Fisheries

Fewer science officers on public lands
Publish Date: 24-MAR-2014 10:51 AM
The Professional Employees Association, which represents 2,500 people who work for the provincial government, has released a report showing its membership declined 19 per cent in the past five years.  
 
25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger
Publish Date: 20-MAR-2014 02:53 PM
Twenty five years later, most of the species have recovered but some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling. 
 
La Garde côtière envoie d’autres brise-glace dans la Voie maritime (French only)
Publish Date: 19-MAR-2014 02:37 PM
La Garde côtière canadienne a indiqué mercredi qu’elle envoie davantage de brise-glace pour aider à dégager le passage dans les Grands Lacs et la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent. Évoquant les pires conditions de glace en 20 ans, la Garde côtière a affirmé qu’il est trop tôt pour déterminer à quel moment les navires de transport du grain et d’autres produits de base seront en mesure de traverser les corridors commerciaux habituels. L’Association des constructeurs de navire canadiens avait déploré mardi qu’un manque de brise-glace retarderait les livraisons de grain des Prairies et d’autres marchandises, incluant le minerai de fer, des matériaux de construction et des produits pétroliers. 
 
Scientists map seafloor for future offshore drilling
Publish Date: 17-MAR-2014 02:06 PM
Canadian researchers, in partnership with scientists from the USA and Korea, are busy laying the groundwork for exploratory offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea. More than 100 scientists, technicians and crew members took part in a Canada-Korea-USA Arctic research expedition in September, whose preliminary findings were presented to a crowd of more than 30 at Aurora College in Inuvik last Wednesday. Their main goal: to ensure offshore drilling happens in a safe and responsible way. 
 
Marine conservation efforts often miss the mark, researcher says
Publish Date: 17-MAR-2014 10:32 AM
A Memorial University researcher says marine conservation efforts often miss the mark because they don't target areas truly under threat. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Conservation, Rodolphe Devillers says protection is often granted in areas where it won't inconvenience fishing and other industrial activities — a method he says is at odds with preserving wildlife. Meanwhile, regions that house at-risk species as well as fishing or industrial operations are frequently neglected because governments fear the economic and political costs of interfering with business, he says. 
 
Troubled waters: Nuclear radiation found in B.C. may pose health concerns
Publish Date: 14-MAR-2014 09:28 AM
A radioactive metal from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has been discovered in the Fraser Valley, causing researchers to raise the alarm about the long-term impact of radiation on B.C.’s west coast. Examination of a soil sample from Kilby Provincial Park, near Agassiz, has for the first time in this province found Cesium 134, further evidence of Fukushima radioactivity being transported to Canada by air and water. 
 
Government suggests no need to test for radiation
Publish Date: 05-MAR-2014 08:49 AM
Health Canada is citing two separate series of radiation tests on BC fish, along with ongoing ocean monitoring, as reasons why regular domestic seafood testing is not warranted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident. “What we’ve seen so far presents no health risk,” said Sean Upton, Health Canada senior media relations officer. “If increased radiation is found in the waters in 2014 or 2015 then more testing would be done, as needed. We know there’s going to be radiation from Fukushima for years to come. The testing will never stop.” 
 
Millions of scallops dying off B.C. coast
Publish Date: 27-FEB-2014 09:25 AM
Many of B.C.’s scallops are grown from larvae at a hatchery in Qualicum Beach. It is a controlled environment, carefully monitored to give the shellfish the best possible chance. But moving to the ocean is the next step, where things are becoming increasingly difficult as the waters seem to have reached a tipping point. 
 
Local salmon advocate files federal petition
Publish Date: 27-FEB-2014 09:19 AM
A Whistler advocate of salmon preservation and habitat protection feels the federal government isn't doing enough following the release of the Cohen Commission into the Decline of Fraser Sockeye — so Dave Brown filed a petition with the auditor general of Canada expressing his concerns. 
 
Acidic ocean deadly for Vancouver Island scallop industry
Publish Date: 26-FEB-2014 09:21 AM
The deteriorating health of B.C.'s oceans is impacting not only the province's marine life, but also its economy. Millions of shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested at Island Scallops, near Parksville, B.C., due to increased acidity levels in the ocean. 
 
Court overrules DFO decision to reopen herring fisheries
Publish Date: 26-FEB-2014 09:15 AM
A Federal Court judge has ruled in favour of the five B.C. First Nations' injunction against Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) proposal to reopen commercial herring roe fisheries on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The ruling came after it was revealed in court that Fisheries Minister Gail Shea went against the advice of her own scientists when she decided to reopen the west coast of Vancouver Island for commercial herring fisheries. 
 
Fisheries minister ignored advice from own scientists
Publish Date: 22-FEB-2014 08:32 AM
When federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea approved the reopening of commercial herring roe fisheries on First Nations' territories in British Columbia, she ignored the recommendations of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scientists. This was revealed in an internal DFO document released yesterday during a court hearing of five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations' injunction against DFO's proposal to reopen the west coast of Vancouver Island to commercial herring roe fisheries in 2014. 
 
Feds finalizing regulations to keep Experimental Lakes in businessFeds finalizing regulations to keep Experimental Lakes in business
Publish Date: 21-FEB-2014 08:25 AM
Ottawa is laying the regulatory groundwork for the transfer of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to a Winnipeg think-tank. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is floating the use of a special exemption under the Fisheries Act that would allow the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), the ELA’s prospective owners, to authorize the dumping of pollution into the remote network of 58 lakes for the sake of environmental research 
 
No radiation in fish tested: Health Canada
Publish Date: 21-FEB-2014 08:22 AM
Canadian Food Inspection Agency; International Atomic Energy Agency; First Nations; Monitoring Health Canada is citing two separate series of radiation tests on B.C. fish — along with ongoing ocean monitoring — as reasons why regular domestic seafood testing is not warranted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident. 
 
Federal government presents regulation changes needed to reopen ELA
Publish Date: 19-FEB-2014 09:04 AM
The Experimental Lakes Area has cleared the last regulatory hurdle on its way to reopening under the management of the International Institute for Sustainable Development this spring. The federal government has produced the changes to Canada’s fishing regulations which will allow research at the ELA to continue legally. 
 
Top oil lobbysit was hired to help negotiate transfer of Experimental Lakes Area
Publish Date: 28-JAN-2014 11:32 AM
One of Canada’s most prominent oil lobbyists was hired to advise the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the Experimental Lakes Area, a freshwater research facility that the federal government ordered shut in 2012. 
 
Oilsands and water : report calls for more research on effects of spill
Publish Date: 27-JAN-2014 11:25 AM
Too little is known about products from Alberta’s oilsands to assess whether spills in rivers or coastal areas could be effectively cleaned up, according to a recent report for a U.S. government agency. The scientists writing for the emergency response division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say it is unclear whether diluted bitumen will float in water and for how long the molasses-like mixture will remain at the surface. 
 
Why NEB’s Gateway Report is Vulnerable to Legal Assault
Publish Date: 20-JAN-2014 11:01 AM
The federal Joint Review Panel report recommending Ottawa approve Northern Gateway has a number of flaws, errors and misrepresentations. The issues are serious enough that several environmental groups and two First Nations have asked the federal court for a judicial review. 
 
Hamilton loses over 20 top environmental scientists
Publish Date: 20-JAN-2014 10:58 AM
There are at least 20 fewer federal research scientists at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington after a wave of government cutbacks over the past three years.  
 
Safety first on fish farms
Publish Date: 18-JAN-2014 10:30 AM
Assurances that the federal government is making major investments in aquaculture research sound a little hollow coming from an entity that just closed regional Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries and appears to have little respect for environmental science.