Fight to protect endangered killer whales far from over

‘Trial and error’ approach leaves whales vulnerable claim environmental groups April 20, 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – A lawsuit to protect Canada’s two populations of resident fisheating killer whales is back in court today as environmental groups fight for legal protection of their critical habitat. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is seeking to have the case thrown out of…

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Fraser River sockeye may be at risk of sea lice infection from salmon farms

  March 23, 2009 Vancouver, BC – Genetic analyses have confirmed the predominance of Fraser River populations in samples of juvenile sockeye salmon caught near salmon farms in northern Georgia Strait. Fraser sockeye populations include the world famous Adams River and highly threatened Cultus Lake salmon. Raincoast Conservation Foundation in partnership with the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) began…

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Lawsuit forces Canada to protect endangered killer whales

Stunning policy reversal could mark turning point for 85 remaining whales February 25 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – After British Columbians celebrated the unexpected arrival of two newborn killer whales last week, there is another new cause for hope for BC’s imperilled killer whale populations. This week, the federal government issued an Order that will provide legal protection for the endangered…

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Groups Condemn Province’s Failure to Act on Aquaculture Solutions

Absence of closed containment funding missed opportunity in Budget 2009 February 17, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs…

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BC Supreme Court Delivers Ruling in Fish Farming Case

ONE FOR THE WILD SALMON! February 9, 2009 Vancouver, B.C. – Today BC Supreme Court ruled that the BC government does not have the right to regulate salmon farms – the BC regulation of fish farms has become unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.  The fish inside the farm are now considered a fishery, not agriculture and thus the federal government has exclusive…

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Sierra Club and Georgia Strait Alliance Join Orca Lawsuit

Feds Lose Round 1 of Battle to Protect Orca Habitat January 26, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Federal Court has ruled that Sierra Club of Canada and Georgia Strait Alliance may join a recently filed lawsuit against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, after DFO tried to block the two groups’ participation. The lawsuit, filed by lawyers with Ecojustice, alleges that the…

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Tiny Minnow Takes on Federal Government – Round 2

Dept of Fisheries and Oceans facing second suit over critical habitat protection January 21, 2009 Vancouver, BC – From the small streams of southern BC, an endangered minnow continues to expose the federal government’s reluctance to protect endangered species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is now facing a second lawsuit after ignoring its duty to protect critical habitat…

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Salmon Farm Companies Seek Massive Expansion of Current Open Net-Cage Production Sites

If the industry can’t go north, they’ll go big November 19, 2008 Vancouver, B.C. – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) has learned that fish farm companies are seeking approval to roughly double current licensed production on several farms in critical wild salmon migration routes such as the Broughton Archipelago and the northern Georgia Strait. This follows a provincially imposed…

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