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Learn about the BC Shore Spawners Alliance citizen science program to document and protect beach spawning forage fish habitat. Hard working Denman Island volunteers participated in this program every Sunday for 5 years

A Very Special Herring Event With Cory Frank of K’ómoks First Nation Guardian Watchmen

Cory will speak to our community about K’ómoks herring traditions and practices and the role of the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen – Sunday March 6th, 3:00-4:30 pm in the Activity Center

NOTE: This event has been postponed. We will post a new date and time when the event has been rescheduled.

Please join us for this special herring event.   We are honoured to have Cory Frank from the K’ómoks First Nation Guardians as our guest speaker at this year’s herring celebration.   The K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen have been in existence for just over a year now, but they have assumed a very important role of environmental protection in their community. Their roles include:

  • Monitoring the commercial and recreational activities in their waters;
  • Assessing the health of certain food, social and ceremonial species;
  • Working with the federal and provincial governments to ensure robust monitoring and enforcement of environmental protection throughout their territories;
  • The gathering of data on the ecological health of the their traditional territories and;
  • The encouragement and promotion of the transfer of traditional knowledge regarding protection of cultural and natural resources.

We are fortunate to be able to hear Cory speak of the traditional practices, customs, and knowledge of the K’ómoks people in relation to the herring spawn and fishery. We are also looking forward to hearing about the Watchmen’s plans for monitoring and protecting the herring, the keystone species of the Pacific marine food web. We hope that this event is just the beginning of a coordinated and respectful effort to protect our precious marine environment.

Admission is Free, but donations to cover expenses are gratefully accepted

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World Oceans Day

A complete schedule for the World Oceans Day event series, May 30 to June 7, 2015, is now available – click here!


Introducing Ian McAllister

We are honoured to introduce Ian McAllister as our first presenter in the World Oceans Day Speakers Series.   Ian and his wife Karen are the co-founders of the wild life conservation organization Pacific Wild. Ian and Karen literally live their beliefs; making their home on a small Island off BC’s central coast in the Great Bear Rainforest, the very land and ocean they are working to protect.

We believe that Ian and Karen are models for the rest of us, in their persistent and creative use of art, science, technology and inspiration to educate citizens and government about the urgent need to preserve and protect our endangered forest and marine ecosystems. Through his beautiful books, breathtaking photographs and moving prose Ian stirs his audience to care about and protect BC’s threatened ecosystems.

Ian is the author of six books and has been honoured with numerous awards for his work in protecting B.C.’s endangered rainforest. He and his wife Karen have been named by Time Magazine as “leaders of the 21st Century” and Ian has been recognized by The Globe and Mail as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians. Ian is currently shifting his focus from the land to documenting the waters along BC’s central coast, and putting his photographic skills to work alerting all to the threat to our pristine waters. He says, “The world oceans must be seen, and no amount of research papers will inspire the kind of change that is needed in the time we have left to preserve them.”

Ian’s presentation will be held at the Front Hall of the Community Center on May 6th at 7pm Tickets at the door $10.00 . Children free!   Donations gladly accepted. All proceeds go to Pacific Wild.

For details on the entire World Oceans Day Speaker Series, click here.

Ian McAllister photoPhoto by Ian McAllister, copyright Pacific Wild.0rg


Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines

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New project to study contaminants in edible seaweed

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Interview with Ian Birtwell

Retired DFO biologist Ian Birtwell was interviewed by Chris Cook about the recent approval by the provincial government for commercial seaweed harvest in the Deep Bay area without the usual review to assess potential impacts. To listen to the interview click here.


Marine Pollution Bulletin

This article is an overview of the efficacy, impacts, and pollution of anti-predator netting used by the shellfish industry in the production of clams. It also suggests a possible alternate method to increase productivity.

“Favored use of anti-predator netting (APN) applied for the farming of clams leads to little benefits to industry while increasing nearshore impacts and plastics pollution”L.I. Bendell,
Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada


Moratorium Petition

Please sign this petition asking for a moratorium on commercial seaweed harvesting on our BC shores until adequate environmental impact research is done.


Guardians of Denman Shores

We are pleased and relieved to tell you that a new DIRA Committee has been formed to address the problems of driving on the beach and other practices detrimental to the integrity of our shoreline. The name of the committee is DIRA Guardians of Denman Shores. Its mandate is to plan, advocate for, and implement measures that will prevent destruction of our beaches. This will be an important first step towards revitalizing the integrity and productivity of our salt marshes and forage fish habitat.

ADIMS supports their effort to solicit community support and input. If you have not done so already, we urge you to please complete and return the attached survey.


ADIMS receives Community Stewardship Award

The Islands Trust honoured ADIMS, and their dedicated work to preserve and protect the marine environment over a 15 year period, by awarding them the 2014 Community stewardship Award. Check out the details by clicking here.


 2014 Beach Cleanup another Success!

In a year where internationally acclaimed researchers have focused on the role that marine microplastics play in distributing bio-toxins up the marine food chain, and in which Baynes Sound has been found to be one of the “hot spots of plastic contamination”, the 2014 annual beach clean-up was even more important than ever. For details and photos check out the article published in the Comox Valley Echo by clicking here.


ADIMS 2014 Newsletter

The latest ADIMS newsletter has just been published. Check out the details by clicking here.


 The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Yes, it’s time again for our annual shoreline cleanup project. You can help restore the natural beauty of our island and surrounding marine environment.

For details click here.


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Mark your Calendar: August 8th and 9th at the Community Hall

Admission by donation. This event is produced by Sussan Thomson and all funds raised will be generously donated to the Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS).

Denman Tarot Windows

Sussan Thomson, one of Denman Island’s extensive Orkney Farm clan, was visiting the studio of one of her favourite Denman Island artists when she caught a glimpse through a half-opened door. What she saw enthralled her – and set her down a path that culminates next week in a collaborative performance event that combines music, song, dance, acting, poetry and visual art to create an innovative and mesmerizing experience.

What Sussan saw that morning in Sudasi Gardner’s side room was arguably the crowning achievement of Sudasi’s prolific artistic career thus far – her collection of 20 quilts inspired by the Tarot deck. Sudasi produced these large (3′ x 4′), intricately quilted and painted pieces, each representing a major arcana Tarot card, over a six-year period. Because of the collection’s size (and Sudasi’s wish that the quilts should stay together), these quilts have rarely been displayed to the public. Sussan immediately knew this was something she wanted to remedy.

By the time Sussan left Sudasi’s studio, she had the embryo of an idea. “I wanted to create a living tarot, using Sudasi’s collection to inspire other artists to create their own interpretations of the figures, symbolism, images and aesthetics of the quilts,” says Sussan.

Sussan enlisted poet and performer, Jennifer Lee, and Denman Island dancer, choreographer and artistic director Laurie Montemurro, whose production company Lulu Goes West is known for thought-provoking, high-quality, multi-genre performance pieces. Together they formed a vision for the show, and Laurie brought together a team of singers, musicians, poets and dancers, and gave each an assignment: create something inspired by one quilt/Tarot card. The result is a show that is thematically integrated while also showcasing the diverse visions of each participating artist. The show will be stage-managed by Ansa Matthews, with set design elements by Jasina Jansen.

The quilts are brought to life by performances from Riane daSilva, Jennifer Lee, Cornelia Hoogland, Nicole Tritter, Jennifer West, Laurie Montemurro, Lucy McFaul, Molly McFaul, Roxanne Cowles-McPhail, Aja Cowles-McPhail, Bella Stanton, Elizabeth and Mica Gries, Andrew Fyson, Keiran Meagher, Lana Friesen and Manuela Dressler. Cynthia Minden contributes her visual art.

The show shakes up the classic audience experience. Instead of sitting passively in the dark, the audience is led by a guide from station to station in the Denman Community Hall. Each station is a “window” onto one of the quilts. Thus the show’s title: Tarot Windows.

“The tarot is a means to explain our personal journey – every journey holding its beauty and grief, light and dark, and joy and desire. We are celebrating the qualities of the journey in the performances. Audience members will have their own journey through the tarot. Each ‘window’ will offer a multifaceted jewel of light, and the show will create a forum for thought and questions about art and life,” says Montemurro

The show is primarily a showcase for the art of one of Denman’s most accomplished artists, but is also a celebration of Denman Island’s fertile artistic community, as well as an exploration of the multiple meanings and resonances of the Tarot.

Tarot Windows runs two nights, Friday August 8 and Saturday August 9 at the Denman Community Hall. Guided Tours commence at 7, 7:30, and 8 pm both nights. Admission by donation. Space is limited, so to reserve a ticket or tickets for a tour, please call Sussan Thomson at 250 897 8350.

All proceeds go to the Association of Denman Island Marine Stewards, a community organization dedicated to protecting Denman’s marine environment.


Brian Clark Howard

National Geographic

PUBLISHED JUNE 24, 2014

An international panel of former heads of state, government ministers, and prominent business leaders is calling for world leaders to protect the ocean by adopting a sweeping “five-year rescue package.”

“The report released Tuesday by the Global Ocean Commission recommends that the United Nations and national governments restrict fishing in international waters, eliminate fishing subsidies, step up the fight against illegal fishing, reduce pollution, and establish greater international cooperation on marine issues.

Without swift action to combat overfishing, pollution, and other problems, the commission argues, the world’s food supply and biodiversity are at great risk. The ocean, the commission notes, provides half of the planet’s oxygen, absorbs half of man-made carbon emissions, and is the beginning of the food chain.”

For the complete article click herehttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140624-global-ocean-commission-report-high-seas-fishing-environment/

To read the linked National Geographic article on PLASTICS IN THE OCEAN, click here:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140613-ocean-trash-garbage-patch-plastic-science-kerry-marine-debris/#

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Geoduck Installation With Auger On West Denman, June 13/14

Geoduck InstallationHello All,

Sad news to report. Yesterday, during the low tide, on the west side of Denman, between Metcalfe Bay and Hinton Rd., where a ‘test patch’ of geoduck PVC pipes had already been installed, the tenure owner and two workers used a power auger to install a large area of PVC pipe to start cultivation of intertidal geoduck (see photo attached). This is an existing tenure that had listed geoduck as one of the possible species for cultivation in their management plan and there are a number of other tenures on Denman Island that are like this.As well, existing tenures that don’t have geoduck listed can apply to add geoduck to their management plan. DFO has told us this would involve an application to Front Counter BC but it is unclear if that would trigger a referral to our local government, the Trust.I have reported this to the DFO Observe, Record and Report (ORR) number asking for an investigation and also to the DFO aquaculture manager, March Klaver, asking if they have submitted the required seeding plan and obtained the necessary transfer permit for geoduck seed from DFO. We are doing what we can but the truth is, as we feared, the door has swung open.

Shelley McKeachie
Co-Chair, Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards (ADIMS)

Andrew Fyson’s Denman Island Circumnavigation 

Andrew Fyson, local photographer/artist and biologist, did a recent trek along Denman’s coastline from Denman Pt. to the Hornby ferry terminal. His plan is to do a complete circumnavigation of Denman Island but, due to a ‘bug’, he had to stop short – for now. He has plans to pick up where he left off and complete the journey in the not too distant future.

Andrew was armed with a small backpack and his camera and took many  photos along the way. We look forward to seeing his results.


 Starfish Die-Off

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Andrew would like to get the word out about a disturbing observation he made and photographed along the way. Some of you may have heard of the ‘starfish disease’ that is causing a major die-off on the Pacific coast. Above are some of the photos Andrew took of the Purple Stars at various stages of decay, along with the location where they were seen.

Mike Morrell, DI resident and biologist, has also observed this on our Denman shores. “We are in the midst of a major starfish dieoff. Two of the species most affected, Sunflower Star (Pycnopodia) and Purple Star (Pisaster ochraceus), are normally abundant in the Salish Sea. June 14, on the low tide at Whalebone Point on the east side of Denman I saw absolutely no Sunflower Stars and, though I saw maybe 30 Purple Stars, most were either dead or dying. Researchers have yet to determine the cause(s); so far the best guess is that it involves a bacterial or viral disease, and there is no evidence that it’s a result of the Fukushima meltdown.

