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From: Victoria, Oak Bay, Sidney, Langford, Elk Lake, Prospect Lake, Sooke, Pedder Bay, Becher Bay, Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew, Nitinat Lake, Nitinat River, Harris Creek, Cowichan Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus Lake, Salt Spring Island, St. Mary Lake, Cusheon Lake, Nanaimo, Quennell Lake (Cedar), French Creek, Parksville,Qualicum Beach, Spider Lake, Cameron Lake, Nile Creek, Courtenay / Comox, Oyster River, Campbell River, Gold River, Oyster River, Salmon River, Port Alberni, Bamfield, Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound, Nootka Sound, Moutcha Bay, Port Hardy.
Rivers and streams closed to fishing
Responding to dry conditions, the government of B.C. has suspended angling in streams and rivers in southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.
Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks. All water users are urged to maximize their water conservation efforts.
All angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 1-1 through 1-6 is suspended. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures. The geographic area covers Bamfield south to Victoria on the west coast, and Campbell River south to Victoria on the east coast. Key rivers affected by the order include the Caycuse, Chemainus, Cowichan, Englishman, Gordon, Little Qualicum, Nanaimo, Nitinat, Oyster, Puntledge, San Juan, Sooke, Trent and Tsable.
The Qualicum (the Big Qualicum) and Quinsam rivers are the only rivers or streams in the affected area exempt from the closure. On these two streams fishing can continue as normal. These streams have sufficient water refuges to adequately protect fish, even with normal angling pressure.
Fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 75 other key angling streams across the province, and if conditions warrant, additional closures are possible. Lake fishing is not affected by the order. .
Water users are reminded to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.
SOUTH ISLAND REPORT - VICTORIA, SIDNEY, SAANICH
SALTWATER - Saltwater - The pink salmon have arrived with limit catches in all areas. Quite a few chinooks caught, some 30+ lb. Halibut was good but most anglers were after salmon.
The daily limit for coho is two (2) per day, hatchery marked only.
BECHER BAY - There are tons of pink salmon and boats are getting limits. The best fishing has been on the flood tide in the tide rips and tide lines. Spring salmon fishing is steady inside the bay. The best fishing has been in tight to shore in 100 feet of water, between 40 - 70 feet on the downrigger. Anglers are also catching springs between the Trap Shack and Beechey Head but a big spring could show up anywhere. Most springs were 15 - 25 lb. Anchovies were the most productive bait for springs in No Bananas and Halloween Candy teaser heads. Spoons and plastic baits are popular due to the amount of bait needed to weed through all the pinks! The glow/green stripe hootchy has been effective for springs as were 3 or 4 inch G-Force spoons in Outfitter or Trap Shack colours. Lemon-Lime, Betsey and Purple Onion have been good flashers.
PEDDER BAY - Pedder Bay itself was the best location to catch a nice spring, especially shallow and on the ebb tide. All of the pink salmon kept the rental boat fleet busy and there are usually waits at peak times. Anglers jigging inside of the bay were also catching springs and the Mac Fish and Gibbs Minnows were productive lures. Anchovy was the most productive bait for springs in Halloween Candy and Bloody Nose teaser heads. G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working. Popular flashers include Madi, Betsey, Lemon-Lime and Purple Onion. Mario Stocco caught a 15 lb. spring just off Gordon Beach from his kayak Sunday afternoon.
Halibut – Duane Mousseau and his fishing partner landed 56 and 41 lb. halibut from the Race. Anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA - Fishing for springs was good off Constance Bank if you could get past the pinks. At the bank springs in the high teens and 20s are being caught as well as pink salmon. Off Victoria waterfront the pinks were in deeper water and along the tide lines. It’s still spotty for springs off the harbour entrance and the breakwater but some fish have been caught. Tom Vaida landed a 28 lb. spring on anchovy fishing at 20 feet in 40 feet of water off the waterfront. There has been 3-4” herring off the waterfront, so spoons that size are a good choice. Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful. Good plastic baits are Electric Chair, Purple Haze and pink squirts. Gibbs Coho Killer, Sitka needlefish and Coyote spoons in green, Moon-Glow and silver colours have been effective. The Lemon Lime flasher with glow green Splatterback Coho Killer has been an effective combo out on the bank.
