“Fishery managers and the Fisheries Minister ignored obvious warning signs and allowed aggressive fishing based on flawed, risky assumptions,” says Aaron Hill, Watershed Watch Salmon Society executive director.
"Neither saving the chinook salmon of the North Pacific nor innovation in the cleantech industry can, or should, be achieved through the support of financially and environmentally risky mines near the region’s largest wild salmon-producing rivers.”
While the report gives a nod to the problems of hatcheries, it fails to understand why pursuing hatcheries and ocean ranching (in which hatchery fish are released into the ocean and caught when they return to spawn) compromises the likelihood of keeping wild salmon on the landscape into the future.
As a new study from the University of Guelph reveals, not only is seafood mislabelling rampant — undermining consumer choice, threatening vulnerable species and presenting a potential food safety issue — it takes place at every step in the supply chain.
Watershed Watch Salmon Society has crunched all the information provided by the three responsible management agencies (Pacific Salmon Commission, Fraser River Panel and Fisheries Canada) into a spreadsheet that shows the “details missing from the government’s report.”
A Federal Court justice has ordered the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to develop a new policy on farmed salmon after finding the department was deficient in not testing for a virus that may cause heart and muscle inflammation before releasing the fish into the wild.
Drone flights have revealed an odd couple in the Pacific. Scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium video footage shows dolphins hanging around pods of killer whales, two species that are usually more like predator and prey than Felix and Oscar.
The Canadian government is facing more legal problems over an alleged and ongoing failure to enforce its own environmental laws — challenged this time by a group trying to protect the habitat of native cutthroat trout in Alberta.
Fishermen have vowed to take legal action in a last-ditch attempt to save the tradition of salmon-netting after the government imposed an indefinite ban.Nets have been used to harvest wild salmon as they migrate between the sea and Scottish rivers for centuries. In 2016, a three-year ban was impose