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Thu Aug 30/12 5:15pm
Hello Noel, I'd like to introduce you to Friends of Morice-Bulkley (we call ourselves FOMB). Friends of Morice-Bulkley are a grass-roots community group deeply concerned about proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Check out our website www.friendsofmoricebulkley.ca for our take on the pipeline and links to research on the risks the pipeline poses to the steelhead and salmon resources of the Morice and greater Skeena. You will also find FOMB's evidence to the Gateway joint review panel on the genetically unique trophy rainbow trout of Babine Lake. You can now also find us on FaceBook and Twitter.
Friends of Morice-Bulkley
Thu May 17/12 6:00pm
Virus sparks quarantine on BC Salmon Farm
Company will destroy more than half a million fish
By Curt Petrovich, CBC News
Posted: May 17, 2012 4:54 PM PT
Wed May 16/12 5:10am
The following information comes from Friends of Wild Salmon
Terrace residents tell Joint Review Panel they don't want the pipeline:
The Joint Review Panel was in Terrace earlier this month to hear residents' views on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and oil tanker plan.
Over 100 Terrace folks came out for a rally on the first day of hearings.
Want a sample of what local residents told the Panel? We've put together a document with excerpts from the oral presentations.
Read the Terrace Standard article:
Data from Bloomberg Reveals that 71% of Tar Sands Production Owned by Foreign Interests
Is the Alberta tar sands really benefiting Canada? A recent briefing report by ForestEthics Advocacy based on information from Bloomberg shows that the majority (71 per cent) of all tar sands production is owned by non-Canadian shareholders.
Supposedly Canadian companies (with Canadian headquarters and accounting practices who trade on our stock exchanges) are largely owned by foreign interests, including Suncor (56.8%), Canadian Oil Sands (56.8%), Nexen (69.9%), and Husky Energy (90.9%).
Download the briefing report:
Read the May 11 Vancouver Sun article:
Wed May 16/12 5:10am
From TheCanadian.org: Cost of Vancouver Oil Spill / Enbridge Cartoon
The Cost of an Oil Spill in
Burrard Inlet: $40 Billion...For Starters
- by Rex Weyler
New Gerry Hummel Cartoon:
Stevie and Christy's 'Hands-Off' Approach to Enbridge
Our independent voice for BC's environment depends entirely on your generosity - please contribute to our work: http://thecanadian.org/donate
Sat May 12/12 5:10am
From TheCanadian.org: Myth of BC Liberal Enbridge Neutrality / Rafe: Civil Disobedience Warranted on Tankers, Fish Farms
The Myth of BC Liberal
'Neutrality' on Enbridge
- by Kevin Logan
Civil Disobedience has had successes in the past in BC but too often there have been one or two who have refused to obey the law and once they have been jailed, the protest has petered out. We must organize such that scores, even hundreds, defy the law and are ready to do time. There has been very little by way of organization in the overall community but First Nations appear to be ready and, if nothing else, the rest of us must be prepared to support them and face the same consequences. Our first step must be, in my view, a clear statement by environmental organizations and individual British Columbians that we will stand shoulder with First Nations - and we at the Common Sense Canadian plan to meet with their leaders and see how we can help.
January 20, 2011 The Canadian.org update: Video: Building the Future of Salmon Farming...in 90 Seconds! Audio: Damien on CHLY's "Sense of Justice" Show. Event Notice: "When Oil Meets Water". Click here for all the details.
January 15, 2011 Alexandra Morton update re Fraser Sockeye Unidentified Virus. A DFO scientist is reporting a potential virus is killing very large numbers of Fraser River sockeye and DFO has kept this under wraps for 4 years. Click here for full details.
January 14, 2011 Living Oceans Society update:
The future of Fish Farming Video Updates for: 1. Half a million farmed salmon added to path of migrating Fraser River sockeye. 2. Canadian pockets at risk from Northern Gateway Project. 3. LOS Partners with Regional District on socio-economic study. 4. How we go to meetings. 5. As the government to fund closed containment. Click here to read the details.
December 1, 2010 New Video regarding Tar Sands Supertankers:
New! Video PSA on South Coast Tar Sands Supertankers. Watch this informative new 2 min video by Nanaimo filmmaker Paul Manly on the proposal to bring hundreds of oil supertankers a year to BC's south coast. The tanker traffic would come from Kinder-Morgan's proposed upgrade to it Trans-Mountain pipeline - which ends at Burnaby's Westport Terminal - from 300,000 to 700,000 barrels a day of Alberta Tar Sands crude. The video illustrates the navigational hazards these massive vessels would face on their way through Vancouver, via Burrard Inlet, en route to California and Asia. Click here for a link to watch the video and, if you want, join the Common Sense Canadian.
November 25, 2010 Alexandra Morton update: 5000 years ago the Broughton Archipelago generously supported thousands of people. Its natural contours create the perfect conditions for clams, salmon, herring and seaweeds. As long as their culture protected the fish, people thrived building communities, a society, Nations. Today, 27 industrial salmon feedlots dominate Broughton taking orders from people on the other side of the planet. Read more
November 24, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update:
Closed containment salmon farming is affirmed
Today's update includes: 1. DFO study affirms viability of closed containment technology for salmon aquaculture 2. Federal regulation of net-cage aquaculture will bring only marginal improvements 3. CAAR's work along the Fraser River proves that the effects of net-cage farming aren't just a coastal concern 4. Sea lice from salmon farms impacting wider area that previously thought. Click here for more details
November 19, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update: Speakers tour will bring Enbridge stories to northern BC. Two speaks from the United States will tour northern BC next month to share information and stories related to Enbridge pipelines south of the border. The ThinkPipeline tour will be stopping in eight communities between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
November 11, 2010 Alexandra Morton update: There is a very real viral threat to BC wild salmon underway. I can't get government to react appropriately, so I am calling on all of you who are on BC rivers right now. Norway has just found a highly contagious RNA virus that has been sweeping through their salmon feedlots for 10 years. While the symptoms were obvious, the virus was difficult to identify. Norwegian salmon feedlots have been importing Atlantic eggs into BC every year. If they only just identified this virus...their eggs could not have been screen for it. The door has been wide open to infect the Pacific with this Atlantic virus. Click here to find out how you can help
October 5, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update: 1. Union of BC Municipalities passes resolutions against Enbridge pipeline, oil tankers. 2. BC First Nations Summit passes resolution against Enbridge. 3. Alberta First Nations express concerns about Northern Gateway. Click here to read all about it
October 4, 2010 Alexandra Morton update:
Wild Salmon People - A people's movement to change the course of BC politics. (Adams River, Oct. 4) After 18 years of decline, the 2010 Fraser River Sockeye return was so big it fed whales, eagles and a $500 million commercial fishery as the fish moved down the coast. They are now transporting 45 million kilograms of ocean nutrients deep into the interior of the province. Click here to learn more and join the movement
September 17, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update: 1. Investigation into Fraser sockeye declines essential despite huge returns. 2. Draft Pacific aquaculture regulations must be amended to prioritize health of wild fish and ecosystems. 3. Canadian organic aquaculture standards to be re-drafted based on public input. Click here to read more
September 17, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
NEW VIDEO: From Tar Sands to Tankers - The Battle to Stop Enbridge. Green Planet video productions has just release a new documentary video on the campaign to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. The video takes views from the Alberta tar sands to BC's rugged north coast, discussing the many environmental, economic, and cultural threats the project would bring. It features interview with prominent activists, community leaders, First Nations and others. Click here for the link to the video
Aug. 26, 2010 Opinion from Rob Brown - Skeena Angler - Terrace Standard Newspaper. Title of this column: Spills, Chills and Shills. What will happen when the oil spill happens here? Will we be prepared? Click here to read
Aug. 18, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update 1) Webinar: Briefing and discussion on DFO's draft Pacific regulations for salmon farming. 2) Global salmon farming standards have a long way to go on sustainability imperative. 3) Industry thwarts sea lice and disease audit by refusing to give tissue samples to the BC government. Cast here for details
Aug 10, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update: The Globe and Mail is running an online poll today on oil tankers. The question they're asking is "Should the informal moratorium on oil tankers off British Columbia's northern shores be made Mandatory?" Cast here to find where you can cast your vote.