OAK BAY – There were springs up to the low 20s taken on lures right on the bottom (60-120 ft) on the flats. Fish were hitting needlefish spoons (needlefish are predominant in the area). Anglers also caught fish using G-Force spoons in 3 -3.5 inch No Bananas and Outfitter colours. Anglers that were jigging were catching springs as well.
SIDNEY - Pink salmon have been running off the Pender Bluffs. Chinooks were in shallow water first thing in the morning. Many anglers are using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV green teaser heads. Squirts have been out-producing hootchies.
Freshwater - Angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 1-1 through 1-6 is suspended. The area covers: Bamfield south to Victoria on the west coast; Campbell River south to Victoria on the east coast. Lake fishing is not affected by the order.
Trout fishing was good on south Island lakes. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good Powerbaits. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, keeches and micro leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands.
This time of year most of the bass are in the shallows. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina-style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged Carolina-Style is also a good choice when fishing drop-offs and docks. The most productive colours in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan, Prospect and Elk and Beaver lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great bass lake.
Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St.,
Victoria, ph: 475-4969
Salmon fishing has been excellent in the Sooke area with lots of nice spring salmon 15-30 lb. being weighed in. Muir Creek, Otter Point and the Trap Shack seem to be the hot spots so far.
Best fishing depths are between 55-80 feet. Good combos have been Bloody Nose, Purple Haze, Tiger Prawn glow and chartreuse teaser heads trolled with various purple flashers, glow green, super Betsy, and silver Betsy.
Definitely lots of pinks around; no problem getting your limit. If you’re fishing for spring salmon and having problems with pinks devouring your anchovies simply try bait other than anchovies. I been using strip which has been working great for springs. If you put a light brine on the strip it will last between four and six hits before you have to replace it. Purple Haze or glow white strip teaser heads have been working good, also various spoons: Cop Car, glow green, silver and purple Coho Killers. For hootchies try J-79, Purple Haze, Cloverleaf, and glow white.
On the halibut side of things Jordan River is slowing down a little but still producing some decent fish. Herring, octopus and mackerel are the top producers for bait. If you have problems with dogfish try large glow spoons, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs.
Until next time happy faces and tight lines.
Reel Excitement Salmon Charters
LAKE COWICHAN AREA REPORT
Saltwater: Port Renfrew - Halibut fishing is excellent. Top baits XL herring, mackerel, octopus. Top artificials are Berkley 8". Fish these off spreader bars as you drift. Bouncing the bottom periodically is like ringing a dinner bell. When jerk fishing try adding strips of octopus off large jigs. Octopus is extremely tough and will add scent to jigs.
Eight to 30 lb. chinook showing at Port Renfrew. Lots of coho to 12 lb. Best lures: Gold Betsy, Footloos or Bon Chovy UV flasher and chrome Jo-Anne mint pearl head or Halloween Candy UV or green/gold Monkey Puke. Gibbs Skinny G and spoons copies smaller baits perfectly.
Cowichan Bay, Sansun Narrows - Jerkers doing well on new Holographic Jigs of P-Line at 60 to 80' depths. Fish up to 25 lb. Trolling with a purple glow flasher and small anchovies.
Nitinat - By mid-month should be going strong for cut pluggers on the bar. The lake should kick into high gear around the end of the month.
Beach fishing - Salmon Point, mouth of Oyster River, Nile Creek mouth, Departure Bay and Cowichan Bay. Pinks will be staging and ready to play. We carry a large selection of beach flies. Pinks are great fun on light tackle and excellent eating if you dress fish and put on ice right away.
Cowichan Lake - Fishing good. Fish holding at 30-60’ level. Top producers are large 50/50 Fang Trolls with a red Wedding Band tipped with a worm. Also try F7 Flatfish or a K7 Kwikfish in Frog patterns or Silver Coho Blue. Troll these well behind your boat (100') doing an S pattern over the drop-off paralleling the shoreline.
Cowichan River - Closed
May your smile go from ear to ear and your rod bend to the butt.
Stop by the store for more information.
Gord March, Gord’s Fly Box,
170C Cowichan Lake Rd, Beside Irly Bird Lumber, Lake Cowichan,
PORT RENFREW FISHING REPORT
Fishing continues to be excellent for both salmon and halibut at Port Renfrew. Off shore fishing is very good, with early morning limits on most days for both salmon and hali. Excellent and will continue right through to late August.
