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Suzuki’s sockeye black eye

Last year the David Suzuki Foundation issued an article that blamed declining sock-eye salmon stocks on global warming, among other things:

The Fraser River’s sockeye salmon are in trouble. And when the salmon are in trouble, we’re all in trouble.

The number of sockeye returning from the ocean to the Fraser River this year is one of the lowest in the past 50 and follows two years of dangerously low returns. In fact, we have witnessed decades of decline for diverse sockeye populations from the Fraser Watershed, some of which are now on the brink of extinction.

Sockeye have been heavily fished over the years, their spawning habitat in rivers and lakes is being destroyed, their survival is threatened by warming oceans and rivers due to climate change, and they are vulnerable to sea lice and diseases from open-net salmon farms.

The stocks were so low last year that the government launched an investigation which is set to cost $14 million and start next month.  The David Suzuki Foundation was granted standing as part of the Conservation Coalition.

we're baa-ack!

This year, the salmon are back, in numbers not seen in almost 100 years:

Fishery officials estimated Tuesday that more than 25 million sockeye salmon will return to the Fraser River this year, the largest number since 1913. Last year’s return was 1.7 million — the lowest in more than 50 years.

And the estimate could yet go higher as Tuesday’s test catch was the largest all year, said Barry Rosenberger, area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Radical environmentalists have been parading NOAA’s declaration that the first 6 months of 2010 were the warmest on record.  Yet sockeye salmon thrived in what are presumably the same ‘warming oceans’ the Suzuki article declared would see them vanish almost into extinction.

The Suzuki Foundation has been caught out by the nature of things, they took a short-term trend and used it as an example that global warming is real.  Now, nature has bounced back with record numbers of fish and the David Suzuki Foundation’s unfounded fear-mongering is exposed.