June 28, 2012, 2:49 pm Chasing the Sockeye Salmon Migration
Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller “Four Fish,” is blogging via satellite as he travels down the Stuyahok River with the Alaska guide and longtime outdoorsman Mark Rutherford.
BRISTOL BAY DISPATCH #1: A FUTURE COPPER AND GOLD MINE AND AN ANCIENT, UNKNOWN FISH
[...] Arctic grayling demand incredibly clean, cold water. And it’s for this reason that they have not held their ground in the Lower 48. Once upon a time they could be found in great numbers in the northerly parts of the Western states, but municipal sewage, agricultural runoff and—perhaps above all—mining have so polluted American rivers that grayling can now be found in any numbers only in Canada and Alaska. The greater Bristol Bay region of Alaska is rich in grayling, so much so that the fish is considered something of an emergency survival fish. ”You hear so many stories about people getting stuck in the bush and eating grayling,” says Rutherford, who has lived in and around Alaska wild country for the better part of 25 years. “They’re the fish that you can catch with some string and a bobby pin and a little bit of bait.”
... The Pebble Mine prospect will entail the mining and processing of 10 billion tons of ore in the most important salmonid nursery in the world.
In this video by Riley Morton, photographer Chris Jordan discusses his Midway Project; a fine art photography series documenting the tragic phenomenon of the death of the local albatross population due to excessive intake of plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Seabird stomachs show alarming plastic garbage off B.C. coast Non-food stomach content found in a northern fulmar in the UBC study. 2012/07/04
Plastic garbage floating off North America’s northwest coast has reached levels almost as bad as the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a UBC researcher.
The study — which examined stomach contents of beached northern fulmars along the coasts of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon — found similar amounts and incidents of plastic in the seabirds here to those in the North Sea.
The findings, when compared to previous similar studies, show a substantial increase in plastic pollution over the past four decades.
“Like the canary in the coal mine, northern fulmars are sentinels of plastic pollution in our oceans,” said Stephanie Avery-Gomm, the study’s lead author and a graduate student in UBC’s zoology department. “Their stomach content provides a snapshot sample of plastic pollution from a large area of the northern Pacific Ocean.
**Northern fulmars — gull-like relatives of albatrosses — forage exclusively at sea and retain ingested plastics a long time, making them ideal indicators for marine littering.
**Performing necropsies on 67 beached northern fulmars, the research group found 92.5% had plastics — such as twine, Styrofoam and candy wrappers — in their stomach. Birds had an average of 36.8 pieces in their stomachs. One had 454 pieces.
Chinook counts are looking dismal this year at the mouth of the Yukon River. Early counts suggest that this could be the latest and the smallest run on record. yukon-news.com/news/29121/
Layoffs and office closures, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans:
Today all DFO habitat protection and management staff in Canada are receiving letters that they are now red circled ie they are being affected by Bill C 38 with it's budget and habitat legislation and program cuts (ie DFO downsizing) and many will soon not have a job. Yesterday all staff in BC - Yukon were advised of this happening in a telephone call from Pacific Regional Director General Susan Farlinger. Staff were directed to not discuss this with anyone and only DFO Ottawa was allowed to comment on the issue.
132 habitat staff across Canada will be fired (laid off) in the next few months in that many will have to compete for remaining jobs. In Pacific region they now have 92 staff and that is to be reduced to 60 staff - ie 32 will be laid off ie an approx. 33% cut in staff. Also all habitat office locations in Pacific Region are to be closed down with the exception of Whitehorse, Prince Rupert, Kamloops, Vancouver and Nanaimo. That means offices such as those in Mission, Campbell River, Prince George, Nelson, Williams Lake, Smithers, Port Hardy, etc are to be shut down. If the Enbridge and the natural gas lines go across northern BC there will be no habitat staff in Prince George or Smithers, etc and the closest offices will be Prince Rupert or Kamloops. The office in Part Hardy did look after salmon farming issues.
This puts DFO back where it was in the early 1980s ie 5 offices in BC and even less staff than they had in 1983 with many giant projects such as Enbridge, gas lines, gas liquification plants, New Prosperity Gold Mine, Site C Dam on the Peace River, Panamax tankers of jet fuel up the Fraser River, Roberts Bank Port expansion, etc. now being proposed and pushed along. Never in the pasts 50 year history of habitat protection have we seen such great cuts in staff the face of upcoming massive industrial development that can and will harm habitat and our fisheries of the future.
Finally, Ottawa has given all DFO habitat staff directions to remove their name Habitat Management Program title from their organization and from their offices etc. in that they are now to be called the Fisheries Protection Program.
In summary this puts DFO back to where they were in the late s1970s in terms of habitat staff numbers in Pacific Region but with next to no legislation to protect overall habitat and a greatly reduced presence in the field where the habitat damage takes place. Their efforts will of course be distracted over the next year or more in that staff will have to compete for the surviving 60 positions and put their minds to what do can do for a living when laid off and where do they move to to get a job to support their families etc. I am told the then very low morale of the staff was destroyed by Bill C 38 and now it received its final blow and morale and willingness and direction to do their jobs can now be measured in negative quantities.
For your information I have attached the workload history and staffing of DFO Habitat in Pacific Region over the past 40 years. This was prepared for a number of uses in the past few years including the use by the Auditor General (2008) and in a BC Supreme Court Case (2011) and can now be updated again. One can now say that the Harper Government has 'right sized' the workload for the reduced number of staff! They will protect less habitat despite the incredulous claims of DFO Minister Ashfield and many Conservative MPs that DFO will provide the fishery with better focused protection. More staff - budget cuts have been outlined for 2013 and 2014.
