Ecological Implications of the Shellfishery; A Case Study on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada
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With the serious conservation concerns associated with the wild fishery and the downturn in the forestry industry, Canadian federal and provincial governments are under increasing pressure to diversify coastal community economies that previously relied on these two primary resources. The consequence is tremendous pressure to exploit yet another primary resource, the shellfishery. Common sense would suggest given our track record which demonstrates our poor ability to properly care for the natural environment that sustains these resources, new resource development should proceed cautiously. However, on the west coast of Canada, this is not the case. The shellfishery is being developed at an alarming rate with an astonishing lack of respect for the environment and without heed or thought given to the ecological consequences of such rapid development.
KeywordsBRITISH COLUMBIA Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Tidal Elevation Manila Clam Clam Population
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