THIS COLUMN was to be about fish. Herring to start with. A few reputable conservation groups, including Pacific Wild, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Conservancy Hornby Island and the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewarts, are urging the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to rethink the roe fishery quotas for the herring in the Straight of Georgia (the plan is expected to be finalized in early December.)
The stocks are almost 60 percent depleted, their press release said, and that’s happened in the last four years. Shocking isn’t it? Albeit not a local issue, it is a provincial one and a sign of a pervasive and challenging issue.
In our own back yard, too, a sad reality is unfolding: the steelhead trout spawning population in the Thompson River is at a meager 86 this year; the Chilcotin watershed saw 39 fish.
Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at email@example.com, or through her blog at http://www.danielaginta.com.