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“Fishery managers and the Fisheries Minister ignored obvious warning signs and allowed aggressive fishing based on flawed, risky assumptions,” says Aaron Hill, Watershed Watch Salmon Society executive director.

Days after the Federal Court ruled a fish-farm policy failed to consider risks to wild salmon, Ottawa says the virus at issue poses minimal risk to wild sockeye salmon.

"Neither saving the chinook salmon of the North Pacific nor innovation in the cleantech industry can, or should, be achieved through the support of financially and environmentally risky mines near the region’s largest wild salmon-producing rivers.”
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that it is forging ahead with its March herring fishery, despite protests from environmental groups.
While the report gives a nod to the problems of hatcheries, it fails to understand why pursuing hatcheries and ocean ranching (in which hatchery fish are released into the ocean and caught when they return to spawn) compromises the likelihood of keeping wild salmon on the landscape into the future.
In the Alouette watershed in British Columbia, water runs from the mountains and ridge tops into the local ponds, streams, and lakes.
Report expected by month end according to Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo/North Cowichan, and co-chairman of the province’s wild salmon advisory council.

As a new study from the University of Guelph reveals, not only is seafood mislabelling rampant — undermining consumer choice, threatening vulnerable species and presenting a potential food safety issue — it takes place at every step in the supply chain.

Scientists are taking cues from road impacts on wildlife to keep whales and sharks safe from ships.

The United Nations anti-racism committee is making it difficult for the federal and provincial governments to hide behind a court decision allowing continued construction of the Site C dam.

Opinion
This fish story is a whopper. It begins with an egg, an eye, an alevin, a fry, a smolt, a silvery juvenile, a mature adult and a red-spawner journey back to a fresh-water home. 
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British Columbia
Watershed Watch Salmon Society has crunched all the information provided by the three responsible management agencies (Pacific Salmon Commission, Fraser River Panel and Fisheries Canada) into a spreadsheet that shows the “details missing from the government’s report.”
Steelhead LNG said the route for the proposed pipeline would be west of the Fraser River.
A Federal Court justice has ordered the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to develop a new policy on farmed salmon after finding the department was deficient in not testing for a virus that may cause heart and muscle inflammation before releasing the fish into the wild.

Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are in court this week appealing a 2018 B.C. Supreme Court decision they say unduly limits their right to a commercial fishery.

Drone flights have revealed an odd couple in the Pacific. Scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium video footage shows dolphins hanging around pods of killer whales, two species that are usually more like predator and prey than Felix and Oscar.

It’s about fact and science. That’s how Tsawwassen documentary filmmaker Jocelyn Demers describes his first solo film project, The Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River.

The creature, sometimes known as a cow shark, was female and roughly four-metres long.
Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP disappointed it took a federal court to change DFO policy on farmed salmon.
A potlatch feast will be held in March by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to discuss with clans.

A judge has cleared the MV Marathassa of charges arising from an April 2015 oil spill in English Bay.

Canada

The Canadian government is facing more legal problems over an alleged and ongoing failure to enforce its own environmental laws — challenged this time by a group trying to protect the habitat of native cutthroat trout in Alberta.

Canada’s largest national park is at risk of losing its status as a World Heritage site due to the impacts of dams, oil development and climate change — and a federal action plan falls short.
Cape Breton University hosted a free public talk about the future of the wild Atlantic salmon.
When shopping for food you expect the ingredients to match the label, but that’s not always the case when it comes to seafood.
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is taking on the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans on behalf of CAST and contentious-salmon stocking proposal.
United States
The number of chum salmon in the Skagit River watershed continues to reach new lows since monitoring began in the 1960s.

In this third installment of our series, we’ll take a closer look at Washington’s mighty Skagit River system and one of its valuable tributaries, Illabot Creek.

Since the Edwards Dam was breached, more than 1,100 dams have come down across the United States.
Oregon state biologists say the birds just moved upriver—possibly tripling the number of salmon each bird ate.

The Quinault River Committee on Friday announced a closure of the 2019 commercial fishing season for Quinault River blueback — or sockeye — salmon for conservation purposes.

Howard Garrett, co-founder of the Orca Network, is slated to give a free talk Feb. 23 in Everett.
Everyone has heard of the problems facing Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotia. Numbers are declining, and fishing season has been closed on many rivers.
Nordic Aquafarms plans to construct a second, USD 400 million RAS facility in California capable of farming 55 million pounds of salmon a year.
NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to a $20,000 reward for information after more than 12 sea lions were found shot around West Seattle since September.
The more we learn about the orcas, the less we know, according to Dr. Deborah Giles.
Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales.
The plan estimates that the annual cost of implementing recovery actions will be $24 million per year on top of recovery-based efforts covered by regular federal budgets.
The death of a 4-year-old Scarlet, or J50, has left experts wondering if they did enough to help starving whale.
Despite the proposed moratorium, whale watch operators say that their presence is vital to keeping Southern Resident orcas alive.
This Valentines Day, why not name a salmon at Oregon's Wildlife Images after your ex and feed some hungry brown bears in the process?
Pure Salmon has secured US $20 million in funding for a 20,000 tonnes per annum, land-based salmon farm in Tazewell County, Virginia.

International
Salmon are a symbol of the recovery of Yorkshire’s rivers. But should hatcheries be part of their future?
Fishermen have vowed to take legal action in a last-ditch attempt to save the tradition of salmon-netting after the government imposed an indefinite ban.Nets have been used to harvest wild salmon as they migrate between the sea and Scottish rivers for centuries. In 2016, a three-year ban was impose

Hopes are high that angling on one of Scotland’s most famous rivers will recover after plummeting to an all-time low last year.

Serious concerns have been raised about the huge loss of young salmon in the River Dee.

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