The Heiltsuk First Nation from Bella Bella is calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to order open-net salmon farms to close and to shut down commercial and recreational salmon fishing next year, only opening fisheries after “conservation and food, social, and ceremonial needs can be met.”Continue reading Heiltsuk First Nation calling on DFO to close fisheries and salmon farms
Drought conditions are continuing to put salmon and fish habitat at risk in streams and rivers on Vancouver Island.Continue reading Drought conditions put fish habitat at risk
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A new UBC study suggests that Global warming could significantly reduce the extent that salmon can be farmed off the West Coast of British Columbia. The study’s lead author, Muhammed Oyinlola said that up to 84% of the area currently suitable for fish farming could be lost. We need to act now: either move fish farms on land or further out to sea. Cermaq Canada responds to this and some related issues.Continue reading Cermaq Canada responds to study about climate change threat to salmon farms
B.C. farmed salmon may be pushed off people’s plates by climate change in the coming decades.Continue reading Climate Change may push farmed salmon out of the market
By Roy L Hales
There have been salmon die-offs since the mid-1990s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on the verge of addressing this issue more than a decade ago. Vested interests objected. The idea was shelved until last year’s drought. After water temperatures rose 4 degrees above the lethal ceiling (68 degrees F), 96% of the returning adult sockeye died before they could pass beyond the Lower Granite dam. Now a coalition of environmental groups is forcing EPA to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.