The Cohen report is a gift; a well-researched and valuable tool by which to recover wild salmon, not only the Fraser River sockeye runs, but salmon populations across B.C. But its recommendations must be implemented, funded and enforced. The ball is now in the court of the federal government.
Gwen Barlee is the Policy Director for the Wilderness Committee in Vancouver. Although her main focus has been working to protect species at risk, Gwen is also very active in the Wilderness Committee's resource policy and parks campaigns. Her diverse education and experience includes social work, film production, and web development, and she is a past executive team member of the Victoria chapter of the Council of Canadians.
Fifty years ago there were an estimated 5,000 Nechako white sturgeon -- today there are just 350 struggling to hang on. Dams and habitat loss have taken their toll, but the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline could be the coup de grace for this critically imperilled creature. The proposed pipeline would cross the watercourse in which the sturgeon lives. But it doesn't stop there.
09/27/2012 07:08 EDT
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