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If you love the Ocean change throw-away economy

If you love the Ocean help change the throw-away economy. The world’s oceans are choking on plastic.  This year up to twenty million tons of plastic bags, food wrappers, bottles, straws, styrofoam, plastic fishing gear, and other plastic products will cascade into the sea.  A recent study in the Strait of Georgia found over 3000 plastic micro-particles per cubic metre of water.  The throw-away plastic economy fuels this crisis must be fundamentally restructured. 

Hidden Killer

Hidden Killer documents the silent but deadly impacts from toxins in our municipal sewage and stormwater. This was written in the 1990's when there was no national standards for wastewater treatment. At that time it was advocating increasing treatment levels from no treatment in Victoria and primary in Vancouver to a minimium of secondary. It indicates BOD and TSS reduction levels in the 85-90% range for secondary. While this is a great improvement, we've learnt much since the 1990's about other toxins in our wastewater where secandary isn't effective. For instance personal care products and pharmaceuticals need higher levels of treatment to be captured. Tertiary and advanced treatment are needed. If we use water to transport our waste, we owe it to our children and the planet to clean it as best as we can before sending it back freely into the environment.

The Fisherman Dec 2014

Owner-operator the rule in Atlantic Canada

Speaking up for working fishermen

Union votes to host Salmon Summit

Salmon harvest rates key to future

The Fisherman July 2014

Survey shows 86 per cent of fishermen don’t want ITQs in salmon fisheries

Charging lease cost to crew violates contract

UFAWU-Unifor Joins new federation of independent fishermen

The Fisherman July 2013

Gillnets, crabbers protest DFO monitoring demands for North Coast fisheries.

Kim Olsen marks change in leadership of UFAWU

The Fisherman is published by the Fishermen Publishing Society

The Fisherman Dec 2012

CAW,CEP set convention for new combined union

Cohen urges action—and oversight

CETA: the latest free trade threat

No pass for salmon farms from Cohen

The Fisherman July 2012

Enbridge project imperils North Coast fish industry

Keep Coast Guard base open, UFAWU demands

Fleet backs renewal of Safest Catch

The Fishermen Dec 2011

ISA tests show need for monitoring

Failed plan seen in sockeye decline

Protecting the fish – and fishermen

First Nations declare ‘no’ to pipelines

Damage to salmon habitat mounting

The Fisherman July 2011

Industry waits on impact of Oceans buyout by CFC

WCB jurisidiction could go to top court

The Fisherman is published by the Fishermen Publishing Society

The Fisherman Dec 2008

Nova Scotia court decision puts off WorkSafe challenge

Area C urges NO on quota fisheries

The Fisherman is published by the Fishermen Publishing Society

SalmonWatch 2006

The 2006 SalmonWatch highlights the progress in Greater Victoria toward sewage treatment. Other issues include: the Fraser River Summit, TBSEF's 25th Anniverary and the launch of our Commercial Green Boating Guide.

SalmonWatch 2005

The 2005 SalmonWatch looks at global warming as a new threat to Fraser River salmon. Other issues include Victoria's sewage campaign, actions taken to save Broughton pink runs, how banning pesticides saves fish, proposed changes to the Fisheries Act, and one MP's bill to ban PBDEs.

SalmonWatch 2004

The 2004 SalmonWatch launches a major new campaign spearheaded by the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation to stop Greater Victoria from dumping raw sewage. Other issues include: salmon returns for 2004, stream protection efforts and the "Stream of Dreams."

National Sewage Report Card

A new report card rates municipalities across Canada on their sewage pollution record.

SalmonWatch 2003

The 2003 SalmonWatch looks at new research investigating problems with Rivers Inlet sockeye, an overview of 2003 salmon runs, warnings over PCB levels in Georgia Strait, a commentary on revisions to streamside protection laws and stories on local stewardship efforts.

SalmonWatch 2002

A new design for SalmonWatch 2002 has improved the look and readability. The 2002 edition looks at provincial cuts to forest practices protections and urban stream setbacks. It also details the 2002 salmon season and exposes a pink salmon collapse due to sea lice.

SalmonWatch 2001

The 2001 edition of SalmonWatch looks at sewage pollution, urban streams and eco-certified forestry.

