Friends Of Baynes Sound Society

Also find us at fobss.ca Email: admin@fobss.ca

More rafts for Baynes Sound?

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More Rafts for the waters of Baynes Sound? Despite:

  1. Recent recommendations for further global expansion of marine protected areas pursuant to the United Nations State of the Oceans Report.
  2. Commitment by Prime Minister Trudeau’s government “To increase the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected” (Mandate letter to Minister of Fisheries & oceans)
  3. In a recent study by Vancouver Island University, “Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture”, the response to the statement “There should be more shellfish aquaculture in Baynes Sound” (p. 17) was a strong majority against: 61% disagree + strongly disagree, plus 27% not sure. Only 11% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.
  4. Backed by unprecedented public response, representation by FOBSS was made to the Board of the Comox Valley Regional District some 4 years ago; we requested the establishment of marine parks/ protected areas in the 10% of Baynes Sound Shoreline not yet committed to aquaculture. We have yet to see action.

To send a comment on the application or request more information please send it to: FrontCounterBC@gov.bc.ca and include application file numbers.


Click links below to view current application:

# 1414439 Halong Oysters Ltd

See application here on FLNRO website


Comments for this application will be received until 2016-07-27.
To comment on this application please click [ here ].


Capture from application

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More Industry for the waters of Baynes Sound?

More industry for the waters of Baynes Sound?

April 2016 New Applications Info

More industry for the waters of Baynes Sound? Despite:

  1. Recent recommendations for further global expansion of marine protected areas pursuant to the United Nations State of the Oceans Report.
  2. Commitment by Prime Minister Trudeau’s government “To increase the proportion of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected” (Mandate letter to Minister of Fisheries & oceans)
  3. In a recent study by Vancouver Island University, “Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture”, the response to the statement “There should be more shellfish aquaculture in Baynes Sound” (p. 17) was a strong majority against: 61% disagree + strongly disagree, plus 27% not sure. Only 11% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.
  4. Backed by unprecedented public response, representation by FOBSS was made to the Board of the Comox Valley Regional District some 3 years ago; we requested the establishment of marine parks/ protected areas in the 10% of Baynes Sound Shoreline not yet committed to aquaculture. We have yet to see action.

To send a comment on the applications or request more information please send it to: FrontCounterBC@gov.bc.ca and include application file numbers.

Current applications:



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Public open house – South Sewer Project – March 23, 2016

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Find more info here: CVRD website

To spray or not to spray, pesticide on our beaches that is.

To spray or not to spray, pesticide on our beaches that is.

As many of you may know there has been an application from the B.C. Government to spray pesticides on our beaches in Baynes Sound. The deadline for comments now is January 7, 2016. Info Here

 

Spartina

Photo: bcinvasives.ca

Capture pup cv record dec 8 2015

Here is a link to the actual application: Pesticide Use Permit (PUP)

The Plant In question is Spartina, an invasive species which can be found on Baynes Sound beaches. The pesticides to be used are, Imazapyr and Alcohol ethoxylate.

Alternatives to pesticides? The Denman Conservancy Association has been removing it by hand since 2008. See their 2013 newsletter here. This is very time consuming and requires substantial manpower to achieve this, but if upland owners could work together on this it might be possible to eradicate with less pesticides.


 

Send an email with your thoughts to both:

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Friends of Baynes Sound Society will be at the 45TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN COURTENAY MARKET DAY

45TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN COURTENAY MARKET DAY

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9 am – 7 pm marks the biggest open-air market on Vancouver Island, featuring hand-made, unique items from BC artisans, and treasures from the downtown merchants – mix it up with street entertainment, delicious street food, and you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family!  For more information look here!


FOBSS will be hosting the 3RD Annual Photo Contest from photos submitted by members. Stop by and vote for your favorite photo and get a chance to win it!


Bring the kids by our booth and pick up a “Beach Buddies” coloring page. New color pages will be added to our website throughout the year.

Check it out now here: Beach Buddies

Hope to see you there!

Happy 3rd Birthday to FOBSS blog! World Oceans Day and more…

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Today marks the third year this blog was started and the creation of Friends of Baynes Sound Society. Thanks for following!


