Resource: Salmon News Summary – August 18, 2017

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Mid-Season BC Salmon Update (Watershed Watch Salmon Society, August 15, 2017)


As anticipated, 2017 is proving to be a difficult year for BC’s wild salmon. Sockeye, chinook, and steelhead that entered the ocean in 2015 endured an inhospitable marine environment. Two years later, those that survived are migrating home through BC’s coastal waters, and into our rivers and streams.


B.C. MP says feds need to move faster on fisheries legislation (CBC, August 15, 2017)


While the federal government is taking public input on potential changes to the Fisheries Act, the NDP fisheries critic says those changes aren’t coming soon enough.


Alaska shuts down all king salmon harvest in southeast region due to ‘poor ocean survival conditions’ (CJ Online, August 17, 2017)


The Alaska Department of Fish & Game shut down all commercial and sport-fishing harvest of king salmon in southeast Alaska last week because of “poor ocean survival conditions for Chinook (king) salmon.”


Sea Shepherd Documents Wild Fish Trapped in BC Salmon Farm (The Tyee, August 8, 2017)


Ignoring complaints from employees that he was trespassing, Quocksister boarded the farm wearing a ceremonial headdress and apron, put the camera in the pen and started filming. “Lo and behold I was looking at maybe seven tons of wild stock fish,” said 68-year-old Quocksister. The water in the pen was only about 50 centimetres deep, he added.


A blitz for biology: Mapping B.C.’s wildlife to mark Canada 150 (CBC, August 13, 2017)


Professional biologists and casual nature lovers are heading into the woods and out on the water this weekend, hoping to create a catalogue of B.C.’s wildlife.


B.C. joins legal battles against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (Vancouver Sun, August 11, 2017)


British Columbia says it will join the legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, while warning the company it can’t begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province.


TNG happy Taseko’s drilling permit put on hold (Williams Lake Tribune, August 16, 2017)


Admist the wildfire crisis Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William said the Tsilhqot’in are celebrating because Taseko Mines Ltd. will not proceed at this time with exploration drilling for its New Prosperity Mine project near Tetztan Biny (Fish Lake).


B.C. environmental group urges stop to Ajax Mine project over water-safety concerns (Globe and Mail, August 14, 2017)


An environmental group is asking the local bureaucrat in charge of Kamloops’ drinking water to stop a controversial billion-dollar mining project that could soon be approved by the provincial government.


Future of Fraser River’s 2nd largest sockeye population unclear 3 years after mining disaster (CBC, August 15, 2017)


When the dam at the Mount Polley mine collapsed in August of 2014, it spilled 24 million cubic metres of mine waste into Quesnel Lake, destroying important spawning beds and forcing an estimated 830,000 spawning sockeye to swim through polluted waterways.


Pink salmon fishing much improved in southern Alaska (Undercurrent News, August 18, 2017)

It’s been a good year thus far for pink salmon fisherman working Alaska’s Lower Cook Inlet, KBBI, a radio station, reported. About a million fish have been caught in the southern and outer districts around Kachemak Bay.



B.C.’s environmental assessment regime needs overhaul (Ottawa Citizen, August 15, 2017)


B.C.’s new government is already seeing proof that it made the right move when it committed to reform environmental assessment and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity mine proposal, back in the spotlight again for another round of litigation, is a poster child for the failings of B.C.’s environmental assessment regime — and the need for change.


B.C. Needs To Show Leadership In 3 Key Areas To Tackle Climate Change (Huffington Post, August 9, 2017)

Record-breaking wildfires and heat waves are a reminder that we have little time to save nature, phase out fossil fuels and leap to a low-carbon economy, all at the same time. This ongoing state of emergency is a reminder that our planet is changing rapidly, and that our governments have to act like they mean it, to save our world as we know it.


Wildlife-management reform is long overdue (Times Colonist, August 11, 2017)

The underpinnings of contemporary wildlife management are political and ideological, largely at the expense of wildlife for the presumed benefit of people. Unsurprisingly, wildlife management in British Columbia is marked by an outdated mindset that primarily views wild animals as a “resource” to be exploited by recreational hunting or as troublesome creatures that need to be killed because their existence conflicts with human endeavours.