Reports

Comment on CN Pest Management Plan 2018-2023

Comment submitted to CN on September 3rd 2018 by TBSEF and the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union –UNIFOR to limit pesticide use to reduce the risk to salmon habitat and human health. The comment includes a report commissioned from Dr. Kennedy showing that factors unique to the Skeena  river system may increase the transport of glyphosate-based herbicides into salmon habitat, result in more glyphosate being bioavailable, and be more toxic to salmonids than in other areas and supports previous conclusions that glyphosate use as proposed may cause adverse effects to Pacific salmonid populations.

Comment (Executive Summary, Recommendations, Rationale for Recommendations, Recommended Changes to the PMP by Section Number and Photos of Skeena Subdivision)

Attachments

Fishermen’s Survey 2018

This is a short survey of commercial fishers in BC on environmental and ocean health issues that are of concern in their fisheries along our coast. The top three ocean health issues raised were: fish farm effluent, loss of spawning and rearing habitat, and oil spills. There was clear support for us continuing to spend commercial conservation stamp dollars on our habitat protection, supporting sustainable fisheries, and polluion prevention work.

Fisheries for communities

The Fisheries for Communities Gathering held in Vancouver on February 23 2018, brought together over 120 people and was one of the largest gathering of fish harvesters and fisheries related organizations seen since the 1990s. There were young fish harvesters, elder fish harvesters, leaders and quiet concerned fish harvesters, Indigenous and non-Indigenous fish harvesters, from geographically diverse coastal regions, all of whom rose above their feelings of disillusionment and showed a strong and consistent will to support change. Adding to the diversity in the room, there were West Coast First Nations leaders, mayors from various coastal communities, environmental groups, fish harvester organizations, NGOs from the
BC food movement, and academics. All there to express concern for the current situation in BC commercial fisheries and to add their voice to the need for change.

National strategy to combat marine plastics

Marine plastic pollution is an increasingly urgent global problem. From 8 to 20 million tons of debris
enters the oceans every year. Plastic bags, bottles, caps, lids, straws, stirrers, containers, wrappers,
microfibres and pellets all find their way to the sea. Marine activities add plasticized fishing nets, fishing
lines, traps, aquaculture gear, and debris from shipping and other industries. On average, 18,000 pieces
of plastic litter float on every km2 of ocean. In areas where currents concentrate plastics (gyres), the
number of pieces can exceed 300,000 per km2. By 2050, the world’s oceans could contain more plastic
than fish.

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015 —16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence…

Glyphosate fate and toxicity to fish with special relevance to Skeena salmon


Prepared by:
Dr. Chris Kennedy
BioWest Environmental Research Consultants
Burnaby, BC
Canada V5G 1M7
November 21, 2017

 

 

...." it is possible that the presence of glyphosate-based herbicides in salmon habitat in the Skeena River watershed may cause adverse effects to Pacific salmonid populations."


T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation (TBSEF) requested a summary on glyphosate fate/toxicity to salmon and steelhead which would be relevant to glyphosate entering the lower reaches (about 100 km) of the Skeena and the myriad of small watercourses, streams and rivers entering it near their confluence with the Skeena.
 

Seven Reforms to Address Marine Plastic Pollution

Marine plastic pollution is an increasingly urgent global problem. Up to 20 million tons of debris enters the world's oceans every year. Plastic bags, bottles, caps, lids, straws, stirrers, food containers, wrappers, plastic microfibers and pellets all find their way to the ocean, carried by urban runoff, wind, sewage and careless people. Marine activities add plasticized fishing nets, fishing lines, traps, aquaculture components and plastic debris from shipping and other industries. 

Seeking Convergence

Proceedings of the 2015 MPAs and Fisheries Science Forum. International ecologists and fisheries scientists explore the interrelated issues of MPAs and fisheries management 

  • Food Security & Biodiversity: Can Marine Protected Areas Deliver Both?
  • The Biological and Ecological Effects of MPAs on Fisheries
  • Social and Economic Effects (Human Dimensions) of MPAs on Fisheries
  • Integrating MPA Networks with Fisheries Management
  • Tools to Plan an MPA Network that Considers both Biodiversity Conservation
    and Healthy Fisheries

MPAs will not solve the major threats facing our ocean: pollution, ocean warming, illegal fishing, invasive species, and acidification; and MPAs would have a negative impact on fisheries in areas where there was an existing fisheries management regime, and benefit areas where there is no fisheries management regime and over-fishing is prevalent.

