Canada Fisheries

Canada Has A Responsibility To Ensure Healthy Oceans

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Canada was one of many countries at the 2010 UN Convention on Biological Diversity to commit to protecting 10 per cent of its marine areas by 2020. As a marine nation bordering three oceans with over seven million square kilometres of ocean area and the longest coastline of any country, Canada has a responsibility to lead on ocean stewardship. We have acts, policies and departments to support strong positions to safeguard ocean ecosystems. Yet the reality is that more has been said than done.

Union To Take Feds To Court Over Use Of Foreign Sailors

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — The Seafarers International Union of Canada is preparing to take the federal government to court over the use of foreign sailors - some of ...

The Government's Grey Seal Cull Is Not Based on Science

Sheryl Fink | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

An internal government memo obtained recently by the Blacklock's Reporter and marked "SECRET" confirms that there is no scientific link between grey seals and fish stocks, completely destroying Canada's claims that grey seals need to be culled to protect groundfish.

17 Ways the Government Is Helping Kill Wild Salmon

Jeff Matthews | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

In British Columbia, salmon are sacred. For centuries, they have nourished First Nations and settlers alike, and continue to sustain virtually all of the wildlife we cherish in B.C.: orcas, eagles, bears, seals and sea lions, wolves and even our forests. Wild salmon make life possible on the West Coast. So why are our federal and provincial governments trying to kill them? I do not speak of simple neglect. I mean actively working towards the destruction of wild salmon.

Hunting Season Begins

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The annual seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador will open Sunday.The federal Fisheries Department says sealers on the Front off ...

How Long Will Minister Aglukkaq Ignore the Problem of Endangered Species? asks @JohnMcKayLib

John McKay | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Recent cuts to Environment Canada's operating budget have left the department a shadow of its former self and unable to enforce what little environmental laws are left. The Harper Government has burned enough environmental legislation to keep the Minister warm for an entire winter in her home in chilly Gjoa Haven. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

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.