Resource: Salmon News Summary – April 7, 2017

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Along the Fraser: Being friendly to local fish (The News, April 1, 2017)


“New, automated flood gates,” he says, “can be programmed to gradually open and close with the tides without any fear offlooding.” The channel would be constantly refreshed, water would be cleaner, fish could return, rear, some could spawn. Magri and Lina Azeez, of Watershed Watch, hope that happens when the Bains and Kennedy pump stations are gone fromKatzie Slough. Fish friendly irrigation structures benefit salmon and habitat.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Was Ignoring Its Own Habitat Protection Guidelines (Hakai Magazine, April 5, 2017)


In 2012, the federal government relaxed rules limiting the degradation of fishing habitat, claiming the requirements were overly burdensome. But research shows they weren’t enforcing the rules in the first place.


Ooligan grease making camp returns to the banks of the Bella Coola River (Coast Mountain News, April 5, 2017)


There’s a distinct odour wafting from the edge of the Bella Coola River near Tatsquan Creek. It’s something that is so familiar to so many, and yet so foreign. 20 years ago ooligan disappeared from the Bella Coola. To many, the sudden vanishing of the precious “candlefish”, or sputc as it’s known in the Nuxalk language, seemed to happen overnight. One year they were there, the next they weren’t.


Fish Farms Can Be Disease Accelerators (Hakai Magazine, April 7, 2017)


Much like terrestrial animal farms, fish farms are incubators for disease. “The main issue is the way we raise farmed salmon in net pens in coastal areas,” says Krkošek. “Not surprisingly, it’s also a good habitat for wild salmon.”


Whistler fish advocate presented with national award (Pique News, April 6, 2017)


“Dave was instrumental in the creation of the Sea-to-Sky Area Fish Committee and, over the years, has devoted hundreds of hours volunteering for numerous diverse area fish and watershed management groups, including serving on the Squamish-Lillooet Sportfish Advisory Committee,” wrote Angela Bate, the DFO’s Pacific Region area director for the Fraser and B.C. Interior, in a statement.


Capture severity, infectious disease processes and sex influence post-release mortality of sockeye salmon bycatch (Conservation Physiology, March 28, 2017)

Bycatch is a common occurrence in heavily fished areas such as the Fraser River, British Columbia, where fisheries target returning adult Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) en route to spawning grounds. The extent to which these encounters reduce fish survival through injury and physiological impairment depends on multiple factors including capture severity, river temperature and infectious agents.


Nathan E. Stewart incident shows Canada’s spill response lacking, First Nation says (CBC, April 6, 2017)


A First Nation in northern B.C. is calling the government out on its handling of a fuel spill near Bella Bella last year. Heiltsuk Nation says it was kept out of loop after a tug sank and spilled fuel in its territory in 2016.


Who’s Paying for the Clean Up of the Worst Mining Spill in Canadian History? (The Tyee, March 31, 2017)


British Columbian taxpayers will be on the hook for $40 million to clean up the worst mining spill in Canadian history and the company responsible has once again escaped criminal charges after a private prosecution was dismissed this week.


Pacific Sardine Population Too Low for Fishery (Oceana, March 24, 2017)

Today, a new scientific study released by the National Marine Fisheries Service finds that the northern Pacific sardine population off the U.S. West Coast remains at perilously low levels. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (“Council”) is scheduled to review the population assessment on Monday April 10, when it must make recommendations for managing the commercial Pacific sardine fishery.


Wildlife shuffle study co-author calls for action on climate change (CBC, April 1, 2017)


Tero Mustonen doesn’t want to scare you or instill of a sense of helplessness when it comes to the impacts climate change, but a new study he co-authored makes plain what humans are about to face. Protect watersheds, apply First Nations’ knowledge says Tero Mustonen about wildlife redistribution.



Tallying Up Fish Habitat Loss in Canada (Canadian Science Publishing, March 30, 2017)


Fish habitat is required for all the fish species integral to Canada’s culture and economy. Instilling the value of fish habitat with the public is the final recommendation in Favaro and Olszynski’s paper. A public empowered with knowledge on the importance of fish habitat can make educated decisions when considering the impact on fish habitat by projects big and small, from construction of a hydroelectric dam to building a dock at a cottage.


New Protections Skim Surface Of Canada’s Complex Water Issues (Huffington Post, April 4, 2017)


The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?


Stream restoration could be salmon saviour (Chronicle Herald, April 6, 2017)


Dear Nova Scotians, Atlantic salmon in this province are headed for extinction. Today, Atlantic salmon no longer return to 80 per cent of the rivers they once called home. As our climate continues to warm, Atlantic salmon populations will be under increasing pressure. I believe our best bet is restoring our rivers. Most importantly, we can start right now.


