ADIMS 2023 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023, 4 pm

ADIMS members, donors, and the general public are welcome to join us via Zoom on your computer or smart phone:

Meeting ID: 509 981 1640      |      Passcode: Aav2ik


For connecting via landline, dial by your location:

+1 778 907 2071 Canada

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ADIMS provides the residents of Denman Island a strong voice in protecting our marine environment.

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geoduck PVC tubes & anti-predator netting

Voice your concern about Intertidal Geoduck in Baynes Sound!

To provide feedback on the intertidal geoduck application put forth by Mac’s Oysters Ltd. (Crown Land File # 0278767), please click the following link and voice your concerns before February 18th:

Sign our Parliamentary Petition!


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:

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!

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Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday for our AGM. See our website for more details on how to access the Zoom meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is a shot from yesterday of the the beach debris container being loaded for transport to the ocean debris recycling depot in Cumberland where most of it will be recycled. It was filled to the brim! Debris is still being collected by boat from hard to access areas for at least a few more days. The photo is courtesy of Lisa Pierce who is leading the cleanup team still collecting debris by boat (Hornby Island Diving). Thanks to Lisa and the rest of the team for your work! ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is a short video showing the boat team who collect debris left in piles on the beach for this purpose. This debris is in areas that are not easily accessible by vehicles. The team/boat was contracted by BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA). We appreciate the team's hard work! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers at the beach cleanup event today!* CHEK news covered the event. If you wish to see their short video "Zip ties to Lighters: 20th Annual Denman Island beach cleanup a growing effort," go to the WATCH section (at the top of their website) and then select the news videos option. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update: It initially seemed that the article we attempted to share got through Meta/FB screening, but, evidently, it did not. The article was from Canada's National Observer. You have to wonder how long this ban on sharing news content will last...sigh._______________________________________________________________________A nice article on the importance of migratory bird sanctuaries, focusing on a sanctuary in Victoria Harbour, which turned 100 on October 27th. As noted in the article, the loss of once abundant herring continues to have impacts on regional bird life, and our "lack of ecological literacy" means that we are unaware of the compounding impacts of human activity on ecosystems. This makes you wonder about the compounding impacts of industrial aquaculture and the herring fishery in local waters. Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel-Hornby Island Water areas are classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The IBA includes birds that are of global, continental, or national levels of significance. ... See MoreSee Less
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The final beach cleanup event/celebration is tomorrow (Sat, Nov 4). We hope you can join us! ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder: We will have a registration table for the annual beach cleanup at the Old School Market this Saturday (Oct 28). ... See MoreSee Less
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CHEK News has a short video on the recent rally to protect Baynes Sound from shipbreaking. Still can't share news media, so if you wish to view it, visit the CHEK News website and look in the WATCH>News videos section. ... See MoreSee Less
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CHEK News has a short video on the recent rally to protect Baynes Sound from shipbreaking. Still can't share news media, so if you wish to view it, visit the CHEK News website - - and look in the video ... See MoreSee Less
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Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound (CCOBS) and supporters are holding a rally on Sunday October 22, 2023, at 11:00 am in Union Bay. The purpose is to show support for protecting Baynes Sound from Deep Water Recovery Ltd.'s (DWR) hazardous waste shipbreaking activities and draw attention to the Comox Valley Regional District's stop work injunction, which is currently awaiting a ruling from the BC Supreme Court. Please join us! For more details see below and concernedcitizensofbaynessoundorg.wordpress.comfor . ... See MoreSee Less
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The outlook isn't great for small glaciers on the island. Loss of cold runoff water into streams and rivers during the summer has implications for many species including salmon.Meta/FB still won't allow sharing, so here is a screenshot from the Comox Valley Record. It is from the Letters section. ... See MoreSee Less
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What a beautiful sea star! Thanks to The Marine Detective for sharing the photos and interesting commentary on this Thanksgiving Monday. ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is a screenshot of part three in Olivier Laurin's series on derelict boats in the Comox Valley Record. Unfortunately, the article cannot be shared and you will have to look for it in the CVR's news section. As noted in the article, since the second installment in the series, the derelict vessel on the Bayne Sound side of Denman was completely removed by the wonderful folks at Coastal Restoration (through a contract with Transport Canada). This is the vessel that was on fire in the middle of our hot/dry summer! Coastal Restoration also removed most of the derelict vessel on the eastern side of Denman (the remaining bits will also be removed). Thanks to all involved who helped make this happen! ... See MoreSee Less
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