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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Thanks again to everyone who helped support our parliamentary e-petition. Special thanks to our friends and collaborators at Conservancy Hornby Island and to Gord Johns for Courtenay-Alberni who supported the petition and recently read it in the House. We expect a response from DFO within 45 days. ... See MoreSee Less
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This looks like a great podcast series.“Not every victim has a voice. Off the coast of B.C.’s Vancouver Island, wild salmon started dying by the millions 20 years ago. No one could figure out why. But one scientist uncovered evidence that part of the blame could be found under the water of the fish farms — and exposed industrial farming of Atlantic salmon in the waters of Pacific salmon."The Salmon People podcast is a co-production between journalist Sandra Bartlett and Canada's National ... See MoreSee Less
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𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐟𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭. If you haven't already done so, please sign the parliamentary e-petition, so we can demonstrate strong support for stopping aquaculture expansion in Baynes Sound / Lambert Channel: Remember to respond to the petition confirmation email or your signature won’t count. Petition progress update: As of mid-August, we have 602 signatures! Thanks to everyone who signed!!The herring spawn that occurs annually around Denman and Hornby Island are part of the last remaining major herring stock on the Pacific coast of Canada. Where there were once five, there is now only one left, and it occurs in these waters.CHI and the Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards are calling on everyone who cares about the health of our oceans and wildlife to sign a petition to halt the expansion of shellfish aquaculture in important herring rearing and spawning grounds in Lambert Channel and Baynes Sound. On Denman Island, with so much shellfish aquaculture on our shores, herring habitats are threatened as the industry continues to expand and intensify in areas the herring need for spawning and as nursery areas to grow safely after hatching.In Baynes Sound, a proposed doubling in oyster stock could reduce the planktonic food supply for those tiny herring by as much as 50%. In Lambert Channel, proposed subtidal geoduck aquaculture tenures would install facilities within vital herring spawning grounds that are the site of 38% of all herring spawning on the coast. This would degrade herring habitat and threaten the survival of the entire stock, as well as the marine ecosystem that relies on herring to feed the larger fish, seals, sea lions, and whales.There is currently no integrated plan and insufficient regulation/enforcement of the conditions of license in critical herring habitat. ADIMS is allied with CHI in campaigning for a moratorium on the commercial herring fishery and supports a herring restoration plan that includes financial and practical help for fishers to transition away from reliance on this threatened stock. The petition is open until August 31. With more signatures, there is more pressure on the government to listen to these concerns. You can learn more and sign the petition here: #protectpacificherring #lettheherringlive ... See MoreSee Less
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Nice commentary on the ecological importance of herring and a beautiful photo cormorants.The herring spawn that occurs every year off the coast of Hornby Island is an important source of food for several species - but did you know that it is also a feast for several kinds of birds as well?Every year, the spawn attracts thousands of birds such as auklets, guillemots, gulls, various duck species, and cormorants. Here are a group of cormorants hanging out on a rock after diving for herring. These birds are particularly good at fishing with a big appetite for herring. They travel quickly through the water with their webbed feet, and use their wings as rudders. The long beak has a small hook to it, making it easy and efficient to capture fish. The dwindling pacific herring population impacts several species, such as the birds who feed on them. To learn more about the importance of these fish and how to protect them, visit our website:📸 : Don Peterson#BCnature #BCbirds #Cormorants #wildlifephotography #protectpacificherring ... See MoreSee Less
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