Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sea Lice Debate - Get Informed

There is a significant Sea Lice Debate going on in BC that is being fueled by the money involved in Fish Farming.  Here is a great summary for those without scientific backgrounds regarding the "Science" currently monitoring the sea lice situation in the Broughton Archipelago in British Columbia:

http://www.pacificsalmonforum.ca/pdfs-all-docs/ScienceandSeaLiceFinalFeb22-08.pdf

Having read through the Summaries (78 pages), I feel much more informed about the "Science" involved in attributing the presence of increased numbers of sea lice to the survival of our West Coast Salmon populations. Although I did not go on to read the actual scientific articles, I found that reading the summaries was sufficiently enlightening to open my eyes to the many issues and areas of science involved in this debate. If you have an opinion about the salmon farms and their effects it would be wise to read this Summary to ensure you are informed to a better degree than just what we are given to read in the media.

In addition you may also be interested in the following publications provided by the Government of BC that clearly shows the amount of money at stake:

British Columbia Sea Food Statistics http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/omfd/fishstats/index.html

2007 British Columbia Seafood Industry Year in Review - I was particularly shocked at the $$ involved in Farmed Atlantic Salmon...so obviously a fuel for the Sea Lice Debate.


-C

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FN0826-Salmon: Region 2 - Non-Tidal - Cheakamus, Mamquam, Squamish Rivers - Zero Retention of Chum

Effective 00:01 October 30, 2008 until further notice, the daily limit for chum
salmon is zero (0) per day in the Mamquam River, Cheakamus River and Squamish
River (including tributaries).

The Squamish-Lillooet Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (SLSFAC) and Department
of Fisheries and Oceans staff have noted low returns of chum salmon to these
systems to date. The SLSFAC recommended that the retention of chum be set to
zero.

Current Salmon Retention opportunities include:

Until December 31, 2008 you can retain one (1) hatchery marked coho in:
the Cheakamus River,
the Mamquam River
the Squamish River downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing
approximately 1.5 km upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River.

Until December 31, 2008 you can retain two (2) chinook per day, none over 55 cm
in:
the Mamquam River (downstream of the BC rail Bridge to the confluence with the
Squamish River) and
the Squamish River downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing
approximately 1.5 km upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River).

Variation Order No. 2008-447


Notes:

The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than
kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser
River.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-
FISH. The telephone number of the Squamish DFO office is 604-892-3230.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call your local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office.





Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0839
Sent October 31, 2008 at 1330