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Watershed Watch and the B.C. Wildlife Federation say science supports closures between 60 to 84 days to protect the run from imminent extinction.
Although the NEB admit the pipeline and associated tanker traffic could devastate orcas, threaten the marine economy with the risk of oil spills and erode Indigenous cultural practices on the coast, they decided the benefits are worth it.

Bringing new life to Burnaby’s buried and abused creeks, streams and wetlands.

An in-depth investigation  of the links between the decline of chinook salmon and the of our Southern resident killer whales.
Aquaculture is on the rise, yet overfishing continues. Here’s why we can’t eat our fish cakes and have them, too.
Northwestern tribes and the University of Washington climate group have joined forces to help protect salmon, roots, trees, and other important resources.
Federal fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson says he wants to pursue a precautionary approach to fish farms in B.C. waters.

How a traditional way of seeing the world and our place in it offers a path for communities today.

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead in migrating and spawning below Elk Falls, BC Hydro says.
Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds.
Opinion

We are at a critical moment for Washington wildlife. Soon the Legislature will vote on actions that could determine the future of Puget Sound orca and the Snake River chinook that are so important to

An open letter to Alan Campbell, MP.

Our leaders should be speaking up for our concerns, not waiting for the deeply flawed process to play out.
There is no law or federal policy that compels the Corps to put speed over substance on a project that could be disastrous for Bristol Bay.
British Columbia
The Province and First Nations seeking ‘alternatives to litigation’ in confidential discussions.
Minister Wilkinson responds to revelation that DFO changed the conclusions of a scientific report recommending fisheries reduction to support “status-quo salmon harvesting.” 

Freda Huson and hereditary chief Smogelgem, the individuals named in the Coastal GasLink injunction case, filed their response in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, opposing the company’s application for an injunction.

More than 49,000 litres of oily water has been sucked out of the storm sewer system near Mackay Creek in North Vancouver after an oil spill was spotted in the fish-bearing creek last Friday.

B.C.’s sport-fishing sector is hoping to see revisions to proposed federal restrictions aimed at protecting struggling Fraser River chinook salmon runs.
Ottawa’s and British Columbia's promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is already starting to change how business is done in B.C.
In a new study from UBC’s Okanagan campus, researchers have discovered a surprising new source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emmissions—bicarbonates hidden in the lake water used to irrigate local orchards.
The Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association has given $50,000 towards the Comox Valley Land Trust and the Cumberland Community Forest Society.

Nearly 15 years in the making, a commercial scallop farm is hoping to pick up where the now defunct commercial salmon industry left off in Prince Rupert.

Warm waters and infectious disease have been determined as the causes of a die-off of sunflower starfish along the Pacific coast, says a recently released study.

Delta Nature welcomes research biologist Misty MacDuffee on Tuesday, March 5 in Tswassen.

One of the most well-known of orcas that frequent the waters off B.C.'s coast has had a calf, and it needs a name.

Newly dated clam gardens show the technology is much older than previously thought.
The Spirit Orcas will achieve greatness this summer with a 25-kilometer swim through the Great Bear Rainforest.
Municipal utilities, restoring B.C. Hydro ownership on table, Michelle Mungall says.
Canada
As the world’s ecological crisis becomes better understood, the boreal forest is becoming somewhat of a celebrity because of one jaw-dropping stat: the Canadian boreal represents 25 per cent of the planet’s remaining intact forest, leading the world alongside the Amazon.
The project would likely harm endangered southern resident killer whales, increase greenhouse-gas emissions that worsen the impacts of climate warming, and could cause oil spills that would be damaging to the environment, the board found.
Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans ‘has been complacent for year after year after year when it comes to hydroelectric companies.'
Ontario land developers and conservationists struggle to balance economic and social interests with protection of environment and wildlife, but a habitat restoration project in eastern Ontario may point the way to a more productive future.
United States
With Patagonia Provisions, the outdoor apparel giant is moving into food production. Can their bold vision for regenerative agriculture help offset climate change?

First in an occasional series on 'Salmon Nation' success stories, Alaska to California.

After about five years of work, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s hatchery-wild study is beginning to answer crucial questions.

With a sense of urgency, feisty spirit and an incredible eye, this talented witness turns wild trout and salmon into art muses for conservation.
The Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon run not only set a record in 2018, but the brand also made a big splash at retailers across the country.
With the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of a sprawling natural resources bill, the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook are once again in contention.

Olympia oysters, Puget Sound’s only native oysters, were nearly wiped out in the 19th century from overharvesting. Now a network of scientists and advocates is working to restore them to their historical and cultural prominence.

Gov. Dunleavy has imposed a gag order on AK's fisheries budget; All questions, even to the ADFG commissioner's office, are referred to his press secretary who ignores requests for information.
Pilot bread, fresh salmon and akutaq: A new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum explores food culture in Alaska.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent trying to restore Atlantic salmon to Maine rivers, without much luck.

Oregon’s Borax Lake chub has been protected since the early 1980s, when geothermal energy exploration threatened to disrupt the hot springs that supply the only lake where it lives.

President Trump’s push for a wall on the US-Mexico border has stirred up strong feelings on the immigration issue. But the wall would also have an environmental impact, which many experts say would be quite substantial.
The Resilience Genome Initiative will empower a cadre of transdisciplinary resilience engineers to adopt and continuously develop climate adaptation solutions.
Senator Jeff Merkley joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes, announce significant investments in the Klamath Basin.
The long-awaited Beaver Island Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project is finally happening.
Its budget for 2019 focuses on climate change and reducing phosphorus runoff into area waterways.
If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.
Vermont can have healthy wild native trout populations without farm-raised fish,” said Tim Hayes, Chair of Native Fish Coalition’s Vermont chapter.
A science festival is hosting a pop-up event in Bangor to get Mainers interested in preservation of salmon.
Two ranches in Siskiyou County set out to see if agriculture and conservation can co-exist in an increasingly water-scarce future.
An excavator chipped away at the old Paper Mill dam Friday morning, allowing the East Aspetuck River to once again flow free.
International
The £2 billion salmon farming industry marketed around the world as Scottish is virtually all owned abroad, according to campaigners.
A new study shows how salmon survival leaving freshwater is an important factor in declining European salmon populations.
China will launch a mega salmon farm in the cold waters of the Yellow Sea to feed its growing appetite for fresh seafood.
Applications are open for the second round of the large-scale Flagship Fish Habitat Grants program, an initiative from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
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