Spectators gathering at the Adams River,October 2010 Last month I had the privilege of witnessing the miraculous abundance of Fraser River sockeye returning this year. The Adams River was a whir of activity as people jostled for the best position to see as the salmon fought the currents and each other for the best mate … Continue readingRead more »
Government Not Making it Easy for Concerned Citizens to Weigh in on Wild Salmon Issues
When it rains it pours! This summer has seen a deluge of public comment periods concerning wild salmon in BC. (See the list below.) While this suggests that government wants to hear from us on these issues – many of the people who are most affected by the impacts of fish farms are extremely busy … Continue readingRead more »
For You I Am a Better Person
Working in the environmental sector can be both rewarding and incredibly trying and stressful. It can take years, even decades, to see any sort of positive change around a particular issue, and it’s not surprising that people in this line of work often burn out. Recently I was finding myself uninspired, frustrated and, needless to … Continue readingRead more »
Sailing, Shakespeare, Seals, Shags and Slicks!
Last weekend my family and I were lucky enough to travel to Vancouver to see the wonderful Bard on the Beach production of Antony and Cleopatra. Surprisingly it was our 12 year old son’s choice. We sailed over from Gabriola Island with an 18 NW knot breeze to push us along. Glorious conditions saw us … Continue readingRead more »
Loss of a lifestyle – musings over cell phones
Just recently, a “temporary” cell phone tower has appeared on the shores of Silva Bay on Gabriola island. I assume it was brought in to fill the little black hole of cell phone coverage we had in this neck of the woods. It seems some folks figure this is a good idea to increase communication … Continue readingRead more »
The Dying Clam Gardens of Waiatt Bay
For thousands of years, First Nations have relied upon the traditional clam gardens of Waiatt Bay, which contains 40 culturally modified clam beds. In the last few years we’ve been hearing reports that the clam gardens are dying, so we decided to go see for ourselves. Waiatt Bay is of particular interest as it is … Continue readingRead more »
Hands Across the Sands
Thanks to EJ Hurst from New Society Publishers (www.newsociety.com) for getting this information together. On June 26th, people around the world are going to the beach. They are not going just to soak up the sun, rub their toes through the sand, listen to the calming wash of waves on the shore. They are going … Continue readingRead more »
The Get Out Migration Takes to the Wild Salmon Narrows
Much of my time working as a salmon aquaculture campaigner is spent in an office, on the computer or the phone, interspersed with large indoor meetings and presentations. Yesterday was different. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining the Get Out Migration, an incredible grassroots initiative spawned by scientist Alexandra Morton. I couldn’t contain my … Continue readingRead more »
Everyone Loves Wild Salmon Don’t They?
Watch this video on the impacts that open net-cage salmon farming has on wild salmon, the marine environment, and your health. Learn more about salmon farming impacts and what you can do.Read more »
“Green” Boating Week BC!
Though the winter has been kind of dark and dreary, a few hardy souls spent some time on our beautiful BC waters, enjoying the delights and challenges that winter cruising brings. For the majority of us however, it’s just been the last couple of weeks when we’ve started to think more about our boats and … Continue readingRead more »