There is an abundance of feed on Swiftsure Bank that is keeping everything going! Happy whales, fish and fisherman. Water is clear and temperatures are pretty normal considering all the concerns. Shoreline fishing is on and off, but there has been some bionic days with lots of horny fish holding and on the move. There has been some jumbos caught this year already. The weather has definitely for the most part been on our side this season which helps make the trip enjoyable for clients.
If you want a guaranteed West Coast adventure call Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, you won’t be disappointed. Check out my website for some great pictures and more info. I also have a few pics on Facebook at Pacific Sport Fishing.
Have fun fishing and a great summer on the water!
Website: pacificsportfishing.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Harvey, Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, Port Renfrew 1-250-954-3997
NANAIMO FISHING REPORT
Saltwater - It’s been windy since May, but when you can get out there the fishing for chinook and the odd coho has been good. The pinks are also starting to show up, right on schedule.
The springs are hitting on anchovies, or 4” Irish Cream, or Silver Hoard spoons and the new Gibbs Skinny-G. Hot spots have been Neck Point and the Fingers. Depths remain 160-200 ft. Shore casters at Neck Point are doing well on chinook salmon using Zzingers, Buzzbombs and MacDeeps. Beach fishing for pink salmon should get going in August with Departure Bay and the Millstone estuary downtown as the local hot spots.
Freshwater - Trout fishing has been slower with the warm weather. Fish down deep in the early mornings or evenings. The bass fishing has been good at Quennell, Spider and other area bass lakes.
Remember that south Island rivers are closed to fishing due to the low water conditions.
Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy., Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726
PARKSVILLE / FRENCH CREEK REPORT
Big chinooks are coming! August is the month that saltwater anglers in our local waters await with great anticipation.
Mature chinook salmon heading for the Big and Little Qualicum rivers will provide all sorts of excitement for trollers and jiggers alike. In early to mid-August these chinook salmon (springs) will move into our area looking for lots of food to store energy for their spawning migration. Out Front, Ballenas and Gerald islands are good areas to try.
A trip over to Lasqueti Island can also be productive, Finnerty and Sangster islands are also good areas to try. Make sure to check the marine forecast for the day before heading over to Lasqueti Island.
When targeting chinook salmon that are still feeding try using an Army Truck hootchie (42" leader) with a red/silver flasher, or a black/white spoon (60" leader) with a green/silver flasher.
At this time of year the dogfish have moved in and using bait (anchovie, herring, herring strip) is pretty tough.
In mid to late August things start to really heat up when these mature chinook salmon start to mill around the mouth of the Big and Little Qualicum rivers. These salmon are not feeding at this time, so the gear choice changes dramatically. Try using a "Bubble Gum" Pink Mini Plankton hootchie (32" leader) with a green/silver flasher. My personal favorite is a "Bubble Gum" Pink Mini Plankton hootchie inserted into a Purple Haze hootchie with a Purple Haze flasher. Also small 3-1/2" spoons in "Bubble Gum" pink (36" leader) with a green/silver flasher work well too.
You're usually fishing in water depths of under 100' keeping the gear 20'-80' on the downriggers.
Jiggers do well at this time of year too. A 2-1/2 oz. Mac Deep or Salmon Slayer jig near the bottom should do the trick.
The bite seems to really take off at dusk, so make sure all your navigation lights are working properly to ensure a safe trip home.
The French Creek Salmon Derby will take place August 14-16 this year. This is a fun event for all ages, with great prizes. All the proceeds from the derby go to the Marion Baker Fish Hatchery (coho enhancement) on French Creek. Early registration available call (250) 248-3713 ext. 21. Hope to see you there!
Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters,
(250) 951-5927 email@example.com
& French Creek Harbour Store, 5 - 1025 Lee Rd., Parksville, 250-248-8912, www.frenchcreekstore.ca
MID-ISLAND RIVER AND BEACH REPORT
I write this having just returned from an early trip to Campbell River to chase the first run of pink salmon in the river. In the same week last year I had found fish but this trip proved to be fruitless. Just a few cutthroat trout. However the run should start by the time you read this. These prolific fish give fantastic sport on a light fly or gear rod.
With nearly every other river closed to fishing south of Campbell River fly fishermen will be chasing pinks off the beaches where they will be found close to the river of their birth (two years ago).
I have written before about the large number of fish at Nile Creek. This hatchery’s successful enhancement program ensures that fish return in vast numbers every year. Unfortunately it also brings too many anglers, shoulder-to-shoulder they stand desperate to get into a fish.
