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B.C.'s largest fish-farming company facing charges

Wildlife News

Justice Department takes over private prosecution launched by biologist

By Judith Lavoie,
Victoria Times Colonist
April 21, 2010 2:05 PM
Photograph: Bill Keay, PNG
source: The Province
Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.
 Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.

 VICTORIA — Charges of unlawful possession of wild salmon and herring have been laid against Marine Harvest Canada, the largest fish-farming company in British Columbia.

What began as a private prosecution — initiated by biologist and activist Alexandra Morton — was taken over by the federal Justice Department on Tuesday, said federal prosecutor Todd Gerhart.

"New information charges Marine Harvest with four counts and deals with two incidents," he said.

The first incident involves juvenile wild pink salmon. It's alleged the wild fish were mixed in with farmed Atlantic salmon as they were taken off a Marine Harvest vessel in June.

The second incident involves herring, which, it's alleged, were discarded from pens in October.

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Plastic, pants found in dead whale

Planet Earth

Stomach contents reveal dangers of 'industrial' dining

Image: Plastic found inside whale stomach
Cascadia Research Collective
This plastic bag was among the trash items found inside the gray whale that died on a West Seattle beach. staff and news service reports
updated 8:41 a.m. CT, Tues., April 20, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A gray whale that died after getting stranded on a West Seattle beach had a large amount of garbage in its stomach — ranging from plastic bags to a pair of sweat pants and even a golf ball.

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Second~YES!!~Second Chick hatches at Lafarge Sunday Evening

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

The Lafarge Eagles have had a remarkable day. This evening at about 7:30PM the second egg surprised us all by hatching! This hatch is only about 12 hours after the first hatch, which is a bit unusual. Nest watchers were there as usual and documented the event in real time. To read about it, check the Lafarge Discussion Thread



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Birds of a feather

Wildlife News


The millions glued to computers watching nature would agree that the allure is ‘real wildlife’

Heather Reid, Weekend Post  Published: Friday, April 16, 2010


“You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock
Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s
reality show.” National Post “You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s reality show.”

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in March, 198 people watched a bald eagle sitting motionless in its nest. The viewers weren't outside though; likely they were equally still, sitting by themselves as three video cameras fed the inner lives of the eagle from British Columbia on to computer screens around the world.

The first shots of the Hornby Island nest came in 2006. Since then, 15 million people have watched these birds do, well, bird things. Television executives would kill for viewership like that.

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation website ( broadcasts a live feed from the B.C. nests and has added other wildlife cams of bears and salmon.


Read the rest of story here in the National Post:

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Lafarge Nest Has First Chick This Season

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

Hancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge nest now has its first chick of the 2010 nesting seasonThe eagle nest in downtown Vancouver, on the waterfront in the Lafarge concrete plant, has its first chick of the season. We've watched as three eggs were initially laid, then one disappeared in a major wind storm - and now the first of the remaining two has hatched.

The camera view is somewhat blocked by a new limb on this potentially endangered tree - proving the work that Lafarge undertook to save and protect it has done an admirable job.

The chick can be seen as a grey fuzz-ball in the picture to the left. More pictures are being grabbed by our volunteers and members as the parents continue to keep it and the other egg warm. Shortly they'll start feeding this new addition to the family and we'll get to see it better. Check out the media gallery area where more images will be uploaded as time goes by.

We'll keep you updated on the progress of this chick and the other egg. 

Thanks to all our members (especially gemini and birdofprey) for their quick fingers in grabbing these images.








Hancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge Nest - first chick of the 2010 season - fuzz ball hiding behind a leafHancock Wildlife Foundation - we have eyes - and we're hungry! Lafarge eagle nest chick



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