Cohen Inquiry hearings on Commercial Fishing begin today

February 21, 2011 01:53:52

Posted By Trish Hall

Today marked the Cohen Inquiry’s first day of hearings on commercial fishing with testimony from Gordon Curry and Brent Hargreaves http://bit.ly/gav6Zr.

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Salmon farming industry puts wild salmon at increased risk by reactivating farm along Wild Salmon Narrows migration route

February 19, 2011 01:53:52

Posted By Trish Hall

Michelle Young of the Georgia Strait Alliance and the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform blog post Salmon farming industry puts wild salmon at increased risk by reactivating farm along Wild Salmon Narrows migration route provides details on the reactivation of the Conville Bay salmon farm, its potential impact on Fraser sockeye, and how people can take action by joining the Spring Cleaning Crew.  For more information, see the video about the Conville Bay Salmon Farm and find out how you can help clear this critical migration route before the offspring of the 2009 collapsed Fraser River sockeye arrive at this very location in a few short months.

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DFO Species at Risk listing consultation

February 15, 2011 11:49:12

Posted By Trish Hall

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking your input in consideration of listing the Shorthead Sculpin as “Special Concern” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

Shorthead Sculpin (Cottus confuses) was listed as Threatened in 2003 on Schedule 1 of SARA. This species has been recently re-assessed by COSEWIC as being of “Special Concern”.  The Shorthead Sculpin is a small fish species whose known Canadian range consists of the Slocan River, the Kettle River, and the mainstem and tributaries of the Columbia River.  General threats to this species include changes in water quality and quantity, including adverse impacts from industrial, agricultural and residential land use.

If you would like to know more about Shorthead Sculpin or would like to submit comments on its potential SARA listing as “Special Concern”, please see http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/consultation/sara-lep/index-eng.html.  We are seeking comments by March 14th, 2011.  Your input is important and will be considered by the Minister of Environment, in consultation with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, in making a listing decision.

If you have any questions, please call Caroline Wells at (604) 666-7907 or emailsara@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

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New paper provides the first link between salmon farms and elevated levels of sea lice on Fraser River sockeye

February 8, 2011 01:53:52

Posted By Trish Hall

A new study Sea Louse Infection of Juvenile Sockeye Salmon in Relation to Marine Salmon Farms on Canada’s West Coast published today in the journal Public Library of Science ONE by researchers from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and the Universities of Victoria and Simon Fraser provides the first link between salmon farms and elevated levels of sea lice on juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Watershed Watch Executive Director and co-author of the study, Craig Orr, says “Given the high intensities of lice observed on some juveniles in this study—up to 28 lice/fish—there’s an urgent need to understand the extent of threat posed by sea lice to juvenile Fraser River sockeye.”

For more information see the media release New research shows sea lice from salmon farms infect Fraser River sockeye salmon.

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