This syndrome has been observed before, but never at this scale. Mass mortalities of several species of starfish were first observed in Puget Sound early last summer and have since been reported from many locations along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Alaska. This is a big event, geographically and ecologically. The best info source I’ve found on the Web is at U Calif Santa Cruz: http://www.eeb.ucsc.edu/…/sea-star-wasting/index.html

I think this is something big: big area, big and complex ecosystem impacts. My mind boggles when I try to imagine the impact of subtracting just Purple and Sunflower. Purple is a major predator on mussels and significant winter food for Glaucous-winged Gulls. Sunflower seems to be the scourge of everything that can’t get away from it, from starfish to molluscs. And I don’t have the first clue about what the others do. I feel a little scared.”

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Conveners’ Report from Management of Sensitive Marine Ecosystems Workshop: Lessons from case studies to identify solutions for Baynes Sound, April 2014

http://www.sfu.ca/coastal/researchseries/listing/BaynesSoundSolutions.html

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_Times Colonist Ad

Your Opportunity For Public Input! Deadline: April 19, 2014

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has just launched the draft Integrated Geoduck Management Framework document which gives the green light to geoduck (gooeyduck) aquaculture on vast areas of both the intertidal (on the beach) and subtidal (on the sea bed).Integrated Geoduck Management Framework Draft and Area Maps can be viewed online. Area Map 14 North is for Denman Island.  http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/consultation/aquaculture/index-eng.html  Please send your opposition letters/emails by April 19, 2014 to the DFO.Submit e-mail comments to:   shellfish.aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca   (and Cc the Islands Trust: execadmin@islandstrust.bc.ca or your Local Trustees)Or, responses can be mailed/faxed to: Fisheries and Oceans Canadac/o Jennifer Mollins,Senior Coordinator, Shellfish Aquaculture ManagementFisheries Management Branch – Pacific Region1965 Island Diesel Way, Nanaimo, BC V9S 5W8  |  Fax:  250-754-0391    A draft letter of opposition can be found here:     Form Letter to DFO re: Geoduck Management Plan  A set of possible reasons for opposing the application can be found here:     Possible Comments on Geoduck Application    For more information on the impacts of geoduck aquaculture go to: Sierra Club Washington – Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture Feedlots presentation

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Upcoming ADIMS Meeting with DFO – April 14/14

DFO Aquaculture Manager, March Klaver, has agreed to meet with ADIMS on April 14th. Some of the issues to be discussed:

1) The draft DFO Geoduck Management Plan. Public comment will be received up until Apr.19/14. Please write DFO to register your concerns. More info to follow.

2) The application process for aquaculture licences

3) The new Salish Sea Farms Ltd. applications in Denman Island Trust jurisdiction

4) DFO protection of habitat as it relates to the aquaculture industry

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No Public Notice Needed! Significant Changes (size and species) to Application File #1413722 AQUA.


 

Saturday AUGUST 2 10 am – Noon  SPARTINA Day! @ the BEACH ACCESS behind the beacon, across from the Shack N Wagon – Piercy’s Farm

Help restore the beach! Bring a garden fork or mattock, dig a bag of Spartina & earn a beverage at either of Denman’s bistros.

Restoring Denman’s Beaches
Have you met Spartina densiflora? It’s an impressive spiky bunch grass growing on Denman’s
beaches, often near the seaweed line. This invasive marine grass travelled up from southern
South America and has been taking over beaches from California to BC.
Little Spartinas or “bendovers”, as we call them, are first seen when about 3” high, and have stiff blue-green stems and little spikes or new stems on either side of the shallow root-base. These tiny plants grow quickly and add new stems, so that in a few years they’ve become a dense bunch grass, 5 ft high and up to 3 ft across. Spartinas flower in July and August and produce abundant seeds. New little bendovers often plant themselves midway between existing Sparti na plants. So gradually the beach fills in with solid Spartina. Underneath, layers of old Spartina stems build up in a decomposing dark mass. The Spartina takeover leaves no room for any other ground-based marine life to survive.

But from California to Denman folks are reclaiming the beaches. In many other “infested” sites, herbicides are used. But Denman has resisted the use of Roundup’s cousin, the herbicide Imazapyr. Big Spartina densiflora plants are easily dug and bendovers hand-pull with little resistance. Thanks to the Spartina Working Group’s support, we have the opportunity to restore Denman’s beaches with old-fashioned hand labour. As we work, we can hear the wee crabs saying “thank you”! Denman beaches need help. Please come to Spartina Day August 2nd, just north of the Denman west ferry, dig some Spartina and help Denman’s marine life!


Highlights of the ADIMS meeting with March Klaver-DFO Aquaculture Manager

held at the Denman School on April 14, 2014

ADIMS showed March and Scott Pilcher (DFO Aquaculture biologist) a power point presentation which focused on issues and concerns about the negative environmental impacts of shellfish aquaculture practices on Denman Island beaches.

Topics for discussion were- the application process, conditions of license, DFO’s role for the protection of fish habitat and DFO’s role during First Nations negotiations and implementation of shellfish culture.

March Klaver confirmed that tenure and species changes are done with a simple DFO application which does not go out for referral, or seek approval from other stakeholders including local governments ie the Islands Trust or has an opportunity for public comments etc.

March Klaver stated that inter-tidal geoduck tenures need written approval from the upland owner before installation of PVC tubes etc. are installed because it is a Riparian Rights issue.

Scott Pilcher stated that DFO has done no studies for long term geoduck culture, but new studies from Washington State for inter-tidal geoduck applications are being used by DFO and there is very little information for sub-tidal cultivation.

March Klaver said that First Nations tenure applications go through the usual process and if no tenure is given by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, no license is given by DFO. If a local government ie the Islands Trust has an issue with a specific application, this needs to be conveyed to DFO for consideration. Scott Pilcher added that specific “triggers” will create further assessment by DFO.

March was vague about the role of DFO and the First Nations Interim Measures Agreement and DFO is not a signatory with the negotiations bding between Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The province cannot give away aquaculture licenses but can give away land and does not need DFO approval when settling First Nations claims. DFO will be involved in the process but March didn’t know when. First Nations will still need to be licensed by DFO and are subject to DFO enforcement. The existing Memorandum of Understanding with BC and the Harmonized Application process won’t allow DFO to not issue licenses.

According to the existing agreement, First Nations are allowed 5 ha tenures but according to March, there is presently nothing stopping them from stringing them together to create a larger tenure but it would have to be approved by Resource Management for Herring fishery concerns etc.

March and Scott said that if studies done by the Islands Trust (forage fish-eel grass) are forwarded to DFO, they will consider the information in their decision making process.

The Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative buys existing licenses and gives them to First Nations.

BC shellfish growers want their own “Act” but it’s complicated and would take 5-10 yrs. to implement.

Prohibiting vehicles from driving on our beaches is a land issue according to Scott and involves the province and Local Trust. March added that if it doesn’t involve a tenure, then it’s not in DFO jurisdiction. Scott said that Conditions of License addresses this and the salt marshes were already impacted when DFO took over. Scott also said there was nothing DFO can do about beach modification and DFO will still do tenure inspections.


Upcoming ADIMS Meeting with DFO – April 14/14

DFO Aquaculture Manager, March Klaver, has agreed to meet with ADIMS on April 14th. Some of the issues to be discussed:

1) The draft DFO Geoduck Management Plan. Public comment will be received up until Apr.19/14. Please write DFO to register your concerns. More info to follow.

2) The application process for aquaculture licences

3) The new Salish Sea Farms Ltd. applications in Denman Island Trust jurisdiction

4) DFO protection of habitat as it relates to the aquaculture industry

We will update you on this meeting once it has taken place.

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Islands Trust Council meeting on Hornby March 5th 2014– please attend and support marine issues from 10:45-12:00. After lunch at 12:45-1:30  Treaty Negotiations is the topic with a presentation from the Min. of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) before they go to a “closed meeting”.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Please oppose the new Crown Land Application #1413722 AQUA for 81 ha in Baynes Sound. Send your response by March 15, 2014 to the authorizingagency.nanaimo@gov.bc.ca.

