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The province is home to more species at risk than any other and is one of only three provinces that lacks stand-alone legislation to protect endangered species.
Richmond will upgrade more than 4 kms of its dike network to bolster the city against rising sea levels, thanks to funding from Ottawa. (We are still waiting to find out if these upgrades will be fish-friendly. Find out more at www.connectedwaters.ca.)

A subtle transformation to century-old jetty that has made life unnaturally difficult for chinook salmon — 13 populations of which are at risk in B.C. — is giving new hope to recovery efforts for the fish and their number one predator, the endangered southern resident killer whale

Wild salmon are what unites us in this northwest region. First Nations and non-First Nations alike hunt, trap and fish for sustenance and also commercially.
New research reveals that farmed salmon have smaller 'jaw hooks' or 'kype'- a secondary sexual trait, likened to the antlers of a stag, making them less attractive to females than their wild salmon cousins.
On Read Island, another BC coastal coho habitat faces off against logging trucks.
Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild.

Following a legal settlement, the Washington state aquaculture company responsible for the failure of its floating net pen in August 2017 will pay a $322,000 US penalty to the Washington Department of Ecology.

Insights into epigenetics and inheritance show that some organisms can adapt to a changing world.
Opinion
Regular columnist Jim Hilton takes on the Spruce Budworm.
If these rare and endangered forests are logged, threatening the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, an incredible asset for tourism and recreation and a protected area for wildlife and biodiversity, it would be a tragedy for us all.
April 22 was Earth Day. This year, the 49th since the first Earth Day in 1970, the focus was on species.
Now is the time for Canada to demonstrate conservation leadership, both on the international stage and here at home.

Of the many “unknowns” flagged in a recent science panel report, few are as disturbing as the finding that no one can say how destructive an earthquake may be when triggered during brute-force oil and gas industry fracking operations.

I’ve been amused, in past years, by signs posted here and there in Rossland that announce “WARNING:  BEAR IN AREA.”
This is the wrong mine in the wrong place. Public comments are due by May 30.

The plight of orcas and a historic court case involving elephants bring focus to the Nonhuman Rights Project.

A recent letter to the editor (April 14, “Model hatchery program”) claimed that a hatchery supplementation program on a tributary of the South Fork Salmon River in Idaho greatly increased the overall run size.

 This has been a very challenging winter for the Cowichan watershed.
Fish farming is a hot-button issue in an area of Nova Scotia where a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture has applied for a major expansion of the salmon farm it has operated in Liverpool Bay since 2011.
British Columbia
Students see culmination of Salmonids in the Classroom program.
Maine-based Whole Oceans may have kicked the tires on acquiring Kuterra, but the Canadian company says it’s involved in ‘exclusive discussions with a potential investor.'
Eagle Eye Outfitters' tackle shop is closing its doors. Kori Sidaway tells us why and what the owners fear will happen next.

It’s that time of year again; trees are bursting, flowers are blooming and fish are being released into local creeks to find their way in the wild world.

Canada

Canada is banning industrial activities inside marine-protected areas (MPAs), including offshore oil and gas development and bottom-trawl fishing, but the prohibition won't automatically apply to activities in fisheries conservation areas designated as marine refuges.

Some researchers say clear-cutting can boost the severity of floods, such as the one province of New Brunswick just suffered.

The lawsuit alleges the provincial government hasn’t taken into consideration the potential risk of raising an extra 2.2 million salmon smolts in open sea pens.

United States
Tucked into Washington's $52.4 billion budget is controversial funding for a “stakeholder group” to look into what could happen should the four Lower Snake River dams be removed or altered.
Fish passage is a main focus for those trying to produce more Chinook salmon, the food source for southern resident orcas. In  "Saving the Orcas," KING 5 looks at two projects to increase fish access to habitat on two important rivers.

The Chilkat River supports all five species of salmon native to Alaska. And now, a modern-day gold rush upstream threatens the health of the river downstream.

International
Scientists are predicting a dramatic uptick in the rate of species introductions as economies grow and the climate changes.
Angling can make you a happier, healthier person. Helen O’Callaghan looks at the benefits of getting into a river and reconnecting with nature.
"The world of rural Speyside has changed beyond recognition since the days of Alexander Grant in 1800s."

Levels of wild salmon in Scotland are at their lowest since records began, sparking calls for a radical effort to preserve the species as a matter of national priority.

Study claims that ocean acidification could impact people globally.
Mounting concern at Inland Fisheries Ireland about decline in wild salmon population.
Why do some animals strike a chord with humans, prompting them to donate millions towards their conservation, while others draw little more than disgust?
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