Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Danyaal Raza discusses how climate change is manifesting itself in immediate health problems. And John Vidal highlights the latest research on the rapid melting of Arctic ice – making it particularly appalling that Canada has abandoned its main Arctic port to rot. – Elizabeth McSheffrey notes that the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: LNG plants do kill salmon, Russian scientists warn BC

A BC sockeye salmon spawning (Stan Probocsz/Watershed Watch) The red flags keep popping up for BC’s vaunted LNG plans. Last week, Shell became the latest company to put its final investment decision for a proposed plant in Kitimat on hold due to the collapse of the global export market. This week, a draft federal environmental ...

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change Threatens Coastal British Columbia First Nations Fishing Traditions

A new study says climate change threatens fishing traditions that have sustained First Nations along Canada’s Pacific coast for thousands of years. The study found that climate change could reduce fish species such herring and salmon, “which are among the most important species commercially, culturally, and nutritionally for First Nations,” by up to 50 percent ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Much to be learned from girls’ soccer and fish farm sponsorship debacle

Fourteen-year-old Freyja Reed talks to reporters (Alexandra Morton/Facebook) Freyja Reed’s October 29th dismissal from the U-15 Riptide girl’s soccer team in the Comox Valley was the culmination of complexities arising from the arrival of a new sponsor for the league, Marine Harvest Canada, BC’s largest operator of net-pen salmon farms. So began Freyja’s principled refusal ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Heiltsuk, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth join forces to protect herring

Former Council of the Haida Nation President Guujaaw (left) and Heiltsuk resource management director Kelly Brown at last week’s peace treaty celebration in Bella Bella (Damien Gillis) Three powerful coastal First Nations are banding together to protect Pacific herring – a marine resource integral to all of their cultures. The Nuu-chah-nulth of West Vancouver Island and ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The cost of out-dated ideas #nlpoli

The Barry Group plant near Corner Brook pays a better price for crab than a competitor in New Brunswick. New Brunswick fishermen can’t steam across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and sell their product in Corner Brook because of restrictions on their license. They are same sort of restrictions that apply to local fishermen and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation, star chef team up for unique herring benefit

Every year, the Great Bear Rainforest welcomes one of nature’s miracles as millions of herring return to spawn. Wolves, bears, eagles, whales, sea lions are all drawn from the forest and ocean to feast on the golden herring roe, deposited along miles of coastline. For 10,000 years, First Nations have been sustainably harvesting the roe from kelp ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The untold story behind the central coast herring fishery fiasco

Herring gillnet boats outside Kitasu Bay just before giving up on this year’s fishery (Tavish Campbell) This is the untold story behind one of the most heated standoffs over fish which the BC coast has ever witnessed – the recent clash between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Heiltsuk Nation over the central ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Heiltsuk celebrate as herring gillnet boats leave central coast empty

Video by Diana Chan “We did it!” declared Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett to a jubilant crowd at the fisheries office near Bella Bella this afternoon, as the herring gillnet fleet departed the central coast empty. “This was our no-go zone,” said Slett, holding up a map of Area 7 in Heiltsuk territory, “and nobody ...

The Common Sense Canadian: DFO clings to bad science, refuses to close herring fishery in Area 7

Despite harsh criticism from scientists and First Nations of DFO’s flawed forecasting methods for the health of herring stocks, the department’s Director General, Pacific Region Sue Farlinger acknowledged today that she was unable to commit to the closure of a gillnet fishery in Area 7. Farlinger flew to Bella Bella Monday afternoon for emergency meetings ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Progress on herring standoff but Area 7 gillnet opening remains contentious issue; talks continue today

A long-awaited face-to-face meeting between Heiltsuk Nation leaders and senior DFO management finally went ahead yesterday at the central coast fisheries office currently being occupied by Heiltsuk members. DFO Regional Director General Sue Farlinger flew up to Bella Bella amid an increasingly heated standoff over herring fishery issues late Monday afternoon. Following nearly 3 hours of intense talks inside ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Heiltsuk Nation occupies DFO office in face of expected herring fishery

Heiltsuk Nation members confront DFO officers at Denny Island coast guard station (Pacific Wild) Tensions continue to escalate on the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest over a highly controversial herring fishery, as members of the Heiltsuk Nation are now occupying the local DFO office in opposition to a planned gillnet opening. A group of Heiltsuk ...

