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Lake Winnipeg fish species in ‘grave peril’ due to mismanagement, wildlife group says

Oct. 22, CBC News:

Some Lake Winnipeg fish species are on the brink of extinction due to “decades of mismanagement” of the commercial fishing industry, says the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.

“The issue of declining fish stocks in Lake Winnipeg is a direct result of commercial fishing policies that are not based on science,” said Brian Kotak, managing director of the wildlife federation.

“The harvest levels are unsustainable.”

Commercial fishers are allowed to catch a quota of any of the three main species — walleye, sauger and lake whitefish.

That system encourages intense fishing pressure on whichever species is most in demand, which has meant a heavier focus on walleye for many decades due to market prices, said the federation. Read more.

Water Action Decade Event

The International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, commenced on World Water Day, 22 March 2018, and aims to accelerate efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation, increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems, and an exacerbated risk of droughts and floods. This session will include presentations from UN-DESA, UNU and other members of the UN-Water Task Force on Decade Implementation, and bring participants up to speed on the current state of the Decade implementation and how to get involved.

Join Our Omand’s Creek Cleanup Sept 8th & Win Jets Tix!

Omand’s Creek Cleanup near St. Matthews Ave. – Saturday, September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m.

Come join True North Sports and Entertainment and help us make a difference for our community by taking part in our final cleanup of 2018.  We’ll be meeting in the southwest corner of the Home Deport parking lot at 727 Empress Street to clean up along Omand’s Creek. Come, get your green on…AND be entered to win 2 tix to the Jet’s Go Green game vs. the Boston Bruins!

Remember – what you do DOES make a difference!  See you there!

Please contact Candi Bezte at the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Program to register or for additional information (water@mbeconetwork.org / 204-947-6511).

Sewage S.O.S. Aging wastewater infrastructure is putting our lakes at risk

Check out this fantastic series of articles from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation – April 9, 2018

Out of sight, beneath the ground and behind the walls of industrial plants, a national crisis is growing.

Water and wastewater systems make up approximately 30 percent of Canada’s municipal infrastructure – and, across the nation, these systems are in serious trouble: crumbling due to age, chronically underfunded and increasingly inefficient.