Posts tagged species at risk
Shark fin soup: A dangerous delicacy

I grew up in an Asian household where shark fin soup was highly regarded. I have eaten the dish at Chinese weddings and at other Chinese celebrations. I was told that it was a privilege to have shark fin soup and consuming it was very beneficial for my health. I grew up with many Chinese traditions which I did not question, solely because they have been done for hundreds of years. In my case, the horrors of shark fin soup were brought to light when I first watched Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait documentary.

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Pipeline politics, risk management, and why humpback whales are still threatened

In a new letter published in the journal Science, my co-author Juan Jose Alava and I question the downlisting of humpback whales on Canada’s Species-At-Risk Act from ‘Threatened’ to a ‘Species of Special Concern’. The decision to downlist humpbacks occurred immediately prior to the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The National Energy Board’s decision contained 209 provisions for Enbridge, including conditions related to marine mammals.

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The Species At Risk Act and Northern Gateway.

The construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline to transport Alberta oil to the ports of British Columbia’s west coast for distribution to Asian markets is ripe with environmental controversy. While proponents of the project tout the world-class safety measures that will prevent environmental catastrophes, it has not eased the plethora of concerns; one of which is the inevitably of accidents based on past oil and pipeline track record. Other concerns are firmly rooted in the probability that construction and operation of the pipeline will degrade BC’s pristine old growth forests and untouched coasts, and disrupt the lives of humans and already threatened species that inhabit the province. Many residents of Canada believe proactive planning needs to be implemented to prevent permanent damage to the species and ecosystems that inhabit the span between Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, BC. Rightly so, given planning and recovery strategies are legally required on behalf of the federal government through the Species at Risk Act (SARA). 

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