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Watershed Watch Salmon Society hosted its fourth biannual canoe tour of the Katzie Slough last Sunday.

It can take years for declining plant and animal species to make it on to Canada’s Species At Risk registry.

In this episode, host Lawrence Gunther talks to Watershed Watch's Lina Azeez about the Connected Waters campaign.

Foundation says government inaction preventing steelhead from reaching spawning grounds.

Public meeting in Sooke tonight to discuss measures focus on key threats related to contaminants, lack of prey, noise or physical disturbance.

Scientists discover large amounts of tiny plastic particles falling out of the air in a remote mountain location.

Research examines the public testimonies of expert witnesses during a Canadian federal commission charged with investigating the reasons for dramatic declines of sockeye salmon returning to British Columbia's Fraser River in 2009.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding for a flood mitigation project in the Fraser Valley.

Cape d'Or salmon in Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia, has shown that even small-scale recirculating aquaculture system salmon farms can be successful.
For this big fish, there's no place like home.
Opinion

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) was developed through more than two decades of intensive engagement between states and Indigenous peoples from around the world.

This is simply sound public policy to protect the unique and remote north coast – and it won’t damage the Canadian oil and gas industry.
Like industrial farms, aquaculture is inhumane and unsanitary and a threat to marine and human life.
The case for alarmism amid a global emergency.
If the state continues to ignore invasive hatchery salmon and does not enforce a wild salmon genome standard on them, there eventually won’t be any wild salmon left to save.
British Columbia
Life Spirit of Wild Salmon Art Celebration cultivates deep respect, love and gratitude for salmon.
Port Alberni is bracing for a flood of fishermen like the west coast city hasn't seen in decades as the result of anticipated record chinook returns there and fishing restrictions in other areas.

Members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation gathered at the mouth of the Coquitlam River this week to collect the flotsam and jetsam scattered under the Mary Hill Bypass.

Archeological findings out of northern B.C. have confirmed the oral history of the Lake Babine First Nation dating back at least 1,300 years.
The devastating outbreak cleared space in the ecosystem for previously uncompetitive sea stars to flourish.

On the edge of B.C.’s popular Manning Park is an unprotected patch of land called the ‘Doughnut Hole,’ where the company responsible for the Mount Polley mine disaster is proposing exploratory drilling for a copper mine many say will violate a 1984 Canada-U.S. treaty.

 North Vancouver MP and Fisheries and Oceans Canada Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is defending his government’s new restrictions that will severely curtail fishing for the at-risk Fraser River chinook.
For Coastal Shellfish Corporation, a First Nations-owned scallop aquaculture venture, two things matter most: sustainable business in an area too familiar with the boom and bust of fishing industries, and that their activities cause as little harm to the natural environment as possible.

Two motions passed last month by a local fisheries advisory committee which, if enacted, would have closed stretches of the Bulkley and Morice rivers to salmon fishing have been changed. Instead DFO is being asked to evaluate salmon stocks prior to any decisions which would affect fishing.

The City of Parksville wants to cull its population of Canada geese. The goose population is down by at least 20 per cent from six years ago, but the city says more of the birds need to be killed to control their numbers.
Canada
A new study released today by the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association demonstrates how rehabilitated pits and quarries are providing valuable wetland habitat for wildlife across Ontario.
Adam Weir from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters offers his take on the impact climate change may have on fishing.
A lawsuit has been filed against the Indian Head Hatchery expansion in Newfoundland and Labrador that asks the court to order that the expansion not proceed without a proper environmental assessment.

Portions of western Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick are under water as river systems in the regions surge following the spring thaw.

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Margaret Miller and her department have outlined the information required from Northern Pulp before the company’s proposed effluent treatment plant could be considered for approval.

The lawsuit aims to challenge the Newfoundland and Labrador government’s approval of Mowi’s plans to boost the capacity of the Indian Head Hatchery

United States
The organization that sets limits for commercial, recreational and tribal salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest wrapped up their work Tuesday at a meeting in Northern California.
Saving Puget Sound's southern resident orca pods and the salmon they depend on for food is not a contentious idea.
Willamette River among most deadly for wild fish, says conservation group.

Upcoming fishing seasons have been set, and local anglers can prepare for fishing to begin …

The pristine rivers and streams that feed into Bristol Bay, Alaska, produce a salmon stronghold that has been celebrated as renewable wealth for thousands of years.
Temperatures soared more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit above the March average in many parts of Alaska, a result of disappearing sea ice and a wobbly jet stream.
The Skagit River Valley has lost more than 50 percent of its floodplains and Chinook salmon runs are just 10 percent of what they once were. It is on rivers like the Skagit where scientists are trying to figure out a balance: produce food for hungry humans and for hungry whales.

Washington state’s Senate approved a law requiring 100 percent clean energy by 2045, joining three other states with similar legislation for mid-century.

The clock is ticking for several projects in Mason County that could help our endangered salmon and Puget Sound orcas.

What to do with the four Lower Snake River dams and how to best protect imperiled salmon have been a tough questions for decades. They were the focus at a conference on salmon in Boise Tuesday.

The Sucarnoochee River in west Alabama is flowing free again after an obsolete dam was removed.
Washington business leaders, chefs, and fishermen urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reject proposed Pebble Mine.
Washington state anglers can expect a mixed bag of salmon fisheries this year with increased coho opportunities in the ocean and the Columbia River.
International

The UK arm of Norway's Mowi, the world's largest salmon farmer, has bought a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility producing "cleaner fish", the company announced. 

Scientists fear risks to wild Atlantic salmon populations if legislation to expand fish farms gets through the Icelandic parliament next week.

The public is being asked to sponsor a radio-tagged young salmon to find out why they are on the verge of extinction in many Scottish rivers.

Fishery boards say stocks of wild salmon are at their lowest level since records began in 1952.
Look and ye shall find: The enigmatic myxozoans may have lost most of their jellyfish genes but they found hosts everywhere, even on dry land.
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