Resource: Salmon News Summary – October 18, 2017

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VIDEO: Farm Troubles, part one (CTV News, Oct. 14, 2017)

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CTV’s Peter Akman investigates the farming of Atlantic salmon in B.C., a fish whose very existence may be changing the waters forever.

Fish traps were banned, but some now say ‘it’s the future’ for Columbia River salmon (Seattle Times, Oct. 16, 2017)


More than eight decades after their demise, fish traps are getting a fresh look from researchers convinced they offer a more sustainable way to catch Columbia River salmon.

Fish return to troubled stretch of Fraser River (9 News, Oct. 16, 2017)


Fraser Flats, a nearly-mile-long section of Fraser River in Grand County, is showing signs of recovery following a restoration project.

A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts (High Country News, Oct. 17, 2017)


21 tribal nations wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear a decades-old case about salmon.

OPINION: Lummi Nation chairman responds to escaped salmon recovery (Journal of the San Juan Islands, Oct. 15, 2017)


Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Nation responds to Cooke Aquaculture’s release of thousands of Atlantic salmon into the Salish Sea on the weekend of Aug. 19, 2017.

Teck Coal Ltd. fined $1.4 million for Toxic Release (HazMat Magazine, Oct. 15, 2017)


Teck Coal Limited had been fined $1,425,000 for contravening the Canadian Fisheries Act in the Provincial Court of BC. These funds will be used for conservation and restoration of fish habitat in the East Kootenay region.

Fish-farm protesters visit Premier John Horgan’s constituency office (Times Colonist, Oct. 13, 2017)


Protesters descended on Premier John Horgan’s Langford constituency office Friday to call for an end to open-net fish farming along wild salmon migration routes.

Fish Blood in Their Veins — But Few Salmon in Their River (KQED News, Oct. 16, 2017)


Chinook salmon runs on the Klamath River, California, are the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok First Nation, who live along and fish the Klamath.

Sustainable fisheries solution earns prestigious environmental prize for UBC economist (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 16, 2017)


UBC economist Rashid Sumaila receives 2017 Volvo Environment Prize for his radical solution to making the world’s wild fisheries more sustainable, just as one of his recommendations is being implemented.

Whales and dolphins have human-like social structures and culture, say researchers (CBC, Oct. 16, 2017)


New study suggests growing whale brains may be evolving to become more social.




Celia Brauer: Open-net fish farms and modern mainstream economics, a match made in hell (Georgia Strait, Oct. 17, 2017)


Celia Brauer, co-founder of False Creek Watershed Society, reflects on the fish farm occupations.

Vaughn Palmer: Popham pens ‘eviction’ notice-like letter to B.C. fish farms (Vancouver Sun, Oct.17. 2017)


On Friday Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, sent a letter to fish farm operator Marine Harvest Canada regarding its continued presence on the B.C. coast.




VIDEO: W5 Extended: Canada’s Fisheries Minister reacts (CTV News, Oct 14, 2017)

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Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc discusses the federal government’s response to concerns over fish farming’s impact on wild salmon in B.C.

Official complaint lodged against Trans Mountain biologist over unauthorized river work (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 17, 2017)


A Fraser Valley-based conservation group has lodged a formal complaint over a Trans Mountain biologist’s role in the installation of matting to discourage salmon from spawning at stream sites where the company plans pipeline crossings.

Salmon showdown: fish farm occupiers summoned to court (National Observer, Oct. 17, 2017)


Three people have been summoned to court for their occupation of three open-net fish farms located on First Nations territories in the Broughton Archipelago.

Salmon in Prospect Lake up for discussion (Peninsula News Review, Oct. 18, 2017)


The Peninsula Streams Society in Saanich are discussing re-introducing salmon to local lake.




East coast marine protected areas move closer to shore, MPs to discuss impact (CBC, Oct. 16, 2017)


Fishers say Ottawa not clear on what potential protected areas will mean for fishing grounds.




Fish Factor: Seaweed Biofuels, Salmon Habitat Protection, Hope for Kodiak Tanners (Seward City News, Oct. 18, 2017)


Agents from the U.S. Department of Energy traveled to Kodiak Island to plan the first steps of a bi-coastal pilot project to modernize methods to grow sugar kelp as a fuel source.

Stormwater pollution in Puget Sound streams is killing coho salmon before they can spawn (News Tribune, Oct. 18, 2017)


Researchers find polluted stormwater is causing death rates so high, some populations of wild coho are at risk of local extinction.

Fish-farming company offered money for Lummi Nation’s silence about net pens, letters show (Seattle Times, Oct. 12, 2017)


Letters show Cooke Aquaculture offered to pay Lummi Nation in exchange for keeping silent about ban on net pen Atlantic salmon farms in Washington. Lummi Nation called the offer “insulting.”




FishWise coordinates new global alliance aimed at combating illegal fishing via supply chain revisions (Seafood Source, Oct. 18, 2017)


A new global initiative, the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT), will promote knowledge exchanges and actions surrounding legal and sustainable fisheries via improved transparency in seafood supply chains.

Funding the future of aquaculture (Seafood Source, Oct. 11, 2017)


Investors shy away from funding aquaculture.