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     Mackerel is a flourishing fish species that made its home in Iceland in the early 2000’s (MSC, 2017). An article posted on October 31, 2017 by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) stated that Iceland is the latest country to obtain MSC certification as a sustainabley managed mackerel fishery. Assessments by the independent certifiers SAI Global were conducted to ensure sustainability in the fishery. Mackerel continues to increase in popularity, and in 2016 the total catch in Iceland was 170,516 tonnes (MSC, 2017).

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      In 2011 the mining and exploration company 266531 B.C. Ltd proposed new quarry development in the Fraser Valley. Today, the quarry proposal remains a heated debate with no agreement in sight (Britten, 2017). The provincial government and local municipalities in the region are the main opposing actors. Metro Vancouver staff and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) strongly oppose development citing environmental and recreational concerns.

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