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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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July 2014

This month features the launch of our new trailer, Skeena Estuary:  Heart of the River.  As well, we are also pleased to report that the Kitimat Airshed Study shows the need for a serious pollution reduction plan PLUS DFO harvest rates for commercial fisheries have been maintained.  Both of these developments are a direct result of our work in collaboration with our partners.  And finally, we can't wait to tell you about THE GREAT SKEENAWILD GIVEAWAY and our exciting NEW FISHING APP for your smartphone that will be sure to make your days on the river well informed.

DFO Maintains Commercial Harvest Rates

Good news!  Despite intense lobbying, DFO has maintained the mixed stock marine fishery rate since the 40% reduction in 2009.  This is a direct result of our work with First Nations.  Our reports provided scientific evidence that an increase would have serious impacts to already suffering wild sockeye and steelhead in the Skeena.  Learn more.


Kitimat Airshed Study Shows Need for Serious Pollution Reduction Plan

The BC Government's long awaited Kitimat Airshed Assessment shows sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution will soar unless pollution reduction technology is mandated.

Without strong action the area would see high risk of acidification of local lakes and streams and increased health risks, especially for those with respiratory illness such as asthma.

To avoid passing costs on to local communities, government must make industry:
• Implement sulfur dioxide scrubbers at Rio Tinto Alcan’s new Aluminum smelter
• Mandate electric (or possibly combined electric gas) powered refrigeration units at LNG facilities
• Mandate world class pollution reduction technology at all existing and new industrial facilities.

It is important to note, the study only assessed health impacts individually for each pollutant, with no understanding of cumulative health effects. It also failed to assess the impacts from several additional pollutants to be released at these sites.

For more info check out our airshed study


Watch our Latest Video Production - Skeena Estuary: Heart of the River

Today the Skeena estuary faces an uncertain future with many large industrial projects proposed. Of particular concern, Petronas (Pacific Northwest LNG) wants to build a huge LNG facility right over top of flora bank, and undertake one of the largest dredging projects in Canadian history!

Designated as critical salmon habitat, this natural wonder requires special management, consideration and protection. We're working to understand the impacts and make sure it is protected.  Watch now.


Keen to Support SkeenaWild!

Riverboat Days is just around the corner. This year, look for the Keen footwear tent in George Little Park.  Buy a pair of Keen sandals on Saturday August 2nd and Keen will donate $5 from every sale to SkeenaWild!  Thanks for your support Keen!  We love your UNEEK designs.


Enter to Win The Great SkeenaWild Giveaway

One Lucky Winner Takes All 

1 Set of Patagonia Waders +
1 Patagonia Fishing Vest +
1 Pair of Boots +
1 SkeenaWild Hoodie +
1 SkeenaWild Hat =
1 Heckuva Decked Out Fisherman

It's Easy As ...

1. Fill out a ballot at one of the local outlets
2. We will enter your name into our draw for a chance to win
3. We will sign you up to receive "The Stream', our monthly E-Newsletter

One Entry Per Person.  Contest Closes October 15th, 2014. 
More details here.


The All New SkeenaWild Fishing App for Smartphones

The SkeenaWild Fishing App launches this summer!  Get set to access an array of infomative features including:

~ Real-time water level data for the Skeena, and many of its tributaries
~ Daily test fishery index numbers and what those numbers mean for where you want to go fishing
~ Fishing regulations, both provincial and federal regulations in one place, organized so they are easy to understand
~ Descriptions of the famous tributaries of the Skeena including access points and fish species
~ Weather conditions and forecasts for your precise location
~ Report a poacher with your phone
~ General information related to marine sport fishing
~ Marine weather conditions and forecasts
~ Tide Tables
~ Marine fishing regulations


We Count on Your Donations

A special thanks to Malcolm Wood, Owner / Founding Director of Maximal Concepts whose philosophy is to work outside of the confines of ‘normal’.  Based in Hong Kong, Maximal Concepts harnesses the awesome power of creativity, media, talent, taste and community. 

Malcolm also owns a collection of top-tier restaurants in Hong Kong that ensure only sustainably caught seafood is served to their guests. 

This month, Malcolm is running a promotion where half of the proceeds from salmon sold in his restaurants will go to SkeenaWild.  We can't thank him enough for his thoughtfulness and generosity.

We welcome Malcolm to the Skeena.  Be on the lookout for his new lodge with guided fishing adventures, Skeena SpeyHere's a video from their trip to Terrace last spring.

All donations big or small are vitally important to help us to continue the work we do.  Please donate today.


Staying in Touch

On July 1, 2014, The Government of Canada implemented new laws that regulate how we can communicate electronically.  We don't add people to our mailing list unless they ask. But, just to be on the safe side, we want to ensure that we still have your consent to receive our emails that share news about Wild Salmon and Steelhead Conservation in the the Skeena Watershed,  upcoming events, offers and more.

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It's an honor to share our findings and insights on the health of the Skeena Watershed with you and we look forward to keeping the lines of communication open.

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