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Hatchery-raised salmon sometimes spread disease to their wild counterparts in the same way that farmed salmon do, said Aaron Hill, executive director of the Coquitlam-based Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

All bottom-contact fishing activities are being banned from within 150 metres of nine newly discovered glass sponge reefs in the Salish Sea in the Howe Sound area northwest of Vancouver.

The commercial herring roe fishery in the Salish Sea may be the final nail in the coffin of chinook, resident orca and seabirds.
A British Columbia group wants to revive the seal and sea lion hunt on the west coast, provoking a debate about the controversial practice and prompting scientists to warn of consequences for the ecosystem.
It's as if Chief Patrick Michell of the Kanaka Indian Bar Band has a superpower. With what appears to be a normal set of eyes, his vision stretches back to the last 8,000 years of his people and ahead, to a future of climate chaos and unshakeable hope.

Gerry Taylor is a biologist, specializing in fish behaviour, who worked for the B.C. government for 45 years. In this episode he shares his experience.

If anything, the rise of farm-raised fish has increased our desire for seafood.

Facing devastating declines in salmon stocks, conservationists in Clayoquot Sound are taking a ground-up approach to watershed restoration decades after forestry and mining have taken their toll.

Ottawa will not appeal a recent court decision that orders a review of its policy not to test young farmed salmon for a potentially deadly disease before the fish are transferred to open-net farms along the British Columbia coast.

Scientists say the heat waves are becoming more common and longer, and are killing off the species that underpin many marine ecosystems.
Opinion
Industrial expansion in one of the most important chinook salmon nurseries in the province without the barest of environment reviews is problematic.
 Mining in B.C. has a long history of being glamorized, romanticized, prioritized and given freedoms to act that no other industry or citizen enjoys.

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 endangered southern resident killer whales.

Jordan River was once one of the largest and most productive salmon-spawning rivers on southern Vancouver Island.
 Salmon conservation groups are hitting back against the new Made in B.C. Wild Salmon Strategy — and with good reason.

It’s time for our federal government to recognize the importance of sport-fishing to the British Columbia economy.

Pebble CEO Tom Collier fails to mention immovable Alaskan opposition and his own multi-million dollar bonus if Canadian-owned mining project gets quick federal permit.

British Columbia

Since we live on the coast, there is an old-school way to be sure you are getting what you pay for; know who caught your seafood!

Nearly half of the Fraser River basin will have gone through a transition from snow-dominated to rain-dominated by the end of this century in response to global warming, two University of Northern British Columbia professors are predicting.

Snow pack is 88 per cent of normal with cold February featuring less precipitation.

According to a notice from BC Hydro, Comox Lake has seen the lowest levels of water inflows for March in 50 years, resulting in a visibly low water level at the lake’s drainage point into the Puntledge River.

Reports of tonnes of oolichans being pulled in the shrimp trawl boats alarms Metlakatla First Nation.

Canada

Scientists say the surprise overlap of all three North American bear species challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions about conservation

John Shears was happy to hear the Department of Fisheries and Oceans report the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat recently informed them of a slight, overall improvement in atlantic salmon stocks in the province.
DFO released troubling numbers about salmon stocks on Tuesday. Almost half are in the “critical zone.”
United States
Recently, the creators of the salmon cannon suggested that officials in the state of Washington should use the cannon to boost salmon over dams so that the fish can spawn, ultimately creating more food for hungry and endangered southern resident killer whales.
Sonar readings from New York's Hudson River hint at a revival for the embattled Atlantic sturgeon.
The Estonian company Enefit had hoped to install Utah's first oil shale development, but the fate of the project may be in jeopardy since a coalition of seven different environmental groups issued a notice of intent to sue over the proposed project in eastern Utah. 
As Alaska is experiencing unusual salmon behaviors and failed runs, a group of international scientists are halfway through a long over-due winter voyage in the Gulf of Alaska to try to solve some of the fundamental mysteries of which salmon survive, and why.
Private and commercial whale watching boats must keep greater distance from our endangered southern resident orca whales and obey a "go slow zone" in legislation passed Thursday by the Washington State Senate.
Salmon genetically modified to grow faster could hit store shelves as early as 2020. The FDA now allows this type of fish to be imported to the U.S.

Fish managers released their options for Washington’s ocean salmon fisheries that reflect recent concerns over …

International
Scientific expedition pushed through rough seas around the Antarctic in search of potential unique species of killer whale called Type D.
Local support for conservation is associated with perceptions of good governance, social impacts, and ecological effectiveness.
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