The T. Buck Suzuki Foundation works to protect fisheries habitats, prevent pollution and promote sustainable fisheries.
Healthy environment and healthy fisheries go hand in hand. Fishermen and coastal activists launched the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation in 1981 to focus work on fish habitat protection.
Ottawa opens door to fish farm expansion
Critics say wild salmon at risk
Vancouver Sun - Jan. 16, 2014 — The Harper government has quietly opened the door to a major expansion of B.C.’s controversial fish farm sector despite warnings by the 2012 Cohen Commission about the effects of net-based farms on wild salmon. The decision, revealed to fish farmers by Fisheries Minister Gail Shea in October, was laid out in letters to several B.C. First Nations last week.
An official in Shea’s department said Wednesday that Ottawa has already received 11 applications for expansions or new farms.
Shea’s letter said applications will be accepted for everywhere except the Discovery Islands archipelago between Campbell River and the B.C. mainland.
Justice Bruce Cohen’s 2012 report on the 2009 collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run urged Ottawa to maintain a ban on new farms in that archipelago.Critics say the lifting of the 2011 moratorium violates the spirit of the Cohen report and could cause disaster for wild salmon stocks. And they condemned the lack of transparency by the government.
One year later Cohen Inquiry recommendations largely ignored
One year after the release of the Cohen Inquiry report on the 2009 Fraser River sockeye salmon collapse, little has been done by the federal government to act on his detailed recommendations. Cohen called for better enforcement of habitat protection regulations, better spawner counts and expanded stock assessment. See Cohen recommendations
Thousands protest the proposed Enbridge pipeline, tar sands expansion and oil tankers
On Nov. 16, tens of thousands of people in over 130 communities across Canada stood together to show that there is a growing movement to stop pipelines, tar sands expansion and runaway climate change.
In Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Sointula and other B.C. coastal communities, people gathered to protest the proposed 1,200-kilometre pipeline that would carry about 525,000 barrels of petroleum per day from the Alberta oilsands to the B.C. coast for shipment by oil tankers.Others came out to oppose the plan being put forward by Kinder Morgan to nearly triple the capacity of its existing TransMountain pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver.