SCCA News

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.

The SCCA has helped protect 36,825 hectares of Mountain Goat Winter Range in the Sunshine Coast Forest District from logging. An order was issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in May 2012. You can download a map of these lands from the Ministry's website. (The illustration at right is a detail from the map.)

The SCCA became aware in 1999 that a large number of logging approvals had been granted in many of our region's goat winter ranges. These are areas that provide food and shelter for goats under all winter conditions. A complaint was filed with the Forest Practices Board. Their finding in 2002 was that the Ministry of Forest had been unreasonable and that logging plans had been inappropriately approved.

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The SCCA is proud to announce that the John Hind-Smith Environmental Award, recognizing an outstanding environmentalist, was presented to Eagle Walz on May 15, 2012. (Walz is pictured above holding the award, next to SCCA Chair Jason Herz.)

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