Counting salmon (The Telegram, August 16, 2017)


Where did they go? And why? Salmon numbers aren’t just shrinking this year, it’s like the fish are disappearing. The numbers are so low that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed all salmon rivers on the island to everything except catch and release angling, and in some areas, like Gros Morne National Park, all salmon fishing has been halted.



B.C. Bans Trophy Hunting Grizzly Bears (Huffington Post, August 14, 2017)

Grizzly bear drinking from river channel.

Killing grizzly bears for trophy will come to an end in British Columbia, but not before hunters get one more shot this season. Natural Resource Operations Minister Doug Donaldson said the province is moving to ban trophy hunting for grizzly bears and will complete ban the hunt of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest as of Nov. 30.


Canada in Hot Seat for Resource Policies at UN Racial Discrimination Hearing (Desmog Canada, August 16, 2017)


Indigenous leaders from northern British Columbia are calling on the UN to investigate whether ongoing industrial development of Indigenous lands and waters constitutes a violation of UN conventions this week.


Unlabelled, ‘unsustainable’ Russian sockeye being sold in Vancouver markets (CBC, August 5, 2017)


The Fish Counter’s Mike McDermid knows he won’t be selling wild Fraser River sockeye anytime soon. For two years, the fishery has been closed due to exceptionally low sockeye returns. That’s why he’s always curious when sellers walk into his shop, offering him some freshly caught “wild sockeye.”


BC Hydro Spent $20 Million Quietly Buying Land for Site C Before Dam Was Approved (Desmog Canada, August 11, 2017)


BC Hydro spent more than $20 million quietly buying up Peace Valley property for the Site C hydro dam in the four years before the project was approved, according to documents obtained by DeSmog Canada.


Locals stand up for Fraser River salmon against jet boats (Rocky Mountain Goat, August 15, 2017)


For years, Gene Blackman watched in dismay as jet boaters ripped through Fraser River salmon spawning grounds, potentially ruining their nests. Finally he got the nod to do something about it. After trying unsuccessfully to talk to jet boat owners about their potential impact on the environment, Blackman took his case to the Province and got approval to install signs along the riverbank.


Water advocates say feds need to do more to prevent invasive mussels from moving into B.C. (CBC, August 16, 2017)


So far this summer, B.C. conservation officers have flagged 1,100 boats coming into the province as high risk for carrying invasive mussels. And that has Tracy Gray, chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, worried.


Canadian scientists explore seamounts off British Columbia’s coast (RCI Net, August 10, 2017)


A team of scientists on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully have been on an exploratory mission this summer to survey and collect the first-ever underwater footage of the Union and Dellwood seamounts off the coast of British Columbia.



Salmon rivers re-opening to catch-and-release angling as environmental conditions improve (The Telegram, August 18, 2017)


As water temperatures drop and water levels rise, some closed rivers across the province are being re-opened to catch-and-release angling. Jason Simms with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said re-opening numerous rivers in Zones 6,7,9,10 and 11 indicates that environmental conditions are getting better for salmon.


GMO salmon spurs debate, but survey finds most Canadians don’t know what GMO entails (Global News, August 9, 2017)


Genetically modified salmon is now being sold in Canada, which has some people concerned about food labelling at grocery stores. The sale of GMO salmon was approved by Health Canada in May 2016. Five tonnes have been told in the country since then, according to a report from AquaBounty, the U.S.-based company that produces the fish.


After 12 whale deaths in 2 months Fisheries Canada solicits public’s advice on what to do (Global News, August 9, 2017)


Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has launched a new campaign looking for the public’s opinion on what can be done to save endangered whales in Canadian waters — even as reports detail the government’s options.


Changes to salmon fishery affecting west coast businesses (The Western Star, August 17, 2017)


The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ decision to close the retention salmon fishery in this province is not just affecting anglers. “When they made the announcement for hook and release, well that Monday from then on it’s the same thing (as) if you turned the key in the door and locked it,” said Byron Langford.



56.2 million: Bristol Bay 2017 fourth biggest total run, fourth biggest harvest ever (KDLG, August 4, 2017)


The state has put a preliminary tally of 56.2 million on this year’s total Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run. That’s about 35 percent bigger than the preseason forecast of 41.5 million. The harvest for now stands at 37.5 million, which is 10 million more than was expected.


Tribal netters to sell salmon along lower Columbia as fall season opens (The Spokesman-Review, August 18, 2017)

Coinciding with Monday’s solar eclipse, Columbia River Indian-caught salmon will be available for sale along the lower river as Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes pull in nets during the first significant commercial opening of the fall season.


Salmon fishing closes Tuesday in the ocean off Columbia River (The Oregonian, August 17, 2017)


Ocean salmon fishing off the Columbia River mouth and southwest Washington will close Tuesday evening.


Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules (Vancouver Sun, August 10, 2017)


A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws.


New Rules In Place For Salmon Crossing Washington/Canada Border (KXRO, August 17, 2017)


Any local fisherman planning to fish for salmon in Canadian waters and return in their boats with their catch to Washington are now required to notify the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife before leaving state waters.


A salmon dispute is in the way of Idaho Power relicensing its 3 big Hells Canyon dams (Idaho Statesman, August 15, 2017)

The future of Idaho Power’s main generation system is tied to salmon. Idaho Power’s stabilizing of flows below the Hells Canyon dams beginning in 1990 has played a key role in the restoration of endangered fall chinook. But its efforts to get a new license for its biggest Snake River dams has been held up over the fish, which has had a tough history.



Salmon farming has done ‘enormous harm’ to fish and environment, warns Jeremy Paxman (The Telegraph, August 12, 2017)


Salmon farming has done ‘enormous harm’ to fish stocks and the environment, Jeremy Paxman has warned, as he called for an overhaul of the industry to protect wildlife.


Deafness in farmed salmon linked to accelerated growth (Phys.org, August 16, 2017)


Half of the world’s farmed salmon are part deaf due to accelerated growth rates in aquaculture, new research has found. The results now offer a better understanding of the effects of a common inner ear deformity, and some specific actions to tackle this welfare issue.


SFP presents strategies to boost small-scale fisheries (FIS, August 14, 2017)


Non-government organisation Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has released a report outlining an approach to contribute to strengthen the role played by small-scale fisheries in the global seafood industry.


Sensors show Tasmanian Atlantic salmon response to climate change (The Examiner, August 14, 2017)

Tasmanian research scientists studied farmed Atlantic salmon to see how the fish would respond to climate change. The research team from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies tagged the salmon with sensors to study how their behaviour changed when they experienced warmer temperatures and falling oxygen levels in their aquaculture cages in Macquarie Harbour.


Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high (BBC, August 18, 2017)


Sales of British salmon helped the UK to export a record value of food and drink in the first half of the year, according to industry figures. Exports of the fish jumped more than 53% by value to £408m, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said.


Invasive pink salmon caught on video spawning in Scottish waters for first time (Deadline, August 16, 2017)


An invading pink salmon has been caught on video for the first time spawning in a Scottish river. The pink – or humpback – salmon is normally a native to the Pacific Ocean and poses a serious long-term threat to the native Atlantic species.


Fisheries boss ‘frustrated’ at wildlife campaign (The Herald, August 14, 2017)


A wildlife group has left fisheries bosses frustrated after it launched a campaign to block a new trade in live fish. As reported in the WMN, Devon Wildlife Trust, along with the Angling Trust, are fighting to stop fishermen catching wrasse to supply salmon farms in Scotland.


Danish government under fire in fisheries scandal (The Local, August 18, 2017)


Denmark’s opposition Social Democrats as well as environmental organisations have strongly criticised irregularities in the management of fisheries quotas by the Danish government, after it called for criminal investigations into a number of fishing companies and so-called “quota kings”.