Down at the Dock: Vancouver International Boat Show a success

(L to R) Ruby Berry, Christianne Wilhelmson, Robert Dick, David Macdonald and Mike Richards at our booth.Photo by Michelle Young What a fantastic time we had at the Vancouver International Boat Show, put on by our supporters at the BC Marine Trades Association! Attendance was strong with thousands of people enjoying the event every day, and … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: from boat shows to cruising magazines

2013 is upon us, and you know what that means! Soon we will be mingling with boating enthusiasts at the Vancouver International Boat Show. We hope you will stop by our booth February 7th to 11thwhere we will be featuring our award winning Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program. You can even pick … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: Clean Marine BC sees real, positive results!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce on Perspectives on the Marine Economy. My talk focused on our Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program, and how a clean marine environment is critical to a healthy coastal economy here in BC. Alongside teachers and politicians, the room … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: summer excitement!

What a busy boating season we had with our green boating and marina eco-certification program. This was my first summer as our Clean Marine BC program coordinator, and what a summer it was! We made it to boat shows on both sides of Georgia Strait – twice –  to spread the word about green boating. … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: Maple Bay Marina Wooden Boat Festival

Clean Marine BC eco-certification flag flying at Maple Bay Marina Photo: Michelle Young Maple Bay Marina’s Wooden Boat Festival took place last weekend at one of GSA’s seven Clean Marine BC eco-rated marinas. The first thing I saw as I arrived was thousands of juvenile salmon in the bay; what a fitting way to start … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Cohen Inquiry into Decline of Fraser River Sockeye

Fraser River Sockeye – photo by Michelle Young Hearings for the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River have come to an end after a year – and what a year it was.  This Inquiry was struck by the federal government following the 2009 collapse of Fraser River Sockeye. The … Continue reading

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Salmon farming industry puts wild salmon at increased risk by reactivating farm along Wild Salmon Narrows migration route

Fifty-five organizations and thousands of concerned citizens have been calling for the removal of five salmon farms along Okisollo and Hoskyn Channels on the north and east side of Quadra Island, a critical Fraser River sockeye migration route. This call was supported by the conclusions of a think tank of scientists who convened at Simon … Continue reading

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For the love of sockeye

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 reading

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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 reading

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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 reading

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