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Squamish: What happens when environmental tools and policies align?

February 25, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Britannia Mine was a huge source of pollution in Howe Sound's waters, until local residents and scientists took action. (Credit: Melinda via Flickr)

By: Theresa Beer, Communications Specialist

The small community of Squamish was once an epicentre for industrial development, so people there know a lot about the costs of cleaning up when industry leaves town. After decades of recovery efforts to clean up from timber companies, pulp mills, copper mines and commercial fishing, the town — and the Howe Sound region — is experiencing a remarkable marine revival. Residents see the benefits of intact ecosystems as whales and porpoises frolic nearby.

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The problem with conventional economics and the role of natural capital valuations

February 19, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Kris Krug)

By Michelle Molnar, Environmental Economist

British Columbia's Howe Sound region is captivating. This ancient riverbed where forested mountains climb from the sea is also home to humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and spawning salmon and herring — and, as might be expected in such a beautiful area, a growing human population. Like all societies, the region's communities must decide how to direct limited resources to their best and highest use. This question of how best to use limited resources is the domain of economists. It is the most fundamental economic problem, yet some community members are wary of the development advice they're getting from these specialists. Why? Because they are well aware of the consequences of omitting key variables from the economic calculus.

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This Valentine's Day, cod-dle up to sustainable seafood

February 10, 2015 | Leave a comment
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Did you know that Valentine's Day is one the best holidays for seafood sales? Restaurant owners note huge spikes in orders for oysters and lobsters on and around February 14. Would it be shellfish to ask you to consider other options?

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Cozy winter activity for ocean lovers

January 29, 2015 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Guillaume Coqueblin via flickr)

If you’re like me, cold winter days make you want to curl up with a cup of tea, read a book or watch a movie. Want to do that together?

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B.C.'s trawl fisheries recognized for conservation achievements

January 12, 2015 | Leave a comment

By Scott Wallace, senior research scientist

Seafood assessments are usually released to little fanfare. But today's Seafood Watch assessment release should be heralded as a significant milestone for Canada's Pacific groundfish fisheries. For nearly 150 years commercial groundfish fisheries off B.C.'s coast have targeted species such as halibut, lingcod, soles, flounders, Pacific cod and rockfish. The fishery has gone through periods of exploration, over-exploitation, stability and boom-and-bust. Now, it is honing in on sustainability.

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