Caught between the devil & the deep blue sea

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21. November 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Lullabies

lullabies

13. November 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Gooseneck Barnacles

A short feature via CBC’s The National on the comeback of gooseneck barnacles as a sustainable microfishery.

The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program (Canada’s version of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch) is monitoring the gooseneck barnacle fishery, stating

The gooseneck barnacle (Pollicipes polymerus) is an edible crustacean found in the intertidal zone along the west coast of North America. The only fishery in North America for this species occurs off the westcoast of Vancouver Island in Clayoquot Sound. At present, all fishers are members of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and barnacles are gathered entirely by hand.

Quotas are set on a site-specific basis, based on information derived from three independent stock assessment techniques. At present, the fishery is very small, with only four groups of 2-3 individuals each collecting barnacles from the 48 designated harvest rocks. Proper training is provided for all new fishers and all landings are re-counted at specific dock sites.

For more information on the gooseneck barnacle fishery in Clayoquot Sound, visit the Ocean Wise website here.

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12. November 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Video: Lobster Luke

Diving for spiny lobster. From a kayak. At night. I’m ok with the first two of those, but the third? No way. Not for me.

It’s a wonder how that kayak stays afloat carrying the dude’s…testicular fortitude

Enjoy the lobster, Luke. You earned ’em.

12. November 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Video: Xboundary

This has been making its rounds through the interwebz of late, courtesy of Salmon Beyond Borders.

Web: salmonbeyondborders.orgTwitter: @salmonnoborders

From the Xboundary video description:

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines–at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska–has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the Aug 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mt. Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed.

Enjoy Xboundary below.

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22. February 2015 by Mat Trevors
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The Friday Music Post: DFA 1979

This track from DFA 1979 pretty much rocks. Turn the volume to “Whoa!” and enjoy.

Have a great weekend. Be good to each other.

– MT

30. January 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost

Chad Brealey of the series Salt, Fresh & Field (Twitter: @saltfreshfield) released four video shorts called Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost yesterday, all shot here on Vancouver Island.

Featuring duck hunting, steelhead fishing, mushroom foraging and sea salt production, the four videos take you inside the minds of folks who’ve taken the plunge into the deep end of their passions – and there’s delicious food involved in each episode. They’re definitely worth checking out.

I’ve been a fan of the Salt, Fresh & Field project since I was first aware of it a few years back, and was excited to discover the series received the necessary support to go ahead last year – you can watch the first three episodes at the Salt, Fresh & Field website here.

Chad was one of the folks who, via Twitter, Instagram & email, gave me virtual high-fives upon my arrival on Vancouver Island; he also sent some primo steelhead fishing beta that I will take with me to the grave. I hope to someday repay the favour.

Enjoy the four Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost shorts below.

Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost: Salt

Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost: Mallard

Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost: Mushroom

Salt, Fresh & Field Outpost: Steelhead

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30. January 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Video: The Coast

I don’t surf, nor am I inclined to ever attempt to surf, but I admit it’s sometimes damn cool to watch – especially in the video below.

The Coast is a six-minute video short with great cinematography and great images – definitely more “the ocean is awesome” than “gnarly wave, dude!”

Check out The Coast below.

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13. January 2015 by Mat Trevors
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Trailer: The Unknown Sea

Enjoy the trailer for The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish.

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Visit the webpage for The Unknown Sea here.

22. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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Salish Sea & salmon not glowing

A good article in the Coast Reporter on testing for radioactivity associated with the Fukushima leak in the Salish Sea:

As the first batches of seawater samples collected by citizen scientists along the B.C. coast are being analyzed in Victoria, the results of radiation testing on 19 sockeye salmon and steelhead samples have come back negative for Fukushima-related contamination. And tests conducted so far this year on water samples from Prince Rupert to Victoria have also found B.C.’s inshore waters to be Fukushima-free.

 

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“We weren’t able to detect cesium-134 which is the signature of Fukushima (due to its two-year half-life), but when we added all the signals together we did see some cesium-137, which is left over from nuclear weapons testing,” project leader Jay Cullen, a chemical oceanographer at the University of Victoria, said in an interview last week.

 

The residual amount of cesium-137 present in B.C. fish from weapons testing fallout in the 20th century is not considered a health risk to consumers, according to Health Canada.

The article goes on to cover a little bit of the stuff I hold near & dear to my heart: unnecessary fear-mongering by idiots (my term, not the newspapers):

The negative test results don’t convince everyone, however.

 

“I get emails from people saying that all of the organisms are gone from our Pacific waters, and it’s from Fukushima-related activity.”

 

Cullen said he understands people’s fears about radioactivity, and acknowledged it’s “clear that there are changes happening in our ocean ecosystem.” But the “insults to our environment” that appear to be stressing marine organisms, he said, are factors such as overfishing, ocean acidification, industrial pollutants and invasive species.

 

“As a scientist, I look for evidence, and we don’t see radionuclides from Fukushima in the evidence. I get accused of saying everything’s fine, and that’s not what I’m saying at all. The oceans are not in tip-top shape.”

 

The problem with “individuals who for whatever reasons are convinced that Fukushima is killing our oceans,” he said, is that it distracts from actions that can be taken to address provable harms to B.C.’s marine environment.

For the full article via the Coast Reporter, click here.

19. December 2014 by Mat Trevors
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