 

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day, June 8th, was declared by the United Nations at the urging of Canada. Oceans Week, June 1 – 8, was declared by the Board of World Oceans Day Canada in 2010.  Find more info here http://www.worldoceansday.ca/

Save the dates:


 

Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards Speakers Series in the Community Hall

For more info: https://adimsblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/speakers-series-grapevine-absolute-final.pdf

On Saturday May 30th,, 1-4pm: Andrew Fyson presents “Beauty and the Beach” a talk featuring the incredible images and stories of his circumnavigation of Denman documenting the beauty, biodiversity and effect of human activity and industry on our coastline and tidal environment. Andrew believes that by getting a detailed snapshot record of the Denman shoreline, these can be used in the future to monitor changes over time. Like Ian’s presentation, Andrew’s incredible imagery challenges us on a visceral to recommit to preserve and protect this unique ecosystem.

The evening will also provide an opportunity for islanders to sign up to be part of pilot “Adopt a Beach” teams that will help us trial ways to document ongoing photographic and descriptive records of the changes and evolution of our shoreline over time. This is an opportunity to be “citizen- scientists. In addition the school children will feature their map of their own adopted beach, and our artists will highlight their sculptures constructed out of beach aquaculture debris. Join us for a playful evening!

On Wednesday June 3rd: 7pm-9pm: Pamela Bendall’s talk “Precious Oceans”

Pamela transports us from the BC coast to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. Sailing solo from the BC Coast to Peru, accompanied only by her little dog Riley as “first mate”, Pamela has witnessed the beauty, as well as the progressive degradation of this great Ocean. Her passionate and informative talk highlights the alarming changes she has seen in the marine environment over her years as a sailor. Discussion will include the crisis, and ramifications, as well as solutions for our oceans. Pamela has authored two books: What Was I thinking: Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo and Kids for Sail.

On Satuday, June 6th, 7-9 pm: Scientific Panel and Community Dialogue with Peter Ross, Leah Bendell and Ramona de Graaf: This panel of eminent scientists will give succinct presentations from their latest research highlighting the complex threats that our waters and beaches surrounding Denman Island face. Issues will include plastic pollution in Baynes Sound, alternatives to present aquaculture practice, and protection of forage fish spawning grounds. Community members will have ample opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with these amazing researchers.


Connecting Coastal Communities with David Suzuki – Comox

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT) at the Comox Community Centre,

In June 2015 David Suzuki will be visiting 12 communities along B.C.’s coast to celebrate our shared respect and admiration for ocean ecosystems. David Suzuki, and his foundation, has a long history of work, activism and friendships on B.C.’s coast. These events will honour that past and build for the future.

We want to hear from coastal residents about the challenges facing your community and B.C.’s coastal waters, along with your hopes for the future. Your ideas are important to us and we hope to share them with a larger audience after the tour.

For more info and tickets: Connecting Coastal Communities


BC Shellfish Festival 

The 9th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival is the largest festival of its kind in British Columbia! Located in the Comox Valley, you can enjoy 10 days filled with culinary events, shellfish and seafood producer tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, winery dinners that celebrate the bounty of the sea, coupled with aquaculture industry workshops, networking events and tradeshow. The festival takes place during BC Seafood Month, the perfect time to showcase seafood excellence!

For full event calendar: http://www.discovercomoxvalley.com/shellfish-schedule-events

BC Seafood Expo Consumer Series: http://www.discovercomoxvalley.com/shellfish-consumer-workshops

One event you might find interesting:

The Future of Shellfish Development in the Baynes Sound Area on Vancouver Island 

 


 

Any events we should know? Send email to admin@fobss.ca

Happy Earth Day!

We hope you managed to find some time to get outside today to celebrate Earth Day.


Here are a few events that will be happening soon.


River Never Sleeps


  • Thursday May 7th– Reaching Blue, an Ian Hinkle film at Deep Bay Marine Field Station

A writer, an oyster farmer and an ocean scientist on the Pacific coast expose new changes found in the Salish Sea, providing a glimpse of a coastal way of life under threat, and linking each of us to the world’s oceans.

Find out more here: https://www2.viu.ca/deepbay/visit-us/events.asp#Hinkle


  • The David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 challenge.

