Canada Fisheries

Climate Change Is Doing Weird Things To Fish

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Business

A study has produced the strongest evidence yet that climate change is forcing hundreds of valuable fish species toward the poles.The paper, published...

Fisheries' Changes Give Ministers Power To Allow Pollution

Andrew Gage | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Gage

In our view, these regulations allow the ministers to authorize a broad range of pollution with few limits or checks and balances. It is natural to fear that the federal government is preparing to abdicate its responsibilities to protect fish from pollution.

How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

Scientists are calling it "libricide." Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. Irreplaceable documents like the 50 volumes produced by the H.M.S. Challenger expedition of the late 1800s that discovered thousands of new sea creatures, are now moldering in landfills.

Fishermen Posed With Dead Sharks

CBC | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada

Fishermen posing on piles of dead marine animals has Fisheries and Oceans Canada investigating the possibility of poaching and shark finning at the Br...

Five Ways the Government Can Save Our Fisheries

Robert Chisholm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Robert Chisholm

Last week, The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River released its Final Report. Although a wide variety of issues are covered, the 75 recommendations can be summarized into five key points.

The Senate's Seal Experiment Is Doomed

Sheryl Fink | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

The Canadian Senate, our Senate, has just released its report on the "management" of grey seal populations on Canada's East Coast and recommends spending millions in taxpayer dollars on an "experiment" that is so incredibly flawed that, whatever the result, it will be entirely unreliable.

Bad Call on the Seal Cull, Senators

Sheryl Fink | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

There was plenty of evidence presented to the Senate Committee that a cull of grey seals would be scientifically risky, unethical, and expensive. Yet, on Tuesday, the senate recommended one anyway. In addition to scientists and sealers -- most Canadians are also opposed to a seal cull. First, It is unlikely that a cull in Eastern Canada would have a substantial positive effect on cod populations. Second, that the majority of grey seal diets consists of fatty forage fish such as herring, sand lance, and other small fish, and therefore they would not expect much, if any, benefit of culling seals on cod.

Harper and the Environment are Like Oil and Water

Maude Barlow | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

The Harper government is waging war on Canada's fresh water. Industry will now have unprecedented influence over water protection policy and the Harper cabinet will make decisions about which watersheds deserve protection based on political, not scientific, grounds. What a travesty Harper has decided to sacrifice our freshwater heritage in order to please his industry friends.

Feds Harming Fish Habitats?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian conservationists say the federal government could dramatically weaken protections for fish habitats in lakes, streams and waterways ...

The Bear Necessities: Managing Salmon for Grizzlies and People

Chris Genovali | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada
Chris Genovali

Despite the knowledge that many species depend on salmon, humans have never managed fisheries with wildlife in mind. A salmon can enter a fishing net or the mouth of a grizzly bear, but can we manage for the interests of both?

Government to Gut the Fisheries Act

Cameron Fenton | Posted 05.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Recently, leaked information has shown that the Canadian government is considering drastic changes to section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act, removing provisions that prevent any industrial activities which "result in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat." So, why should you care?

Tories Put Pipeline Ahead of Phytoplankton

David Suzuki | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Half the world's oxygen is produced in the oceans yet the federal government recently rejected millions of dollars in funding for a collaborative effort to establish a marine spatial plan and network of protected areas in Canada's Pacific North Coast waters. Why? Because it might restrict oil tanker traffic.

Fisheries Ministry's Own Study Says Seal Slaughter Unlikely To Work

CP | Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - As Canada's fisheries minister contemplates whether to approve a five-year cull of 140,000 grey seals on the East Coast, his own department ...

Learning the Value of Respect on Haida Gwaii

David Suzuki | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

One of the first lessons I learned from First Nations communities was about the importance of respect. Without respect for each other, we don't listen and we fail to learn. But respect should extend beyond our fellow humans, to all the green things that capture the sun's energy and power the rest of life on Earth.