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.


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