Today at around 1:20pm there will be a very low tide. It will be a great opportunity to get some pictures of Baynes Sound beaches and show why we need to protect it. Feel free to send some pictures with description of location to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them on the blog.
Thanks and see you out there!
Observe, Record and Report (ORR)
Help to protect our Fisheries Resource
1-800-465-4336 or in Greater Vancouver: 604-607-4186
An important goal of enforcement is the prevention of violations before damage is done. The watchful eyes of everyone can provide a strong deterrent to potential violators and stop offences before they happen.
Some common violations are:
- exceeding the daily limit
- fishing in a closed area
- using illegal gear
- damage to fish habitat and pollution
Carry a pencil and record your observations
- Date, time and location (e.g.: nearest town, fishing location)
- Identity or description of violators (e.g.: height, weight, hair colour)
- Boat or vehicle description (e.g.: licence, colour, make)
- Evidence at the scene
- Action of violator(s)
Violations should be reported as soon as possible to:
DFO ORR phone line
(in Greater Vancouver)
The provincial Ministry of Environment has established a toll-free hotline, Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP), which allows you to report known or suspected poachers and polluters.
For any fish, wildlife or environmental offences in non-marine areas, please call:
Provincial RAPP line
The British Columbia Wildlife Federation offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to charges being laid against a person harming fish and wildlife and their habitat, as well as to private property belonging to mining, forestry, farmers and ranchers or other private concerns. Call the RAPP line.
For information, consult the BC Wildlife Federation’s Wilderness Watch Program, or contact the Federation:
BC Wildlife Federation
Have you seen any whales lately? Find out why the BC Cetacean Sightings Network wants to know!
Join us for a multi-media presentation by Caitlin Birdsall on the whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles that inhabit BC waters sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium Cetacean Research Lab. Discover which species are most commonly spotted around Vancouver Island, their unique natural histories, the threats they face, and how coastal citizens can participate in stewardship and research through the Sightings Network.
Expressing my concern by pictures. Aquaculture has been growing in Baynes Sound. Only 10 per cent is left for nature and recreation, free from aquaculture tenures. However right now applications for shellfish operations are being applied for between Gartley Point and Union Bay, in the face of Comox Valley residents and adjacent to the Courtenay Estuary. Sandy Island and Henry Bay, in the Marine Park, may not be protected now either.
This video is a plead for action to preserve the last 10 per cent of Baynes Sound for recreation and nature. A green space/buffer zone for people to relax and aquatic creature to live in harmony, apart from the aquaculture industry.
News Flash! Industrial Aquaculture 40 Raft Tenure Site is being installed at Henry Bay in Breach of Marine Conservation Waters (W1).
The derelict sailboat at the Argyle public access in Union Bay is now gone, thanks to the efforts of some very dedicated volunteers from the Craigdarroch subdivision under the leadership of Bill Lane of WJL Enterprises Inc. and Mike Dimery of Dim’s Bins on Sunday, April 21st. Volunteers were treated to a BBQ on the beach in appreciation of their hard work to get the abandoned sailboat from leaching into Baynes Sound and for removing an eyesore and hazard from the beach which many residents use for kayaking and boating.
|Sea cucumbers dropped from two Baynes Sound aquaculture applications
By Comox Valley Record
Published: April 01, 2013 01:00 PM
Updated: April 01, 2013 01:471 PM
Two large and controversial aquaculture applications for sea cucumbers in the Baynes Sound area have been resubmitted — minus the sea cucumbers.
“The previous application for sea cucumbers was not accepted by DFO (federal Department of Oceans and Fisheries) and Ministry of Lands (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, FLNRO),” says applicant Dan Bowen.
Nearly a year ago, Bowen co-applied for a sea cucumber licence and land tenure for an area 155 hectares in size, stretching from south Royston to north Union Bay. The area is sub-tidal, meaning it’s underwater at all times.
Joey Tarnowski is a co-applicant for a 107-hectare application for tenure — which was also sub-tidal and stretched from just south of Union Point in Union Bay to about 300 metres north of the Buckley Bay ferry terminal. His application to grow sea cucumbers was also stopped in its tracks.
When the applications surfaced last year, there was some public outcry, such as from the Friends of Baynes Sound, and some public support, such as Project Watershed’s support for the proposed research phase of the application.
Both applications were resubmitted with the same size and location for tenure, but with aquaculture licencing for scallops, cockles and oysters instead of sea cucumbers.
“We were a bit ahead of our time with regard to this concept (of growing sea cucumbers),” explains Bowen of his application. “The DFO was not up to speed with that type of application and so they had to go back to their policy and look at it.”
FLNRO’s Kathy Evans confirms DFO is developing a revised management approach for sea cucumbers and expects the work to completed in 2014.
“The work will consider a number of factors, including science advice, DFO and Government of Canada policies and priorities, as well as socio-economic and environmental considerations,” says Evans. “The approach will also be informed by discussions with First Nations, industry, stakeholders and provincial agencies responsible for aquaculture.
“Until this work is complete, DFO will not be considering new or amendment licence applications for sea cucumber aquaculture under the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations.”
According to a media spokesperson for DFO, a project review team with representatives from Transport Canada, the Province and DFO staff will be reviewing the new applications from Bowen and Tarnowski shortly to decide if they will be formally accepted for detailed review. Until the applications are reviewed by the review team, DFO can’t comment because it doesn’t yet have information on the applications.
Tarnowski says his application features only bottom-growing species.
“There’ll be no raft, no buoys, no nothing — you won’t be able to see anything,” he says. “There’ll be no interruption to people that are using the water above it.”
Both applicants say they hope to revisit the idea of growing sea cucumbers once DFO develops a management approach for them, and Bowen in particular still hopes to conduct research on them.
“We’re still hopeful that some progress will be made in the next year or two,” says Bowen, adding environmental degradation in Baynes Sound could be improved by growing sea cucumbers.
“We have the ability to restore the bottom of the ocean to what it was hopefully, years ago, and mitigate some of the environmental damage done.
“This is certainly is a chance to make things better, you know, that was part of our philosophy and we believed that from Day One.”
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Check out the Open House at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station in Bowser on Saturday, March 30
Check out link below:
Did anyone wonder what the two boats with divers were doing on
Tuesday, March 12th? Apparently the two skiffs (one is seen here in
the photo) with divers were surveying herring spawn for industry &
DFO. They are based off the seine boat, Viking Spirit. The two skiffs
that you observed with divers are surveying herring spawn for industry
& DFO. They are based off the seine boat, Viking Spirit. The Ocean
Cloud is a second herring survey charter vessel with two skiffs.
Both vessels & skiffs will be working between Comox & Nanaimo through April.