Search out less popular spots and look for fish that are showing by jumping or head-and-tailing in shallow water. And don’t be tempted to wade too deep too soon, as the fish will come in really close if you allow them to !
If you fly fish the general mantra is pink salmon like pink flies, but other colours work well. Green, blue and purple are other favourites.
For gear fishers a popular method is to use a fly or spinner under a water float. Obviously BuzzBombs, Zzingers and Deadly Dicks can be effective especially when the fish are a long way out.
Pink salmon make excellent eating. Grill the fillets in butter for a few minutes. They are absolutely delicious
LAKES - With water temperatures so high trout action has slowed. Best fishing will always be early and late when fish are likely to be feeding more actively.
SALTWATER - The salt chuck has continued to be fairly productive and good numbers of chinook and some early coho have been taken both trolling and jigging. Ballenas Island seems to be a hot spot at the moment and the favourite spoon is the Gibbs G Force No Bananas.
Whether you are fishing fly, gear or saltwater we have all the right equipment and advice to help you ! Tight Lines
Keith Hyett, Coast Sportfish,
202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville,
ALBERNI & BARKLEY SOUND REPORT
Saltwater - Sockeye fishing has been the best in years. This year’s sockeye run is a good one and the hot dry weather is keeping them from going up river so they’re still hanging out in the Inlet.
They’re going for hootchies in pink and black and pink and blue behind green, blue and purple flashers. Try using dummy flashers with bare black hooks. Depths are 85-110 feet. Fish deeper as the day warms up. Expect the sockeye fishing to remain hot until mid-August, then the fishing for big springs will really get going.
Spring salmon fishing is good offshore at Bamfield and Ucluelet and starting to pick up inside Barkley Sound at the usual hot spots, Pill Point, Swale Rock, etc. 20+ lb. spring salmon are starting to turn up and we’ll see a lot more of them as we get into August. Troll at 80-100 ft on the downrigger. Anchovies, white 4” spoons, chartreuse Splatterback or other needlefish hootchies behind a Betsy flasher are standards. The 44th Annual Port Alberni Salmon Festival, Labour Day weekend is chinook peak season.
Good luck. Gone Fishin’
4985 Johnston, Port Alberni,
BAMFIELD FISHING REPORT
Spring salmon have started moving inside and we’re catching them at all the hot spots: Black Bay, Pill Point, Kirby, Swale, etc. Most have been 15-25 lb. but there are a few Tyee already. We’re fishing with anchovie, but they also like hootchies and Irish Cream spoons. We’re fishing shallow, 37-100 feet. The Big Bank offshore will keep producing halibut all summer.
Dan Bishop, Bish’N’Son Fishing Adventures, Bamfield
250-722-2256, cell (250) 714-5989 www.bishnson.com
COURTENAY / COMOX REPORT
Saltwater - Tribune Bay, Denman Island and Kitty Coleman are fantastic right now for coho and for springs. Jigging with Point Wilson Darts or trolling with Cop Car spoons has been working well. Blue Meanie or Oil Slick hootchies have also been great producers.
The Kitty Coleman Hump has also been productive for both salmon and halibut. There are also some great spots for lingcod in the Tribune Bay area. Glow/ silver Darts work great for ling in all areas.
We are starting to see some pink salmon showing up around the shorelines and rivermouths. The Big Qualicum will be open for fishing (see regulations) as will the Campbell and Quinsam. To date, these rivers have not been affected by the drought closure. See the notice at:
Freshwater - All of the local lakes have been great this year. Troll with blue, green, or red Wedding Bands and a worm (check for bait bans). Casting with Crocs, Panther Martins, or Blue Fox in the early morning or evenings is usually the most productive. Muddler Minnows, Doc Spratley, Carry Specials and leach patterns can be used for trolling or fly casting.
Don’t forget that Tyee Marine is hosting its 6th annual “FREE Customer Appreciation Salmon Derby” from May 15 to September 15.
Kerry Amos, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942
CAMPBELL RIVER AREA REPORT
Saltwater - The Green Can and the Hump have been hot spots all season. Many springs in the 30+ lb. range are being caught as well as lingcod and halibut.
