Grave concern for Brant’s food supply

Loved the article on the Parksville Brant Festival.

I do have grave concerns about what is happening to their food supply. It is not by accident that northbound Brant arrive as the herring spawn is happening.

The spawning herring give these birds the required energy to continue north to their nesting grounds, in the arctic.

It takes a lot of calories to fly from their wintering grounds to the high arctic for nesting.

If the food is diminished or lost for these birds at their historic stopovers, the result will be catastrophic.

I want to see the last local herring roe fishery terminated, may this year’s mistake be their last. The truly sad thing is the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot see what is happening.

Migratory birds do not have time to find another location and timing to get their much-needed food, that responsibility is in our hands.

Thanks to Denman and Hornby Islands for their forward thinking.

Robert Tritschler

Parksville

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