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“It’s always scary when we’re coming into the hot season for the salmon,” says Aaron Hill, Executive Director of Watershed Watch Society. “We never know how they’re gonna fare.”
As Coast Salish People, we cannot allow any mining operations in the Skagit River Headwaters.
In British Columbia’s Bella Coola Valley, humans are trying to live in harmony with the giant bears.
“It’s the most comprehensive package that we’ve seen so far,” MacDuffee said. “They have recognized a lot of the areas that need threat reduction and they’ve made some important strides on that road, but it’s not everything."
Terry Teegee, regional chief with the BC Assembly of First Nations, said he generally supports the bill but would like even stronger protection for First Nations’ inherent and constitutionally protected rights.
The small pieces of plastics that pollute our oceans are more diverse than we make them out to be. Recognizing their variety may help us find solutions.
Journalist Sarah Cox takes on the dirty business of clean power in Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro.
It is stark and uncomfortable to gaze upon the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it and feel the force of its loss — but doing so can help us recover meaning amidst our grief.

In Seattle, Singapore, and other waterfront cities around the world, engineers are creating life-enhancing designs to encourage marine biodiversity.
Councillor Pete Fry has proposed a motion requesting city staff to create a plas for a blueway that runs from False Creek to the Fraser River.
Opinion
British Columbia’s north and central coast, also known as the Great Bear Rainforest, along with Haida Gwaii, hosts a uniquely biodiverse region that is becoming increasingly rare in this world.
Sitting there, on sand and the countless soft shards left behind by clams and mussels and oysters over decades, I couldn’t loose myself of the knowledge that the ocean is beginning to die. 
British Columbians are rightly concerned about the state of several wild Pacific salmon stocks. I share that concern.As minister of fisheries and oceans and MP for North Vancouver, I know that salmon are more than just food.

Grown adults, allegedly concerned for the welfare of the salmon stocks, are bent out of shape because they now are expected to release the fish that they are still so lucky to catch, and even then only some of the time.

British Columbia
Skeena River anglers are alarmed a DFO investigation into the Ecstall River fishing controversy may not result in any charges, nor is the department likely to formally close loopholes that can allow it to happen again.
It's a good news/bad news scenario when it comes to snowpack levels across the province.
The B.C. Green Party is calling for an immediate halt to the logging of old-growth forests on Vancouver Island.

Dry conditions are being reported throughout the province, and the fire danger rating is ranging between moderate and high.

Canada
The Tyee asked global experts, and got some surprising answers.
Canada’s West Coast fishery could be in for a sea change, if Parliament accepts and implements 20 recommendations being made by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson was at the St. Mary's River Association Interpretive Centre to announce $1.2 million over three years in funding to restore watersheds and coastal habitats in eastern Nova Scotia.

The federal Liberals are looking to incorporate elements of Senate public bills banning shark finning and phasing out captivity of some marine mammals into government fisheries legislation currently before the Upper Chamber.

North Shore tributaries to Lake Superior have been too cold this month to coax the annual steelhead run, but fisheries managers this week saw a sign that the spawning push is nigh.

United States
Salmon count on their sense of smell to identify predators, prey, mating partners, kin and also their way to natal streams, a scientist explains.

With giant buckets of cold Nisqually River water and some smaller bins to hold fish, Megan Moore is assembling a field surgical ward outside of the small town of Yelm.

The FDA has approved the request of AquaBounty Technologies to produce genetically modified salmon within the United States.
This week U.S. Senator Patty Murrayand U.S. Representative Derek Kilmerre introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Most Northwest political leaders dodge the need to look at breaching the Snake River dams to save salmon and orcas. Not deep red Congressman Mike Simpson.
"We are lucky that we brought them back. I learn every day from them.”
Canada has adopted a suite of measures intended to improve orcas' access to food by reducing commercial and recreational fishing for chinook salmon and quieting vessel noise.
In light of the United Nations’ recent report detailing the catastrophic rate of species extinction in the 21st century — up to a million kinds of plants and animals in the next few decades — it may come as no surprise that wild salmon, too, are facing trouble.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed five crucial orca recovery bills into law that protect the safety and livelihood of the Southern resident orca on May 8.
Discover Some Fantastic Facts About the World’s Largest Flatfish.

Fishing for Chinook salmon in the Columbia River will be closed again this year as fish are expected to return from the ocean in their lowest numbers since the dismal returns of 2000.

“It’s just amazing how fast these systems come back. Everything is playing out like we thought,” says one biologist monitoring the river.

International
A petition has been launched against plans for fish farms in Scottish waters.
There's no denying that keeping livestock has deeply benefited humanity over the millennia. But, while sheep and cows may have adapted well to farm life, there's one animal humans like to eat that would fare poorly in farms.
Sea anemones affected by bleaching retain microplastics longer than healthy ones.
The Baía Formosa's small-scale fishery was found to provide subsistence, food security and employment opportunities for local inhabitants.
A new study warns that many of the benefits rivers provide, from water to food to flood control, are increasingly at risk thanks to dams and diversions.

The fisheries directorate has urged companies to be ready with mitigation measures, as Nordland and Troms see ongoing mortalities.

It’s a little bit like school yard justice meets the deep blue sea.

The site is the most advanced land-based facility for the production of salmon eggs in the world, located in Sørfold in Northern Norway.

Mowi, the world’s largest farm-reared salmon company is appealing against a decision to revoke its licence for harvesting more than twice the amount of salmon it was allowed to at an Ireland farm.

A new species of snakehead, a group of fishes native to Africa and Asia, was discovered living in a cave system in the state of Kerala, South India, and named after the cave-dwelling character Gollum of The Lord of the Rings novel.
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