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"Revolutionary advances are being made in the study of salmon" according to Brian Riddell, President of the non-profit Pacific Salmon Foundation, when he spoke at the Cedars Inn in Gibsons on March 25.

The most recent and exciting scientific initiatives involve smolt tagging and genomics. 

Smolt Tagging

Smolt tagging research is currently underway. Very tiny auditory tags have been developed. These auditory biological markers will show the linkage between microbes and host immunity of smolts en route to the ocean. The marked smolts can also be tracked throughout the Strait of Georgia by sensors on underwater cables laid at both ends of the Strait. The University of Victoria announced on March 25 that they will soon be laying a second cable north of Campbell River.

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Twelve years ago an ocean wonder was discovered off the coast of Vancouver that stunned and amazed marine biologists and conservationists – a reef made entirely of glass sponges. On October 15th and 16th, the public will have a once in a lifetime chance to explore the ancient glass sponge reefs on a submarine expedition hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) in association with Nuytco Research Ltd.

To build awareness about protecting these world wonders, CPAWS-BC is holding a contest for a chance to win a seat aboard the submarine.

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In 2012 the Harper government passed legislation that drastically changes the federal Fisheries Act. The SCCA has received the following summary of how the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is advancing the New Sect 35 of the Fisheries Act.

The Sea to Sky Fisheries Roundtable has been pulling together people concerned about salmon and habitat issues, organizing meetings between concerned citizens and MP John Weston, and following up with local media to make sure the issues get covered.

For more information on Fisheries issues, visit the Watershed Watch Salmon Society website.

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Dianne Sanford of the Seagrass Conservation Working Group is mapping eelgrass beds sin the Gibsons harbour area. The map, which will include GPS coordinates, is a key tool in preserving these important spawning areas. See 91.7 Coast FM news story.

The Seagrass Conservation Working Group is a consortium of conservation groups, scientists, consultants, and public agencies working together to protect and conserve seagrass meadows.


Ramona Lake

The proposed Narrows Inlet Power Project involves three lakes and four tributary watercourses at the head of Narrows Inlet in the Tzoonie River valley, which has significant wild salmon values.

Here are a few of the areas of concern identified by the SCCA:

  1. The lakes will be lowered up to 45 metres on an ongoing basis to generate power. As seen with the Tyson Lake siltation release, this has the potential to cause significant impacts to salmon and trout in the Tzoonie River and beyond.
  2. Two of the three lakes will be raised up to 5 meters causing flooding of the surrounding shoreline habitat.

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