Fish

Posted on August 08, 2013

Asking Norway about the Piscine Reovirus from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

From the "Department of Wild Salmon": Piscine Reovirus- A salmon virus fresh from Norway

Over 90% of BC farmed salmon are testing positive for a recently imported Norwegian virus that causes lesions in the hearts of salmon. Should we be concerned about it's effects on

Posted on June 03, 2013

by John Kelson

Eulachon. The name brings a wide range of responses from people. Even in coastal BC, many people will ask, “what are they?” Some who know a little about eulachon will say, “oh my, they’re slimy little fish,” or, “they taste gross.” Those who know more sometimes say, “when I was a kid we used to eat them from the Fraser,” and can identify them as members of the smelt family. Coastal First Nations who’ve eaten them all their lives, and others lucky enough to have had a chance, know they are the best fish one can eat, and as a

Posted on January 07, 2013

by Aaron Hill and Stan Proboszcz

These are strange and precarious times for BC’s wild salmon populations, and their status is as complex and varied as the watersheds they inhabit. Some populations are doing well, while others are decreasing, depleted, or altogether gone.

In the trauma ward you’ll find most of the chinook populations of the Fraser River and the west coast of Vancouver Island, as well as

Posted on October 17, 2012

The province is expected to make a decision about lifting the moratorium this summer. The David Suzuki Foundation wants the decision to be cautious.

BC's moratorium on fish farm expansion and subsequent environmental review were triggered by an outbreak of triple antibiotic-resistant disease among BC farmed salmon.

Posted on October 17, 2012

The 1998 salmon fishery gave countless examples of ways to conduct safer fisheries, using conventional and alternative fishing technologies.

by David Lane, T . Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation fisheries researcher

This summer saw the largest experiment in BC history in selective salmon fishing. Literally, the entire coast became a selective fishing zone to protect threatened coho salmon in the North Thompson River and upper Skeena River.

Posted on October 16, 2012

Canadian federal scientists say the common additive to industrial and household detergents and sprays seems to be related to the troubles of East Coast salmon stocks. The question is, where else are these chemicals causing problems?

by Miranda Holmes

Recent Department of Fisheries and Oceans research suggests that nonylphenols (one of the breakdown products of the family of chemicals known as alkylphenol ethoxylates or APEs) may be playing a role in the failure of salmon stocks to return to many of Canada's East Coast rivers.

Posted on October 16, 2012

A volatile political climate makes fisheries forecasts jiggery-pokery.

by J. Cates

It's always difficult to predict where the fish will be found on the west coast, especially when forecasts have to be made in an atmosphere where there's always the potential for a new outbreak of political posturing between Canada and the US. The word from Fisheries Minister David Anderson is that harvesting of Pacific salmon in 1999 is likely to take place in all sectors: First Nations, commercial, and sports.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Our threatened fishing industry prompts a 10-point program to protect BC salmon.

by David Ellis

The first forecasts are in for commercial salmon fishing for 2000, and, not surprisingly, they're not good. Harvest opportunities for Fraser sockeye might range "from limited to none," says the DFO, and the northern troll fleet will probably be shut down for the season due to the concern for coho and chinook.

Posted on October 14, 2012

The climate change debate creates an Orwellian inversion of reality.

by Maureen Sager

When a man of the stature of John Fraser uses the words "Orwellian inversion of reality" to describe the political debate about climate change, you sit up and listen.

Posted on October 10, 2012

By the end of the decade, fish farming may overtake cattle ranching as a food source.

by Lester R. Brown, 2000 Worldwatch Institute (C)

Aquaculture, growing at 11 percent a year over the past decade, is the fastest growing sector of the world food economy.

Climbing from 13 million tons of fish produced in 1990 to 31 million tons in 1998, fish farming is poised to overtake cattle ranching as a food source by the end of this decade.

Posted on October 09, 2012

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) of Halifax Nova Scotia, with support from the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, is taking the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to court. The Centre is proceeding with a legal action to protect Canada's marine fish habitat. They have brought an application for judicial review of a variation order issued by the Regional Director-General of DFO. The variation order would re-open the Canadian side of the highly productive and ecologically sensitive fishing ground called Georges Bank to groundfish draggers.

Posted on September 26, 2012

Rather than a powerhouse of economic development for hard hit rural communities, the foreign-owned fish farms crowding BC's coast are ecologically unsustainable and barely profitable.

by Laurie MacBride and Suzanne Connell, Georgia Strait Alliance

Despite abundant evidence that it's the wrong thing to do, in September the BC government lifted the seven-year moratorium on new salmon farms.

