Animals

Who Will Save the Right Whale?

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Thompson River Steelhead

Thompson River Steelhead: Change the NRM or Lose Them

 

The Risk For Northern right whales: Is Any Species Safe from Humans?

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In recent months, there have been a substantial amount of deaths revolving around the population of Northern right whales in Canada. A recent study of the population concluded that this past season has been the worst for right whales in almost 80 years, resulting in the death of approximately 2% of their population (Whittle, 2017).

Loss of a British Columbian “Icon”

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The article that was chosen for this post is titled “'Extremely close to being gone forever': B.C. fisheries manager says feds failing Interior steelhead” written by Ash Kelly on November 6th, 2017. The province of B.C. has had falling numbers of their “iconic” fish, the Thompson River Steelhead. The article outlines that current management practices designed to regulate the commercial salmon industry is failing the Thompson steelhead as the species is experiencing low population numbers. According to Kelly, there has only been 240 fish found in the Thompson watershed this year thus far.

Lake St. Clair Beach Closures

“Welcome to Lake St. Clair, Where Water Pollution and Beach Closures Remain Unresolved” by Keith Matheny is an article written to inform Detroit citizens about why the beaches of Lake St. Clair are annually closed due to pollutant contamination and high E. coli levels. The counties that exist around the lake have been transformed from permeable farmland to impermeable residential communities over the last several decades. This change in the area’s water infiltration ability has caused an increase in the amount of stormwater runoff that is being diverted into Lake St. Clair.

Canadian Seal Hunting: ban it or protect it?

Seal hunting in Canada dates back over hundreds of years, but only more recently in the mid-20th century has it become extremely controversial. In the National Geographic article ‘Demand For Seal Products Has Fallen – So Why Do Canadians Keep Hunting?’ the author looks at the past and current status of the Canadian sealing industry and its uncertain future.

Drowning: Canada's Fishing Industry and Adaptive Management as a Life Raft

With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s fishing industry has long been a source of food, culture and jobs for the country, with approximately 600 communities economically dependent on the industry (Johnson, 2016). However, current data is pointing to a major collapse in as many as 15 major stocks, and according to the Environment and Sustainable Development commissioner – Julie Gelfand – 12 of these stocks have no government mitigation plans in place (Johnson, 2016).

The Continued Decline of BC Salmon Fisheries: An Issue Wrought with Uncertainty

Salmon fisheries in BC have been under significant threat. This issues, as stated by Alex Pennock in the article “Fish tales: the Collapse of BC’s Wild Salmon”, is one that is due to insufficient funding by the government. The article states that a policy for salmon management was created in 2005 by the DFO called “Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy”. This policy was originally thought of as a hopeful change, but was later found out to be ineffective. Salmon spawns continued to decline, and the DFO was unable to figure out why.

The crisis facing the North Atlantic right whale population.

                An article posted by CBC “16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod” addresses the most recent discovery of a small right whale found dead on an island off Cape Cod. In the past year, 16 North Atlantic right whales have been found dead along North American coastlines. With there only being 450 right whales left in the world these deaths have an enormous impact on the population. There is likely even more deaths that we are not aware of.

Blindfolded from Biodiversity

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Dams that were built on the Saskatchewan River during the 1960s and 1980s have had no environmental assessments and have caused difficulties for biodiversity in the river and consequently, the indigenous way of life around the river. This is being discussed in the media because their licences are being renewed which would increase and aggravate the already existing issues. The purpose of this article was to explain the political actors around the issue of relicensing the E.B. Campbell and Nipawin dams. There are quite a few actors involved in the situation: