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Resource: Salmon News Summary – October 11, 2017

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What is behind the sockeye salmon collapse? (Squamish Chief, October 10, 2017)

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The sockeye salmon run is down considerably this year. Aaron Hill, Watershed Watch Salmon Society ED, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada has dragged its feet on the Cohen Commission recommendations.

SFU research demonstrates how floodgates can undermine Fraser River salmon (Georgia Strait, October 4, 2017)

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The use of floodgates is having unintended consequences on Fraser River salmon, according to data collected through SFU’s Earth to Ocean Research Group.

Salmon returning to Fundy National Park (CBC, October 11, 2017)

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A project aimed at bringing Atlantic salmon back to rivers in Fundy National Park has already seen some success.

Plans to build bridge, clear land in ‘Heart of the Fraser’ raises serious fish concerns (Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2017)

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Development plans on two islands in the Fraser are raising the alarm for critical spawning habitat of threatened white sturgeon and other fish stocks.

Hereditary leader files court appeal in LNG energy development case (Globe and Mail, October 9, 2017)

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A B.C. hereditary tribal leader is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to allow his legal battle to protect an island and salmon habitat against energy development.

BC Hydro blamed for poor return of wild chinook salmon to Campbell River (Chek, October 4, 2017)

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A longtime member of the Campbell River Tyee Club and the Campbell River Salmon Foundation says returns of wild chinook salmon are at alarmingly low numbers, due in part to BC Hydro’s water flow management of the river.

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Twyla Roscovitch worked tirelessly as a filmmaker to advocate for environmental causes in B.C., captivating audiences ‘with her remarkable storytelling ability.

Teck Resources fined $1.4M for contaminating B.C. waterway (CBC, October 5, 2017)

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Teck Resources has been fined $1.425 million after pleading guilty in B.C. provincial court Thursday to three counts of violating the Fisheries Act.

Experts gather in Vancouver to brainstorm on southern resident whale recovery (CBC, October 9, 2017)

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With only 77 orcas remaining, scientists, Indigenous groups, industry and government look for answers.

This is the most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world (CNN October 10, 2017)

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Trump administration reverses protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, paving the way for mining in this important salmon habitat.

 

OPINION

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Fish farms negatively impacting environment (Nanaimo News Bulletin, October 4, 2017)

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Nanaimo area locals write in to their local papers to call for the removal of open-net salmon farms from wild salmon migration routes.

Opinion: Alaska needs to shore up salmon protection (Alaska Dispatch News, October 7, 2017)

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Opinion piece by Phil Brna,  a retired wildlife biologist living in Anchorage.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Access to many Okanagan rivers, lakes threatened (Salmon Arm Observer, October 10, 2017)

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Liberal revision of Navigation Protection Act raises concern.

Another obstacle for salmon? Snow fencing causes anxiety (Rocky Mountain Goat, October 10, 2017)

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Kinder Morgan is in hot water this week after the company laid snow fencing in local creeks to prepare the way for the Trans Mountain pipeline twinning project.

John Horgan wades back into salmon farms (Nanaimo News Bulletin, October 10, 2017)

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Premier John Horgan headed to Alert Bay Tuesday, to meet with First Nations protesting  net-pen salmon farms in their territory.

 

CANADA

Concerns After Zero Atlantic Salmon Return to NB Rivers (VOCM, October 9, 2017)

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The Atlantic Salmon Federation announced that for the first time since it’s been monitoring the Magaguadavic River in New Brunswick, zero wild Atlantic salmon have returned from the sea.

Ecosystem expert says ‘interacting effects’ contribute to rise in blue green algae (CBC, October 2, 2017)

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Research presented in Sudbury shows a number of factors triggering cyanobacteria blooms.

UNITED STATES

Fish farm has 60 days to fix net pens outside Seattle as 1 million Atlantic salmon move in (Seattle Times, October 9, 2017)

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One week after approval of 1 million farmed Atlantic salmon to Cooke Aquaculture’s fish farm, another state agency finds a hole in the nets and corrosion.

Radio: The disturbing news about Washington’s salmon population (KUOW, October 10, 2017)

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Bill Radke talks to Lynda Mapes,  about Washington’s disappearing salmon population and what it says about the health of the Puget Sound.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Scottish fish farms throw away 10M salmon in 2016 (FIS, October 10, 2017)

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The Scottish aquaculture industry threw away up to ten million salmon last year because of diseases, parasites and other problems sparking warnings of environmental catastrophe.

Stinger jellyfish swarms wipe out farmed salmon in west of Ireland (Irish Times, October 6, 2017)

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Swarms of stinger jellyfish have wiped out large stocks of salmon after invading four fish farms along the west coast of Ireland in recent weeks.

Myanmar working to preserve eco-system in coastal areas, improve water management (Xinhua, October 8, 2017)

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Myanmar is taking measures targeting the conservation of the eco-system in coastal areas and striving to improve water resources management in the country.