You can download an opposition submission form and a set of possible reasons for opposing the application in MS Word format:

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Jan 29, 2014 Shellfish Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee (SAMAC) meeting sponsored by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) allows 3 environmental groups and 2 local government reps to attend amongst a sea of industry (9) and First Nations (8). The purpose is to “provide coordinated advice to DFO in BC, and help inform the Department’s preparation of Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans (IMAPs).”  Edi Johnston attended the meeting representing the Association for Responsible Shellfish Farming (ARSF) who are one of three environmental groups . The following points were submitted to the DFO Senior Aquaculture Manger-IMAP, to be included in the record.

* The Islands Trust must have a seat at the table because-

The Islands Trust whose area is defined as, “ the islands and waters between the Mainland and BC and Southern Vancouver Island” who represent 13 major islands and thousands of residents who are directly impacted by aquaculture, have been denied a seat at the table. They are the local  government who- has zoning authority and-

  • ½ of all shellfish produced in BC comes from Baynes Sound which is in Trust jurisdiction
  • the Islands Trust is the local gov’t. for thousands of residents who will be directly affected
  • the Trust mandate is radically different from all other municipalities
  • DFO can make additions to its S-AMAC meeting members list if it so chooses
  • Laura Busheikin (Denman Isl. Local Trustee) is willing to participate and has attended the 2 previous meetings

* Pressure from the industry is pushing DFO to start approval for geoduck and sea cucumber tenures even though DFO’s own science states that long term studies need to be done. The science should dictate how, when and even if geoduck cultivation should proceed- not the industry. Numerous stakeholders including the herring fishery and wild geoduck harvesters have expressed their concerns about the potential negative impacts such as:

  • use of predator nets have been shown to snare bycatch (herring- some, who will not have spawned yet)
  • potential loss of submerged vegetation (eel grass) necessary for survival of herring eggs
  • increased sedimentation from stinger hoses which alters and disrupts the substrate
  • adverse effects on the ecosystem, including possible trophic impacts on migratory and resident seabirds and mammals
  • adverse effects on survival of herring eggs due to predation by sea cucumbers (9,000 herring eggs per day can be consumed by one sea cucumber)
  • substantial loss of wild stock
  • potential for disease transfer
  • loss of recreational activities in these areas (sports fishery)
  • increase in industry activity will negatively impact tourism and residents rights
  • fossil fuel burning equipment will add to the existing acidification problem
  • more industry equipment equals more escaped industry equipment ending up in the environment and creates navigational hazards for ferries, boaters etc.
  • more plastics mean more carcinogens and endocrine disruptors such as dioxins, phthalates and vinyl chloride will be released into the environment
  • sub-tidal tenures create a monitoring problem for DFO

*Also requested was that when tenure application information is published, it includes accurate information and sent to  local papers including the Hornby/Deman Grapevine and or Denman Flagstone. Few islanders read the Comox Valley Record and the Echo is no longer available on Denman.

*Mentioned too, was that the existing Conditions of Licence that have proved impossible for DFO to enforce so any amendments are superficial, a moot point and DFO is not living up to the many promises already made-

-“protection of the marine environment for future generations

DFO’s Mission includes sound science and sustainable aquatic ecology,

-DFO will address issues of public concern in a fair and transparent manner, ensuring sound environmental performance on the part of the aquaculture industry,

-DFO is committed to working with other levels of government,

-DFO primary responsibility includes conducting science and aquaculture research: and reporting publicly on environmental and regulatory performance of industry,

-Siting review includes-fish habitat, ecosystem effects, conservation of marine ecosystems is a priority”

*As for priorities for future meetings: DFO identified that science and research priorities will be discussed and ARSF asked that DFO identify any changes in its processes or protocols once the K’omoks First Nations Treaty Agreement reaches Stage 6. The AFRSF would also like to see, not only a representative from the provincial government attend (as agreed on) at the next meeting, but also one from the Islands Trust.

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Denman Residents & Visitors Have Spoken!

August, 2013

ADIMS set up an information table at the local farmers market and sent out 3 tear-offs to garner public support for :

1. the needed changes to the aquaculture application process which currently allows Crown Land to be tenured and licenses of operation to be approved before zoning issues are addressed.

