Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Huffington Post on Anglo American's decision:
More information from Save Bristol Bay:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Just a few short months after the province of British Columbia announced a landmark ban on oil and gas drilling in the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine, the province is considering a proposal from Fortune Minerals to build a massive coal mine in the region. The proposal has been adamantly opposed by the Tahltan First Nation, whose traditional territory falls within the Sacred Headwaters region. The Skeena, Nass and Stikine are among the greatest salmon bearing watersheds remaining on earth and this is just the latest in an ongoing saga in which resource extraction companies have sought to exploit the sparsely populated region, often with the support of the provincial and federal governments. Fortunately First Nations in BC have not hesitated to stand up to government and industry, otherwise these environmentally devastating projects would be proceeding at breakneck speed.
More from the Globe and Mail:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Last month, Long Live the Kings and the Canadian based Pacific Salmon Foundation officially launched their Salish Sea Marine survival project. The project, which seeks to bring together key research capacity from both Canada and the US has been in development for several years with research proposals and workshops with leading scientists from Canada and the US. To identify key data sets, gaps in our knowledge and to develop research proposals that will expand our understanding of factors which have contributed to reductions in marine survival observed in the Salish Sea during the last 20 years.
The program, which is slated to last 7 years is estimated to cost about $20 million. To date about $2 million has been raised. Visit the LLTK website to find out more about this program.
Monday, September 2, 2013
With a high intensity gill net fishery taking a heavy toll on returns of steelhead, coho and chum salmon to the Dean River, outrage is spreading like wildfire through British Columbia. The Dean, with its unique run of wild summer steelhead is one of BC's most beloved watersheds and people are getting very tired of unsustainably high rates of incidental harvest being allowed by DFO in a non-selective Area 8 chum fishery. It is particularly outrageous because voluntary reporting means tthat DFO has no way to actually estimate exploitation rates on what is arguably BC's most valuable sport fishery. In the absence of good data, DFO insists nothing is wrong and maintains business as usual allowing gill netters and seine boats to pound wild salmon and steelhead populations into oblivion (see 24 commercial openings already this summer). Now Mark Hume, veteran environmental reported from the Globe and Mail has gotten in on the act with this story on Dean River bycatch and the concern it is generating.