Friends Of Baynes Sound Society

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

New 30 Raft Application fronting NW shore of Denman Island

New 30 Raft Application fronting NW shore of Denman Island. Have a look at the links below:

Han Pacific Shellfish Ltd

1414540 Site Map

Full application and comments page

Here’s two short videos that show what can happen with rafts when they are not maintained.

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

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