Atlantic salmon still being caught in Skagit River – Skagit Valley Herald

Well, I guess this lays to rest the opinion that I’ve been hearing in our Marine Resources Committee from one supposed ‘expert’ from industry that said,  “don’t worry, they’ll starve to death quickly”.  If this isn’t good enough information to call for an immediate ban on all net pens in the state waters I don’t know what will be.

More than three months after being released during the collapse of a fish farm near Cypress Island, Atlantic salmon are being caught about 40 miles up the Skagit River. “Virtually every time we have done work in the river we have encountered Atlantics along the way,” Upper Skagit Indian Tribe Natural Resources Director Scott Schuyler said. Since the Aug. 20 collapse, Schuyler said Upper Skagit fishermen and fisheries crews have caught the nonnative fish in Mount Vernon, near Lyman and east of Hamilton while pursuing native salmon. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

https://www.goskagit.com/news/atlantic-salmon-still-being-caught-in-skagit-river/article_a355ba10-c8da-5b07-b2e8-11be738c7408.html

Salmon Escape From Fish Farm Puts Spotlight On The ‘Day In, Day Out Impact Of These Things’ – KUOW

Good short piece on the fish farming industry, and more fuel for the fire to shut them down.

The laws companies have to follow have to do with things like water quality and diseases. The Departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife wrote those regulations–thirty years ago. Even the agencies themselves say they’re out of date.

The agencies give companies permits, and then DNR inspects to make sure the companies are following the rules.Up till now, there weren’t many inspections.

http://kuow.org/post/salmon-escape-fish-farm-puts-spotlight-day-day-out-impact-these-things

Forage fish indicate ecosystem changes that impact orcas – King 5

Good short overview on forage fish, the key indicator species for salmon and our resident orcas. Highlights the work being done at the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Protecting the forage fish habitat is what Sound Action is involved in when they review Hydraulic Permits at the state level.

The decline of Southern Resident Killer Whales gets a lot of attention, and it’s mostly blamed on the disappearance of their favorite food: Chinook salmon.

And one group of scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking past Chinook at smaller fish that are often overlooked by headlines.

“Chinook salmon, orca, seals, birds – all of these species depend on forage fish,” Dayv Lowry said. “When they start to decline, and we start to see these indicators of poor health, now everybody really worries about them especially because so many other species rely on them.”

http://www.king5.com/tech/science/environment/forage-fish-indicate-ecosystem-changes-that-impact-orcas/495916463

 

Fish-farming company offered money for Lummi Nation’s silence about net pens, letters show | The Seattle Times

Pathetic. we need to ban fish farms now.

Cooke Aquaculture offered the Lummi Nation a premium price for the fish it caught that had escaped from Cooke pens, in exchange for keeping silent about a ban on net pen Atlantic salmon farms in Washington. The tribe called the offer “insulting.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/fish-farming-company-offered-money-for-lummi-nations-silence-about-net-pens-letters-show/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=8fa0c0570a-Morning_Brief_10_12_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-8fa0c0570a-121946289

Video of Net Pen Protest Last Week.

Filmmaker John Gussman’s short overview from South of Bainbridge Island in Rich Passage.

https://vimeo.com/234434746

Nonprofit to use new funding to try to find reason steelhead die near Hood Canal Bridge

This is great news. It’s about time that this was investigated. As I’ve mentioned here before, I first encountered this in an interview I did with an old fisherman back in 2010. I found it interesting but hard to believe. Well, here you go.

SHINE — A Seattle nonprofit that works to restore wild salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest has received a $750,000 appropriation to help determine why steelhead are dying near the Hood Canal Bridge.

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/nonprofit-to-use-new-funding-to-try-to-find-reason-steelhead-die-near-hood-canal-bridge/

Canadian environmental activist and documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich found dead

The incredible short life of Twyla Roscovich has ended in Campbell River, B.C. Twyla was the documentary filmmaker who worked with biologist/activist Alex Morton to create the documentary “Salmon Confidential”.

 

The post on Facebook said that foul play was not suspected at this time. Twyla went missing last week, as she headed down island to see medical specialists. Her car was found at the Quadra Island Ferry parking lot in Campbell River.

Twyla leaves a four year old daughter who was with her father at the time of Twyla’s disappearance. A Go Fund me site was created to help fund future educational needs of her daughter. This is the link to it.

You can support the legacy of Twyla by watching her movies, sharing them and never eating farmed salmon. It’s time to end this destructive industry forever. It is destroying salmon runs around the world, both here and in South America, Norway, Scotland and other places, along with pouring millions of gallons of anti-biotics into the sea. Just say no to farmed fish. Always ask your wait person whether the salmon they are serving is wild or farmed. They will know.

Resist propaganda by the fish farming industry and the aquaculture industry (who is fighting any regulations on aquaculture, even though it’s not shellfish). Paid spokespeople for the industry attend Marine Resource Committee meetings  in the north Sound as part of the mix of shoreline industries with a stake in making our waters clean. The industry does much good work in helping pass laws that protect our waters, as they are major employers in our rural counties.  I am not here to damn them entirely. But I have been the target, and have listened to their people denounce Alex Morton and her work, along with politicians that oppose them, such as ex-Commissioner Phil Johnson. They come on as bullies, talking over and down to anyone who questions them, but just remember that if they weren’t being paid by their industry, they wouldn’t likely bother to show up. Just tune them out, and challenge them when they attack anyone who tries to regulate or discuss regulating the farmed fish industry. It’s just fake news.

We call on Governor Inslee and the State House and Senate to watch this film and take action to permanently ban all future in water fish farms in Washington waters. There is new technology available to put fish farms in tanks on land. That should be the way forward.

I am crushed to hear of this woman’s death. She was dedicating her life to create a better world for herself, her daughter and the rest of us, especially those in British Columbia. We are all lessened by her passing. Go in peace, Twyla Roscovich.

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