October 27, 2010 02:17:01
Posted By Trish Hall

The proceedings report from the Simon Fraser University workshop Building a Vision for Green Energy in British Columbia, November 3-4, 2009 are now available.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society helped organize and sponsor the event. Watershed Watch Ecologist, Aaron Hill, and consultant, Tanis Gower, gave the presentation Framework for Cumulative Impacts (Page 49). The slides from some of the event’s presentations are available For more information on green power and run of river hydro, see Watershed Watch’s Green Power page.

Categories: Conservation News
October 22, 2010 01:31:51
Posted By Trish Hall

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation (RCF) media release Salmon Management Should Include Allocation for Wildlife discusses a new peer-reviewed scientific paper that outlines why and how it should be done.

Categories: Conservation News
October 18, 2010 10:43:38
Posted By Trish Hall

The Salmon Are Sacred media release From Hell to Hope – Alexandra Morton rafts through Hell’s Gate provides details on the Paddle for Wild Salmon. The Wild Salmon People are gathering momentum with a raft through Hell’s Gate tomorrow (19th) and the launch of the ‘Paddle for Wild Salmon’ from Hope on Wednesday (20th). Additional events and activities will culminate with a rally in Vancouver on October 25, the first day of the Cohen Commission hearings.

Categories: Conservation News
October 6, 2010 11:16:24
Posted By Trish Hall

The proposed Management Plan for the Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus) has been posted on the SARA Public Registry.  Please note that the comment period ends on December 5, 2010.  The proposed management plan and the online comment form can be found here:

For more information, contact:
Michelle Li
A/Species at Risk Program Development Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3S4
T: (604) 666-2792 / F: (604) 666-3341


October 5, 2010 10:12:50
Posted By Trish Hall

The blog post from The Hook UBCM opposes provincial push to harmonize environmental reviewsdiscusses the Union of British Columbia Municipalities opposition to the push to harmonize provincial and federal environmental review processes. Although a harmonized process would reduce timelines, there could be significant consequences for the environment if reviews are not thorough.

Categories: Conservation News
October 4, 2010 02:04:27
Posted By Trish Hall

A new study from Simon Fraser University is discussed in the Globe and Mail article North Pacific ‘overcrowded’ with salmon as population soars. For more information see the SFU media releaseAverting the perfect storm for wild salmon.

Categories: Conservation News
October 4, 2010 12:49:51
Posted By Trish Hall

By Alexandra Morton

The life cycle of salmon spans the province of British Columbia from the headwaters, through our towns to the coast. If we considered them essential and gauged our behavior in terms of impact on wild salmon we would instantly have to consider affects up and downstream along this living corridor. This simple shift in vision would create a social and ecological maturity with enormous possibility. We could work with rather than against our natural resources. Today’s, governments appear blind to long-term prosperity beyond their term in office.

We still live in a democracy so we can change government, but it is not enough to just let elections happen to us. We need candidates that will take care of the home we share. Imagine being happy to pay taxes, because you believed in your government?

Here is what I propose. Keeping your current party membership, let’s build an enormous voting block across all parties standing for the values above. Starting in November, I will contact every politician in British Columbia to hear their plan to achieve sustainable prosperity based on sound social, ecological and economic principles. Wild salmon are a living icon of democracy and we choose their name to represent us

If politicians don’t answer, I will post that too, but the more of us there are the more answers we will get.  If there are enough of us a political party will rise or adapt to meet us.  This is our home and we have every right to have a say in what happens here.  At the next election we need to be ready to vote for what is best for us.

I am on a mission for wild salmon over the next 30 days traveling throughout the Fraser watershed to learn from the wild salmon people of this river. On the 20th we begin a 5 day paddle from Hope to Vancouver and on the 25th we will land at Vanier Park in Vancouver and walk to the opening of the sockeye Inquiry to support Justice Cohen in his very difficult pursuit of truth about what is happening to these fish.
You can follow this journey at

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