canadian feds sued by BC first nation over fish farms

BC First Nation Sues Federal Government Over Fish Farms

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The¬†Dzawada’enuxw First Nation has filed suits against the Provincial Government (2 suits) and the Federal Government for allowing 10 aquaculture farms in their area that they say infringe on their Aboriginal Rights.

The First Nation fishes for eulachon and Pacific Wild Salmon to trade with other Indigenous tribes in the area for goods. The farms will harm an already declining populations of both wild species upon which they depend.

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new orca calf for the southern resident orca population

New Orca Calf Spotted With Endangered Pod Near Juan de Fuca

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Ken Balcomb, founding Director of the Centre For Whale Research, and his team have spotted a new Orca Calf on the Eastern end of the Juan de Fuca. This is the first calf since last year after a mother was seen floating her newborn dead calf for 17 days.

Ken is cautiously optimistic of the calf as he gauges the Orca’s chances at about 50% survival due to low salmon populations, increased underwater noise and bioaccumulation of toxins due to plastic ingestion as well as those found in salmon that the animal can find to eat.

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Fatberg

Fatberg Hits Coastal UK Town

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Have you ever heard of a fatberg? It could be one of the most disgusting things that I have ever seen. A Fatberg is what you get when you combine frozen oil, fats and wet wipes.

There is a large Fatberg in a coastal town in the UK that is 64 metres long and it’s clogging up the sewers. It will take 8 weeks to break it up, according to local authorities.

This episode is to reinforce the notion that we need to be weary of what we put down our drains.

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Indonesia is leading the fight against iUU Fishing

Indonesia Fights Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing

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Indonesia has been aggressively fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing domestically since 2014. It has gone as far as sinking foreign vessels that were illegally fishing in Indonesian waters using Navy Forces. The result has been an increase in fish abundance domestically to support its artisanal-based fisheries industry, but there is still more work to be done.

The country is calling for the UN to include Fishing Crimes as part of the Palermo Treaty, which would put it in the same class as human trafficking and other illegal crimes that require international cooperation. Companies that profit from IUU fishing activities never reside in Indonesia. They are located in other countries; therefore, enforcement is often difficult.

It’s amazing how far a country has to go to fight IUU fishing activities.

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20,000 people stung by bluebottle jellyfish

Jellyfish Armada Sting Over 20K People In Australia

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Over 5000 people were treated for stings from an armada of bluebottle jellyfish last weekend along the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in Queensland, Australia. This totals over 22,000 people stung in the past 5 weeks by the jellyfish colonies. The average number of people treated for jellyfish stings is between 25,000 and 45,000…for all of Australia!!!

Authorities say they have never seen anything like these numbers in the past. Last year during the same 5 week period, just over 6,000 people were treated for stings.

Take a listen to find out why these jellyfish are being washed up on the beaches and what you can do to prevent getting stung.

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Conservation Change

People Don’t Do Things Because They Can’t With Brooke Tully

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Brooke Tully is back again with a great segment of “What’s Happening in Conservation Marketing.” We continue to discuss why people don’t do things. We focused this episode on people don’t change their behaviours because they can’t.

Brooke brings up the fact that people are often asked to change behaviours that may be too expensive and/or not accessible to them. I notice this quite a bit in the Marine Conservation field. However, Brooke has a solution.

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10 Ways To Reduce plastic Use in 2019

10 Ways To Reduce Plastic In 2019

By | Plastic Pollution | No Comments

As we start the New Year, it’s always good to go over how we can make better choices for the Ocean. The Guardian put out an article on 10 Ways You Can Reduce Our Plastic Use In 2019 and I thought it would be good to run through them. Some ways are easier than others. You might also find that you are doing some of the reductions already, but we can always do more.

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2 Orcas Predicted To Die

Grim Predictions For Southern Resident Orca Population In 2019

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Ken Balcomb is THE research expert on Southern Resident Orca Population in the Salish Sea area. Ken has predicted two deaths by summer 2019 based on the state of J17 (female, 42 years-old) and J25 (male, 27 years-old). He says both individuals look skinny compared to recent years and J25 is exhibiting “peanut head”, which is a sign of malnutrition as the head is smaller than the rest of the body.

Orcas Malnourished

J17 is the grandmother of the calf that was born last summer (2018) and died a half an hour later. It’s mother carried her dead calf for 17 days making international news. Ken suggests J17 probably underwent significant stress watching her daughter grieve her newborn loss for so long. Coupled with lack of food (chinook salmon), the grieving could have made survival difficult for J17.

Orcas Population Could Drop Lower Than 74 Individuals

The Southern Resident Orca population has dwindled to 74 individuals and may lose two or more this year due to a lack of food. Chinook Salmon populations have also declined due to damns blocking rivers, which serve as reproductive habitats for the salmon populations.

Lack Of Proper Policies

Canadian and US governments refuse to make hydro companies remove damns that are not in use anymore to help save the salmon populations within the Salish Sea. Instead, the US government recently approved a bill that will allow the culling of 1000 sea lions as they say the pinnipeds are responsible for the decline in salmon populations in the area.

Listen to the episode to get the full details and find out how the lack of food is changing the Orca population’s behaviour.

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