Watershed Watch
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February 11th, 2021

(A recap of DFO’s annual State of the Salmon assessment)

Many factors contribute to the decline of wild salmon in B.C. Habitat destruction, harvest, and bad aquaculture practices are all negative impacts, but the effect global warming has on salmon populations will be widespread, long-lasting and irreversible without urgent action. 

Fiona Harvey
Fish mortality has more than quadrupled, from 3% in 2002 to about 13.5% in 2019, in Scottish salmon farms alone. Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

Feb. 11, 2021

Report says pollution, parasites and fish mortality rates cost an estimated $50bn globally from 2013 to 2019

Salmon farming is wreaking ruin on marine ecosystems, through pollution, parasites and high fish mortality rates which are causing billions of pounds a year in damage, a new assessment of the global salmon farming industry has found.

Alexandra Morton
Photographer Tavish Campbell took this photo in early May of a lice-infested young pink salmon found near Discovery Island. TAVISH CAMPBELL
December 13th, 2020 

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, MP for South Shore—St. Margarets, Nova Scotia, will make a decision within the next week that will decide the fate of the Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Rochelle Baker
The decision followed consultations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with the Homalco, Klahoose, K’ómoks, Kwiakah, Tla’amin, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations, which ended at the beginning of the month, about whether to renew licences for the fish farms that operate in their traditional territories.

December 17th 2020

Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced Thursday that controversial fish farms in the Discovery Islands on the West Coast will be phased out over the next 18 months.

Carl Meyer
An access area for offshore oil drilling in the hull of the drillship Ocean Blackrhino in 2017. U.S. Department of the Interior photo

Nov. 24, 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil regulator says it expects the “best available science” will be followed when determining the environmental impact of drilling in a fragile Atlantic marine refuge.

Carl Meyer
A photo posted to the Secwepemc Virtual Unity Camp Facebook page shows RCMP officers making an arrest last week near the drill site of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Facebook / Secwepemc Virtual Unity Camp

October 21st 2020

The RCMP's failure to protect Mi'kmaq fishers from intimidation, assault and destruction in Nova Scotia demonstrates how the Canadian state is all too ready to permit or perpetrate violence against Indigenous Peoples, say First Nations groups and B.C. politicians.

Rochelle Baker
Laichkwiltach Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr. speaks at a Campbell River protest last Saturday calling for the removal of Discovery Islands fish farms. Photo by Rochelle Baker

October 1st 2020

Opponents of open-net salmon farms are disputing this week's finding by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) that farms in Discovery Island waters pose little risk to wild salmon.

Environmentalist groups and conservationists claim DFO ignored crucial independent science to downplay the risks to imperiled Fraser River sockeye salmon in favour of the aquaculture industry.

Rochelle Baker
Tanis Gower of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says water levels in several Vancouver Island watersheds are dangerously low due to climate change. Photo supplied by Tanis Gower

September 17th 2020

Drought conditions are continuing to put salmon and fish habitat at risk in streams and rivers on Vancouver Island.

Conditions in east Vancouver Island are “very dry” and the region is experiencing a Level 3 drought, the B.C. government said late last week.

This level of drought can pose serious ecosystem or socio-economic impacts that warrant voluntary water conservation and water restrictions, according to the B.C. drought information portal updated Wednesday.

Alexandra Morton
Aug. 29, 2020
I hope all of you are doing OK with the pandemic we find ourselves in.
I am writing because the Minister of Fisheries has a critical decision that will influence the future of the Fraser River sockeye and all species of BC wild salmon.  The 2020 Fraser sockeye forecast return is much lower than last year, which was the lowest in the history of Canada.  We are watching extinction in play.


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