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Struggling sturgeon populations have prompted several fishing closures in an area that's often dubbed "the heart of the Fraser River."

A leaked copy of a government report on climate change says that since 1948, Canada's annual average temperature over land has warmed 1.7 C, with higher rates seen in the North, the Prairies and northern British Columbia.
In a YouTube film commissioned by Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, Sir David Attenborough warns: ‘The survival of these astonishing fish is at risk.'
Most salmon die after their first spawning. But not all do. Scientists call the survivors “kelts.”

Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of genetically-modified salmon produced in a facility in eastern P.E.I., says the company that owns the facility in a news release.

The Georgia Strait is home to one of the few remaining industrial herring fisheries on the Pacific coast of North America and is now the frontline in a battle to protect this oft-overlooked but keystone species.
One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is the fragmentation or breaking apart of habitats.
Amnesty International Canada says governments failed to recognize threats to Indigenous peoples.
Beavers create lazy side channels that baby salmon need to conserve energy and evade predators.
Follow North America’s ultimate wild food from river to table.
Opinion

As the MP for North Vancouver and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I know full well that salmon are more than just food.

I first learned to fly fish on the South Fork of the Boise River.

"A lot of flies have been tied in this room at Steamboat Inn."
Telegram columnist Russell Wangersky accurately describes the desperate state of provincial wild salmon stocks.

Canada is warming at twice the global rate, while right-wing politicians attack the carbon tax.

The following are comments and analysis by The Citizens Outdoor Rights Alliance (CORA) on the technical briefing represented March 12 by DFO Stock Assessment Biologist Nick Kelly in accordance with the advice from the Canadian Science Advisory.
Justice Cecily Strickland was clearly correct in identifying that the fisheries minister’s PRV policy was at odds with the precautionary principle.

The Cowichan Stewardship Roundtable has reported that Cowichan Lake is at 40 percent capacity, a level that’s usually witnessed in August, in the peak of the summer heat.
This is the International Year of the Salmon. What does that mean and how did such a designation and event come about?

More than 10 years ago, Taseko Mines proposed an open-pit mining project in an area of immeasurable cultural and spiritual importance for our Tŝilhqot’in people.

British Columbia

With the return of the herring, so has the opportunity to harvest ch’em’esh.

A major mine drilling program won't be going ahead in Tilhqot'in territory for now.

On the surface, Prince William Sound appears to have recovered. But you don’t have to dig too deep—into the soil or into memories—to find the spill’s lingering effects.
With the help of the Comox Valley Land Trust and Comox Valley Regional District (along with support from multiple organizations) the new CVRD Park (Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve) is now a protected piece of land.

People in the Tri-Cities have been seeing more black bears and coyotes this spring.

BC Wildfire Service urging caution as winter weather melts.
With warm weather on the rise and Family Fishing Weekend just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to recapture your love of fishing.
An international biologist, photographer and storyteller is coming to New West this weekend to share the results of a three-year effort to determine where the salmon are hiding in Metro Vancouver.
A new, updated guide to freshwater fishing in British Columbia is now available online — with hard copies expected soon.

The B.C. government is asking for the public's assistance in reporting any erosion concerns or potential flooding risks associated with recent wildfires in the Bulkley-Nechako Region.

The brand new Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir John Franklin crashed into Victoria’s breakwater Friday, crumpling a side of its back end and surprising pedestrians wandering out to the lighthouse.
Resident says lake isn’t receding during winter, and now the water is just feet from her home.
Frustrated with the estimated 100,000 seals swimming off the coast of B.C. commercial fishers are now calling for a yearly harvest.
A grandmother orca whale named J17 is hanging in there.
Nests are visible in-person or on the Park Board's Heron Cam.
The CRD has purchased more than 150 hectares of parkland at a cost of roughly $6.5-million. The area encompasses portions of salmon-bearing streams and patches of old-growth and fully grown second-growth forests.
A total of 700 volunteers flocked to the shores of the Fraser River to help with the cleanup.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is "actively working" with the city to bring a crossing over Haggith Creek up to a fish-bearing standard but has not imposed a deadline to get the work completed.

Sportsmen’s Club spearheads planting effort to prevent erosion in wake of culvert collapse.

The Haisla Fisheries Commission released its 2018/19 annual report detailing the wide range of activities its crew conducts over the course of a year. From stock assessments to food fish distribution, it's all in a year's work.

 BC’s sport fishing sector is bracing for severe restrictions on fishing for chinook this spring and summer. 

Health and fisheries officials are warning about 3 probable cases of paralytic poisoning after people ate shellfish harvested from a closed area off B.C.'s North Coast. Experts say the butter clams had neurotoxins from a red tide.

Provincial government says $50M in revitalization is money well spent.

Scientific panel outlines just how much we know — about what we don’t know — when it comes to regulatory oversight, water usage, earthquakes and radioactive waste.

 If Clowhom Lake becomes the primary source of drinking water for the Sunshine Coast, “we would never have to worry about water again.”
In November, two wells being fracked caused an earthquake so severe it halted construction at Site C, 20 kilometres away. 
Council also asked staff to create aggressive new targets for greenhouse gas emission limits and a comprehensive plan to achieve them.
Canada

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.

