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Closing down the Discovery Islands Salmon Farms

 

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

The licenses for 19 salmon farms in the Discovery lslands expired today.  Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is reissuing licenses for 18 months, during which time “no new fish of any size may be introduced into Discovery Islands.” “Fish at the sites can complete their growth-cycle and be harvested,” but “all farms be free of fish by June 30th, 2022.”

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Bute Inlet landslide wipes out wildlife habitat, Threatens marine traffic

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An enormous landslide has scoured the watershed of a remote B.C. inlet and triggered a wave of debris that has wiped out critical salmon and grizzly habitat, and is causing hazards for marine traffic in the region.

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A 60 day window – Discovery Island Salmon farms

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The licenses for all 18 salmon farms in the Discovery Islands are due to be renewed by December 18th, 2020.As these sites are within the traditional territories of the HolmalcoKlahooseK’omoks Tla’aminWe Wai Kai  (Cape Mudge), Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River) and Kwiakah First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) sent them letters stating they have a 60 day window to respond before a final decision is made. 

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The Canadian Government has until December 18th to decide: 18 salmon farms

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Two months have passed since Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFOannounced that “nine peer-reviewed, scientific risk assessments” find that salmon farms pose a ‘minimal risk’ to salmon migrating through the Discovery Islands. This finding is important because the Canadian Government has until December 18th to decide whether to renew the licenses of the 18 salmon farms operating in that region

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UVIC researcher talks about about microplastics in Shellfish

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

When it comes to shellfish, concerns around the consumption of microplastics are a good news, bad news story. Studies show shellfish on the B.C. coast, farmed and otherwise, appear to contain minimal levels of microplastics unlikely to endanger human health, researcher Garth Covernton said – But it’s too early to breathe a sigh of relief!

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