Each spring, the David Suzuki Foundation challenges Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Find out more here: http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/


Know of an event? Send us an email at info@fobss.ca

Latest Shellfish Applications for Baynes Sound

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have posted a few new applications online.


 

Application file #1403139 from Lorindale Holdings Ltd

http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=48467

1403139 Referral Pkg

Comments for this application will be received until 2015-03-19.
To comment on this application please click [ here ].


 

Application file #1411093 from Pentlatch Seafoods Ltd.

http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=48458

1411093 Referral Pkg

Comments for this application will be received until 2015-03-18.
To comment on this application please click [ here ]


 

For more information you can contact:

Rudi Mayser, Authorizations Manager
Rudi.Mayser@gov.bc.ca
Phone # 250 751-7234

 

Don’t forget the LWMP open house tonight! 4 – 7pm

LWMP Open House Introduces Options and Cost Estimates

A shortlist of wastewater management scenarios and the estimated costs for a wastewater management service in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)’s south region will be introduced at an open house, scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, at the Union Bay community hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event will include informational boards, with project staff and engineering consultants available to update the community on the shortlisted scenarios.

“The community has been very interested in this project for a long time. This is a critical stage where important information is coming forward and we need to hear their feedback,” said Bruce Jolliffe, chair of the CVRD’s board of directors and director for Baynes Sound-Denman Hornby Islands (Area ‘A’). “Everyone in the community is encouraged to come and learn about the process and options and to share their thoughts.”

The open house is the second in the south region liquid waste management planning (LWMP) process which was launched in May to review options for wastewater management and water resource recovery in the area, and to identify the best solution for providing effective sewer service for the Royston and Union Bay area.

“We want people to learn about the work we are doing and to ask questions so we can be sure the final decision is ultimately the best one,” said Kris La Rose, CVRD’s manager of liquid waste planning.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

From CVRD Website: http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/meta/whats-new/news-archives/2015/lwmp-open-house-introduces-options-and-cost-estimates.html

Seaweed, South Sewer Project, Geoduck and Shellfish Hatchery Project

Scientific study may determine fate of controversial Bowser/Deep Bay seaweed harvest

UVic graduate student Jessica Holden and field technician Shaun MacNeil take seaweed samples and measure the volume of wrack on the beach in Deep Bay for a government granted research study.  - CANDACE WU PHOTO

UVic graduate student Jessica Holden and field technician Shaun MacNeil take seaweed samples and measure the volume of wrack on the beach in Deep Bay for a government granted research study.

— Image Credit: CANDACE WU PHOTO

By  Candace Wu – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

posted Jan 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The fate of a controversial seaweed harvest polarizing the community of Deep Bay may now be in the hands of science.

In an effort to get to the bottom of the harvest, researchers have been trolling the coastline looking for answers.

By way of a contract granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is now monitoring the ecological activities around a seemingly abundant species of seaweed blanketing the beach.

And according to regional district director Bill Veenhof, the results will determine the future of the harvest.

“What we learn from this (research) will shape if the harvest goes forward,” promised Veenhof, who represents Deep Bay/Bowser.

The director is well aware of the contention the seaweed harvest has caused in a divided Deep Bay, at one point saying it “defined” his first term in office.

Project lead and manager of the Marine Station Brian Kingzett admits there are “competing narratives in the community” when it comes to the seaweed harvest.

Kingzett maintains they are a “non advocacy research group and will be providing science to the topic.”

The study comes after years of an ongoing debate between those who oppose the harvest fearing the removal of seaweed will lead to environmental degradation and those who support the harvest for its economic potential.

Seaweed harvesters are after a red algae called Mazzaella japonica, a foreign species believed to be introduced to Deep Bay’s coast more than 80 years ago with a shipment of oyster seed from Japan.

Mazzaella japonica is valuable because it is rich in carrageenans, a compound used as a gelling and thickening agent in an array of products from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals. Some have estimated the carrageenan market is worth $700 million worldwide.

While many believe the bountiful supply of seaweed already on the beach may be the bread and butter of an untapped industry, others are critical of the long term effects of removing mounds of beach cast away.