Vancouver Island made Tomic Plugs are catching these monster fish (Lady Gaga, 602, and Jack Smith) as well as Blue Meanie or Disco hootchies with a green or UV Crush flasher. The New King Kandy Trolling Lure by The Point Wilson Dart Co. has also been a winner. Jigging at the Hump with 8 oz, white, Point Wilson Darts has been nailing springs in the 30 lb. range.
Coho are showing at the Green Can as well as Brown’s Bay. Don’t forget that as of July 15, our normal restrictions are in affect for the Campbell River area as well as the Lighthouse closure and Tyee Pool restrictions.
Many of the southern river systems are closed to fishing due to low water levels, however, the Quinsam and Campbell will remain open with the normal retention regulations in affect.
DFO is predicting a large pink return again this year. Pink salmon have always been one of the easiest of the salmon family to catch. The returning numbers are typically quite huge and Pinks are fun to fish for. In the past, the Brown’s Bay area has been a fantastic area to fish for pink salmon. The best part is that you can fish for this species of salmon from shore, the river mouths as well as Discovery Pier (no boat needed). Make sure to stock up on pink lures and flies.
Halibut is open. If you are thinking about hali fishing, use tackle such as Mudrakers, Powerbait with a 16-24 oz. jig head or frozen bait on a spreader bar.
Freshwater - Many of the local lake have been stocked with cutthroat which can make a great day at the lake with the family. You can target the larger trout by trolling deep with Leo’s Wedding Bands, Wiggle Wood Lures or Flatfish and a bit of weight. Muddlers, ant and leach patterns work great in local lakes.
Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy.,
Campbell River, 250-287-2641
NOOTKA SOUND - MOUTCHA BAY FISHING REPORT
Saltwater - The fishing and weather remain excellent as we continue to enjoy one of the best seasons on record. Both inside for local mature Conuma River chinook, and outside at Bajo Reef and beyond remain steady and hot for all runs of wild Pacific salmon and all species of bottomfish. As daylight hours begin to decrease and the smaller more mellow tides of summer settle in, boaters are enjoying easier, more consistent access to the outside bounty. Coho, chinook, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish are all available to those willing to put in the time and effort.
The local Conuma fish are holding in all the traditional spots: Hoiss Point, Strange Island, Beer Can Bay, Camel Rock, Three Bay, and “The Wall”. Early mornings until 10-ish, and again in late afternoons until early evening are the most opportunistic times for inside fishing. 4 to 6 inch spoons (Lure Jensen Live Image and Cop Car), 5 to 6 inch; 602 and 158 Tomic plugs, flasher with glow needlefish hootchies, and flasher and anchovy are all working on the inside and the outer reefs.
When targeting bottomfish utilize the high slack through the first two hours of the ebb, look for areas with structure where the bottom depth is inconstant, with rock and gravel up-croppings. With all the migratory coho and pink salmon heading by, bottomfish come out of deeper water to feed on smaller weaker salmon, so there is no need to look for these fish in water deeper than 120-180 feet.
Albacore tuna fishing is heating up! Check our web site and Facebook page for school locations.
Don’t forget about our up-coming kayak derby in Moutcha Bay, check our web site for details. www.nootkamarineadventures.com
Freshwater - There are some early chinook opportunities in the lower staging pools of the Conuma River, at first light and in the late afternoons. Both spoon and fly fisherman have been sharing some limited success until we get more rain to push these fish further up into the system. However the same staging fish in the Moutcha Bay estuary are being taken on the same gear from small pontoon boats on a daily basis.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing
Gibran White, Marine Operations
Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures
PORT HARDY REPORT
Salmon fishing is crazy-good up here. We’re averaging 4-6 springs a day ranging from 25-28 lb. There’s lots of them. The really big springs always show up in August. Up here we always see spring salmon in the 30s, 40s, 50s even 60+ lb.
There’s also lots coho salmon with fish already up to 10 lb. You can expect the coho to start getting bigger every week. The pink salmon are here too for the last couple of week. I’ve seen a few sockeye jumping, but they’re closed up here. There’s lots of bait, herring and squid keeping all these salmon close.
The nearest hot spots for the chinooks salmon have been Duval Point, the Gordon Islands and Masterman Islands. Depths have been 40-70 feet.
Halibut fishing remains good with lots of chickens. Taylor Bank, North Hardy and the flat spot by the Airport have been productive.
Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982
TIDAL WATERS FISHING LICENSES ONLY ON-LINE
In the spring when it’s time to buy your fishing licenses there will be some changes. Non-tidal licenses will remain available from your fishing tackle store as well as the BC government website. Tidal licenses however will no longer be for sale at any store, they will only be available on-line for 2014.
As an attempt to go green by using less paper the federal government will no longer print blank licenses. Anglers, however, will have to print the on-line license and carry it with them when fishing.
The federal government will also stop offering vendors any incentive to sell licenses. Previously tackle shop owners earned one dollar for each license sold. Not exactly a high profit margin, but a bit of compensation for their time. So the federal government will save money by not printing licenses and also by not sharing proceeds with stores. Also going into extinction are printed tidal waters regulations booklets. The government is banking on anglers carrying smart phones to check regulations wherever they are fishing.
Many tourists will be caught unprepared, and possibly find themselves paying fines for fishing without a license and without a clear idea of fishing regulations.
BITUMAN CRUDE OIL PIPELINE THROUGH B.C. BY 2018?
While still awaiting approval from the federal government, site preparations and surveying has begun for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed to run through B.C. to deliver tar sands oil to fleets of tankers. The heavy crude oil will be refined in China and shipped to markets.
The pipeline will run through some of BC’s most sensitive habitat including prime fish bearing rivers. Chances of an oil spill along BC’s tricky reef studded coast pose another risk.
Enbridge, the Calgary company building the pipeline is confident they will finish the project by 2018.
Enbridge’s massive advertising and lobbying campaign makes it look like a done deal. The federal Harper government is fully behind the project, despite officially awaiting the results of public input and federal enquiry. The decision is expected in 2014. The federal government has added its voice to Enbridge’s cheerleaders with a multi-million dollar advertising campaign promising wealth and a pristine environment. The ads feature fly fishing scenes.
Enbridge V.P., Vern Yu said, "We expect that there would be some appeals to that decision and that would take us into early 2015 and at that point we would be able to start construction.”
The B.C. government initially opposed to the pipeline, but now supports it in exchange for yet to be disclosed benefits. Over 70 First Nations remain against it, and environmental groups are unanimous in their objections. But with the recent flurry of crude oil train disasters there seems to be no winning option.
Enbridge has a dismal history of pipeline spills and a poor record of response and remediation. The Watershed Sentinel tallied Enbridge’s spills since the year 2000 at 132,715 barrels, more than half the Exxon Valdez spill of 257,000 barrels. Spills occurred in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Montana. One spill in Wisconsin resulted in an explosion that killed seven people. A second pipeline explosion killed two people. In yet another incident the company deliberately set fire to 6,000 barrels of spilled crude oil to get rid of the problem. Enbridge’s 2010 Michigan spill was the largest inland oil spill ever on the U.S.A. mainland.
The authors of an online petition (leadnow.ca) say the pipeline will cost fisheries and tourism jobs in B.C. as well as factory jobs in central Canada, while it will employs only a few Canadians. In addition the pipeline will bring 200+ super-tankers per year into our challenging and hazardous waters.
See the petition at http://www.leadnow.ca/canadas-interests
Be bear aware
A biological drive to put on weight for a long winter has B.C.’s bears on the move, seeking out the calories they need before heading to their dens.
In their desperation to get enough food, bears can get aggressive, especially in areas close to human habitat. That’s when most bear-human conflicts occur. If you’re fishing Island rivers there’s a chance you may encounter bears drawn to the same shores.
Bears have an incredible sense of smell. They can zero in on food from miles away and can be single-minded to get at that food. For a bear, food comes in many forms, including garbage and over-ripe fruit in residential areas.
Every bear encounter is unique so there are no steadfast rules.
If you meet a bear in the wild try to remain calm. Never approach or chase a bear; face the bear without making eye contact, back away slowly. Take the same route out that you came in. Try to keep track of the bear, but again, don't challenge the bear with eye contact.
If the bear makes blowing or snorting noises and then charges and veers off at the last second this is likely defensive behavior so continue to back away.Extend your arms above your head appearing as large as you can, talk in a gruff voice, look for a weapon such as a rock or stick. Drop your pack to distract the bear; only do this if absolutely necessary because the bear could learn to pursue people for their packs.
Climb a tree as a last resort.
If a bear is persistent or aggressive, call the Report Poachers and Polluters hotline 1- 877-952-7277, or surf to www.rapp.bc.ca.
For more information about bears and bear-human conflicts, visit:
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