July 15, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Three updates: 1) BC First Nations tour Gulf spill, return with grim message. 2) Ignatieff takes a stand on tankers. 3) FOWS chair Jen Rice's column: We're picky when it comes to dating companies. Read all the updates here.
July 14, 2010 Alexandra Morton update: Sockeye appear to be doing very well from the Columbia River to Alaska! Even the Fraser forecast is cautiously optimistic. If we get a good run back to the Fraser we will know the river and the ocean are still functioning, whatever has happened to all the other year classes, is something else. Read complete update here.
June 15, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update:
In this Issue:
Click here to read the details
June 11, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon (FOWS) update:
Yesterday, June 10, 2010 the University of Alberta gave Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel an honourary doctorate of laws. We think the people heaping the praise on Mr. Daniel should know a thing of two about how his pipeline and tanker plan is being received here in B.C., so yesterday we head eastward. Read more here
June 4, 2010 Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) update: Click here for a report written by Neil Frazer. As well as reporting on his trip to Norway, Neil clears up the "confusion over the science" in Canada due to a small group of scientists in Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). In easy to read and understand language organized in appropriate sections (Why eminent scientists are angry; DFO's distraction science; Effect on BC universities; Are neurotoxins the answer?; The Fraser sockeye; and Alexandra Morton's credentials), Neil helps clarify the issues and gives us the information for which we can convince those who are about wild salmon that there is a serious problem with having the farms in the migratory corridors and that they should act individually and support the initiatives underway to get government to act to remove the farms and to move to closed containment. Please take the opportunity to read Neil's report and take time to pass it on to others. Thank you. Brian Gunn, President of WTA
May 28, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Enbridge has filed, but we will prevail
Today, we learned Enbridge has filed its application with the National Energy Board for its Northern Gateway pipeline. While the US braces for the impacts of its largest oil spill in history, Enbridge is pushing ahead with a project that could bring oil spills to British Columbia's fragile coast. The Enbridge project will now be subject to a review by the National Energy Board, which could last several years. We are calling on all people who care deeply about our communities, our region's economy, and our environment to stand with us and stop this dangerous project. How can I help?
May 18, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Sign the Resolution! Friends of Wild Salmon has spearheaded a resolution against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. We are now working to get as many people from the Northwest to sign the resolution as possible. We'll be out and about at events throughout the summer, and you can also sign the resolution online.
Cast here for all the details regarding the Friends of Wild Salmon update
May 12, 2010 The Get Out Migration was a powerful and wildly successful effort. People in every town we passed through and on the road volunteered their time and expertise and the result is emergence of the people of the salmon, people who are strong, independent and understand the contribution of salmon in our lives, our future and our economy. Cast here to read more...
May 7, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update:
Cast here to read the details...
May 5, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon (FOWS) update:
The best modern technology. Just like Enbridge promises. The oil platform that collapsed in the Gulf of Mexico was hailed as a marvel of modern technology. Sound familiar? If Enbridge gets its way, British Columbia North Coast will eventually suffer the same damage. The oil supertankers the Northern Gateway Pipeline would bring are riskier than oil platforms. The question won't be if a spill happens, it will be when and how big. Click here for more info.
May 3, 2010 BC Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) is asking for your support to help save our wild Salmon. Click here for more info.
April 21, 2010 Alexandra Morton update: (April 20, 2010, Port Hardy, BC) Today, Todd Gerhart of the Department of Justice (DOJ), stayed charges laid by biologist Alexandra Morton against Marine Harvest, the largest Norwegian fish farm company in the world, for unlawful possession of wild salmon. More detail here
April 16, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update regarding:
Please follow this link to read the details and lend your support to save the wild Salmon.
April 7, 2010 please, if you care about wild Salmon please read the following update from Alexandra Morton regarding the Fish Farm issues.
March 24, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Friends of Wild Salmon to oppose Enbridge pipeline. First Nations Say They Will Not Allow Pipeline and Oil Tankers Carrying Alberta's Tar Sands Oil in British Columbia. Since Enbridge first put forward its proposal for the Northern Gateway Pipeline, Friends of Wild Salmon has called on the federal government to appoint an independent public inquiry into the project. It is now evident that such an inquiry will not be forthcoming. More details
March 15, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update regarding:
1. High sea lice numbers elevate concern over possible resistance to chemical treatments
2. Government-held sea lice data to be made public in BC
3. Farmed salmon are less nutritious and contain more PCBs than wild salmon
4. A voice for wild salmon amidst the Olympic noise Cast here to read more
March 6, 2010 Hi Folks, Please find my letter in the Courier Islander River newspaper. "Public interest is not being well served" (The Courier-Islander, 5th March): The letter asks that the farmers take the responsibility to monitor the effect of their effluent (sea lice) on the environment (wild salmon fry). That the farms should be subject to the same environmental controls that are required of other industries like mining that discharge to the environment and can effect the welfare of our fish and wild life. Regards, Brian Gunn - Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) Cast here to read the full letter.
February 11, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update regarding: 1. Target discontinues sale of net-cage salmon 2. Closed containment salmon farm receives first-time best choice ranking 3. Aquaculture expansion in BC frozen until December 2010 4. Rally for wild Salmon during the Olympics! Read more
February 11, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
No Means No: First Nations Opposition to Enbridge Pipeline is Growing and Unequivocal. A new online animation shows growing First Nations opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline, a project that would cross more than 50 First Nations communities and 1,000 streams and rivers. All this in a bid to bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia where it would be loaded on to super tankers bound for Asia. Read more
February 4, 2010 Update on Court Proceedings from Alexandra Morton. On Feb 2, lawyer Jeffery Jones and I were back in court with my charges against Marine Harvest for illegal possession of wild pink salmon by-catch. On the previous date (Jan 4) Judge Saunderson instructed the Department of Justice to inform the court on this day as to whether they will be assuming conduct of this case. Click here for more detail
January 26, 2010 Update on Court Proceedings from Alexandra Morton. Today BC Supreme Court ruled in our favor once again. Justin Hinkson granted the federal government a suspension order until Dec 18/10 so that Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) can further prepare to assume control of regulating salmon farms. However, Justice Hinkson forbade any expansion of aquaculture during that period. Specifically, the province cannot issue any new fish farm licenses and cannot expand the size of any tenure. Click here for more detail
January 22, 2010 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Important updates on: 1. First Nations opposition to Enbridge pipeline makes news across Canada. 2. Enbridge pipeline will result in 30% increase in tar sands output: Pembina Institute. 3. Enbridge oil spill confirms concerns about proposed BC pipeline. Read all about it here
January 15, 2010 Farmed and Dangerous update:
In this issue: 1. Marine Harvest requests federal funding for closed containment. 2. Esteemed scientists advise removal of farms along wild salmon migration routes. 3. Sea lice out of control in Norway. 4. A look back at 2009 and what's next in 2010!
January 7, 2010 Update on Court Proceedings from Alexandra Morton. Jan. 5, 2010 was the latest court date in the charges I laid under the Fisheries Act against Marine Harvest Canada for unlawful possession of wild salmon by-catch. Cast here to read more
December 30, 2009 Pipeline, tankers a bad idea. Letter to the editor of the www.terracestandard.com by Dave Shannon of Terrace BC. Should Enbridge Northern Gateway gain approval for a proposed twinned pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat, an irreplaceable fisheries industry worth $110 million a year could be destroyed by our own inevitable marine mishap. Cast here to read more.
December 17, 2009 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
A pause on Shell's drilling in the Sacred Headwaters. Now is the time to press eject. One year ago, the BC government placed a moratorium on Shell's coalbed methane drilling in the Sacred Headwaters. Today, support for safeguarding this important place remains strong as ever. But we need a permanent solution, not a temporary one! Cast here to read details.
December 14, 2009 Update from Alexandra Morton. Alexandra attended two meetings re the fish farm issue...and learned a few things. Cast here to read the details.
December 4, 2009 Update from Alexandra Morton. You have an opportunity to tell DFO how you want fish farms to be run. As a result of our win in BC Supreme Court DFO has been given an official mandate to develop new regulations for aquaculture in BC. A series of meeting are being planned to discuss and gather input for all potentially impacted stakeholders, which is lives in Canada or comes here to see salmon and their predators. Cast on link for meeting details of where and when.
