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The B.C. Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund will fund a Tides Canada and Watershed Watch Salmon Society Connected Waters project to identify flood infrastructure  blocking the passage of juvenile salmon in the Lower Fraser. Find out more about this work at
Federal and provincial officials say they're considering options like trucking or helicoptering salmon upstream, as hundreds of fish remain trapped in a narrow area of the Fraser River Canyon.

The federal government and B.C. First Nations reached a joint agreement on managing salmon in the Fraser River on Friday. The pact was made between the Fraser Salmon Management Council, which represents 76 First Nations bands along the Fraser River, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Fish are in waterways that can become toxic environments, says Watershed Watch's Lina Azeez.
The details of how the act will apply to specific species will be spelled out in forthcoming regulations.
On June 24, the Sea Shepherd research vessel Martin Sheen led a flotilla of about 30 vessels, including kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, zodiacs and skiffs, up the Browning Passage to an active fish farm.
UBC researchers will track chinook salmon as they navigate the summer feeding grounds of the southern resident killer whales to see if the whales’ dinner plate is empty or full.

An area four times the size of Vancouver Island is home to smoking vents, volcanic islands just under the water and a staggering abundance of life

They've filed documents in the Federal Court of Appeal in connection with the re-approval of the Trans Mountain expansion.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is assessing whether to proceed with charges over one of the largest mining disasters in the country’s history.
With nine species of salmon and trout spawning in the tributaries of the Lower Fraser River and using the main channels and sloughs to rear, a spill of dilbit into the river or its tributaries would be catastrophic.
Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC responds to columns by Tom Fletcher and David Elstone.
Nicolson’s grandparents had packed up everything they had to move up to Alaska to fish on an old, double-ended wooden sailboat. Seventy years later, it is still the family business.
Misty MacDuffee of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation outlines international efforts to conserve this threatened species.

Governments aren’t calculating the true cost of fighting climate change when they fail to take into account side effects such as fewer deaths from air pollution — co-benefits that make the net cost of climate action as low as zero, growing evidence shows.

British Columbia
Area in central B.C. pegged for open-pit gold and copper mine “as sacred to us as a church.
“People depend on this salmon from the Salish Sea through to Metro Vancouver and all the way up to the northern interior and out east to the Rocky Mountains,” says Aaron Hill, executive director of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society,

Researchers with the Centre for Whale Research spotted J pod and K pod in Haro Strait over the weekend, but two orcas, J17 and K25, weren't with their families.

In Sept., the Zoo will host its inaugural Turtle Dash to get the community moving for conservation.

Southern resident killer whales which are often spotted in the Salish Sea near Vancouver throughout June haven't been seen this season, and scientists believe that could be because of the lack of chinook salmon.

A small wetland project at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie has received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP).

Province avoids investigation of human health impacts of fracking, despite independent scientific review warning of unknown risks to air and water

The Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning kicks off summer by offering free hikes for families.
Adam Olsen says rainforest protection is a key policy for wild salmon conservation.
Vancouver Island Brewing has announced details of a unique beer festival as well as a collaborative sampler pack to raise funds for the preservation of wild B.C. salmon stocks.

Amid the currents of the First Narrows underneath the Lions Gate Bridge, the outfall for the North Shore’s 58-year-old sewage treatment plant dumps over 30 billion litres of waste into Burrard . . .

A northern fur seal rescued off the coast of Campbell River earlier this year has been released back into the wild.

Fraser River Delta is one of BC’s most vital habitats for migratory shorebirds. Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, are joining forces with BC Nature to halt plans for a huge trading port on-site.

Hundreds of people who live along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries have been devastated — and, in some areas, stranded — by flooding, road washouts and unstable earth as incessant rains continue overwhelm the river.

The Alouette River Management Society is taking on a new restoration project. And it’s not deep in the rain forest, but in downtown Maple Ridge.

Low water supply projections in the Comox Valley means heightened water restrictions to coincide with BC Hydro's plan to go below minimum fish habitat flows in the Puntledge River

The Campbell River is currently as low as BC Hydro is allowed to let it go under its water license because spawning salmon will soon begin returning to the river.

The United Nations body that oversees world heritage sites has given Canada a new deadline to address problems in the country’s largest national park.

The Trudeau cabinet has approved plans by a controversial tungsten mine in New Brunswick to include two waterways that are habitat for endangered Atlantic Salmon and other fish species in a tailings site for toxic waste.

On June 21, 2019, Bill C-68, the Amended Fisheries Act, received Royal Assent and became law. The most significant change to the Act is reflected in subsection 2.1(b) of the new purpose clause: Canada Environment Siskinds LLP 9 Jul 2019

In North Harbour River, Rocky River and Colinet River, work was underway in 1985 to increase salmon stocks.
United States
Alaska’s 2019 wild salmon harvest season, which began in mid-May with the Copper River openers, Is now expanding through the state’s central, southeast and western regions.

Kerry Accola's innovative sonar approach to field research is helping scientists analyze endangered salmon swimming by the city at night.

The Trump administration appears to be intervening in the war over America's most productive wild salmon fishery on behalf of the mining industry—which is bad news for the salmon and the people who depend on them.

"There's definitely concerns about hatchery fish and what effects they may or may not have," NOAA Research Fisheries biologist Karl Veggerby said.

Northwest salmon are struggling to survive. A new count shows a significant drop in salmon returning to spawn, which creates a major ripple effect in Western Washington -- from decreased orca sightings to negative effects on the commercial fishing industry.
A new campaign against salmon farming in Scotland has been launched by environmentalists, with a flotilla protest and citizen science project planned to highlight failings in the £1 billion industry.
The plans to double Scotland’s output of farmed salmon would require 360,000t of additional wild-catch to be processed into fishmeal, an NGO has demonstrated.

The closure of the Loch Ewe salmon farm comes after 15 years of failing to meet certain environmental standards, with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) reportedly imposing reductions of around two thirds on the permitted quantity of fish farmed.

Ireland’s sole surviving ocean going wooden sailing ship, the ‘Ilen’, which was re-built through a community educational programme in Limerick, will follow the migratory journey of salmon in the Shannon River to West Greenland.
New books this month also examine environmental racism, wildlife coexistence and the history lessons of acid rain.
People from different sectors of civil society, including environmentalists, scientists, and residents of Patagonia, have organized to oppose an industry model they say will harm the area’s environment, tourism and local fishing industry.

Commercial fishermen caught 651 million Pacific salmon in 2018 – one of the largest catches recorded for an even year, according to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC).

Aquaculture firm AquaMaof is riding a wave of demand for farmed fish in what is the fastest-growing food sector in the world.
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