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…

Salmon farm industry faces harsh glare of court spotlight

By bringing suit for trespass, Marine Harvest Canada Inc. moves a critical discussion beyond the court of public opinion and into legal court

Salmon farm industry faces harsh glare of court spotlightQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Oct. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A lawsuit brought by a West Coast salmon farm operator will likely shine a harsh light on the industry. Marine Harvest Canada Inc. has filed a Notice of Civil Claim for trespass against “Alexandra Morton, John Doe, Jane Doe and all other persons unknown to the plaintiff occupying,…

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?By Sylvain Charlebois and Mike Smit Dalhousie University HALIFAX, N.S. Sept. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – 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…

Salmon farming a ‘cultural genocide’ for First Nations

West Coast communities rise up in opposition to salmon farms as the lifeblood of their culture is threatened

Salmon farming a ‘cultural genocide’ for First NationsQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A tide of First Nations opposition to salmon farming is rising on the West Coast. The arrival in July of the Sea Shepherd's RV Martin Sheen on its “Operation Virus Hunter” expedition to examine salmon farms along the east coast of Vancouver Island had an unexpected effect.…

Salmon farming heads into dark, perilous waters

As the international industry struggles to deal with growing problems, tonnes of farmed B.C. salmon have died from toxic algae and low oxygen

Salmon farming heads into dark, perilous watersQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear. The situation in Norway – from which the industry spread to Scotland, Chile and Canada's East and West Coasts – shows the direction salmon farming is…

Swimming upstream in the battle to protect salmon

Canada's scientists are finally back in charge of protecting our fisheries, but the long delay in taking action has had a devastating impact

Swimming upstream in the battle to protect salmonQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Scientists are back. The dictatorial edict of censorship from the former Conservative federal government that prevented scientists from communicating freely with the public was lifted within hours of the new Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking office last fall. No one was more relieved than Kristi…

Sea Shepherd sails to protect a wilderness paradise

The salmon farming industry poses a major threat to the marine ecology of the West Coast of British Columbia

Sea Shepherd sails to protect a wilderness paradiseQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Aug. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has arrived in B.C. waters, carrying a message about farmed salmon that can't be ignored. One of the internationally-prominent organization's ships, the R/V Martin Sheen, left Vancouver on July 19 to sail northward into the plethora of salmon farms that populate the…

HSMI discovered in B.C. farmed salmon

The fatal symptoms of HSMI could have devastating consequences for B.C.'s wild salmon populations

HSMI discovered in B.C. farmed salmonQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. July 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The discovery of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in B.C.'s farmed salmon has been couched in cautious and evasive terms by the industry and government. HSMI “might” have been found. It's “yet another piece in the complex puzzle of salmon health on the Pacific Coast,”…
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