From the David Suzuki Foundation
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.
Continue reading BC: Public oversight of fish farms disappearing
By Roy L Hales
As many as 70 million sockeye salmon may return to the Fraser this year. These numbers have not been seen for decades and are quite a stark contrast to 1.6 million catch that sparked the Cohen commission a few years ago. That was when Dr Kristi Miller, head of Molecular Genetics at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) Pacific Biological Station, testified that a ‘viral signature’ of a disease was contributing to as high as 90% pre-spawn mortality in returning Fraser sockeye. One of the reasons there is so much hope for this year, is the returning 2010 run were not infected. But, according to biologist Alexandra Morton, the real key to unlocking British Columbia’s incredible potential is Miller’s lab in Nanaimo.
Continue reading Fighting for the Future of BC’s Fisheries
Originally published in the September 2011 ECONEWS
(Alexandra Morton’s 2011 walk to Victoria)
By Guy Dauncey
The wild salmon have been living in BC’s waters for 8,000 years, providing sustenance for the First Nations, and more recently for BC’s new settlers, who found such an abundance of salmon that they talked of being able to walk on the ocean on the backs of the salmon.
Continue reading Salmon are Sacred
The ECOreport gives a distillation of evidences from “Salmon Confidential Documentary, ” What is Killing BC’s Wild Salmon?
By Roy L Hales
Anyone simply looking for evidence that salmon farms could be infecting wild salmon will find enough five minutes into Twyla Roscovich’s documentary “Salmon Confidential Documentary.” The evidence is laid so convincingly that one is tempted to turn the video off. That would be a mistake. Salmon Confidential Documentary follows biologist Alexandra Morton, as she seeks the cause of the massive salmon die-offs before they can spawn. As she gets closer to the answer, the question becomes why is the Department of Fisheries and Oceans not doing something about it?
Continue reading What is Killing BC’s Wild Salmon?
Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation
By Jeffery Young, Aquatic Biologist
After more than two years of working on the issue, I am pleased with Justice Bruce Cohen’s report from the Judicial Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon. The report has a strong conservation focus and makes 75 recommendations that, if implemented by the federal government, would go a long way toward recovering Pacific salmon in Canada.
Continue reading Cohen Commission: We’ve got the Wild Salmon Policy — now let’s use it