December 1, 2009 Letter to Minister Gail Shea from Alexandra Morton. Dear Minister Shea: Twenty thousand, two hundred forty-three (20,243) people have now signed the letter on my website www.adopt-a-fry.org insisting that you apply the Fisheries Act to "farming" salmon.
But the Norwegian salmon farming industry is now so far out of alignment with common sense and the spirit of Canadian law that the road to compliance is not simple. As you prepare to assume control of this industry as per the BC Supreme Court decision we, the public, are doing your job in your absence laying charges against this industry and removing the firewalls to protect our fish. Read the full letter here
November 28, 2009 The Fishery Act does apply. Update from Alexandra Morton. We are one step closer to applying the laws of Canada to salmon farming! It was a pivotal day in court. Although it is only one more step towards enforcing the laws of Canada on fish farmers, it was essential if we are to bring reason to this situation. Cast here to read more information.
November 26, 2009 Save Our Salmon update: this update includes background information on the recently announced judicial inquiry into the decline of the sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. It also addresses significant developments on the legal front and with regards to closed containment. The most recently developments further illuminate that there is great concern for the fate of BC's wild salmon and that, of all the threats that wild salmon suffer, the impacts from open net-cage salmon farming are the easiest to solve. Cast here to read the November 25, 2009 update.
Everything Depends on the Wild Salmon - The Survival of Wild Salmon Depends On Us
November 20, 2009 Skeena Wild update: We've just been informed that Chinese and Korean oil companies are on the verge of signing a deal with Enbridge that could make super tankers on BC's north coast a reality. There is only one way to stop them: illustrate for them the full force of our opposition and let them know that there is NO way we'll allow our fragile coast to be threatened by a catastrophic oil spill. This could be one of the most important action you take on this campaign. Please take 20 minutes to do these suggested actions.
November 6, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous update: Just in: (1) Join allies around the world during the Global Week of Action this November 9 - 14th to call for change in salmon aquaculture practices. (2) BC judge to head inquiry into salmon collapse. Yesterday, Nov. 5/09 Prime Minister announces probe into BC salmon stocks. Cast here for details
November 4, 2009 Friends of Wild Salmon update:
Enbridge pipeline would threaten Skeena Salmon: Pembina Institute The "new study" report, Pipelines and Salmon in Northern British Columbia: Potential impacts, examines how pipeline construction and operations could affect salmon and salmon habitat. The pipelines would cross and in some places run parallel to major salmon rivers in the Skeena, Kitimat and Upper Fraser watersheds, which contain some of the highest quality habitat for wild salmon and steelhead trout in Canada. Cast here to learn more and offer your support and understanding.
November 1, 2009 Update from: Wild Salmon Circle Join the Wild Salmon Circle at Vancouver's SFU Segal Centre on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at 7PM for the premiere of a new short-documentary by filmmaker Damien Gillis, which shows how the BC experience of salmon farming fits into a global pattern of catastrophe wrought by a predominantly Norwegian-owned industry. Cast here for more info. A wild Salmon will thank you for it!
October 27, 2009 Update from: Alexandra Morton. Good News Finally! Peter Julian, Member of Parliament - New Westminster has just launched a petition for a Judicial Inquiry into the Fraser Sockeye crash. Cast on the link for more info and sign the petition document More signatures the better...
October 19, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous update: (1) Aquaculture management changing hands from Provincial to Federal government - an opportunity for progress (2) Accountability now for wild salmon - calling on MPs during the Global Week of Action (3) Vancouver rallies to save wild salmon (4) The myths & realities of the salmon farming industry of BC. Please cast here to read the details for above. Thank you for caring!
October 6, 2009 Alexandra Morton Video message: The wild salmon rally by the Wild Salmon Circle was a tremendous success. Here is a clip of video. There is more we need to do NOW. Please help if you can. Time is of the essence. Cast here for more details how you can help.
September 25, 2009 Living Oceans fall update
Four important issues to follow: 1) Sea lice part of Fraser River sockeye crash? 2) Finding Coral Update - Now the Real Work Begins. 3) Bycatch report analyzes Pacific Groundfish bottom trawl fishery. 4) Forging links in Ottawa. Cast here to read the details
September 15, 2009 As a member of Farmed and Dangerous you know all to well the devastating impacts of net-cage salmon farms. If you are feeling frustrated by government and industry inaction despite the overwhelming evidence that net-cages are threatening wild salmon and coastal ecosystems, you are not alone. In British Columbia, concerned citizens have created their own movement aimed at forcing change from the ground up. Cast here to learn more and join the Wild Salmon Circle
September 8, 2009 Letter to Minister Shea from Alexandra Morton. Dear Minister Shea: On August 26 you sent duplicate letters to many people dismissing the impact of salmon farms on British Columbia. I can only imagine the response to collapse of the world's largest sockeye salmon river, the Fraser River, has come directly from Ottawa. Your letter provides stark insight into the Federal Conservative government's course of action.
September 6, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous update: Fraser River Sockeye collapse while Minister promotes farmed salmon; Health Canada approves neurotoxin used on salmon farms; UBCM resolution in September on closed containment; Support for wild salmon in Ottawa, and beyond. Cast on the link to read the details
August 20, 2009 Skeena River is a gift that needs to be protected Please cast here to read a "letter to the editor" of the terracestandard.com from a concerned citizen Robert Hart.
August 20, 2009 Media and Public Advisory The wild Salmon Circle, a group of concerned citizens, is calling all supporters of wild salmon to a protest held in front of the Fisheries & Oceans Canada office in Vancouver. Who: BC citizens who want to see open-net salmon farms taken off our coast permanently. We have invited conservation groups, First Nations, scientists and fisheries stakeholders. Cast here for more info PLEASE ATTEND
August 19, 2009 Alexandra Morton letter to Fisheries Minister Shea: " I am following the news that DFO is reporting 11 million sockeye salmon have vanished"...would fish farms have anything to do with it? Please cast here to learn more and take action.
August 15, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous reports:
August 14, 2009 In the last two weeks nearly 2,000 more people have signed our letter (add your name) the Minister of Fisheries to apply the laws of Canada to salmon farms. The Fraser Sockeye are returning at 1/10th of their predicted number. While government continues to guess at the reason, they refuse to respond to the one factor shown to have exactly this effect worldwide and is easily fixed. Cast here to read more...
August 7, 2009 Come cheer on Skeena swimmer Ali Howard at events in Kitselas, Terrace and Prince Rupert
Above: Skeena swimmer Ali Howard (right) and Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition executive director Shannon McPhail (left) in Hazelton.
Ali Howard is more than half way through her historic swim of the length of the Skeena River. Her momentous effort has inspired hundreds of residents from the watershed and across BC, and sparked an important conversation about the future of our river.
We invite you to come out and cheer Ali on as she completes the final week of her swim.
Cast here to learn more and see a full list of upcoming Skeena Swim 2009 community events.
August 7, 2009 The gig is up for private power. (Courier-Islander August 5, 2009) BC's independent public energy regulator and opponents of the Campbell government's private energy plan agree: Private river power is not in the public interest. Cast here to read more.
August 3, 2009 Recent Save Our Salmon (SOS) Developments - Business feasibility studies are being completed for two closed containment business development projects. Solutions Advisory Committee (SAC) member, Dr. Andrew Wright, has concluded a thorough examination of land based closed containment aquaculture and has presented the work to a group of independent third-party reviewers. Cast here to learn more.
July 29, 2009 An article written by Rafe Mair and published by the Save Our Rivers Society on Tuesday July 29th, "Seven disingenuous statements from Colin Hansen", has attracted a flurry of responses. You can read it yourself here.
July 17, 2009 Swimming for wild Salmon
One Woman, One River Smithers resident Ali Howard is going to extreme lengths to educate people about the importance of Northwest BC's Skeena River. This summer the 33 year- old woman plans to swim the River's entire 610-km length, from the Sacred Headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Cast here to more information
July 10, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous up-date:
Please help if you can. Cast here to read updates for: 1. Help stop a huge new salmon farm! 2. Notes from the Broughton. 3. The social cost of an unsustainable salmon farming industry. 4. Wild Salmon Narrows campaign heats up.
