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16 December 2007

Single Vessel Label Program Discontinued

Transport Canada has decided to discontinue the Single Vessel Label Program before the regulations contained within the Canada Shipping Act 2001 come into effect (the Act came into force on July 1, 2007). Vessels that are not serially produced will no longer be required to have a Single Vessel Label. If your boat does not presently have a Capacity or Conformity Label, you will no longer be required to obtain one.
[Canada Shipping Act, 2001 | Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety]

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14 December 2007

Fish farm parasites wiping out Wild Salmon

Parasitic sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) found in salmon farms are rapidly killing off nearby wild salmon, according to researchers from the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University and the Salmon Coast Field Station in Echo Bay, B.C. Infection levels in wild juvenile salmon near the farms were 73 times higher than normal.
The researchers predict that unless fish farms change their location or procedures, wild pink salmon numbers will drop 99% within eight years. The study will be published in today's issue of the journal Science.
[CBC News | University of Alberta | Science Daily]

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