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

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Fifty-five organizations and thousands of concerned citizens have been calling for the removal of five salmon farms along Okisollo and Hoskyn Channels on the north and east side of Quadra Island, a critical Fraser River sockeye migration route. This call was supported by the conclusions of a think tank of scientists who convened at Simon Fraser University in 2009 to discuss the potential causes of the Fraser River sockeye collapse. Included in their recommendations was the experimental removal of salmon farms along Fraser River sockeye migration corridors. (more…)

For the love of sockeye

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Spectators gathering at the Adams River, October 2010

Last month I had the privilege of witnessing the miraculous abundance of Fraser River sockeye returning this year. The Adams River was a whir of activity as people jostled for the best position to see as the salmon fought the currents and each other for the best mate and place for a spawning redd. Tears welled up frequently as I marveled at the beauty and the miracle of their unlikely return. (more…)

Elevated sea lice levels reported in the wake of new published science in Discovery Islands

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

New research published last week confirming salmon farms as a major source of sea lice on juvenile salmon migrating through the Discovery Islands has come at the same time CAAR campaigners have discovered salmon farming companies in this region are reporting elevated lice levels on their farms. (more…)

Another fish farm casualty? Waiatt Bay traditional clam gardens dying

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Whenever you hear about salmon farm impacts, inevitably it is about sea lice infecting wild juvenile salmon, or maybe diseases. However, there is another issue that is very concerning…the potential that the waste from salmon farms are contaminating and killing off shellfish beds. (more…)

The Get Out Migration takes to the Wild Salmon Narrows

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Much of my time working as a salmon aquaculture campaigner is spent in an office, on the computer or the phone, interspersed with large indoor meetings and presentations. Yesterday was different. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining the Get Out Migration, an incredible grassroots initiative spawned by scientist Alexandra Morton. (more…)

Victory! Massive new net-cage salmon farm proposal denied

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

A proposal by Grieg Seafood to put in a massive new salmon farm along a migratory route at Gunner Point in the northern Georgia Strait has been denied! The Strathcona Regional District’s decision to restrict the proliferation of open net-cages on this important migration route has sent a clear message to industry that closed containment is the only acceptable direction for the aquaculture industry in BC. (more…)

Esteemed scientists advise removal of salmon farms along wild salmon migration routes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Early last month, a think tank of scientists gathered at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to discuss possible causes of the Fraser River sockeye collapse and urgent next steps needed to protect this iconic species. The group released a statement – Adapting to Change: Managing Fraser sockeye in the face of declining productivity and increasing uncertainty – noting that the 2009 return was the lowest in 50 years and that the productivity of Fraser River sockeye has been declining since the mid-1990s to levels so low that they are almost unable to replace themselves. (more…)