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Climate keys: Healthy ecosystems for pacific salmon & our bc killer whale

    by Jeff Scharf Oct 21st, 2020

     

    Pacific salmon are being threatened by climate change and rising ocean temperatures with a decade of declining stocks to this year 2020

     

    These changes have an effect on the ecosystems as well as the food supply for other marine species such as the bc killer whale, also showing a steep decline and moving into the endangered category.

    This change, if not mitigated will end the bc Orca as well as the food supply and fish stock in the local economies. Around the world Orca and other local species must be protected long term to keep the ecosystem from falling apart.

     

    12 out of 13 species of Fraser river chinook have now been recommended for protection under the species protection act.

     

    Economic and climate recovery can be combined with new industry growth opportunities for Canada and the Unites States by encouraging the research and adoption of regenerative farming best practices to protect food security, emerging industries and sequester carbon, while fighting the need for petroleum plastics by producing bio plastics and re-invigorating our ecosystems all at once.

     

    Regenerative agricultural industry growth funding in BC and across Canada for both private and government investments must be available and abundant for both land based and marine based projects in order to encourage the adoption of techniques such as, marine permaculture by means of ocean farming of sea kelp, algae , shellfish and many other regional species for several growing sustainable global food and other industries.

     

    The coastal sheltered regions in our province offer what is often called ‘Goldilocks’ conditions or ‘just right’ as we possess an area of minimal shipping activity, very cold and nutrient rich waters, and the perfect amount of sunlight. These marine permaculture regions will help to rebuild our shoreline ecosystems and revive local wildlife numbers plus many more long term benefits that will echo through our future generations.

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    “There is no question that climate change is having a significant impact on our salmon,” he said Thursday at a news conference in Vancouver.“Not only do these declines have direct impacts on our ecosystems and the health of our environment, but they have serious impacts on the health of our economy.“

    "Part of any realistic plan to protect and ultimately restore key salmon stocks must include a comprehensive and aggressive plan to reduce carbon emissions,”

    “This is undoubtedly a crisis situation,” Wilkinson said

    - Jonathan Wilkinson, Fisheries Minister, and Federal Minister for the environment and Climate Change

    “Everything we’re seeing in salmon and ecosystem trends is embedded within this larger context,” she said, adding that Canada is warming at a rate double the global average and the rate increases at northern latitudes.

    “The planet is warming and the most recent five years have been the warmest on the planet’s record.”

    -Sue Grant, Report Author, and Federal Fisheries Expert

     

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