The difference using hatchery fry made to Basil Creek’s gene pool

It has been almost a month since 5,000 hatchery raised Chum fry were released back into Basil Creek, in Squirrel Cove. They were the survivors of 20,000 eggs harvested from wild salmon and later placed inside ‘in-stream incubation boxes.’ Most of their siblings perished when the rising creek waters silted up their boxes. This remnant were taken back to the Klahoose hatchery for a month, before being returned to the creek. Someone asked if using fry from the hatchery weakens the local gene pool? Cortes Currents passed the question on to Stacey Larsen, DFO’s Community advisor for our area. 

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Chevron Soup with Rex Weyler on Folk U @89.5FM

Rex Weyler cofounder of Greenpeace International, author, journalist, and musician, joined host Manda Aufochs Gillespie this Friday at 1 p.m. on Folk U Radio (89.5FM or CortesRadio.ca) to talk about the ongoing Chevron pollution case in Ecuador, how Chevron launches SLAPP lawsuits against the attorney’s fight for their victims’ rights, and according to a resent report on Chevron’s international crimes, has “created a legacy of genocide, death, torture, forced labor, rape, and violence against women.”

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‘Recovery can happen’, says lifelong advocate for addictions support

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Campbell River, BC – Barney Williams is the recipient of the 2022 Courage To Come Back Awards’ addictions category.

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Citizen science whale observers worry humpbacks being harassed

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The return of a mother humpback whale and calf to B.C. waters should be cause for celebration, says Saturna Island resident Susie Washington-Smyth, but instead it’s causing dismay and concern for a coastal citizen science group. 

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The Columbia River Treaty today

By Chadd Cawson, The Columbia Valley Pioneer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In a recent article by the Pioneer, one looked at the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its implications. 2024 will mark the 60-year point since the U.S. prepaid Canada $64 million to ensure flood control operations would be provided. This Treaty remains in place until one party gives a 10-year termination notice, however, its guidelines have been evolving more recently.

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