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Marine Scene Issue #15
Returning Salmon

In 2005, the federal government released Canada’s Policy for the Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon. The David Suzuki Foundation helped to make this policy better for salmon and is now working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to make sure it is acted upon. Our latest salmon report, Returning Salmon, reviews implementation of the policy to date with emphasis on the Central Coast region of British Columbia.

The report shows that the government has done a pretty good job of putting together the background science to support the policy’s implementation. This includes designating units of salmon diversity and developing a monitoring system for salmon habitat. However, the policy has not done much for salmon yet, and it is critical that the policy now move from information-gathering to better decision-making for salmon.

To support effective implementation of Canada’s Wild Pacific Salmon Policy, please join us in urging the federal government to:

1) Hire at least 12 more habitat conservation officers within the next year, and a further 16 within three years.
2) List threatened salmon stocks under the federal Species at Risk Act.
3) Provide five years of annual funding of at least $5 million dollars to implement the Wild Pacific Salmon Policy.

Click here to join us in urging government to protect wild salmon.

Canada’s Deep Dark Fisheries Secret

Dave Wrobel © MBARI 1995

Nestled on the seafloor nearly one kilometre below the surface of Canada's Pacific coast lives a little-known fish called the longspine thornyhead. This species evolved over eons to survive in an environment with virtually no oxygen, little food supply, no sunlight, and extreme water pressure. It is thought that the longspine thornyhead probably only eats once every four to six months. Fishers call this species the idiot fish, but in reality it is a biological genius, carving out an existence in one of the earth's least livable environments.

Beginning in 1996, Fisheries and Oceans Canada endorsed a deep-sea bottom-trawl fishery for this species with virtually no information about its abundance or life history. By 2002, the landings had peaked and by 2007 the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) designated this species as "special concern". All research and catch information show a marked decline in the abundance of the longspine thornyhead. You would think that DFO would have closed this fishery in light of the available scientific information, ecosystem impacts from bottom trawling, and the species at risk designation. Instead, the fishery continues with no change in fishing practices. The David Suzuki Foundation has called for an immediate interim moratorium on this fishery. If you have further questions or would like to support our campaign to reform this fishery please contact us.

SeaChoice and Sharkwater Shine Light on Unsustainable Fisheries

On April 9, SeaChoice attended an exclusive reception for ocean advocate and Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart. The event took place at one of Vancouver’s more progressive and sustainable seafood restaurants, C Restaurant, in an effort to protect sharks and raise awareness about unsustainable fisheries.

Stewart’s impassioned, award-winning documentary Sharkwater will change the way we view both sharks and the oceans. The documentary explains that with an estimated 100 million sharks killed annually, mainly for their fins, experts assume that within a decade most species of sharks will be lost forever. As a result, marine ecosystems and livelihoods around the world will be devastated. To learn more about Sharkwater and the fate of sharks click here, or for more information on supporting sustainable fisheries visit SeaChoice.

Marine Conservation Planning in BC’s PNCIMA Shows Little Progress

The clock is ticking and despite the approaching June 8th deadline for action presented by the David Suzuki Foundation and our allies, the Living Oceans Society and the Sierra Club of BC, the federal government continues to move slowly towards establishing the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) marine planning process. The website has been created to document the progress by the federal government in establishing the planning process and is tracking results leading up to Ocean Day – June 8, 2008. Over the past month no substantive announcements have been made and our progress tracker still sits on empty. Visit PNCIMA Watch for updates, sign up for the monthly newsletter and send a letter to the federal Minister of Fisheries to express your views on the establishment of a marine conservation planning process for BC’s spectacular central and north coast region.

Greenfish - Redfish: Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans
Did you know that sharks never run out of teeth? When a tooth is lost a replacement simply moves forward from a row of backup teeth. Don’t worry though; although sharks may have the most powerful jaws on the planet, more people are killed by pigs in North America each year than by sharks!

Canadian Atlantic Haddock (Bottom Longline)

Atlantic haddock is an import groundfish commercial species that is green-listed as one of SeaChoice's best seafood choices. Few habitat impacts exist with hook and line, although be sure to ask and do not consume trawl-caught haddock.
Atlantic and International Shark (Gill Nets/Pelagic Longline)

Atlantic and international shark is red-listed as a species to avoid on SeaChoice’s seafood guide. This fishery is largely unmanaged and unmonitored and shark finning in itself proves to be highly unsustainable by wasting up to 99 per cent of the shark.

The Science of Sea Lice and Salmon

The impact of salmon farms on wild salmon has been in the news a lot lately. What does the science say? Read David Suzuki’s Science Matters column in your local community newspaper or on our web site April 18 to learn more about this important issue.

Please forward this message to family and friends, and encourage them to sign up for free e-updates from the David Suzuki Foundation.
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