Fishing Communities’ (Dodge Cove and Rupert) Air Quality at Risk from Aurora LNG

Residents in Dodge Cove and Prince Rupert (both fishing communities) face risk to their air quality if Aurora LNG is built. After local residents asked for help we found experts who confirmed troubling issues. TBSEF, PRES and UFAWU submitted a joint comment to the Environmental Assessment Office. The whole comment (below) with highly credible experts confirms:

  • The calculation of NO2 (a criteria air contaminant (CAC) with health impacts) done by Aurora underestimated NO2 concentrations over nearby residential areas by about 20% as a result of one inaccurate assumption (and there could be others)
  • The Application did not give enough information for us, our experts, and the public to review other important emission assumptions impacting CAC forecasts despite repeated requests
  • CAC calculation is a significant issue regarding assessment of serious human health risk.

Wild Salmon Policy Consultations

Information on the upcoming WSP consultations. 

The State of BC Coastal Communities 2017

  • Coastal communities rely heavily on the ocean economically, ecologically, socially, culturally, and spiritually.
  • Infrastructure, industry, and transportation deficits disproportionately affect rural coastal areas.
  • Populations are declining in rural zones and increasing in urban centres.
  • Marine-related decision-making is scattered and could benefit from an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach.
  • An unleashed coastal economy will not only strengthen coastal communities, it will strengthen the BC economy.

Out of Stock Report

The ‘Out of Stock’ report looks at how climate change is impacting B.C.’s staple seafood supply/ prices. 

Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Unifor is the largest private sector union in Canada and represents over 12,000 energy workers and 5,000 fisheries workers. This paper lays out the opposition to the TMX project.

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp 2014-2015

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp Final Report for 2014-2015 highlights some of our pollution prevention work

Caught Up in Catch Shares

A new in-depth analysis brings to light the true cost of individual transferable quotas (ITQs) 

Conservation Stamp Report 2013-2014

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp Final Report for 2013-2014 highlights some of our pollution prevention work

Valuing Fisheries

A ground breaking new study reveals that BC’s commercial fisheries are far more valuable to coastal communities than previously thought. 

Conservation Stamp Report 2011-2012

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp Final Report for 2011-2012 highlights some of our pollution prevention work

Conservation Stamp Report 2010-2011

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp Final Report for 2010-2011 highlights some of our pollution prevention work

Conservation Stamp Report 2009-2010

Commercial Fisheries Conservation Stamp Final Report for 2009-2010 highlights some of our pollution prevention work.

National Sewage Report Card

A new report card rates municipalities across Canada on their sewage pollution record.

T. Buck Suzuki Annual Report 2003

T. Buck Suzuki Annual Report: summarizes work on sewage, forest practices and streamside protection.

Forestry Brief Nov. 2002

Submission to the Results Based Code consultation: results-based forestry management is already a proven failure.

Brief on Salmon Farming Nov 2002

Submission on salmon farming: little has been implemented from the provincial environmental review on salmon farming.

T. Buck Suzuki Annual Report 2001

T. Buck Suzuki Annual Report: summarizes work on sewage, forest practices and streamside protection.

Booklets

Hidden Killer

Hidden Killer documents the silent but deadly impacts from toxins in our municipal sewage and stormwater. This was written in the 1990's when there was no national standards for wastewater treatment. At that time it was advocating increasing treatment levels from no treatment in Victoria and primary in Vancouver to a minimium of secondary. It indicates BOD and TSS reduction levels in the 85-90% range for secondary. While this is a great improvement, we've learnt much since the 1990's about other toxins in our wastewater where secandary isn't effective. For instance personal care products and pharmaceuticals need higher levels of treatment to be captured. Tertiary and advanced treatment are needed. If we use water to transport our waste, we owe it to our children and the planet to clean it as best as we can before sending it back freely into the environment.

OceanSmart Fuel Efficiency Guide (English)

Our OceanSmart Fuel Efficiency Guide covers ways to reduce fuel consumption through both operational and design measures.

OceanSmart Green Boating Guide (English)

Our OceanSMART Green Boating Guide covers good marine practices in seven main areas: wildlife protection, habitat protection, waste discharge, fluid handling, solid waste, fuel efficiency, and cleaners.

Guide de Navigation Commerciale Écologique

French Version - Commercial Green Boating Guide

Guide sur le Rendement du Carburant

French Version - OceanSmart Fuel Efficiency Guide

Fish for the Future

This booklet gives a good overview of the main impacts on fish habitat in B.C