Dam dynamics often fail fish

It seems strange how little we know about fish, their habits and whether the help we’re trying to give them is actually helpful

Dam dynamics often fail fishMany of us who received our education on fish migration via TV nature programs have missed a few important things. All I remember is that salmon can leap several feet in the air over cascades to get upstream to spawn. Somewhere in these documentaries I recall an industrialist taking full credit for installing a fishway…

Putting Columbia River salmon restoration at risk

Including Indigenous voices in U.S.-Canada water agreement discussions would give the environment a leading role

Putting Columbia River salmon restoration at riskSalmon used to swim all the way up the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore., to the Canadian Rocky Mountains at the river’s headwaters in Canal Flats, B.C. It was an astounding journey of 2,000 kilometres upstream that cut through a landscape of lush forest, dry desert and high peaks. But since…

New hope for Canada’s freshwater fishers

The end of Canada's federal marketing monopoly opens new doors around the world

New hope for Canada’s freshwater fishersMany people expected that the end of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp. (FFMC) monopoly would lead to a disaster in Manitoba. It has not, fortunately. In fact, this move by the federal government may revitalize the Indigenous commercial fisheries in the northern part of the province. Manitoba commercial fishers sell about $60 million worth of…

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?

Anti-fish farm activists ratchet up conspiracy campaign against Canadian scientists and studies

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?Fearing that Canadian science will drown out their claims, the anti-fish farm lobby has embarked on a campaign to discredit upcoming studies by the government to develop better aquaculture standards. Taking the cue from Twitter-in-chief Donald Trump, who constantly tells his core supporters not to believe any official investigation about him, the activists’ campaign is…

Deep waters: how can we protect our oceans and fisheries?

With help from $230 million in funding, the Ocean Frontier Institute sets out to examine the damage to oceans and how they can be saved

Deep waters: how can we protect our oceans and fisheries?Oceans feed the world – but rapid change in our oceans has put the food supplies of billions of people in jeopardy. We need to understand why, and find out what we can do about it. For more than half the world's population, from Africa to Asia and beyond, fish represents in excess of 50 per cent of…

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the market

Labelling regulations need to be modified so consumers have final word on the technology

Genetically-modified salmon set to hit the marketGenetically-modified salmon will soon be on Canada's supermarket shelves, but are retailers and consumers prepared? After four years of testing, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved AquaBounty Technologies’ genetically-modified salmon for retail sale in Canada. Given that the mighty U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the same technology six months ago, Canada’s…

The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challenge

Step aside climate change, it is the state of our oceans that is reaching the point of no return

The state of oceans the world’s No. 1 environmental challengeIs climate change really the most urgent environmental threat facing our planet? At the COP21 (Conference of Parties) that concluded last week in Paris, leaders from around the world called for “urgent action” on climate change. But according to the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mother Earth warmed by…