Saving the salmon can lead to a long-lasting Northwest economic renewal (Idaho Statesman, April 5, 2017)

The keys to recovering Snake River salmon are these: first, a plan that keeps the region whole; second, an understanding that we are talking about economic, cultural and ecological restoration of a huge portion of the Columbia/Snake River region; and third, a vision of what the restored river will bring us.



Seniors, water protection meeting topics (Tri-City News, March 28, 2017)

The second all-candidates meeting, hosted by groups concerned about water protection, will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Douglas College’s David Lam Campus in Coquitlam, Lecture Theatre A1470. Coree Tull, spokesperson for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, said candidates will be asked to speak on tightening up regulations in the Water Sustainability Act for managing water in B.C.


Local perch species clean sea lice from salmon, research finds (Vancouver Sun, April 2, 2017)


Two local species of Pacific perch are showing aptitude as “cleaner fish” for salmon aquaculture, which could reduce the need for chemical treatments of sea lice on ocean-based fish farms.


Mysterious site off Point Grey is Canada’s largest marine dump (Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2017)


Six kilometres due west of Wreck Beach and the University of British Columbia lies a mysterious federal marine disposal site — the largest and oldest in Canada — where vast amounts of dredged and excavated material are dumped each year.


Powell River Christian School students support salmon habitat (Powell River Peak, April 5, 2017)


As environmental stewards, grade five and six Powell River Christian School students are applying learned classroom and outdoors skills in order to support a salmon habitat in the region. “Doing all of this work is helping the salmon,” said principal Ryan Gee. “That, in turn, helps serve the community.”


Company a no-show in B.C. provincial court on English Bay fuel spill charges (Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2017)


A company accused of operating a ship that leaked bunker fuel into Vancouver’s English Bay in April 2015 failed to appear in B.C. provincial court to face charges linked to the spill.



Canada’s Water Leaders Working Together To Find Solutions To Climate Change (Media Planet, March 2017)


The solutions to climate change will require collaboration and leadership – The Canadian Water Network shares how our nation’s water professionals are working proactively to combat our new climate reality.


What Dirty Secrets Are Hidden Below The Surface? (Huffington Post, April 4, 2017)


Industry and government, working hand-in-hand, have accelerated the destruction of our environment. Wherever there are big dirty secrets that mankind has buried under water and underground, dumped in radioactive tailing ponds and swept under the metaphorical rug— environmentalist, filmmaker and speaker Lawrence Gunther is ready to bring the issue into focus.


P.E.I. rivers hit by fish kills remain closed to anglers (CBC, April 6, 2017)


Recreational fishermen won’t be allowed on two rivers when the season begins next weekend. The Clyde River and Little Miminegash River were closed after fish kills last year, and they will remain closed for this season.



Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River (The Spokesman Review, April 2, 2017)


The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after the confirmation of northern pike spawning at the mouths of the Kettle and Colville rivers has shifted from survey mode to suppression, said Holly McLellan, fisheries biologist for the Colville Tribe.


Finding a strategy to accelerate Chinook recovery (Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, March 30, 2017)


As threatened Chinook populations in Puget Sound continue to lose ground, the state is looking to new strategies to reverse the trend. In the Skagit watershed, the scientists — and the fish — are among those leading the way.


A milestone in the war over the true state of cod (Boston Globe, April 3, 2017)


Now, in a milestone in the war over the true state of cod in the Gulf of Maine, Massachusetts scientists have reached the same dismal conclusion that their federal counterparts did: The region’s cod are at a historic low — about 80 percent less than the population from just a decade ago.


Young salmon risk ‘gas bubble trauma’ on trip to ocean (TDN, April 6, 2017)


Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma.

Conservation groups say Oregon is violating Endangered Species Act, threatening salmon (Oregon Live, April 6, 2017)

Four groups representing environmental and commercial fishing interests are gearing up to sue Oregon on accusations that its logging policies and road projects in two state forests violate the Endangered Species Act.




Salmon farming in crisis: ‘We are seeing a chemical arms race in the seas’ (The Guardian, April 1, 2017)


Lepeophtheirus salmonis, or the common salmon louse, now infests nearly half of Scotland’s salmon farms. Last year lice killed thousands of tonnes of farmed fish, caused skin lesions and secondary infections in millions more, and cost the Scottish industry alone around £300m in trying to control them.


English salmon could be wiped out by Norwegian parasite (The Telegraph, March 28, 2017)


English salmon could be wiped out by a Norwegian parasite which has already devastated rivers in Scandanavia. The tiny Gyrodactylus salaris is just half a mm long but it is lethal to Atlantic salmon.


Huon Aquaculture plans to start salmon fish farming on land (FIS, April 7, 2017)


Huon Aquaculture is designing an AUD 30 million (USD 22.6 million) facility at Whale Point near Port Huon, which will represents the first step towards land-based fish farming. The firm is planning to make smolts grow on land until they reach larger sizes than the current ones before being transferred to the marine cages.