In 2013, Ian Birtwell led and released a biological review called Seaweed Harvesting on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, confirming the seaweed being harvested off the coast of Deep Bay “has a direct influence on those organisms higher in the food chain.”

According to the report, it has been well-documented that when seaweed is detached and washed ashore, like the mounds in Deep Bay, it can “provide readily available nourishment for organisms at the base of the food chain. In the location of Baynes Sound that food chain includes the organisms that are used for food by fish, birds and mammals …”

However, VIU researcher Dr. Sarah Dudas warns: “While this harvest has raised environmental concerns, the available information to date has been largely based on literature reviews and anecdotal observations.”

In an effort to separate fact from fiction, researchers have taken to the beach to figure out what kind of effect the seaweed harvest is having on Deep Bay.

Last week, The NEWS caught up with field technician Shaun MacNeil and UVic graduate student Jessica Holden during one of their weekly sampling and monitoring excursions off Deep Bay’s coastline.

Surrounded by wracks of red algae carpeting the five-kilometre stretch of the harvest, MacNeil explains researchers are taking weekly estimates of the volume of seaweed, taking ancillary observations of wildlife and faunal activity associated with seaweed, collecting seaweed samples to investigate the invertebrate community and composition within them, comparing pre- and post- harvest notes and taking monthly assessments of forage fish spawning presence, absence and overlap with beach activities.

MacNeil said the sampling program is based on two approaches: a large scale volume estimate of the entire beach area; and a series of standard monitoring transects for ecological studies.

They have six different sites which they are monitoring in the midst of the seaweed harvest season which spans from the access point of Buccaneer Beach to the Deep Bay RV Park.

“The harvesters also provide us with data,” said MacNeil, who added that the three licence-holders have been “co-operative” with the research.

“They’ve given up areas for us to use as control sites,” he said. “They’ve been really good.”

Researchers are slated to submit their report by March 25.

 


 

LWMP Open House Introduces Options and Cost Estimates

A shortlist of wastewater management scenarios and the estimated costs for a wastewater management service in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)’s south region will be introduced at an open house, scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, at the Union Bay community hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event will include informational boards, with project staff and engineering consultants available to update the community on the shortlisted scenarios.

“The community has been very interested in this project for a long time. This is a critical stage where important information is coming forward and we need to hear their feedback,” said Bruce Jolliffe, chair of the CVRD’s board of directors and director for Baynes Sound-Denman Hornby Islands (Area ‘A’). “Everyone in the community is encouraged to come and learn about the process and options and to share their thoughts.”

The open house is the second in the south region liquid waste management planning (LWMP) process which was launched in May to review options for wastewater management and water resource recovery in the area, and to identify the best solution for providing effective sewer service for the Royston and Union Bay area.

“We want people to learn about the work we are doing and to ask questions so we can be sure the final decision is ultimately the best one,” said Kris La Rose, CVRD’s manager of liquid waste planning.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/meta/whats-new/news-archives/2015/lwmp-open-house-introduces-options-and-cost-estimates.html


Clam farming opportunities sowing seeds for a B.C. turf war

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

A clam fishery that produces a harvest worth about $50-million a year has become the focus of intense lobbying efforts as groups manoeuvre for control of some of the prime growing sites in British Columbia.

The Pacific geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) is the largest burrowing clam in the world and since the late 1970s, when divers learned to dislodge the bivalves from hard-packed sand using jet streams of water, the wild fishery has grown into one of the most prosperous on the West Coast.

There are only 50 wild harvest licences in B.C., but with a big demand for the product in Asia, there has been increased pressure on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to permit the development of new geoduck farms. B.C. produces about 1,500 tonnes of geoducks annually, of which about 75 tonnes are cultured. An adult clam weighs about 1 kilogram and sells for about $25-$35 at the dock in B.C.

Management guidelines to govern how the aquaculture industry can expand without damaging the wild fishery were due out last year but are still pending. Now one company has grown tired of waiting.

In a recent letter to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, Haida Seafood Products Ltd., a company partly owned by the Old Massett Village Council, states that it is going to mark out the boundaries of a new geoduck farm on the north coast of Haida Gwaii, and simply go into production without awaiting government approval.

