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Bridging troubled waters: zooarchaeology and marine conservation on Burrard Inlet, southwest British Columbia

By Nova Pierson

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Abstract

For thousands of years, the Coast Salish and their ancestors relied on the abundant marine resources of the Strait of Georgia. In the Greater Vancouver area, First Nations and others are working to restore and conserve taxa which are impacted by commercial fishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. Zooarchaeological data can contribute to modern fisheries management efforts because they reflect species presence and abundance that pre-date modern declines. I explore the pre-contact record of marine resource use, presence and abundance through zooarchaeological data from Burrard Inlet and its arms. These data show prolonged and inlet-wide use of taxa including salmon, herring, and anchovy in pre-contact times. By harvesting locally, and focusing on multiple species, including small and large species, pre-contact harvesting efforts may have promoted sustainability. In contast, today’s single-species management paradigm has led to cascading declines of preferred species, and forced commercial efforts offshore and onto once-spurned smaller fish.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2011
Pages 106
Publisher Simon Fraser University
Department Department of Archaeology
Degree Master of Arts
URL http://summit.sfu.ca/item/11677
Language English
University Simon Fraser University
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Canada
  3. Ecosystems
  4. Fish
  5. Fishing
  6. Habitats
  7. Marine animals
  8. Nature
  9. Physical environment
  10. pollution
  11. Wild animals
  12. Zooarchaeology