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Conservation groups that monitor Clayoquot Sound are sounding the alarm for the second spring in a row about high levels of a parasite that can harm juvenile wild salmon.

Posing a problem for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, new research shows salmon rely on entire watersheds.
An urgent rescue is underway on rapidly drying out sections of the Cowichan River as temperatures heat up. Salmon fry that are trapped in small pools and unable to swim out to the ocean due to increasing drought conditions are getting help to get there.
Bristol Bay bay is home to a $1.5 billion fishing industry and plays a crucial role to local subsidence-based communities. And a new study shows protecting them is far more complicated than previously thought.
Wildlife biologist Helen Davis has been fond of bears for as long as she can remember. She’s radio-collared black bears and tracked them on foot, squeezed into empty dens riddled with fleas and laughed at remote camera footage of bears sliding down plastic tubes in the forest, like children in a playground.

The 74th Steveston Salmon Festival aims to expand this year, beyond its long-time home in Steveston Park to Britannia Shipyards and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

In February, a federal court judge struck down the government’s no-testing policy on PRV, a highly contagious virus that environmentalists fear is killing wild salmon. The court gave Fisheries and Oceans Canada until June to come up with a new approach.

A flotilla of 20 vessels surrounded a fish farm site Tuesday near Quadra Island, where workers were installing new equipment on a facility protesters say is not welcome in the area.

Most mining exploration companies have no producing assets or revenue streams, but generous B.C. tax breaks and other perks draw them in disproportionately high numbers

Gov. Jay Inslee was right to exercise executive power to shift $175 million worth of transportation spending to expedite removal of culverts that block salmon migration.
Opinion

A five-point plan for mainstream media to cover fewer royal babies and more of our unfolding catastrophe.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s vote not to pass Bill C48 to ban tankers off B.C.’s north coast, a move effectively helping kill a piece of legislation by our elected government, was not as surprising as some might think.
Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco, you approach the world’s largest contiguous temperate rainforest.
British Columbia
J17, of the endangered southern resident killer whale population, is starving.

Their discovery means more than 60 grey whales have been found beached and dead along the West Coast between California and Alaska this year, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Blueberry River First Nation is re-launching a court case against the province, claiming the effects of development have encroached on treaty rights.
 British Columbia is joining Washington state and Oregon for Orca Awareness Month, an initiative to educate, inform and protect the marine environment, in June.

 Millions of tiny chinook salmon smolts are being released into extra-high water levels on Tuesday to help them dodge hungry seals waiting at Comox Harbour.

The public environmental assessment hearings on the subject of Roberts Bank’s proposed Terminal 2 container port project continued this week, with debates so far mostly centred around local ecological impacts.

To say that Tamo Campos knows the outdoors would be a bit of an understatement.
It's being called a rare event by marine experts — a group of transient orcas were seen feeding off of a grey whale off the coast of Washington state over the weekend.
Canada

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans has rolled out a new three-year plan to conserve and bring back wild Atlantic salmon.

An increase in the number of Atlantic salmon that anglers can keep in Newfoundland and Labrador has Appleton angler Dennis Simms calling it a good step forward.
The Government of Canada issued an Interim Order, effective June 1, 2019, to protect whales from vessel disturbance.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced $4.2-million for a number of projects within the national park on Friday morning.
United States
Report says the Willamette River is among the nation's most deadly for fish.
Editor’s note: this is part 1 of a 3-part series on fishing tips and advice from professional angler Jeff Holland.

Members of the Lummi Nation, Swinomish, Suquamish and Tulalip Tribes speak at Canadian review panel hearing on the proposed Roberts Bank terminal in Delta, B.C.

Nine of the state’s federal legislators have joined the swell of opposition against an exploratory mining proposal for the headwaters of the Skagit River in British Columbia.
The first endangered piping plovers are returning to Wisconsin this month as partners work to protect the birds' habitat in hopes of boosting nesting success.
Alaska fishermen could catch 85 percent more salmon this year (nearly a hundred million more) if state forecasts hold true.
Experts say GMO animals will likely be necessary to feed the world’s growing population, but others are fearful about what might end up on their dinner plate.
Amy Gulick's most recent book, "The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,"  weaves profiles of salmon people, Gulick's evolution as a salmon lover and stories of her journeys.

All sides in the debate over the Snake River dams and the survival of salmon need to have the strength and decency to show respect and work together.

Spring Chinook fishing on the Snake, Wallowa, and Imnaha Rivers and Looking glass Creek in northeast Oregon will remain closed in 2019 due to low returns.
While one state agency worked to protect the Nehalem River, another pushed to log it.

The fight to save Columbia River salmon could hinge on a major battle taking place in the basin’s biggest reservoir. It pits biologists against a fish: The invasive northern pike.

International
Scientists focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms this month on the potential extinction of one million species — but few heard their calls.
The world's fishing fleet has more than doubled since 1950, but it's not because the fishing was any good. Fishermen are working a lot harder to catch fewer fish and with climate change, fish stocks will be even further stressed, according to a recent study.

West of Scotland river workers are calling on the Scottish Government to draft an urgent ‘action and delivery plan’ for the iconic salmon as they fear for their jobs.

Noise pollution interrupts the normal growth and development of fish embryos.
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