Posted on September 01, 2012

Thanks to constant pressure from salmon activists and NDP MP Pe­ter Julian, the federal government has recently announced that it will conduct a judicial enquiry into the disappearance of the Fraser River sockeye.

by Joe Foy

It was a September day in the Fraser Valley that seemed just about perfect, with a robin’s egg blue sky

Posted on August 29, 2012

by Martin Fournier
Based on a presentation at the Georgia Strait Puget Sound Research Conference, April 2003

According to palaeontologists and native oral traditions, humans have been fishing in the Puget Sound and Georgia Basin waters for at least 8,200 years. When Europeans showed up in the bays and estuaries of the West Coast 200 somewhat years ago, fish were teem­ing so much that they probably slowed the ships. What the Europeans didn’t know is that this seemingly naturally abundant state of affairs had a human hand behind it. For thousands of years Coast Salish people fished approxi­mately on the same industrial scale as we do now, but they knew how to

Posted on August 29, 2012

by Delores Broten and Wayne Cullen

Buried in all the angst and despair of these troubled times, a good news story has been quietly slipping itself into the creeks and rivers of the BC coast. The salmon, which many on the coast still view as doomed, have made a strong comeback to their native spawning grounds. The sacrifices of fishermen, who had their livelihood curtailed, of native people, for whom

Posted on August 29, 2012

by Wayne Cullen

Pink salmon returns were big eve­rywhere this year except, once again, the Broughton Archipelago, where fish farms are suspected of causing smolt death due to sea lice infections. The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture

Posted on August 22, 2012

In December Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) discontinued its environmental review of a proposed salmon farm in Bute Inlet, saying that the proponent, Heritage Aquaculture, has withdrawn its application. 

In 2001, the Bute Inlet Downie Range site was proposed as an alternate location for environmentally problematic salmon farms in

Posted on August 21, 2012

A new study published in the March 30th edition of the prestigious scientifi c journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B (a publication of the UK’s national academy of science) shows that the transfer of parasitic sea lice from salmon farms to wild salmon populations is much greater and more extensive than previously believed. 

This quantitative analysis of parasite transfer is a scientific milestone in a contentious debate. It is the first to isolate and measure the impact of a fish farm on sea lice outbreaks in wild salmon.

Posted on August 15, 2012

In 1992, malachite green was banned from use in aquaculture in Canada by Health Canada, yet traces were detected in Canadian and imported farmed salmon and trout in 2005.

by Delores Broten 

This is a fishy story. Its central character is a

Posted on July 17, 2012

Wild Pacific salmon hold a great importance in the ecosystem of the ocean and rivers, as well as on land.

Text, review and photos by Wendy Kotilla

SALMON PASSAGES

Wild Pacific salmon and I have been bound on a parallel journey that began even be­fore I first breathed west coast air. My grandfather and fa­ther were born on Vancouver Island, my dad left to join the Air Force, had a family on the east coast of Canada, and in 1964 we returned home with him. Ever since then, salmon have been intertwined with my own

Posted on July 17, 2012

An eco-shift in engineering turns stormwater into a rainwater resource, and saves the streams for fish.

by Leslie Gillett

Odds are most people aren’t aware there has been a quiet but profound shift in the operations of storm drains, a greening of the pipes, so to speak.

Posted on July 09, 2012

by Delores Broten 

On August 30, BC government lawyers at the Cohen Commission enquiry into the 2009 disappearance of Fraser River sockeye finally dropped their objection to the release of fish farm disease records.

Posted on June 25, 2012

by Ruby Berry, Georgia Strait Alliance

If the wild salmon are going to survive, the open net cage farms must get out of the water. If the salmon aquacul­ture industry is to survive, it must get into closed contain­ment.

Most British Columbians are calling for this transition.

Posted on June 21, 2012

Georgia Strait Alliance fish farm campaigner Michelle Young provides an overview of the technology.

Open net-cage salmon farming is a very controversial industry here on BC’s coast and around the world. On the one hand, demand for seafood is quickly surpassing sustainable limits of our oceans, and we need jobs in tough economic times.

Posted on January 16, 2012

Cohen Enquiryby Catherine Stewart

I have a t-shirt that reads "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." It's broadly applicable to the state of our world and particularly relevant following the revelations at the recent federal Cohen Inquiry hearings on the topic of Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus (ISAv).

Those of us attending the hearings in Vancouver were more outraged than we anticipated. All Canadians - all citizens of the planet - should be outraged by the behaviour of our federal government agencies in the face of this potentially disastrous virus.

The testimony of senior officials from Fisheries and

Posted on May 10, 2010

Vancouver Island community activists gather in support of Alexandra Morton in an environmental march to protest open pen fish farms in BC.

by Delores Broten

They came, singing and chanting, drumming and dancing. First they came as a trickle, then a flood, and still they came, in a multitude of generations and races,