July 7, 2009 Rafe Mair reports on our rivers and says, "Premier Campbell...if you think that the ravishing of our rivers for private power with private profits off public property will be tolerated because of the election result you are very mistaken indeed. As John Paul Jones said, "we've just begun to fight" - as the recent overflow meeting in Kaslo demonstrated."
July 5, 2009 A letter from the Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) responding to the recent decision by Strathcona Regional District (SRD) to approve rezoning application pursuant to By law No. 29 to allow Grieg Seafood to establish a new finfish farm in Sunderland Channel. WTA strongly urge the SRD to work together with Grieg Seafood to adopt the available closed containment technology and take the steps necessary to make the intent of SRD motion (to move to closed containment when commercially available) a reality. Cast here to read their letter.
July 4, 2009 Help Stop Another Massive Salmon Farm!
A massive new salmon farm may soon be coming to Gunner Point in Johnstone Strait unless concerned citizens make their voices heard. On June 25 the Strathcona Regional District approved re-zoning that may see 4,400 tonnes of Atlantic salmon raised at the proposed Gunner Point farm, making it one of the largest on the BC coast. For more information on this and other threats to our wild salmon and how you can help please click on the following link: Living Oceans Summer 2009
July 3, 2009 Skeena Wild Conservation Trust is a regionally based organization dedicated to making the Skeena River Watershed a global model of human-salmon coexistence.
First annual Skeena Salmon report card highlights need for better management...
July 2, 2009 Message from Brian Gunn president BC Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA). Alexandra Morton says, "If you want wild salmon in BC you will need to roar all the way from Campbell River to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, because only you have the power to turn this around and let the wild life blood of this coast survive. If I can hear you I will meet you wherever you take a stand, but until then good luck with your decision, British Columbia it is over to you." Please click on the link for more information and sign the petition if have not done so already. So far 14K signatures and looking for 100K. Please help!
June 27, 2009 Skeena Angler Rob Brown writes about Alaska Pollock commercial fishery.
June 23, 2009 We Really Won! Marine Harvest has now filed their Appeal from the BC Supreme Court Supreme Court decision of Mr. Justin Hinkson and they conceded the main issues in our case - that Provincial regulation of fish farms is unconstitutional! Thank you to all who made this happen, there are not many success stories in the saga. Please go to "updates" for more information.
June 20, 2009 The Courier Island paper in Campbell River is asking us to vote again, this time to on whether or not we think the two Grieg fish farm applications in Johnstone Strait should be approved or not. Cast on this link to learn more and VOTE. It takes less than a minute and could help save a wild Salmon! Thank you.
June 17, 2009 More important News from Alexandra Morton re the fish farm issue. Fisheries Minister the Honourable Gail Shea finally answered our letter with 14, 000 signatures. Click on the link which will lead you to her letter and my response to her letter. PLUS see picture of juvenile wild pink salmon sucked up from inside Marine Harvest's Canada's Pott's Bay fish farm in Knight Inlet and transported via the "Orca Warrior" and lying on the road in Port McNeill 5pm, June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009 Coastal Alliance For Aquaculture (CAAR) News Release today. Vancouver, BC - Five open net-cage salmon farms must be permanently removed from a salmon migration route in the northern Georgia Strait in order to protect thousands of juvenile salmon from sea lice and other potentially fatal diseases, the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform said Tuesday.
June 12, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous e-News - Americans, it's time to ask the FDA about unapproved chemicals in your salmon! Canadians, it's time to ask Premier Campbell about closed containment! And more...
June 12, 2009 Friends of Wild Salmon update - Event Galvanizes Opposition to Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline. The following is a press release from the Office of the Wet'suwet'en.
June 5, 2009 Vote today for wild Salmon! Please take time to vote on this newspaper website POLL. Click on this link to learn more from Alexandra Morton. A wild Salmon and Steelhead will thank you for it! PLEASE VOTE NOW...it takes only a few seconds and we need millions of votes to save the wild salmon! Thank you.
June 3, 2009 YES...the pic below is of an "oil soaked" sea bird...coming to our coast soon!
Friends of Wild Salmon Newsletter. All Nations Energy Summit. You're invited to a special event on the proposed Enbridge pipeline. The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs invite you on June 6th to participate in an All Nations Energy Summit, in Moricetown, BC. All Nations addressing current energy issue including Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the need for planning a sustainable energy future. Cast here to learn more, download event agenda and download event poster.
June 2, 2009 With the planning for this season's commercial fishing season well under way we have revived our Skeena Fisheries Blog. To learn more about the issues click on the link.
May 27, 2009 Message from Alexandra Morton in Norway, disease and sea lice are NOT under control in Norwegian salmon farms and BC stand to lose all. Cast here to read what she found out. She said her eyes were really opened!
May 25, 2009 Friends of Wild Salmon (FOWS) Newsletter dated May 25, 2009. Please attend two public events if you can. 1. Ian McAllister and Andrew Nikiforuk "A Story With Two Ends". Two Canadian authors discuss tar sands, pipelines and the uncertain future of BC's wild coast. 2. All Nations Energy Summit - Wet'suwet'en host event on the need to protect northern ecosystems and build sustainable energy solutions. Cast here for more information, event dates, times and venues.
May 17, 2009 Gordon Campbell locked the doors when I tried to deliver our letter and left us on the street. Campbell has been re-elected and at first I thought this meant BC does not actually want wild salmon, or their rivers. I began to make plans to give up and get my own life back in order, but then someone forward me this map. The ridings with wild salmon and wild salmon river, did not actually elect Campbell. Cast here to read more.
May 14, 2009 A message from the Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA). Cast here to read an interesting piece about Run of River IPPs from our (WTA) recreation colleague Ray Pillman.
May 6, 2009 Moratorium on Tankers Threatened Cast here to read an article by Racquel Foran in the May 2009 issue of BC Outdoors magazine. Article includes a link to where you can watch animations of spills involving oil tankers and drilling platforms. You might find that once you watch them you won't be able to stay silent about this threat to our precious coast.
May 5, 2009 Liberals & Conservatives Vote Against Environment Cast here to read the Bill Otway column from the May 2009 issue BC Outdoors magazine.
May 2, 2009 Trout Unlimited with 140,000 members across the US have now waded in on the save our wild salmon battle. Cast here to read the letter they sent to the BC Provincial and Canadian Federal governments.
Cast here to watch a short 9 minute video before you (BC residents) go to the polls and vote in the Provincial election on May 12, 2009. A wild Salmon will thank you for it!
April 30, 2009 Political Action on Salmon Farms Overdue! Cast here to read an important Farmed and Dangerous NEWSLETTER dated April 29, 2009 and "please" take a moment and take some action to save a wild Salmon. We all need to do out part. Thank you.
April 28, 2009 Cast here to read Brian Gunn's (Wilderness Tourism Association) thoughts on the Environment, Wilderness Tourism Operators and the upcoming BC election on May 12, 2009
April 28, 2009 13,094 Voices Not Heard Cast here to read open letter to Minister of Fisheries, the Honourable Gail Shea and Premier Gordon Campbell
April 22, 2009 How Salmon is or isn't factoring in the upcoming BC election...
Includes in "The Tyee today: "As the living systems of this part of the world are under the final assault by the BC Liberal government, you make headlines. You seem to have no idea of what Gordon Campbell is bring down on us." - Marine researcher/fish farm opponent Alexandra Morton to David Suzuki, Tzeporah Berman and others. Cast here to read more and remember to VOTE FOR WILD SALMON at the polls.
April 15, 2009 An invite from Northwest Watch to attend public meeting to answer a very important question: Liquid Gold, Are Northwest Rivers for Sale? Cast here for more information.
April 9, 2009 A message from the Friends of Wild Salmon. The Enbridge pipeline would carry dirty oil from Alberta's tar sands to a supertanker port at Kitimat. Cast here to join the call for a full public inquiry into the Enbridge tar sands pipeline. A wild Salmon and Steelhead will thank you for it!
April 8, 2009 Cast here to read a very important message from Brian Gunn, president of the WTA (Wilderness Tourism Association) regarding the need for help with the fish farm issue.
April 4, 2009 The Big Lie About the Need for Power
Public meetings are being held throughout the province. Cast here to read a very informative article by Rafe Mair.
