Credit: Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards
June 13, 2014
Sad news to report. Yesterday, during the low tide, on the west side of
Denman, between Metcalfe Bay and Hinton Rd., where a ‘test patch’ of
geoduck PVC pipes had already been installed, the tenure owner and two
workers used a power auger to install a large area of PVC pipe to start
cultivation of intertidal geoduck (see photo attached). This is an existing
tenure that had listed geoduck as one of the possible species for
cultivation in their management plan and there are a number of other
tenures on Denman Island that are like this.
As well, existing tenures that don’t have geoduck listed can apply to add
geoduck to their management plan. DFO has told us this would involve an
application to Front Counter BC but it is unclear if that would trigger a
referral to our local government, the Trust.
I have reported this to the DFO Observe, Record and Report (ORR) number
asking for an investigation and also to the DFO aquaculture manager, March
Klaver, asking if they have submitted the required seeding plan and
obtained the necessary transfer permit for geoduck seed from DFO. We are
doing what we can but the truth is, as we feared, the door has swung open.
Co-Chair, Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS)