Supporting the Health of Our Oceans

A View of the Water


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This is the view out my window. It’s very beautiful. People are always stopping in front of my house to look out over the bay. I believe it’s healing. When the tide is all the way out the mud flats stretch a mile or more out. When I was a child we used to spend our summer mornings walking out with the tide, and our afternoons racing it in. It wasn’t always that way. The bay used to be deeper in this area, even a generation ago. The river used to empty into a different bay. It was rerouted to assist industry at the turn of the century. My grandmother says that the mountain is going to erode right out into our bay, and that all our fishermen better learn to farm, because it’s going to keep getting shallower. She laughs and says, “Pretty soon our mud flats will be corn fields.” I suppose that’s one way to try to counter sea level rise.

Our Best Thinking got us Here


“Probably all the great sea fisheries are inexhaustible; that is to say that nothing we do seriously affects the number of the fish…” Thomas Huxley

This video reminded me of an oral history interview I conducted while I was in graduate school. The man I interviewed was a Tribal Fisheries Director after the time of the historic Judge Boldt decision in US vs. WA. The following is an excerpt from his interview which includes his recollection of a story his aunt told him about overfishing and the canning industry:

In the 1880s they perfected the canning system and then in the 1890s on into the next century they made it illegal for the Indians to fish, and fish traps were located up and down the sound and they would load up scow loads of salmon and bring them to the canneries. Back in about 78 or 79 I asked Aunty Sarah James, she was very old then, what it was like to work at Carlisle Packing Company. She looked at me and she goes, ‘Oh sonny, they brought in scow loads and scow loads, and scow loads in every shift. We just cut the bellies off. The rest was thrown away. Because the belly would lay flat and they would cut into a strip and it would roll up and go in the can. The rest was wasted. Scow loads and scow loads, every day of the week. All season. And they’d dump all the remainder in Bellingham Bay. And at the end of every shift, they still had scow loads of salmon unprocessed, so they’d go dump them in the Bellingham Bay and start all over… because that was Carlisle Packing Company.’ And so of course the stocks were depleted. So when US vs. WA came by there was hardly anything left. And US vs. WA said that we were closed down for conservation and then half of what’s left could be harvested. Half of that could be taken by the non-Indians, and the Indian fleet. Of course the non-Indian’s is a privilege. Ours is a right. The thing is that 90% of our fleet is done and gone.

Here is an amazing and relevant piece written in the New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert back in 2009. She discusses the endangered blue fin tuna in her review of seven books on the ocean’s depleted fish population. I’ve included links to the books she mentions below. I’ve also included a few others that are in the same vein.

Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse by Dean Bavington

Saved By the Sea: A Love Story with Fish by David Helvarg

From Abundance to Scarcity: A History Of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy by Michael L. Weber

The Inexhaustible Sea by Hawthorne, Daniel

5 Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems (The State of the World’s Oceans) by Daniel Pauly

The Unnatural History of the Sea by Dr. Callum Roberts

Empty Ocean by Richard Ellis

The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover

Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know by Ray Hilborn

To Fish in Common by Daniel L. Boxberger

Here is a Method Helping Watercraft Owners Get Better Insurance


Not everyone has the luxury and means to have their own watercraft, but for those who have invested on these different kinds of water transportation, one of the most important priorities to look into is to find a watercraft insurance Ontarioand be able to look for the best provider that can work well to address any concerns when it comes to these water vessels.

Similarly with the usual vehicle insurances, the amount of coverage for watercrafts is inclusive of what is detailed and indicated on a policy, which means owners should be doubly wary of looking for a provider that will ideally present a beneficial and trustworthy scheme of support and assistance when the time comes that it is needed. Looking up a few of the guidelines below can help you better if you plan on investing coverage for your own vessel.

Finding a Provider

The means of owning a watercraft is often unique and the ability to look into a provider may somewhat be a challenge, so you may want to look up a few online first to see which ones present the best and most reputable means of assistance for you. You may also want to find those that specifically link with your owned vessel as some providers may deal more on smaller units while others provide aid for a variety of watercrafts, this will help you have an easier task of picking off a policy from a well trusted provider.

Options on Payment

Looking into coverage, it becomes a challenge to seek for one that will allot for affordable payment, but this does not under circumstance seem impossible as most providers do create schemes of fees and charges that equate to what a client requests. Go for assistance that leave you with equal terms of benefits in the long run so that even if your fees may seem a bit pricey, you still get enough guarantee that your vessel is well covered under any particular damage that can occur and also consider that the charges presented to you are within your own option and selection.

Reasonable Security

Under any circumstance your chosen insurance provider should grant you enough security when it comes to your watercraft, with the possibility of theft or other probable emergency and unexpected scenarios of damage from calamities or other natural causes, and in turn you have a better ease of use of your vessel each time. You may also consider actual security measures in coordination with your provider to find so general means of making sure that your property is always in safe condition as well as decreasing the likelihood of unnecessary scenarios from happening through sufficient support and aid.

Customer Orientation

Ultimately you want to be given enough guarantees as a client that whatever the circumstance, your vessel is in good hands and you can surely have this when you select a provider that really put their customer’s needs as a priority. Pick through the different insurance companies and be certain that you do business with one that has a high score and positive feedback, as this will surely reveal to you just how important it is for a provider to accomplish and keep their clients happy with their policies and services.


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“The genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon, (AAS), often referred to as a “Frankenfish”, is moving through the FDA approval process despite doubts raised at 2010 hearings, in scientific reports and by 400,000 consumers.”

Leaping Toward Our Dinner Tables
The Return of FrankenSalmon

UGH! Who the eff comes up with this stuff? Seriously? Salmon on steroids—where does the line get drawn?! Salmon were a sacred food source to the Coast Salish people!! What gives anyone the right to destroy a resource that is to be held in trust as a birthright for the good of all not the profit of a few?

Cute Little Video About Rising Sea Levels


Does anyone else find it horrible and disturbing and irresponsible that this cute little video is out there explaining to a generation of children a catastrophic phenomenon that is taking place in our beautiful world? Shouldn’t we be saying something about greed and greenhouse gasses or something? Is it really so late?

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This is my daughter and my nephew playing in the bay. It’s the same bay I played in as a child, but really it’s not. They can wade, but I won’t let them swim. They are too tender and pure, and the bay too polluted. I don’t have the heart to tell them about this odd unnatural world we are living in. All I can do, is pick up litter, write, vote with my dollar, and drive less.