March 23, 2009 Sea Lice Not Just a Coastal Problem
Scientific journals and media outlets from around the world have reported on how sea lice from open net-cage salmon farms are putting wild pink and chum salmon in the Broughton Archipelago at risk of extinction. New science is indicating the impact of sea lice from salmon farms has a much greater reach than has previously been studied. Cast here to read more from the Farmed and Dangerous Newsletter.
March 19, 2009 OPINION - from Andrew Williams re Enbridge Pipelines. IF YOU attended any of Enbridge Pipelines' information sessions or read its public relations materials about its plan for the Northern Gateway pipeline from Edmonton to Kitimat, you might have come away feeling reassured that the environment of our local mountains, rivers and coastal waters is in good hands. Well, if you did, read on. These stories gleaned from the Edmonton Journal, CBC, the Globe and Mail and other sources reveal a history of Enbridge pipeline spills in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Minnesota, and Wyoming over the last decade. Cast here to read more.
March 17, 2009 Update from Alexandra Morton re the fish farm issue. 4,617 people have signed the letter. The rate of signatures is accelerating and already this number is out of date. It is never too late to add your name to this letter. Please don't forget to FORWARD to your friends. A wild Salmon will thank you for it. Cast here to read the full letter.
March 11, 2009 SAVE OUR RIVERS - Urge Senate to Reject Unacceptable Weakening of our Navigable Waters Protection Act. Originally enacted in 1882, the principles of the Navigable Waters Protection Act have much deeper roots that can be traced all the way back to the Magna Carta. While proponents of changing this venerable law argue it's old and needs updating, the reality is it has stood the test of time - with good reason - and helped protect not only navigation rights, but our treasured environment. It has helped make possible today a thriving, sustainable eco-tourism industry and the right for all Canadians to recreate themselves amongst our spectacular wilderness. Cast here to learn more.
March 10, 2009 Pipe Dreams: a community forum series on the Enbridge tar sand pipelines. Friends of Wild Salmon is hosting a series of community forums across Northwest BC on the Enbridge Pipelines. This is a chance for communities to learn more about plans for oil and petroleum pipelines connecting the Alberta tar sands to a tanker port at Kitimat. Please cast to the Friends of Wild Salmon website for more information and view the poster.
March 7, 2009 Call to ACTION please Re the item below dated March 1, so far 1,237 of us have signed this letter. WOW...now we need to keep the pressure up! Many of you asked that I, Alexandra Morton, include BC Premier Gordon Campbell as a recipient of this letter because we don't know his intention. Cast here for more information and sign the petition. Please forward to everyone you know...a wild Salmon will thank you for it.
March 1, 2009 Call to ACTION please Here is a note from Alexander Morton: As it stands salmon "farms" are now a public fishery as per the BC Supreme court decision. I feel certain this door is being pushed shut as fast as possible and so feel a sense of urgency that if we are going to accomplish anything real in the water at this moment of enormous opportunity that it will take all of us to get this done.
I am hoping that everyone with a fishing license be it commercial, personal sport or First Nations will consider signing this.
If people want to sign please send me (Alexandra Morton, firstname.lastname@example.org), your first and last name, your fishery and your town and I will put you on the letter.
Please forward this far and wide as fast as you can. Standing by: Alex Morton
February 19, 2009 Closed containment "is" the answer, when is the government going to act? Send a message to them and tell them to get at it...
Cast here to read the latest NEWSLETTER from Farmed and Dangerous and send your message...
February 16, 2009 "Something fishy in BC" -article by Mcleans magazine
The latest foe in the war over salmon farm? Rapacious Norwegians. Last summer, Norway's richest man, John Frederiksen, went fishing on Norway's legendary Alta, one of the world's richest salmon rivers. Federiksen made his fortune running oil tankers to Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. He is now the silver-haired principal shareholder of Marine Harvest, which controls 20 to 30 per cent of the worldwide salmon farming industry. An avid angler, he told the reporter who was along on the trip that he was "concerned about the future of wild salmon," and that fish farms shouldn't be allowed near wild salmon runs because of the pollution and disease they spread in the open ocean. Cast here to read more...
February 2, 2009 "Two TOP BC Scientists Speak Out vs. Private River Power" - Two of Canada's top fish biologists, Dr. Gordon F. Hartman and Otto Langer, discuss their multiple grave concerns about the ecological risks of the Campbell government's private river power gold rush. Cast here to listen to them speak in a video. Cast here to read and editorial in the Campbell River Courier-Islander titled "The Real Power Play"
February 2, 2009 Canadian Navigation Rights at Risk. The Harper government is poised to erase the historic right of navigation in Canada, a common law right that pre-dates confederation. In public announcement published in the major media Jan 12 and 13, 2009, the Harper government stated its intent to eliminate the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) as part of its plan to inject billions of dollars into infrastructure programs across the country. The Harper government says the NWPA is antiquated and they want it out of the way. Cast here to read detail...
January 31, 2009 Friends of Wild Salmon - update
Building on the grassroots success of FOWS Fish Farms and Sacred Headwaters campaigns, Friends of Wild Salmon has dedicated its resources to protecting Skeena wild salmon from impacts related to the proposed Enbridge Pipelines project. Cast here to read the update
January 26, 2009 More serious problems for BC Wild Salmon. On Jan 12/09, the fish farm industry publication Intrafish posted an article asking "How long can BC avoid ISA? ISA (Infectious Salmon Anemia) is a virus that has spread to every major salmon farming region in the world...except BC. The danger is "if" ISA infects BC farmed fish the virus would adapt and spread through Pacific Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Herring and Halibut. Here is one way we can help. Cast here to read a letter that "you" should send to British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. You can send it via e-mail in a few minutes...or postal mail it.
January 20, 2009 Farmed and Dangerous - Newsletter
More bad news from open net pen fish farms. In this Newsletter: New Year Brings Hundreds of Thousands of Escapes; Deadly Salmon Virus Spread. Cast here to read more...
January 15, 2009 THE RECENT Enbridge open house in Terrace saw 24 color coordinated uniforms telling us that the proposed Gateway pipeline from the Tar Sands to Kitimat is a project almost free from risks or negative impacts. Conservationists Gerald Amos and Bruce Hill and many others for that matter don't agree. Cast here to read Gerald and Bruce commentary titled "And now for the rest of the story" published in the Terrace Standard Newspaper January 14, 2009.
January 7, 2009 Pacific Salmon Treaty - between USA and Canada took effect on January 1, 2009. The hope is for long term health of Salmon as a result of increased co-operation between the two countries. Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says, "This is a crucial agreement that will help people on both sides of the border benefit from sustainable fishing opportunities for years to come". The latest treaty remains in place until 2018. Cast here to read more...
December 23, 2008 SAVE OUR RIVERS - newsletter
Destruction of wilderness in the name of Green Power has to STOP. Cast here to view the Koch Creek Video and much more...
December 16, 2008 How We Fish Matters: Addressing the Ecological Impact of Canadian fishing Gear
How We Fish, a new report by Living Oceans Society, Ecology Action Centre, and Marine Conservation Biology Institute, ranks the ecological impact of fishing gears used in Canada, from bottom trawls to lobster traps. How We Fish recommends that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) immediately implement policies that prioritize the protection of habitat and marine life as well as provide incentives to fishermen to switch to less harmful fishing gear.
Cast here to read more...
December 12, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous Newsletter dated Dec 12/08
Thank You for Supporting Aquaculture Reform in 2008! Everyone at the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform would like to usher in the holiday season by extending a huge thank you to all of you! Whether you've sent a fax this past year (as over 4,000 of you did), or let a friend know why you don't eat farmed salmon, these actions are adding up in a very big way. Over the last year, we've seen some huge shifts by both government and industry that would never have been possible without your continued commitment spreading the word and taking action to protect our oceans and our wild salmon from the impacts of net-cage salmon farming. Cast here to to read about a few of the victories we hope you'll celebrate with us this holiday season...
December 11, 2008 Fabulous gift suggestion!
