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Resource: Salmon News Summary – October 25, 2017

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TOP 10 SALMON NEWS STORIES

Life and Breath on the Skeena River (Tyee, Oct. 25, 2017)

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The raising of a totem pole and a memorial for an environmental fighter show that resistance is possible and beautiful.

Open-net fish farm tenures will be reviewed: Horgan (Times Colonist, Oct. 19, 2017)

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Premier John Horgan said Wednesday the province will review open-net fish farm tenures to ensure wild salmon don’t face “obstacles” along migratory routes.

As Salmon Farm Tensions Escalate, Watchdog Finds Feds Failed to Fully Implement Cohen Commission Recommendations (Desmog, Oct. 19, 2017)

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DFO claim they are making progress on the Cohen Commission recommendations for protecting wild salmon, but Aaron Hill,  Watershed Watch E.D., sees it differently.

RADIO: When salmon mate, they literally move mountains (BBC, Oct. 20, 2017)

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New research shows that salmon mating can change the shape of the landscape around their breeding sites.

VIDEO: Port McNeill students walk out in fish farm protest (North Island Gazette, Oct. 19, 2017)

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Roughly 20 students inPort McNeill peacefully walked out of class in  show of solidarity with the ‘Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw fish farm occupations  in the Broughton Archipelago.

OPINION: BC Must Jump into the Deep End to Protect Our Water (Tyee, Oct. 18, 2017)

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Collaborative consent with Indigenous nations is a proven solution that will help create a bold new water-use agenda.

Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study (Guardian, Oct. 23, 2017)

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Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life.

OPINION: We must act now to save the heart of a mighty river (Vancouver, Sun, Oct. 15, 2017)

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The Fraser River is B.C.’s largest and most ecologically diverse waterway, widely known as one of the most productive stretches of river anywhere in the world.

Atlantic salmon swim far and wide after fish farm collapse (KUOW, Oct. 23, 2017)

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Atlantic salmon have spread far and wide in Pacific Northwest waters since 160,000 of them escaped from a collapsed fish farm near Anacortes in August.
DNA tests on water samples provide glimpse into biodiversity on Canada’s coastline (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 23, 2017)

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DNA tests of water samples from Canada’s three coastlines is providing unique and fascinating insights into the nation’s marine biodiversity.

 

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Vaughn Palmer: Premier tries to untangle Popham’s words in fish farm letter (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 18, 2017)

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The New Democrats faced questions in and out of the leg over Agriculture Minister Lana Popham’s implied threat to cancel the operating tenures for a major fish farming companies.

Along the Fraser: Fisheries Minister knows spawning streams need help (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News, Oct. 14, 2017)

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Before 1978, anyone could find out how our vital small streams were holding out.

Are farm-raised salmon a ‘pollutant’? (Crosscut, Oct. 20, 2017)

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If an Atlantic salmon swims free in the Pacific, is the fish itself a form of pollution?

Opinion: Fish farms in Broughton Archipelago wrong on many fronts (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 20, 2017)

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Open net-pen salmon farms on B.C.’s coast have been contentious for almost 30 years.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

B.C. crab and prawn fishermen dispute Port of Vancouver no-go zones (CBC, Oct. 22, 2017)

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Fishermen worried port will force them from waters where they’ve long fished.

Horgan’s tone on salmon farming ‘unsettling': Marine Harvest (Business in Vancouver, Oct. 18, 2017)

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Marine Harvest put on notice it could lose one of its tenures, due to First Nation opposition.

First Nations ‘encouraged’ by Popham’s warning shot to fish farms (Vancouver Sun, Oct. 19, 2017)

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First Nations seeking the removal of ocean-based salmon farms in their traditional territories appear to have the support of the new B.C. government.

 

CANADA

 

Kennebecasis group checks waters for wild Atlantic salmon (CBC, Oct. 19, 2017)

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Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee gets money to improve fish passage.

‘Immoral’ salmon milking in Toronto rivers decried by anglers, park users (CBC, Oct. 24, 2017)

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Some fishermen killing migratory female salmon to harvest their eggs for bait

 

UNITED STATES

 

Business leaders form group to oppose salmon protection ballot initiative (Alaska Dispatch News, Oct. 20, 2017)

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The Stand for Salmon group, which seeks to strengthen Alaska’s fish habitat protection laws through a ballot initiative, has spawned an opponent: Stand for Alaska, launched by several business leaders on Wednesday.

Time to breach? (Lewiston Tribune, Oct. 22, 2017)

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Diminishing fish returns on the Snake-Columbia river systems are sparking renewed calls for taking out the dams.

 

 INTERNATIONAL

 

125,000 salmon die in disease outbreak at Lewis fish farms (BBC, Oct. 20, 2017)

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About 125,000 salmon have died due to a disease outbreak at two fish farms on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

Fish farms under fire for seal death toll (Sunday Times, Oct. 22, 2017)

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Seal killings by Scotland’s fish farms and fisheries so far this year have risen by nearly 50% compared with the same period in 2016, sparking criticism.

Scientists Gave Fish Marijuana to See if It Would Make Them Relax (Hakai Magazine, Oct. 20, 2017)

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Scientists in Lebanon fed Nile tilapia fish pellets laced with cannabis oil to test whether the drugs could make the fish chill out and maybe even grow faster.