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.


13 thoughts on “Suzuki’s sockeye black eye”

  1. I’d be scared to know how they planned to spend $14 million during an investigation. I just can’t think of any way to spend that sort of money investigating fish numbers.

    I guess the “overheads” must be enormous for Suzuki & Co. Or professional consultancy at $1000 per hour plus expenses, or something like that.

  2. Great article, I’ll be checking back into this site.

    Good to see that some people are still doing real, investigative journalism.

  3. The irony was profound on the local news here in Vancouver . . . lead off story about 30 million + salmon in the Fraser, happy fishermen in their boats etc etc.

    Followed by story 2, the very stupid sounding Suzukites out wasting $14 million dollars on some useless PR “study” to “prove” Global Warming is bad, bad, bad.

    The juxtaposition was delicious.

  4. Yeah, this is way funnier than Carl Sagan making NASA waste money on quarantining the Apollo 11 crew, lest they bring back the Andromeda Strain.

    But at least NASA only made that mistake once–what’s the over/under on Suzuki getting another $10 million-$20 million after ginning up more end-of-the-world dumbassery?

    1. They should redirect the $14 million to investigate how the greens managed to con government into spending all that cash on an investigation into a short-term meaningless trend.

  5. Record numbers of salmon? Does this mean that ‘ocean acidification’ is on par with ‘global warming’ as a threat to life on Earth? As I recall, it was shortly after Copenhagen that a number of great green thinkers announced that they had misspoken,and that OA was actually what was going to drive most fish to extinction by the middle of this summer. How embarrassing.

  6. Ah, “the nature of things”. This was a weekly 30min tv spot that Suzuki did back in the 1970s (I watched it in high school) after starting the radio program Quirks & Quarks.

    Sad to now see him get caught up in all of this.

  7. Ah, “the nature of things”. This was a weekly 30min tv spot that Suzuki did back in the 1970s (I watched it in high school) after starting the radio program Quirks & Quarks.

    Sad to now see him get caught up in all of this.

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