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Our holiday special is one of the best gifts you can give to someone who cherishes Skeena steelhead. They will receive a Christmas package containing 4 frozen, incredibly tasty, selectively harvested fillets, along with an information packet detailing how their gift will help rebuild Skeena watershed salmon stocks. Please help Skeena salmon by taking advantage of this fantastic offer. Order Today 1(888) 4SKEENA. Cast here for more information.
December 9, 2008 A "good-news" message from Friends of Wild Salmon
No drilling for two years! BC government announces moratorium on CBM drilling in Sacred Headwaters. Your voice has once again made a difference in protecting the headwaters of the Skeena! Only a few weeks ago, we called on supporters to telephone the Premier and urge him to protect the Sacred Headwaters from coalbed methane drilling. Cast here to read the full good news message.
December 2, 2008 Letter from WTA (Wilderness Tourism Association) to: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Ont. AND to: The Honourable Stan Hagen, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Victoria, BC. Re: action to protect wild salmon.
Cast here to read the full letter. Will "they" (governments) pay attention?
December 2, 2008 A message from Alexandra Morton who really needs our help and support now. "Hello: Salmon farms are a corporate takeover of one of nature's most powerful living mechanisms. Wild Salmon are the life blood..." Please cast here to read more how you and I can help.
November 20, 2008 Message from Friend of Wild Salmon: Shell Canada wants to drill for coalbed methane in the Sacred Headwaters, but an incredible show of community solidarity has keep shell at bay for two years. Two quick phone calls could help keep oil and gas development out of one of Canada's most special place. Cast here for the phone numbers PLEASE HELP by making those calls today and tomorrow. A wild Salmon and Steelhead will thank you!
November 20, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous Action Alert. Help Stop Fish Farms Seeking to Double Production. In spite of all the evidence that shows the negative impacts caused by open net-cages, Norwegian-owned companies are seeking approval to roughly double their current level of already unsafe production in two critical wild salmon migration routes. We need your help to demand the British Columbia government deny these amendments.
Cast here to read more and help by sending a fax today.
November 15, 2008 Cast here to read Farmed and Dangerous Newsletter dated Nov 14/08
In this issue: "Organic" label Needs to Protect Oceans and Wild Fish; Passing Resolutions for Aquaculture Innovation; Mainstream Salmon Farms Blatantly Violate Licenses; For Sustainable Sushi, Hold the Farmed Salmon.
November 6, 2008 Cast here to read the latest Friends of Wild Salmon Newsletter. Contains: FOW's resolution gains momentum; First Nations and Municipalities take on Shell; Sacred Headwater and the Federal Election; Update on Shell's drilling plans; Upcoming BC Municipal elections; and more...
November 1, 2008 Cast here to read the latest Living Oceans Society Newsletter Fall 2008
October 23, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous Alert Groups Join Together in Exposing Problems With Farmed Salmon & Call on Supermarkets to Change Released as part of the Global Week of Action (October 20-25, 2008), In a Nutshell - The Problems with Salmon Farms in BC is a new online video that takes viewers up Canada's Pacific coast to experience the devastating role salmon farms are playing in the decline of wild salmon and the degradation of coastal ecosystems resulting from these losses. The video is a collaboration by filmmaker Twyla Roscovich and the Pure Salmon Campaign
October 13, 2008 Brian Gunn reports on BC Supreme Court Case re responsibility for and jurisdiction of wild Salmon. Plus impressions from Alexandra Morton. Cast here to read and find links to video presentations.
October 11, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous e-News for October 10th. In this issue:
Cast here for details.
October 10, 2008 Community Meeting and Information Session. Independent Power Producer Run of River Hydro Power: What does it mean for the Northwest? A starting amount of construction is proposed in remote valleys along BC's coast, for run-of-river "green power. It's happening quickly and without much public involvement. Cast here for details of a public meeting in Terrace October 16, 2008. Please try and attend.
October 7, 2008 Become educated on the sea lice problem. Cast here to find the URL for 6-7 minutes animation about transfer of sea lice from wild to farm and back to wild Salmon.
October 4, 2008 Serious problems exist in the Salmon waters of our friends on the south coast of British Columbia. Cast here to read the opinion of Mr. Howard Pattinson who is a tour operator who brings people to the North Island. He explains in "clear terms" some very serious problems...did I say problems with fish farms?
September 27, 2008 The hearings for the legal petition regarding fish farms and legal
jurisdiction (initiated by Alexandra Morton) will start next Monday, September 29 and run until Thursday, October 2, 2008. Brian Gunn (President) will be attending to observe on behalf of the Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA). The hearing will be at the BC Supreme court on Hornby and Smythe. The time is 10-12:30 and 2-4. The hearings are open to the public so if anybody is in Vancouver BC and interested in this process feel free to drop in. Cast here to read the brochure for more information.
September 23, 2008 PARTNERS IN CHANGE SkeenaWild Conservation Trust has been working on a certification mark program designed to encourage selective commercial fisheries in the watershed, which release unharmed steelhead and non-target salmon such as chinook and coho. By purchasing SkeenaWild Salmon's selectively harvested Skeena River sockeye you are partnering with Gitxsan and the North Coast Steelhead Alliance to help transform the Skeena River salmon fishery. Order your SkeenaWild Certified hot-smoked sockeye fillets NOW! They will ship directly to your home.
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September 19, 2008 So you thought fish farm sea lice problems were restricted to pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago? Not so. In fact the problem is vastly worse that we have been told. New studies from the USA, Canada, and Norway indicate lice and the diseases they carry are killing all five species in BC and also herring. Cast here to read the full article from D.C. Reid of the Victoria Time Colonist
September 18, 2008 WTA (Wilderness Tourism Association) explains their view on the declining numbers of Salmon and how it affects tourism in BC. Cast here to read the press release and send your comments. We "must" keep the pressure on our BC Government to TAKE ACTION to protect our wild Salmon!
September 5, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous e-News. In this issue: New Research shows Sea Lice can "jump ship" and spread among wild Salmon; Norway's Cermaq Group visits BC operations; More businesses saying YES to protection wild Salmon. Cast here to read the details.
August 27, 2008 The North Coast Steelhead Alliance has started a NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE - It is an exciting time to be involved in fisheries and steelhead politics in northwest British Columbia. Fisheries manager have promised major changes to how the fishery is prosecuted in the coming year and the NCSA wants to be there strong and well armed to keep them to their word. "You" can help us do this by joining or donating to our Alliance and today we are embarking upon a new membership and donation drive! To this end we have joined forces with flyfishing photographer David Lambroughton to bring you this exciting offer: Cast here to read of the offer and help us. The more members we have the better? Please consider joining NOW. Thank you.
August 19, 2008 Roderick Haig-Brown Symposium on sustaining wild Salmon: MOVING FROM WORDS TO ACTION...
The symposium was held on Saturday August 16-17, 2008 in Campbell River BC. Mr. Brian Gunn, President of the Wilderness Tourism Association shares his notes with us as he tries to capture the spirit and frustration of the symposium. He says, "people who came were really concerned about the future. There were a number of stream-keeper type projects that buoyed me up and there was some interesting statements made by DFO and other government folk that leave me with some hope for the future. Cast here to read my notes. Cast here for a copy of the program and participating speakers."
August 14, 2008 Shell Announces a Halt to Klappan Plan
Shell announced that they will stop their plans to go ahead with more exploratory drilling for Coalbed Methane Gas near the Spatsizi Park, the Skeena and Stikine Headwaters, in an effort to encourage a more productive dialogue with the member of the Tahltan. Cast here to read the full story.
August 6, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous e-News
Images of wild juvenile salmon with sea lice infestations. Cast here to check out the August 2008 issue of the Farmed and Dangerous e-News: 30,000 Escapes, Bush's Fish Farm Plan, Eyes and Ears Campaign & more...
August 5, 2008 How lice infestation occurs between wild and farmed salmon, affecting wild salmon populations on the BC coast. Cast here to see a diagram.
July 24, 2008 Jean Allen, Hazelton BC resident defends "Environmental groups and some Tahltan" for taking a stand against Coalbed Methane development in the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine. Cast here to read the letter.
July 16, 2008 Keith Douglas, chairman, North Coast Steelhead Alliance has developed a Blog with a number of news stories related to steelhead and salmon conservation as well as continuing updates on the commercial fishery openings. Cast here to check it out.
