
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