Cheers Otto Langer
PS. All DFO habitat protection offices from Quebec to the BC - Alberta border ie Central and Arctic Region will also be drastically cut and all offices will be shut down except in Ottawa, Burlington, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Yellowknife. It is indicated that of 63 DFO offices in Canada with habitat staff (now - fisheries protection staff) most will be closed and the number of offices having 'habitat' type program staff will be reduced to 14 for a giant geographic area - ie Canada.
Army admits secretly dumping 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents, 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines, rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste into the sea. WMDs close to home
'Nuclear time bomb:' Downed K-27 submarine must be lifted out Published: 13 September, 2012, 22:13
A Soviet K-27 submarine suffered a nuclear accident before being dumped at the bottom of the Kara Sea 30 years ago. Russia may now have to lift the sub from dangerously shallow waters – before an “uncontrolled chain reaction” causes fatal damage.
“Radiation leakages will come sooner or later if we just leave the K-27 there. The sub has already been on the seafloor for 30 years, and it was rusty even before it was sunken. Leakages of radioactivity under water are nearly impossible to clean up,” Thomas Nilsen, a nuclear safety expert who has extensively mapped radioactive waste on the Arctic seabed, told RT.
Equipped with an experimental liquid-coolant nuclear engine, the K-27 was ill-fated from its launch in 1962. It made only three voyages, the last of which, in 1968, ended in tragedy.
A short way from its base in the Barents Sea, its reactor malfunctioned, and the brave but badly-trained crew made a futile attempt to fix it. Instead of solving the problem, they were exposed to fatal doses of radiation. Nine seamen died, most of them in hospital in agony from radiation sickness several days after the accident. The incident was kept secret by the Soviet government for decades, and the families of the victims received no compensation.
After repeated plans to redesign the sub, Soviet authorities decided it was easier to dispose of it, and towed the vessel to a remote test site in the Kara Sea, near the Arctic Ocean, in 1981.
Although international guidelines say decommissioned vessels should be buried at least 3,000 meters under the sea, the Soviet Navy scuttled it at around 75 meters.
Now, what was once one of the most remote places on Earth has become a hub of commercial activity, with the melting ice caps providing greater opportunities for shipping, and oil companies waiting to drill the seabed below the waves.
Earlier this year, environmental NGO Bellona claimed that the submarine may be reaching critical status, and now a joint Russian-Norwegian expedition is studying the site of the accident. It is expected to publish its findings in the coming weeks..
Unfortunately, even if the danger of the K-27 is defused, others still lurk at the bottom of the sea.
The Russian government has recently released archives showing that there are 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships contaminated ships, and 14 nuclear reactors in the Kara Sea – and most of these objects have been decaying there since the Soviet era.
Giant salmon will be first GM animal available for eating - BST 27 Jun 2010 AquaBounty, the Massachusetts company behind the GM salmon, say the fish will be sterile and therefore poses no risk to the wild.
Canadian 'Frankenfish' moves closer to FDA approval for human consumption - January 4, 2013
The AquAdvantage salmon developed at Memorial University and the University of Toronto consists of an Atlantic salmon egg that includes genes from Chinook salmon and an eel-like fish called the ocean pout.
AquaBounty Technologies is the Massachussetts-based company that produces the GM salmon Thing eggs at a farm in Prince Edward Island and rears the fish at a fish farm in Panama.
SCOTLAND’S salmon industry has been linked to the killing of more than 300 seals in 18 months, new statistics have revealed. Scots are being urged to boycott the country’s salmon business after Government data, released through Freedom of Information, has named the locations of fish farms where 346 seals were culled. Seafood companies say the culls are a necessary last resort to stop seals attacking underwater cages and snatching salmon.
International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) represents victims of crime on cruise ships, their families and friends, and individuals concerned about the problems of victimization and disappearances on cruise ships.
US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet *Top 25 Censored Stories of 2011*
US Congress passed an explicit provision guaranteeing the US military exemption from any energy reduction or measurement
An executive order signed by President Barack Obama calls for other federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined
Depleted uranium, petroleum, oil, pesticides, defoliant agents such as Agent Orange, and lead, along with vast amounts of radiation from weaponry produced, tested, and used, are just some of the pollutants with which the US military is contaminating the environment
United States is planning an enormous $15 billion military buildup on the Pacific island of Guam
Between 1946 and 1958, the US dropped more than sixty nuclear weapons on the people of the Marshall Islands
These developments will mean, among other things, the clearing of whole limestone forests and the desecration of burial sites some 3,500 years old; the restricting of access to areas rich in plants necessary for indigenous medicinal practice; the denying of access to places of worship and traditional fishing grounds; the destroying of seventy acres of thriving coral reef
The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland state last Tuesday, the US 7th Fleet said.
Fish dying without spawning | Dec 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Pink and orange are normal colors for ripe eggs inside female salmon.
But, that’s what Doug Stanger and ARMS volunteers Cliff Olson, and Joe Jurcich found this fall as they tallied spawners in Millionaire and Coho creeks, which empty into the Alouette River.
“Something’s definitely wrong,” says Olson. “What really concerns me is the eggs we found. Most of the fish hadn’t spawned (milt and eggs inside). One female’s were black. Normally, there’d be just a few eggs left in them after a week, and they’d be a light pink or orangy color, not black. I’ve never seen this before.”
In another coho, Olson said the eggs were absolutely white.
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Dec 13, 2013 18:04:49 GMT -8
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