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ADIMS has started an e-petition, which asks the government to postpone any further shellfish aquaculture expansion into herring spawning and rearing habitat and to develop a co-management plan with First Nations in Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel.

We need at least 500 signatures to have the petition presented to the House of Commons by MP Gord Johns. After a petition is presented, the government must respond within 45 days. We hope to have many petition signatures to show support for our concerns about the long-term impacts of this industry on herring.

Here is a link to the e-petition:

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3965

Call for a Moratorium on the Herring Fishery, Dorrie Woodward

Dorrie Woodward for Assn for Denman Island Marine Stewards

Thank you Denise McKean for organizing this letter writing effort!

In early March, Denman and Hornby Islands will be at the centre of a marvellous marine Serengeti.

The Georgia Strait herring stock will be spawning around our islands and thousands of sea birds, seals, eagles, salmon, sea lions, and even whales will gather to feast on herring before they themselves go on to reproduce and raise their young later in spring.

Baynes Sound is a precious herring rearing ground for hatchlings and Lambert Channel is one of the most important, consistently used spawning grounds ever recorded on the Pacific coast. Priceless.

This herring stock gives food security to thousands of marine creatures, including marine birds, as well  as to many First Nations communities for thousands of years in the past.

It is also the last commercially harvest-able stock in BC. Once there were five major and two minor herring stocks which were commercially harvested, but no more. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, DFO, which manages this fishery, has used the same management regime since 1983, which on paper seems conservative and precautionary but in practice has resulted in immense harm. Herring stocks have dwindled and not recovered with tragic consequences for the wild and human populations which rely on their flesh and eggs.

DFO says that this Georgia Strait stock is in good shape, and plans to open the fishery for commercial harvest, and to allow the industry to take 20% of the estimated biomass. This is their conservative approach/chronic mismanagement that got us down to one remaining stock.

This is why the First Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Central Coast, North Coast and on Haida Gwaii have taken legal steps to stop DFO and protect what’s left of their herring stocks. This is why ADIMS and other groups including Hornby Conservancy and Pacific Wild have joined the WSANEC Tribal Leadership Council in calling for a Moratorium on the Georgia Strait herring fishery.

In an ocean struggling with climate change, and with the catastrophic loss of herring stocks,we are demanding DFO put a Moratorium in place. Fishers must be fairly compensated, however the risk of stock collapse is too high to maintain business as usual.

Add your voice to ours and write DFO Minister Bernadette Jordan on behalf of the herring.  Let the Herring Live!

For more information:

https://pacificwild.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Top-Ten-Arguments-against-the-Strait-of-Georgia-herring-fishery.pdf

https://pacificwild.org/biglittlefish/

https://www.conservancyhornbyisland.org/


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Update on our e-petition: petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3965Thanks to everyone who signed and shared our parliamentary e-petition asking the government to postpone any further shellfish aquaculture expansion into herring spawning and rearing habitat and to develop a co-management plan with First Nations in Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel. We are grateful for your support!After one week, we currently have 167 signatures toward the requirement of at least 500 signatures. If you have not already signed the petition, please consider doing so! For those who have already liked and shared, if you can think of other individuals or groups that may support this cause, please share with them! petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3965Conservancy Hornby IslandLocky MacLeanGord Johns for Courtenay-Alberni ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is an update on shipbreaking activities in Baynes Sound. Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound - CCOBS is hosting a town hall at the Union Bay Community Centre on May 29, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the hazards of shipbreaking both to the environment and public health and safety. ... See MoreSee Less
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DFO's announcement is encouraging and, hopefully, they effectively follow through with this.Great news from Fisheries and Oceans Canada!Under the Fish Stocks provisions, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is required to develop and implement rebuilding plans for the following depleted stocks within the next 24-36 months: Atlantic cod (3 stocks), Atlantic herring, Chinook salmon (2 stocks), Coho salmon, Pacific Herring, American Plaice, Winter flounder, and White hake.Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray announced the coming into force of additional regulatory changes that aim to rebuild vulnerable fish stocks.The Fish Stocks provisions are now in force under the Fisheries Act. This places binding obligations on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to manage certain fish stocks sustainably, and to put rebuilding plans in place when stocks become depleted; requirements are also now in place to ensure that rebuilding plans are developed in a timely and consistent manner.Read more here: www.newswire.ca/news-releases/government-of-canada-takes-critical-step-to-rebuilding-fish-stocks-...#BIGlittlefish #lettheherringlive #protectpacificherring📸: Luke Barber ... See MoreSee Less
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If you have not already done so, please send a letter to Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray and sign the Change.org petition.The summer SPECIAL USE herring fishery has just been announced to open from 00:01 May 1st until 23:59 hours on November 6, 2022. After a disastrous spring herring ROE fishery in March where the commercial seine and roe fisheries were only able to catch half of their already reduced quota, the news of the Special Use fishery moving forward to extract what little herring may be left is harrowing. We invite you all to join us in calling on Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray to implement Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM) as recommended by its own fisheries management policy. The current fishery is a travesty and does not consider the needs of other marine species or social and cultural values.Here are some important points to include in your letter or email: 𝟭. 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 - 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭, 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽). 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗩𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱. 𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝘅𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗮. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗶𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝟯𝟴 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝟯𝟬 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀. (From the Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards) 𝟮. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀' 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗯.𝟯. 𝗗𝗙𝗢'𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪̱𝗦Á𝗡𝗘Ć 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽𝘀. 𝟰. 𝗔 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱.📬 Send your letter to Minister Joyce Murray to:The Honourable Joyce MurrayMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard200 Kent StreetStation 15N100Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6(Note postage is free to federal ministers)OR 📧 email: min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca📣TAKE ACTION NOW📣📝 Sign our Petition at bit.ly/saynotoroe#lettheherringlive #BIGlittlefish #sayNOtoROE #ProtectpacificherringPhoto by: Sam Rose Phillips ... See MoreSee Less
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