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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 00:00

Scientists are calling it "libricide." Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved. The massacre was done quickly, with no record keeping and no attempt to preserve the material in universities. Scientists said precious collections were consigned to dumpsters, were burned or went to landfills.

Read more at The Huffington Post.


Friday, December 13, 2013 - 00:00

From the dozens of media articles that followed my column on the Cohen Commission Report this fall, you will likely know that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has not responded to the report issued Oct. 31, 2012.

What you may not know is that the entire Cohen site has been taken down as though this $26.4-million inquiry had never occurred. Some of us who follow salmon issues at the policy level have saved important documents so the commission can’t just disappear and wild salmon issues in B.C. along with it.

Find out how you can take action, and ensure the government responds to the Cohen Commission recommendations.


Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 00:00

At least one aspect of climate change makes even fish fretful.

Ocean acidification — one of the consequences of an increasing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — makes rockfish anxious, according to a newly published paper by a neuroscientist at Edmonton's MacEwan University.

"It's actually very similar to a human being anxious at a very basic fundamental level," said Trevor Hamilton. "(The fish are) afraid of any sort of stimuli that could be harmful."

"It even has potential effects on fisheries. If there are more fish that are hiding, it means that less fish may be caught in nets."

Hamilton said his next step will be to find out if fish still fret if they are exposed to a slower climb in acid levels.

Read more at huffingtonpost.ca.