Category Archives: Fish

Chum Salmon Returning To Still Creek

The ECOreport reposts the story of a waterway’s restoration, Chum Salmon Returning To Still Creek

A compilation taken from the City of Vancouver & Rivers Institute at BCIT

By many estimates it has been nearly 80 years since salmon last made the journey from the Fraser River up the Brunette River and into Still Creek to spawn. For over 10 years, the Still Creek Enhancement Program has been working on rehabilitating and daylighting sections of one of Vancouver’s remaining visible streams. The hard work has paid off because,  for the fourth year in a row, chum salmon are returning to Still Creek.

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The First Salmon-Safe City

The ECOreport reposts news from Oregon, where Portland has become the first salmon-safe city

Press Release from Mayor Charles Hales

Mayor Charlie Hales today announced that the City of Portland has taken action across city operations to earn Salmon-Safe certification, making it the first city to achieve the third-party designation for its systematic approach to improving water quality and restoring salmon habitat. READ: the Salmon-Safe Certification Report

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Fish Species Adapting To Warmer Oceans

The ECOreport reposts a good cilmate change story, fish species adapting to warmer oceans

Originally Published on University of East Anglia News

Some fish species are adapting to survive environmental changes without significant genetic evolution, according to research from the University of East Anglia and Dalhousie University, Canada.

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Opening Upper South Santiam River For Spawning

The ECOreport reposts news of an Oregon project that is opening upper South Santiam River for spawning

Press Release from Oregon State University

NEWPORT, Ore. – For the past several years, technicians have been trucking spring Chinook salmon above Foster Dam in Sweet Home to see if they would spawn, and if their offspring could survive the passage over the dam and subsequent ocean migration to eventually return as adults some 3-5 years later.

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What’s Happening To Pacific Coast Salmon?

The ECOrepost publishes David Suzuki’s syndicated column entitled What’s Happening To Pacific Coast Salmon?

From The David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up streams and rivers to spawning grounds, feeding whales, bears and eagles and fertilizing the magnificent coastal rainforests along the way. For as long as people have lived in the area, salmon have been an important food source and have helped shape cultural identities.
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Ian Roberts’ Response To Anti-Salmon Farm Critics

The ECOreport listens to the other side of the story, Marine Harvest Canada’s Ian Roberts’ Response To Anti-Salmon Farm Critics

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmIn 2002, the number of pink salmon returning to the Broughton Archipelago was only 3% of normal.  Alexandra Morton subsequently co-authored a study reporting that 68 – 98 % of the fish tested in this area had the sea louse “L. salmonis.”1 A University of Toronto study links the 2015 sea lice epidemic to fish farms in the same area. The article that follows is based on Marine Harvest Canada’s (MHC) Ian Roberts’ response to anti-salmon farm critics.

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  1. S. Saksida et al, Population ecology and epidemiology of sea lice in Canadian waters, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Table 3: Reported sea lice levels on juvenile wild salmon in the Pacific.

Good News About BC’s Fishing Runs

The ECOreport went looking for evidences of the industry’s decline and instead found good news about BC’s fishing runs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAside from the incredible run of 2010, reports of the Fraser River’s sockeye salmon tend to be glum. I believe there is only one Cortes Island based fisherman still working the Johnston strait and recently learned this is the second year he did not receive an opening to fish sockeye.1 Though the culprits were last year’s drought and a culvert (close to my home), most of the chum returning to Basil Creek in 2015 were killed before they could spawn. These were just a few of the stories that prompted me to seek out evidences of the impending demise of what was previously one of our province’s leading industries. Instead, I found good news about BC’s fishing runs.

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  1. Roy L Hales interview with Thea Block, daughter of said fisherman

A Wrong Turn For Sockeye Salmon

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from California about a wrong turn for sockeye salmon

Originally Published on the Fish Sniffer

By Dan Bacher

(Rancho Cordova) A 4 lb. female sockeye salmon, an apparent fish from a Pacific Northwest river that made a wrong turn on its spawning journey, made an unlikely appearance at Nimbus Fish Hatchery on Thursday, September 8.

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Hard Evidence From The Inside

The ECOreport looks at Alexandra Morton’s new video,  hard evidence from the inside

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWildlife biologist Alexandra Morton has been wanting to get a close look at the salmon inside a fish farm for years. She got her opportunity on August 23, when the  Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw nation boarded the Marine Harvest Midsummer farm in Kingcome Inlet, BC. The video below shows what Morton found after lowered a Go Pro camera into the pens for ten minutes.  She calls this hard evidence from the inside.

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Climate Change Will Cost Global Fisheries $10 Billion

The ECOreport reposts an OP ED concluding Climate Change will cost Global Fisheries $10 Billion

Originally Published on UBC News

Global fisheries stand to lose approximately $10 billion of their annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, and countries that are most dependent on fisheries for food will be the hardest hit, finds new UBC research.

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