2. our Local Island Trustees to be proactive and take any necessary action to prevent inter-tidal geoduck culture from destroying our beaches.

3. opposition to the 6 Salish Sea Farm subtidal geoduck and sea cucumber applications.

The response was phenomenal with well over 300 responses for both the flawed application process and the opposition to inter-tidal geoduck cultivation. These were presented to our Local Trust Committee and Ken Albrecht, Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources Operations (MFLNRO). They will also be presented to DFO at the upcoming meeting.

230+ individual opposition letters to the 6 Salish Sea Farm subtidal geoduck and sea cucumber applications overwhelmed Front Counter BC. ADIMS asked for an extension to the deadline for comment due to the misleading ad that was posted and confusing deadline information. Strong opposition letters were also sent by several stakeholders including the Underwater Harvesters and the Herring Industry Advisory Board. Read: LETTERS OF CONCERN

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ADIMS Delegation to the Islands Trust Council Meeting 

On Dec. 4th/13 ADIMS appeared as a delegation and made a presentation to the Islands Trust Council at their quarterly meeting in Victoria. The presentation was well received and the Trustees voted unanimously to ask the Executive Committee to consider making ‘shellfish aquaculture issues’ a top priority for advocacy.

To read ADIMS presentation and view the accompanying slides:

ADIMS presentation to Islands Trust Council

The Islands Trust Council also directed the Executive Committee to:

– “study and make recommendations to Council regarding the costs and resources necessary to create an advocacy campaign for the marine and coastal protection of the Salish Sea, and that all related advocacy issues such as aquaculture, oil tanker traffic, coal transport and climate change be included in this examination.

– That the Executive Committee use this opportunity to rationalize and focus the advocacy work of the Trust Council as it pertains to the marine and coastal environmental protection.”

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November, 2013

Gulf Island Alliance Sponsored Tour of Six Trust Islands

ADIMS was sponsored by the Gulf Island Alliance (GIA) to tour six Trust islands – Gabriola, Thetis, Saltspring, Galiano, Mayne, and Pender. We gave presentations on each island about what is happening with the aquaculture industry on Denman Island and the threat of geoduck and sea cucumber cultivation. We outlined practices that are harmful to the marine environment and the lack of government regulation. Each community engaged in a discussion after the presentation about ways to proactively protect their marine environment.

On each island we received a warm welcome and gracious hospitality by GIA reps and residents. Many thanks from ADIMS to the Gulf Island Alliance and island residents for hosting us!

For more information on the Gulf Island Alliance:  Gulf Islands Alliance

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December, 2013

Christmas Raffle – A Big Thank You From ADIMS!

Denman Islanders raised over $2000 for ADIMS in our recent gift bag sale and raffle draw fundraiser. All the support is greatly appreciated in more ways than one, and you will be kept posted on what we are doing to preserve and protect the precious ecosystem that surrounds our island. The 9 winners were thrilled, thanks to the following donors who contributed a bounty of wonderful prizes:

Denman Island Quilters, Dante Ambriel, Leslie Dunsmore, Dennis Forsyth,
Bill Engleson, Fireweed, Sudasi Gardner, Gordon Hutchens, Marilyn Jensen,
Peter Kartsten, Leah Kelly, Annie Kimmins, Lisa Lundy, Maxine Matalpi, Simon Palmer, Riane de Silva, Alan Stoddard, Marjo Van Tooren, Fiona Walker, Patti Willis, Robin White, Abraxas Books, Denman Island General Store, Denman Hardware Store, East Cider Orchard, Dr Peter Walford

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October 26, 2013

Creative Threads Conspiracy Wearable Art Show

ADIMS Entry – Dangerous Debris
Designer: Mary Jane Stewart
Model: Fiona Le Baron
Music: Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone.”

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For that eternal look here comes ADIM’s Eve in a creation that will outlive her by hundreds of years.  All materials are sourced locally on the beaches of Denman Island.  Just think, ladies and gentlemen, this Denman Island legacy collection can be passed down as a keepsake for generations to come.

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