Documents reveal governments acting to undermine species law

Federal and provincial officials agreed not to identify critical endangered species habitat September 8, 2008 Vancouver, BC – In a closely-watched lawsuit about the endangered Nooksack dace, leading environmental groups will present new evidence in Federal Court tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9 at 11 a.m. at 701 West Georgia Street in Vancouver) that the provincial and federal governments have colluded in…

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Salmon Aquaculture Industry in Compliance with Woefully Weak Regulations

July 10, 2008  NANAIMO, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) denounced the BC Government’s 2007 salmon aquaculture regulatory compliance report released today. Regulations of the salmon farming industry are woefully inadequate and even full compliance would not adequately protect our marine ecosystems from the negative impacts. "High industry compliance with inadequate regulations that fail to protect wild salmon and the…

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Farmed fish escapes preventable: closed containment needed now

July 3, 2008 COURTENAY, CAMPBELL RIVER – Georgia Strait Alliance and Homalco First Nation expressed their dismay and anger today about the Canada Day escape of 30,000 Atlantic Salmon from the Fredrick Arm Marine Harvest farm in the northern Georgia Strait.   "The problem this farm is having with the corner of the net being submerged is similar to problems at the…

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BC’s first eco-rated marina certified

MLA presents certificate and flag to new green marina June 17, 2008 SIDNEY, BC – Murray Coell, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Research and Technology, presented Westport Marina with Clean Marine BC certification and flag at a ceremony in Sidney on June 13, 2008. The presentation marks Westport Marina…

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New approach to managing waste brings praise

Provincial report lays out positive framework for liquid and solid waste May 26, 2008 VICTORIA, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance and the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, long time supporters of advanced sewage treatment in both Victoria and Vancouver, are applauding the Province’s support for the full cycle approach to managing liquid and solid waste proposed in a recently released…

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New Report Says We Can Have Our Fish and Eat It Too

Global Assessment of Closed System Aquaculture Released Today May 15, 2008 VANCOUVER – A new report released today by the Georgia Strait Alliance and the David Suzuki Foundation shows that a shift from open to closed-system fish farming is not only a viable alternative to open net cage farming, but is also a vibrant and rapidly developing global industry. One…

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The Hoof and Mouth Disease of the Salmon Farming Industry

Stephen Hume Special to the Sun Monday, April 07, 2008 It’s been a bruising fortnight for fish farmers. First, a blockbuster story March 27 in the New York Times outlined the difficulties plaguing Chile’s salmon farms. Then provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pat Bell announced a moratorium on expansion of fish farms to the north coast "until we figure out…

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Another National Award for Green Boating!

Georgia Strait Alliance innovator honoured April 9, 2008 NANAIMO,BC – Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) long-time and innovative Green Boating coordinator, Mike Richards, was honoured with the Yachtsman Spring Thaw Environment Award at the 25th Annual Yachtsman’s Spring Thaw Luncheon, held April 4, 2008 in Toronto. As the first British Columbian to receive this national award, Mike was honoured for his…

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GSA Welcomes Reprieve for North Coast

Urges Action to Protect South Coast March 27, 2008 Vancouver, Prince Rupert: The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform welcomes today’s decision by the BC government to institute an indefinite moratorium on open net-cage salmon farming in northern BC waters but voiced deep concern over more salmon farm approvals on the south coast. It is a huge turning point that the…

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Feds Work to Protect Endangered Species Only When Sued

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 VANCOUVER, BC – The Nooksack Dace, an endangered fish found in small streams in BC’s Fraser Valley, is one step closer to protection with the re-release of a recovery strategy that identifies habitat critical to its survival and recovery (“critical habitat”). The federal government identified the dace’s critical habitat only after being sued by a coalition of…

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