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You might be thinking, "If each herring lays 20,000 eggs, what's all the fuss about protecting them? Surely there's plenty!" Unfortunately, that is not the case for pacific herring.Even in the best-case scenario, only a fraction of herring eggs survive. Herring eggs are susceptible to a variety of physical and biological dynamics such as wave action and predation. As a result, egg mortality is very high.On the Pacific coast, female herring face an even larger challenge – the herring roe fishery. The herring roe fishery targets herring BEFORE they lay their eggs which are then exported and used as a delicacy. Last year, over 11,000 tons of herring were captured for their eggs in the Strait of Georgia's herring roe fishery. Only about 10% of the catchweight is actually roe. The remaining 90% is ground up for pet food and fish farm food. Pacific herring are the foundation of the marine ecosystem, providing food for salmon, pinnipeds, whales and a large diversity of marine birds. Herring is also an important part of many First Nations' food and culture. 4 out of 5 Pacific herring fisheries have already collapsed due to population concerns. The Strait of Georgia is home to the last viable herring spawn and represents our last chance to protect the most important element of the marine ecosystem. Please send an email to Fisheries Minister Hon. Joyce Murray encouraging her to place a moratorium on the Pacific herring to allow stocks to rebuild. Contact Hon. Joyce Murray at min@dfo-mpo.gc.caVisit conservancyhornbyisland.org/herring to learn about CHI's proposed solution for Pacific herring. Illustrated by: Mia Music for CHI#BIGLittleFish #lettheherringlive #pacificherring #bcpoli ... See MoreSee Less
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It's a windy day - hopefully, the power stays on! It already went out once on Lacon, but it's back on so fingers crossed for the meeting.REMINDER: Our AGM is at 4 pm this Thursday (Nov 25th). We hope that you can join us via Zoom. zoom.us/j/96359220873?pwd=cE9ZaGN0MkIrQkE5SFhhRXRPTnB1UT09Meeting ID: 963 5922 0873Passcode: 679297Or telephone:One tap mobile+14388097799,,96359220873#,,,,*679297# Canada+15873281099,,96359220873#,,,,*679297# CanadaDial by your location +1 778 907 2071 Canada (Vancouver)Meeting ID: 963 5922 0873Passcode: 679297Find your local number: zoom ... See MoreSee Less
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𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐅𝐈𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐘 𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐂𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓:The 2021/2022 Food and Bait and Special Use herring fisheries that were scheduled to open today, November 20th, have been DELAYED. The November 20th opening was already a delayed start to the normal opening of November 7th. Could this mean that the new Fisheries Minister, Honourable Joyce Murray, is actually listening to the concerns of several First Nations, over 170,000 petition signers, endless letters from concerned community members, and over 65 environmental organizations and scientists who are calling for a moratorium on the herring fishery?Now is the time to make your voice heard. Pacific herring are the backbone of the marine ecosystem and the Strait of Georgia is home to the last viable herring spawn. CHI is proposing the government implement a Herring Recovery Plan that will place a moratorium on herring fishing on the bc coast until stocks have rebuilt and provide $100,000,000 to:𝟏. Assist First Nations to rebuild the stocks𝟐. Buy back herring commercial fishing licences𝟑. Support fishermen with retraining programs𝟒. Support fishing communities𝟓. Conduct independent science𝟔. Support small-scale local Industries that may develop markets to use herring for human food. I.e move from a low-value high-volume fishery to a high-value low-volume fishery. Your voice matters. Please join us in writing a letter to encourage Joyce Murray to protect #pacificherring by placing a moratorium on the Pacific herring fishery and implementing the Herring Recovery Plan. To read our recent letter to DFO click here: bit.ly/3kS5zkw.𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭:MP Joyce Murray, Minister, Fisheries and Oceans CanadaHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 1.888.816.4446MP Gord Johns, NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Coast GuardHouse of Commons, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0A6Gord.Johns@parl.gc.ca (250) 947-2140#BCpoli #lettheherringlive #BIGLittleFish ... See MoreSee Less
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Lovely illustration with an important message!Pacific herring are the foundation of the entire marine ecosystem. Just like us humans, young herring rely on their elders for knowledge. Generations of herring populations travel together and return to the same spawning areas every year. Older herring pass on important hereditary knowledge, like where to spawn, to juvenile herring so that they can continue the life cycle. This transfer of knowledge is disrupted when older herring are unnaturally removed from the group through mismanagement of the commercial herring roe fishery. In this fishery, the largest fish, which are the oldest, are caught for their roe - the rest of the catch are ground up for fish farm and pet food. The removal of the older herring who hold important information for the young fish could explain why herring no longer return to historic herring spawning locations – they have simply forgotten where to go. The Georgia Strait is home to the last remaining Pacific herring spawn on the coast. Visit the conservancyhornbyisland.org/herring to learn more about how you can help protect this important species. Illustrated by: Mia Music for CHI#lettheherringlive #herringfacts #BIGlittlefish #pacificherring ... See MoreSee Less
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Dennis Forsyth on the Gravelly Bay hotspot. Lovely photos and great commentary as usual! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's an unsustainable practice that shouldn't happen anywhere. This practice also contributes to climate change as it releases millions of tonnes of seabed carbon annually.Bottom trawling causes large amounts of bycatch and habitat destruction as everything that happens to be in the way gets swept up in a net dragged on the seafloor.It does not belong in our marine protected areas!cpawsbc.org/bc-ocean-conservation-dragging-behind/#MPAmonitor #MarineProtectedAreas #BottomTrawling #conservation #BCcoast ... See MoreSee Less
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