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North and West Vancouver boat clubs are newest to eco-boating program

Burrard Yacht Club’s eagle platform. Image by Chris-Boulsbee North Vancouver’s Burrard Yacht Club and West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Sailing Club are the newest certified members of Clean Marine BC, Georgia Strait Alliance’s eco-certification program that supports recreational boating facilities to reduce the impact of their operations on Burrard Inlet, the Salish Sea and beyond.  Clean Marine BC…

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Regulatory Charge (fee) for Vessel Remediation Fund

GSA view on proposed Transport Canada fund

Transport Canada Let’s Talk Transportation online submission Re: Regulatory Charge (Fee) Proposal for Vessel Remediation Fund We’d like to acknowledge the great progress that has been made in recent years by the Government of Canada in addressing the problem of wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels. As a charitable organization that works to protect and restore the marine environment and promote…

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New analysis finds the BC climate plan still lags behind Pacific Coast neighbours

Since 2010, B.C. has experienced a 10.7% increase in emissions, which is considered to be very high. The Province’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory shows that in the first year of data available under CleanBC, emissions continued to rise, and the federal inventory shows that they are rising faster than the national average.      Last week, the B.C. Government released…

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GSA responds to CleanBC: a climate roadmap going nowhere

Image by Gerd Altmann, Pixaby. Andrew Radzik, Energy Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance, responds to the Province’s CleanBC Roadmap announced today, saying:  “People across BC felt the climate crisis this year. Hundreds died during the Heat Dome event, thousands were evacuated due to wildfires, and hundreds of thousands faced choking smoke. We desperately need a bold…

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Environmental organizations, scientist, back in court to keep open-net fish farms out of Discovery Islands

Image by Province of B.C. Ecojustice lawyers are back in court this week and next to support former Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan’s decision to phase out salmon farms in B.C.’s Discovery Islands by June 2022. Ecojustice is representing the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Living Oceans Society, Watershed Watch, and independent biologist Alexandra Morton. Starting today, October 19, the court…

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Whale watching operators, recreational fishers routinely violating protection zone buffers and other measures put in place to protect Southern Resident killer whales

Canadian whale watching operators and recreational fishers are routinely violating the protection buffer zones between their vessels and endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and are even crossing into U.S. waters to pursue these whales. David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and WWF-Canada are calling for increased enforcement, prosecutions and penalties to deter…

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DFO’s engagement report on transitioning from open-net pen fish farms: Georgia Strait Alliance responds

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released a summary of its engagement findings regarding the federal government’s commitment to transition open-net pen fish farms in waters off the coast of B.C. to closed-containment facilities on land by 2025. In response, the Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance Christianne Wilhelmson, says: “We appreciate that DFO has shared their engagement…

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GSA responds to federal court dismissal of aquaculture operator injunction

Image by David Stanley, Flickr. Today, a federal court dismissed an injunction request from aquaculture operator Cermaq, which sought to reverse the decision by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan to negate two transfer applications that would restock farmed fish at Cermaq facilities in the Discovery Islands.  In response to today’s decision, the Executive Director of…

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