SCCA News

The 2013 Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA) Calendar make a great Christmas present! Alan Sirulnikoff, Allan Forest, Frank Thorburn, Don Klan and Carl Olsen were chosen by a jury to showcase their breathtaking images this year to celebrate the Beauty and Biodiversity of the Coast.

The funds raised by the calendar sales help SCCA preserve the biodiversity of the Coast.

Calendars are on sale for $20 in Gibsons at Gaia's Fair Trade, Seaweeds and Coast Books, in Sechelt at Fresh From the Coast, 420 HempShop, Art Works Touring and Framing, Reflections Bath & Bedroom, the Fish Store and the Visitor's Centre and in Pender Harbour at the Copper Sky Gallery and The Flying Anvil Shop.

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Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes

A new educational presentation about the need for conservation of forested ecosystems in the greater Sunshine Coast region is now up and running. The presentation is about determining how much land needs to be protected and where this protection needs to be applied. Click on the “Biodiversity” tab under the “HANP” heading on the left-side panel.

This presentation, funded by the Mountain Equipment Co-op, is part of the educational component of our Habitat Area Nomination Project (HANP). We’ve put a lot of effort into illustrating the concepts of general biodiversity protection with short texts, stunning photos and a variety of specialized maps. It’s multi-layered so you don’t have to view everything all at once. It’s also linked to the Fisheries Sensitive Watershed section of the website. We’ll probably be adding layers to this program as time and circumstance allow.

The purpose of our effort is to inform and empower people to pursue biodiversity protection in whichever circumstance they find appropriate. Most of all, we hope you enjoy the show!

 

On July 27, 2012, eighteen representatives of groups concerned about fisheries and watersheds in the Squamish and Vancouver area (eg. Ecojustice, Watershed Watch, Squamish First Nations, local watershed council, stream keepers) met with MPs John Weston (West Vancouver-Squamish) and Randy Kamp (Maple Ridge and Secretary to DFO Minister Ashfield) regarding changes in the Fisheries Act as driven by Bill C 38 which received Royal Assent on June 29th, 2012.

Otto Langer, a Fishers Biologist and Aquatic Ecologist, took notes of this meeting which he has made available to all interested Canadians.  (Note that the SCCA has made minor typographical edits.)

The Harper government has radically altered the habitat provisions of the Fisheries Act via Bill C 38, without public consultation.

 

Thanks to grant funding from the Vancouver Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Patagonia Environment Fund and Sunshine Coast donors, the SCCA has compiled historical fisheries data for key watersheds in the Sunshine Coast Forest District, and published them on this website.

The SCCA is asking the province to designate Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds in these areas to ensure that forestry activities do not compromise fisheries.

Salmon fisheries have been radically degraded by poorly regulated land uses, but we believe that they are still recoverable, and that the benefits to society and the environment would be enormous.