July 7, 2008 Coalbed Methane Rally Planned for July 15 in Terrace
This is an excellent opportunity for Terrace & watershed residents to learn more about the serious risks that Coalbed Methane (CBM) development in the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass & Stikine poses to our salmon, water & wildlife. SIGN your name to the Sacred Headwaters Resolution. Cast here to learn more and sign the resolution.
July 3, 2008 Canada Day Salmon Escape Highlights Need
Photo by Union of BC Indian Chiefs
It wasn't a happy Canada Day (July 1st) for the wild salmon near Campbell River, where 30,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from their pen into the surrounding environment just days after the company that lost the fish, Marine Harvest, asked for provincial government support to transition to closed containment. North Coast MLA Gary Coons says this escape ought to be all the evidence the Liberal government requires to realize that wild salmon runs are threatened by open pen salmon farming. Cast here to read the details.
July 2, 2008 Farmed and Dangerous E-News In this issue: Global Look at Closed Containment Systems Shows Technology is Thriving; Safeway Urged to "Think Pink" and Protect Wild Salmon; BC to Norway - You Are Destroying Our Fish, Our Ecosystem and Our Livelihoods; CAAR Launches New Website. Cast here for all the details.
June 29, 2008 Perhaps it is time to say something about the blight that is covering and threatening to cover our coast, says Craig Murray.
Here is the latest from Alexandra Morton, with pics. All species are at risk. Nimmo's message is for all involved with angling to become involved with saving BC wild Salmon.
Hello: This picture just came in from the crew I work with off Campbell River. Most of these are a louse species called Caligus, which are on herring as well as other species. Cast here to read more from Alexandra Morton...
June 25, 2008 New Study On Sea Lice Behavior Is Bad News for Entire Food Web
Feeling lousy. Young salmon can pass on pesky sea lice to larger predator fish. Credit: Alexandra Morton
Talk about a death-defying escape. Sea lice, parasitic crustaceans that torment salmon, jump ship when their host gets nabbed by a bigger fish and they then latch onto the predator. This previously unknown escape tactic, described in a study published online this week in Biology Letters, may mean bad news for an entire food web. Cast here to read the full article
June 16, 2008 Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites. Lakes are in BC, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habit.
June 13, 2008 News and Analysis from the BC Wilderness Tourism Association BC tourism industry is very much dependent on wild salmon resources. Sadly, many wild salmon populations have been threatened because of habitat destruction, over-fishing and now because of salmon farming. The recent science indicting significant mortality in BC's salmon stocks due to sea lice generated by open net-cage fishing farming gives a clear warning to BC's tourism industry. Cast here to learn more and help out.
June 12, 2008 Skeena Independent Science Panel Report officially released:
Don Roberts, chief of the Kitsumkalum Band, emphasizes the need for all parties to work together, knowing that if we do not it may be the last chance for some of the stocks. Photo by Ken Fraser.
The Skeena Independent Science Panel report was officially released June 10 in Terrace BC at the Best Western Hotel. Over a hundred people from as far away as Babine Lake to Prince Rupert were present. The audience included First Nations, environmental groups, commercial fishers, recreational fishers and guides as well as government officials and others. Cast here to read the full report and more photos by Ken Fraser.
June 7, 2008 NEW SIGNS are being erected to help save our wild Salmon and Steelhead.
Thank you Friends of Wild Salmon for taking on the challenge of protecting wild salmon and Steelhead from the ravages of coalbed methane extraction in the sacred headwaters.
May 31, 2008 Over 400 attend Sacred Headwaters Summit! More than 400 First Nations people and other Northwest BC Residents packed Gitanmaax Hall in Hazelton, BC, Saturday, May 24th to speak out against Shell's plan for coalbed methane extraction at the sacred headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine River. Cast here to read a report from Friends of Wild Salmon and take action to help out by sending an instant fax to Shell and Premier Gordon Campbell. Urge them to Keep Shell's gas drilling out of the Sacred Headwaters.
May 22, 2008 (3rd item today). Cast here to read a Press Release and Backgrounder re the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Bill Otway, President, Sportfishing Defense Alliance says, "from what I know of what has transpired it seems to me this is a very good deal for the future of the recreational fishery."
May 22, 2008 (2nd item today). As we support our friends on the south coast please watch the videos on YouTube. This film is a message for the fish farming company - Mainstream, a subsidiary of the Norwegian multinational company Cermaq, produced in order to educate the shareholders about the imparts of their company is having in BC to local tourism operator, fishermen, first nations and the ecosystem. By clicking on the links below will take you directly to the YouTube videos:
or view on Calling From The Coast
May 22, 2008 Friendly Reminder - Sacred Headwaters only two days away! This Saturday, May 24th hundreds of residents from the Skeena, Nass and Stikine watersheds will come together at Gitanmaax Hall in Hazelton BC to learn more about threats to BC's Sacred Headwaters. Will you be there? Cast here for more detail. Look below to read the poster.
May 17, 2008 Good News from Skeena Wild Conservation Trust.
Panel's Bold Recommendations For Skeena Fishery Get Thumbs Up From Skeena Wild.
May 16,2008 (Terrace, BC) - An independent scientific review of BC's Skeena River salmon fishery lays out a bold agenda for changing the way wild salmon are managed, say conservation advocates with Skeena Wild Conservation Trust.
A panel of four scientists that spent the last six month looking into the future of BC's second-largest wild salmon fishery released its final recommendations yesterday. Cast here to read the full News Release and download the panel's report.
May 6, 2008 Friends of Wild Salmon and Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition present:
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This event is going to be GREAT! We are expecting several hundred people and please consider this your official invite! This event will be the largest gathering in the region about this development and will help to empower people at all levels, from government to residents and First Nations to guide outfitters! We hope to see you there!
May 5, 2008 Kathy Larson, Secretary/Treasurer of the North Coast Steelhead Alliance is appealing to you and me to support Alexandra Morton who is trying to save the wild salmon in the Broughton Archipelago (and the rest of the BC coast). She, and the wild salmon and steelhead of BC need our help now. Cast here to learn more. Please SPREAD THE WORD to folks who care and explain to them we need their help NOW. Thank you. Noel
April 30, 2008 Alexandra Morton says "despite of all of our efforts, the fish farm dream is underway, while Alaska reaps record harvest, the BC and Federal Government leave fish farms on wild salmon nursery grounds, approving new farms every year. The Province is considering applications to make the most problematic sites known to science even larger. STOP THIS NOW or it will all be over. We are ready to go to court on this please help." Cast here to learn more and how to help.
April 22, 2008 The Sacred Headwaters is one of British Columbia's greatest wilderness areas. This vast alpine basin is the birthplace of three of the Northwest's most important salmon rivers: the Nass, the Skeena and the Stikine. It is home to caribou, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and myriad other wildlife species. Royal Dutch Shell, the world's second largest corporation, wants to turn the Sacred Headwaters basin into a gas field. They're after a coalbed methane deposit that lies beneath the ground. They are pushing ahead despite opposition from First Nation elders, Northwest residents and other stakeholders. Cast here to complete a "form" to send an instant e-mail to Royal Dutch Shell and Premier Gordon Campbell. Red Flag on this one folks!
April 17, 2008 Sacred Headwaters threatened birthplace of the famous Skeena River. Shell Coalbed Methane threatens three great salmon rivers. Is this the future we want for the birthplace of our salmon rivers? Cast here for the RECENT NEWS from Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and join their fundraiser event in Terrace BC on April 19, 2008
April 3, 2008 Dear Minister of Fisheries Loyola Hearn; I am still waiting for your decision to allow me to transport young wild salmon around fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago to protect them from sea lice. I am not requesting funds, just permission to move them similar to how we get salmon fry out of hatcheries and around some dams. Today, I photographed these pink salmon at the Marine Harvest site, Glacier Falls. Cast here to read more and see the pictures...
March 28, 2008 FINALLY, some GOOD NEWS. North Coast saved from fish farms.
Cast here to read the full article on the Friends of Wild Salmon website.
March 4, 2008
More drugs, really? The minister in charge of fish farming has decided not to inconvenience the fish farmers, that what we need here is more drugs. The chemical Minister Bell is promoting is called "Slice" (Emamectin benzoate) and is NOT approved for use in fish farms in British Columbia. Why? Cast here to learn more...