The Common Sense Canadian: ‘By any means necessary’: Heiltsuk vow to stop herring gillnet fishery

The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to stop DFO’s opening of a gillnet fishery amid threatened herring stocks in Area 7 by “any means necessary”, after DFO refused to listen to leaders’ concerns in emergency talks yesterday afternoon. The gillnet fishery comes in the wake of a highly controversial seine fishery in the same central coast ...

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation taking herring concerns to Jimmy Pattison’s Canfisco

Commercial seine boat in Spiller Channel (Pacific Wild) Bella Bella, BC A delegation of Heiltsuk First Nations and their supporters will be taking the central coast community’s concerns over a recent herring fishery in their territory to to the Jimmy Pattison-owned Canfisco processing plant in Vancouver this afternoon. Pattison is the largest owner of commercial herring licences and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: DFO uses stealth to open herring fishery despite First Nations ban

Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt in 2012 (Damien Gillis) The Department of Fisheries and Oceans angered members of the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC’s central coast by opening a commercial herring fishery last night – despite the community’s insistence that there should be no fishery this year, based on unhealthy stocks. “This action shows blatant ...

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation tells DFO it’s closing commercial herring fishery

Central Coast herring (Photo: Pacific Wild) Read this March 20 story from the Canadian Press on the Heiltsuk First Nation’s move to close DFO’s planned commercial herring fishery on the central coat this year. BELLA BELLA – The latest British Columbia First Nation to condemn herring roe harvesting in its territory says it is closing ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Tide may be turning on farms destroying salmon habitat

A coho spawning in a small stream (Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) I come today in praise of the Vancouver Sun and trust that events don’t prove that I should’ve approached the mainstream media with my usual skepticism. First, let me tell you a story from my early life which you may have heard ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Comments on Proposed Federal Aquaculture Activities Regulations

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has proposed aquaculture regulations that risk making an already untenable situation surrounding net-cage aquaculture worse.  Click here to go directly to West Coast Environmental Law's submission to DFO on the proposed Regulations. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has proposed aquaculture regulations that risk making ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon Inquiry: First Nations angry at Harper’s lack of action

Chief Bob Chamberlin is one of many First Nations leaders frustrated with the lack of action of saving wild salmon Read this May 28 Globe and Mail story by Mark Hume on the increasing exasperation of many First Nations fisheries groups at the Harper Government’s lack of action on the $26 million Cohen Inquiry into disappearing Fraser River salmon. Instead, the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Canadian government dumps on wild salmon population with new fish farming regulations

(Photo: Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals) Read this Apr. 16th article in the Vancouver Sun about the Conservatives unethical effort to expand BC fish farming by temporarily exempting the Fisheries Act prohibition and jeopardizing the threatened wild salmon population in the process: The Harper government is laying the regulatory groundwork for a resurgence of the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Missing fish farms offer clue to anticipated 70 million sockeye return

Expect big salmon numbers this summer. The Fraser sockeye run may be as high as 70 million. Yes, 70. And the most important sport angling species, chinook and coho, seem to be on the same meteoric route in 2014. Fraser sockeye numbers peaked in the early 1970s and then declined, most particularly in the 20 ...

The Common Sense Canadian: DFO predicts monster Fraser River sockeye return this summer

2010 was a record year for Fraser River sockeye. DFO is predicting an even bigger return this summer. Read this Globe and Mail story from Mark Hume on the record run of Fraser River sockeye being forecasted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for this summer. And see The Common Sense Canadian’s video of the last record ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Cullen calls out Harper govt over climate change, dead scallops

NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen challenges the Harper government in question period over its failure to act on climate change and 10 million scallops that died in BC recently from ocean acidification. The post Cullen calls out Harper govt over climate change, dead scallops appeared first on The Common Sense Canadian.

The Common Sense Canadian: Fisheries Critic questions habitat protection handover for pipelines

An oil pipeline crossing the Tanana River in Alaska The federal NDP’s BC-based deputy fisheries critic is questioning a quiet deal signed just before Christmas that saw the Department of Fisheries and Oceans hand over the protection of fish habitat and species at risk along energy pipelines to the National Energy Board. “The Conservatives have ...

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation blockades water intake construction over salmon impacts

Cayoose Creek, where construction of a municipal water intake may be harming salmon habitat (Jim Upton) LILLOOET, B.C. – Members of a First Nation in Lillooet, B.C., have set up a blockade near that Fraser River district to protest work they believe is destroying fish habitat on disputed land. Sekw’el’was Chief Michelle Edwards says the blockade on ...