It’s time to stop eating endangered animals like the bluefin tuna – Science Matters

The bluefin tuna is large, fast, tasty, and rare. For those reasons, it’s highly prized by both commercial and sports fishers. The Atlantic bluefin often sells for more than $1,000 a kilogram. That’s pushed the fish even closer to the brink of extinction. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada recently recommended that the western Atlantic population of bluefin tuna be listed as endangered. The bluefin joins salmon, rockfish, sharks, loggerhead sea turtles, Atlantic cod, and many others on the list of at-risk marine species in Canada. Fishing was identified as a key factor in the decline of all these species.

BC Parks Get Shortchanged While Fees Increase

Vancouver – Last Friday, a day of the week typically reserved for announcing unpopular decisions, the BC government quietly announced fee increases for provincial parks. User fees take effect April 1 for a range of recreation activities including camping, back-country overnight hiking, mooring buoy fees as well as sani-station access. “It’s a disturbing approach: cutting park…

BC Government “Muk Muks” up

Vancouver – Environmental groups today issued a letter that puts the governments of British Columbia and Canada on legal notice that recovery strategies for 43 endangered and threatened species in BC must immediately be rewritten. The recovery strategies failed to identify known critical habitat–the habitat that species require to survive and recover. Among the numerous…

Canada finally serious about protecting killer whales

Media release from Ecojustice: After British Columbians celebrated the unexpected arrival of two newborn killer whales last week, there is another new cause for hope for BC’s imperilled killer whale populations. This week, the federal government issued an Order that will provide legal protection for the endangered species’ habitat – a stunning policy reversal after…