February 14, 2008
In a development that promises to further rattle the credibility of provincial aquaculture policy, a new study by scientists at Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University reports that fish farms are directly associated with plummeting population of wild salmon and trout. Cast here to read the full article on the Friends of Wild Salmon website. We "must" keep the fish farms out of the mouth of the Skeena River...period.
January 27, 2008
What should I do? (Asks Alexandra Morton) Wild Salmon are the life-blood of the eastern Pacific. Destroy them and our future on this coast dims. Wild Salmon belong to the people of Canada, but exist dangerously in the path of corporate development. Salmon cages ease the way to damming rivers, selling freshwater south, logging old growth forests and drilling for oil. The consequences of BC and Canadian governments permitting fish farms to kill wild salmon, will bring the Province to its knees... continued
January 20, 2008
"Green" run-of-river hydro projects, also called IPPs (for independent power projects), produce minimal greenhouse gases. Cast here to read more and "do not" let the BC Provincial Government "pull the wool" over your eyes. Our wild fish are in peril if "some" of these projects are allowed to go forward! Red flag on this one folks!
January 3, 2008
The North Coast Steelhead Alliance is committed to securing the escapement of wild steelhead in sufficient numbers to sustain healthy wild stocks and a robust sport fishery in northwest British Columbia. Cast here to read their January 1, 2008 Newsletter
January 1, 2008
DFO Audit by "Auditor General of Canada" Must Result in Action! It's high time the DFO was audited -- its dedicated, hard-working field personnel have been downsized, overworked and hamstrung for years, its management has sucked, and it is not fulfilling its mandate to protect our fish, rivers and oceans. Here is a chance for public input to have a real effect. Cast here to read more and TAKE ACTION
December 14, 2007
There is NO DEBATE that fish farms kill wild Salmon. A study appearing in the December 13, 2007 issue the journal Science shows, for the first time, that parasitic sea lice infestations caused by salmon farms are driving nearby populations of wild Salmon towards extinction. We don't want fish farms anywhere near the mouth of the Skeena River! Cast here to read a summary of the scientific conclusion.
November 19, 2007
QUIT THE STALLING - NDP MLAs are upset the FISH FARM report is left hanging.
On May 16, 2007 the BC Legislature's Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture tabled their final report, which included recommendations that would see a ban on fish farms on the North Coast and move forward towards closed containment pens throughout the province, but six months later there has been no movement on the recommendations by the government. Cast here to read more and to TAKE ACTION.
November 16, 2007
At present, the north coast (mouth of the Skeena River) is Fish Farm Free. We need to keep it this way. Our friends in the south coast are not so lucky. Open net pens Fish Farms abound in the Broughton Archipelago. Let us support our neighbors in the south by casting to this link http://savebcsalmon.ca and read about the dilemma of sea lice caused by Fish Farms in their area...and please take a few seconds and TAKE ACTION by sending an email to the Ministers (see the red SOS button near the top right of the page).
November 9, 2007
We all must do our part for the environment - by Craig Murray Nimmo Bay Resort
This is the true BC. As a matter of fact it is the beginning for all those salmon and steelhead and all those anglers who go on a yearly angling odyssey in search of these beauties. Here is the 10,000 year old Ice Field that feeds many of the coast Range rivers, the life's stream to the salmonids of the coast. Our environment is in danger of being lost... continued
October 31, 2007
The photos show our beloved, beautiful Skeena River. (L) Near Terrace. (R) Near Kitwanga. The name Skeena by First Nation peoples means "river of mists"...needs our protection and attention more than ever.
Kudos to the folks who care and are taking the necessary steps to protect this very special river:
October 21, 2007
Interested in creating a Terrace group to Save Our Sacred Headwaters? Tuesday, October 23 at the Kiva Sports Cafe, Terrace at 7:00 PM. A round table discussion and organizing meeting for those interested in creating a Terrace group of Save Our Sacred Headwaters. Please attend if you would like to get involved and learn more about the coalbed methane exploration in the Sacred Headwaters. We will be discussing the organization of the group and upcoming activities and events. Hope to see you there. For more info please contact Friends of Wild Salmon
September 27, 2007
Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Loyola Hearn, P.C., M.P. replies to an anglers concern re Skeena River summer steelhead and salmon stocks. Read the letter here
September 11, 2007
DFO response letter to a concerned angler re the interception of Skeena River Steelhead by commercial fishermen. Read the one page letter here (small PDF file)
September 9, 2007
Wild Salmon needs Blake Covernton and more like him
Hi All, please read about a hero for wild salmon (PDF) and provide support if you can. Also check out Mark Hume's column in the Globe and Mail on Monday, September 10, 2007
President of the Wilderness Tourism Association
September 3, 2007
An opportunity to speak up help Steelhead
Last week Keith Douglas was interviewed on CBC radio about the state of the Skeena Fishery and when DFO was asked to respond they did NOT. The listeners were asked for their opinion and to call the "Talk Back Line" to give their opinion. Please call 1-800-757-1446 and tell CBC what you think of DFO's management of the commercial fishery on the Skeena. You can also send an e-mail here. It has to be done before tomorrow afternoon though, Tuesday, September 4th, so please call-in or e-mail right away. Thank you. Kathy Larson representing North Coast Steelhead Alliance.
July 25, 2007
Open Letter to the BC Pacific Salmon Forum. Attention: John Fraser: The Wilderness Tourism Association of BC (WTA) believes that what is happening in the Broughton Archipelago (BA) with regard to the devastation of the salmon fry by sea lice may well be happening in other areas of BC where salmon farms exist... continued
July 24, 2007
(Terrace BC) - Northwest BC angling guides and conservationists are demanding Fisheries and Oceans Canada implement conservation measure in the Skeena River salmon fishery after news that early steelhead returns to date are 15 percent of average levels... continued
July 18, 2007
An important message from Friends of Wild Salmon regarding Coalbed Methane at the Skeena Headwaters. Dear friend of wild salmon: In an effort to keep you informed of the threats that wild salmon face on the Skeena river, we want to bring you up to date and give you the opportunity for future updates on what is happening in the headwaters of the Skeena river... continued
July 12, 2007
Cast to North Coast Steelhead Alliance website to Take Action Today [to protect Steelhead tomorrow]. Please read their NEWS Box July 9, 2007 Documents Reveal Mismanagement of 2006 Fishery and July 9,2007 Watch the GLOBAL TV news coverage of the June 25th Press Conference.
July 10, 2007
Over 150 people filled Prince Rupert's Fisherman's Hall Saturday to celebrate a fish-farm free north coast and accept the recommendations of the BC government's Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture... continued
July 9, 2007
Biran Gunn, President of The BC Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) says, "Here are my notes of my Norway trip June 11-13, 2007. I went last week to Norway with a group of people representing the Pure Salmon Campaign including representatives from Chile. I met with farmers, fishermen, hunters, ENGO's, MPs, labour organizations, people of the Department of Environment and the Department of Fisheries, the CEO of Cermaq and Marine Harvest Shareholders for the purpose of increasing our knowledge of the farmers and ask them to stop killing our wild salmon"... continued
July 2, 2007
A delegation from Canada will be appealing today to the Marine Harvest Board of Directors and the Canadian Ambassador to Norway to acknowledge in Canada what is widely acknowledged in Norway - the net-cage salmon farms are the primary source of sea lice infecting and endangering wild salmon stocks... continued
June 30, 2007 (1st posting today)
It was with some interest that I read DFO Area Director Siegl Kriegl's response titled "Angler Fell Short on this Fishy Topic". In his reply, Mr Kriegl makes numerous assertions on the management decisions taken by DFO during the 2006 commercial fishery... continued
June 30, 2007 (2nd posting today)
Documents Reveal DFO "Caved Under Pressure" in Mismanagement of Skeena Fishery. Conservationists and Northwest BC residents are calling for an independent review of BC's second largest salmon fishery after documents obtained under Freedom of Information Act revealed disturbing mismanagement of DFO... continued
June 28, 2007
This last year saw a total and complete disregard by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in managing commercial net fisheries by catch of Summer Steelhead and Coho when targeting Sockeye on the North coast of British Columbia... continued
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