“Fisheries and Oceans and the Underwater Harvesters Association [UHA] will be notified that our tenure site is off limits to any and all commercial fisheries,” states the letter. “We will purge harvest the wild geoduck on the tenure site to free up space for geoduck seeding.”

Daniel Rabu, CEO of Haida Seafood Products, said the guidelines have been delayed because of UHA lobbying, and his company has grown frustrated waiting for change.

“We’ve come to a point where we are no longer prepared to accept the delays,” said Mr. Rabu.

He said the site the company is claiming is a small portion of the area harvested by the wild geoduck fishery.

“We focused on a 50-hectare site, which is less than 1.8 per cent of the total area that is commercially fished in Haida Gwaii right now. So we are not taking a lot away from them,” he said.

James Austin, President of the UHA, which represents wild geoduck fishermen, said the Haida Seafood threat is troubling.

Mr. Austin said stakeholders have spent years in discussions with the DFO over the guidelines and it is wrong for the Haida company to act unilaterally.

“They are walking away from the application process,” he said. “Of course, we object to that. They are basically saying screw you to the Department of Fisheries. And that is offensive.”

Mr. Austin said the UHA understands the demand for increased geoduck farm sites, but pointed out that setting aside clam beds for aquaculture will reduce the wild-fishery areas.

“Our fishery is always concerned about losing grounds,” he said.

Some geoduck farms already exist in the Strait of Georgia but the new guidelines will open the entire coast to applications. Mr. Austin said the farms that will be proposed will range in size from 10 to 100 hectares.

“So extrapolate that around the coast a few times and we would lose significant ground,” he said. “Essentially it’s reallocation. It’s expropriation of the wild fishery in favour of aquaculture, without compensation to the wild fishery.”

DFO did not provide a representative to take questions on the issue, but Frank Stanek, manager of media relations, responded with an e-mail saying the government “will continue to work with interested stakeholders including the Haida, to address their concerns and facilitate opportunities for them to develop aquaculture operations.”

Response from Manatee Holdings: http://sustainableaquaculture.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TorontoGlobeandMail8.pdf

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/clam-farming-opportunities-sowing-seeds-for-a-turf-war/article22209916/


First Meeting – Next Generation Shellfish Hatchery Project Jan 26,2015

Full shelves of phytoplankton culture
Commercial shellfish hatcheries are knowledge intensive, multi-component, highly integrated facilities. Technological advances continue worldwide in key individual components of hatchery systems (e.g. algal lighting and food production systems; hygiene and pasteurization technologies, water treatment and especially in water quality monitoring systems), yet no facility in BC has integrated the available advances into an operating hatchery. BC needs to develop the “next generation” hatchery systems and operational protocols which embrace these new technologies to increase seed production certainty, increase total seed production, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance environmental performance.

This project seeks to advance shellfish hatchery design to a next generation level; incorporate within this “nextgen” design, monitoring and mitigation technologies to address ocean acidification (OA); transfer this technology information to shellfish industry stakeholders, and; apply this knowledge to bridge the gap in shellfish hatchery production to address the seed crisis in the BC industry.

After 2 years of trying, VIU has just received funding to proceed with this initiative. We are not developing specific new technologies but rather doing a global aggregation of new technologies and best practices that we will then be testing and demonstrating in a very public way.

At the immediate level we will be attempting to act as the “consumer reports” of shellfish hatchery and nursery equipment where we will report publicly on new technologies, how they work, operating costs, and in some cases side by side comparisons e.g. algal culture systems. This is very practical information that will give confidence to individuals setting up new hatcheries or renovating existing facilities. Interested parties will literally be able to come in and see items demonstrated in real world conditions. This platform will also allow us to train the next generation of hatchery operators.

The federal funding support that we have received will only supply the equipment to create this nextgen hatchery platform. We will need to generate additional research funds in order to conduct the work. We will do this through partnerships with industry, government, other research institutions and scientists.

If you are interested in the future of shellfish seed in BC, and this project, we invite you to attend this briefing and participate in the discussion.

Please RSVP to Simah.Dodd@viu.ca by January 22d so we know how many individuals to expect.

http://viudeepbay.com/2015/01/14/first-meeting-next-generation-shellfish-hatchery-project-jan-262015/


 

 

 

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