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Every year, Watershed Watch's fisheries advisor, Greg Taylor, writes a recap of the season. This time, he says the pain of the task had him fishing through his past.
Watershed Watch Salmon Society's Aaron Hill said he was pleased to see the provincial and federal governments working together, but the test of the fund would be how the money was spent. 
An international team of researchers collected thousands of samples and pioneered a new DNA testing method to learn more about salmon survival in the North Pacific in the first comprehensive study in the region in decades.
Alaska’s salmon farmers and their critics have come to an agreement that the almost 2 billion hatchery fish the 49th state dumps in the Pacific Ocean each year warrant an annual state review.
Wildfire, drought and a pine beetle epidemic are piling on top of a long history of logging, pushing the province’s forests to a dangerous tipping point that experts say will make bad flooding worse.
A new surveillance plane is set to help monitor fisheries and catch illegal activity in the waters off Vancouver Island. Contracted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the aircraft will be based out of Campbell River Airport.
Professors project the nutrient decrease by 2050 if climate change mitigation continues as is.

Former federal fisheries minister David Anderson expects that “substantial restrictions” in catch will be needed to save chinook salmon along the West Coast. “Restricting catch is about the only . . .

"When the herring finally disappear, we’ll have only ourselves to blame. Indeed, it sometimes seems blame is about the only renewable resource we can rely upon anymore."
A prominent Ottawa biologist wants more of us to pick up a fishing rod and reconnect with nature as a way of protecting our lakes and rivers and the wildlife in them.
Opinion
A fish ladder and sockeye hatchery could help build and sustain Alouette salmonids.

Last year, provincial and federal scientists and contractors collaborated to draft a stock recovery assessment of Interior Fraser River steelhead trout. Forty-two experts from government, . . .

If you’ve seen southern resident orcas in the wild, chances are you were not alone. Each summer, the orcas are mobbed like celebrities, with an average of 20 boats tracking them at any given moment.
We should all hope that Standing Tall means more than treating the lands and people of our great state as simple warehouse widgets.

A joint U.S.-Mexico park along the Rio Grande would send a message of cooperation when the loudest words are of division.
I would like to respond to the opinion piece about salmon and the Jordan River by providing B.C. Hydro’s perspective as someone who has been involved with the hydroelectric system for about 20 years.
When ships are too close, the sound can be deafening and make it difficult for the killer whales to hunt for food.
Fishermen of all kinds need to unite to fight for fisheries.
 
The National Energy Board has recommended that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project should proceed despite the “significant adverse effects” of oil tankers on the critically endangered SRKWs.
Hope resident Art Green disagrees with Tom Fletcher about how tankers will affect killer whales.
The salmon science numbers are in for 2018, and while the survey of individual rivers show some increases in salmon numbers, those increases come after two successive years of serious declines.
Article describes how Trump Administration, in defiance of intense Alaskan opposition, backs destructive mine proposal over Bristol Bay’s “unparalleled profusion of life.”
Alaska commercial fisheries look to be  global-warming losers, according to a new study by a group of U.S. scientists, but the study is missing one vital component: Salmon.
Jonathan Wilkinson is the minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, argues for aquaculture in this op ed.
British Columbia
Fishing derbies award prizes for the biggest fish and raise significant money for conservation. But new rules on sport fishing may put an end to the derby as we know it.
British Columbia's newest northern resident killer whale now has a name.
While two Sea to Sky groups welcomed new funding for wild salmon conservation, the announcement was also met with concern over the long-term sustainability of such projects in our area.
Nanaimo-bound expedition is trying to find out how tiny creatures that mistakenly dine on microplastics could affect the survival of wild salmon.

A First Nation in British Columbia’s central Interior says it will seek an injunction from the province’s top court in order to halt the start of drilling at what it considers a sacred lake on its territory.

The Jack Brooks Fish Hatchery has been operating for the last 40 years on Rocky Creek.
Fraser Basin Council says dikes are inadequate as risk increases due to climate change.
The 12th annual river cleanup is March 23 and the goal is attracting more youth.
The very successful salmon recovery program has been going since 2003 in the Okanagan River. Now the Okanagan Nation Alliance have been leading salmon reintroduction efforts in the mainstream Columbia River, and major tributary – the Kettle River.
Canada

With half the province’s salmon rivers in the “critical zone”, the Atlantic Salmon Federation is concerned that declining returns and lower spawning rates are placing wild salmon in jeopardy.

Canada's environmental protections are not as stringent as many think argues Anton van Walraven.

United States

Many U.S. chefs and retailers prefer intact fillets that constitute a single portion. That demand is driving overfishing for young fish that haven't reproduced.

What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish?
Seafood’s presence on American menus is on the decline, but as more consumers try to consume less meat, opportunities abound for fish and shellfish to fill the gap, says a menu trend expert.
Petitioners want a moratorium on large aquaculture leases while additional rules for future sites are drafted.
A Monday meeting of Washington's Orca Task Force brought good news; the new calf spotted back in January continues to do well.
Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Idaho anglers will have limited opportunities to catch spring chinook in fishing seasons that open next month.
The GE salmon could be in grocery stores as soon as 2020.
The latest Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was surprising to some, but not shocking to most Louisiana coastal fishermen.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its massive hatchery-wild research study will inform the conversations surrounding the rates at which hatchery pink and chum salmon stray into wild streams and whether they’re less productive than their wild counterparts.
Fish managers have developed options for Washington’s ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over Chinook stocks and optimism about improved returns of coho projected this year.

A crisis for the river's salmon is now less than a month away, says Parker Jefferson, co-chair of the Cowichan Stewardship Roundtable.

International
Between 2014 and 2016, parts of the eastern Pacific Ocean warmed as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit above average during what has been characterized as the worst marine heatwave on record.
Researchers describe jellyfish as a ‘gingerbread house’ for fish, providing both food and shelter.
Researchers from Stanford University created a map that identifies intersections between shark and tuna populations and fishing vessels.
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