Cooke Aquaculture, plans to expand its operations in Nova Scotia with a new fish processing plant and new open-pen salmon farms.
The Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program began in the summer of 2018 as a means of funding environmental initiatives for Indigenous peoples.
 Fisheries scientists have estimated for the first time that 54.5 million Pacific salmon are living in the Gulf of Alaska — providing a valuable new tool to predict how many fish will be returning.

If the Atlantic salmon angling management plan for this coming season remains the same as it was for last year, the Citizens Outdoor Rights Alliance (CORA) says it won’t be sitting by idly.
It's not every day that you see an official Twitter account for a federal government tweet about animals doing 'it.'

 A 160-acre of land located near Lenore, Man. is considered a “gem” by its new owners after it was donated by a retired farmer for conservation purposes.
 Ottawa is keeping appropriate track of how Canada's mining industry releases effluent into the country's waterways, says the federal environment commissioner.

Species at risk: A guide to Canada’s conservation efforts - The Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been considering an “emergency” warning from scientists about an endangered species for more than a year in a case that could have serious implications for the proposed construction of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project.

An Alberta oilpatch company met with federal officials 22 times last year to lobby them about major fossil fuel projects. Ottawa is now drafting rules to specifically allow the company, AltaGas, to dump saltwater into a major Nova Scotia river.
The newly established Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park will help buffer Canada’s endangered Wood Buffalo National Park from industrial encroachment but more protected areas are necessary to offset decades of major hydro and oilsands operations,
United States
All crab fisheries in California will close about three months earlier than usual this year in an effort to keep fishery gear from killing protected whales.

The crew of the Bell M. Shimada hauled in the net, long as a football field and teeming with life.
The U.S. Department of Commerce allocated $20 million to help tribes, communities, fishermen, and businesses affected by commercial fishery failures that occurred in Georgia, California, Oregon, and Washington between 2013 and 2017.
Removal of part of the Truax Dam is set to take place in late summer, engineer Jeff Graham said during a public meeting Tuesday.
A bill that passed through a Washington state Senate committee would toughen rules for transporting oil through certain parts of the Salish Sea. But the bill is not just about oil — it's also focused on orcas.
After more than 42 years, steelhead will once again have access to a 7-mile stretch of Big Meadow Creek near Troy thanks to Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Outdoor recreationists who hunt, shoot, fish and boat are providing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat.
For several years, wildlife biologist and Beaver State Wildlife Solutions owner Jakob Shockey has developed and implemented anti-lethal solutions to help property owners deal with beavers.
A Maynard company’s salmon is the first bioengineered animal approved for human consumption in the country.

Good news for our endangered southern resident orcas! L124, or "Lucky," the calf born in late December, was captured on video swimming with the L pod off the coast of California.

Glacier National Park released an environmental assessment Friday for a proposal to kill off non-native fish in a remote area. Biologists say that could

It’s also cause for conservation.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Fish Conservancy have sued the Trump administration today for mismanaging West Coast salmon fisheries and harming critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales, a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Group says Army Corps study does not pass as credible science.

Just 10 years ago, the term “sustainable seafood” was pretty esoteric, and even if a consumer cared about the health of our oceans and seafood populations, it was difficult to determine best consumer choices.
A Trump administration proposal to vastly expand federal conservation land along the East Coast is facing protests from states and communities that say the plan will damage tourism industries that are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest — commercial fishermen, their crews, sport fishermen, seafood processors, even many boat builders — depend on.
International
Pacific Catalyst, a partnership of fishery management executives in collaboration with Fiji's University of the South Pacific (USP), announced their launch on March 25.
Scotlands's leading salmon farmer, Mowi, says it has ‘full control’ of sea lice on its farms.

A new vision for the future of the Irish inshore fisheries sector up to 2023 is outlined in a new strategy following an inclusive process that included both industry-focused and wider public consultation.

Scientists know surprisingly little about a salmon’s life outside of their freshwater and nearshore habitats, but an ambitious study is attempting to change that.

Fish and animal species return to areas replenished with plants and corals.

WA wild salmon is making a comeback into Great Southern supermarket aisles in fresh new cans from Mendolia Seafoods.

There’s a misguided stereotype that people who hunt and fish are looking to pillage and plunder with no regard for the environment and ecosystem.

In January, the Atlantic Salmon Federation was celebrating when Greenland's catch numbers came in under quota at 18 tonnes. Now, due to late reporting and miscounts, that number has more than doubled to more than 40 tonnes.

As sea water warms, sub-tropical fish swim north. They may do so more often as ocean heatwaves add to the sweltering.

Cooke Aquaculture says the dead fish have been removed from the pens and taken to a rendering facility to be composted.

Farmed salmon production in Ireland dropped to just 12,200t in 2018, down 39% y-o-y

Would replacing wild-caught seafood with plant-based alternatives reduce the environmental impact of our food? Probably not, for a variety of reasons.

As you’re chomping down on that delicious prawn laksa, that beautiful ginger-infused grouper, that mackerel curry, do you ever give a thought to where that seafood has come from?

The news is especially bad for large commercial fisheries that sell Atlantic cod, haddock, and herring.
Despite the many benefits of wetlands, their potential is still not fully utilised.
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