B.C. Provincial Minister Thomson, Forests Lands and Natural Resources, responded to Future of Howe Sound Society's request for a comprehensive plan for Howe Sound.

The Future of Howe Sound Society has reviewed each of the 460 comments that were posted on the BCEAO website during the Public Comment period that ended October 19th.   Comments were from a broad range of people, the majority believing that a gravel mine in Howe Sound is wrong, and the costs  far outweigh the benefits.

For the first time in half a century, commercial fishing vessels were scooping salmon out of Howe Sound last week. Starting on Thursday (Aug. 22), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) opened up an exploratory fishery for the area, said Herb Redekopp, DFO's chief of conservation and protection for the Lower Fraser. The goal of the three-day opening was to assess the strength of the pink salmon run travelling to the Squamish River.

On Saturday, Al Price and his partner Lily Ebrao were on Howe Sound waters when they saw what seemed like a wind surfer in trouble, about hundred meters or so off the log sorts at Watts Point.   But as they got near, they were treated to a beautiful surprise: Orca whale! “To our amazement, a dorsal fin the size of a surfer emerged gently from the water about 20 meters in front of us,” said Al Price, who operates a boat tour company called Great Lynx Tours in Squamish.

Not every marine ecosystem gets a second chance. Fewer still get ruined twice. But Howe Sound, where an environmental rebirth has been unfolding for the past eight years, may soon start to slide back toward environmental sterility.

Until these reefs were discovered in the Hecate Straight in 1987, scientists believed the Reefs to be long extinct. World-renowned paleobiologist Dr. Manfred Krautter described the discovery of these sponges to be, “like finding a herd of dinosaurs on land.” Scientists found more of these reefs in Howe Sound in 2001.

Feast or Famine for Pacific Salmon. One year rivers on the West Coast of Canada seem to be empty of salmon, the next they are so full commercial boats are being allowed to drop their nets in the estuaries. Mark Hume and John Buchanan attempt to clarify the murky waters surrounding Pacific Salmon.

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The Gambier Island Conservancy has begun a letter writing campaign to the Minister of the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,  opposing the opening of two new woodlots on Gambier island.  The Woodlots, due to go for tender in October, would see up to one quarter of Gambier Island clear-cut logged.

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