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Update on August 20th Oil Spill in Robson Bight

Planet Earth

To bring you up to date re the  aftermath of the August 20th oil spill in Robson Bight, we're attaching a story about the underwater investigation. ( www.orcalab.org).  .  As you'll see, Nuytco's mini-sub successfully located all the equipment spilled from the barge, including the fuel tanker truck.  We're now awaiting analysis of the video from the inspection dives, and are hopeful that it will lead to a cleanup of the spill site before the orcas return next summer.

 

Link given by Paul and Helena

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Robson Bight Oil Spill Investigation Update

Wildlife News

Robson Bight Oil Spill Investigation Update

 

Unusually benign winter weather conditions during the past 3 weeks have assisted the underwater investigation of  the aftermath of the tragic August 20th oil spill in Robson Bight.  A mini sub operated by Nuytco Research (http://www.nuytco.com) under government contract has located and documented (in high resolution video) all the equipment that fell 350m to the ocean floor when a barge dumped its load into the orcasí Ecological Reserve.  The full list of equipment can be seen on the Living Oceans Society web site (http://www.livingoceans.org/newsevents/clippings2.shtml) which also details the course of the investigation.

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Vancouver Island's Salmon Returns Dismal With Exceptions For Coho and Chum

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Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, December 01, 2007


Salmon returns around Vancouver Island were dismal this year, despite the occasional coho and chum bright spots.First sockeye numbers plummeted and then chinook failed to turn up in hoped-for numbers.

Low chinook returns had been predicted because of poor survival rates for fish that headed into the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2005.
It could have been the temperature or lack of food, but the conditions were unfavourable for survival," said Arlene Tompkins, Department of Fisheries and Oceans area chief of stock assessment for the South Coast. Last year, there was a sharp decline in returning coho that went into the ocean in 2005.

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Largest Freshwater Reserve in the World on Lake Superior

Wildlife News

This will protect habitat for species such as Bald Eagles, Black Bears, wolves and deep cold water fish....

Link to complete story:

http://wwf.ca/AboutWWF/WhatWeDo/ConservationPrograms/ForestsAndTrade/LakeSuperior.asp

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Fraser River Safari Tour - Dec 29, 2007

Wildlife News----- ANNOUNCING  SPECIAL  EXTRA  TOUR  ----- --------

Special December 29th Tour of Harrison to be guided by David Hancock.  This extra Tour is actually a HWF Tour with part of the proceeds going to the HWF.  I chose this date because generally between Xmas and New Year we have the greatest number of eagles present  -- I suspect we could see 1500 plus.
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Please book Through the Fraser River Safari Tours
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Our Dec 1, and Dec 9th 2007 Trips up the Fraser River to the Harrison and Chehalis were great successes. WE saw close to  600 eagles on Dec 1 and 1182 on Dec 9th and lots of waterfowl and several swans  and seals.
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