Salmon

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada closes recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena River watershed, including the Bulkley River. (Contributed Photo)

Northwest B.C. First Nations outraged by Alaskan interception of salmon

Gitxsan, Gitanyow, and Wet’suwet’en call on government to protect constitutional fishing rights

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada closes recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena River watershed, including the Bulkley River. (Contributed Photo)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

New report suggests Alaskan fisheries are overharvesting plummeting B.C. salmon stocks

Alaska criticized report, calling it was an “unfair and biased attack on Alaska salmon fisheries

A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

Clear-cuts have disrupted the landscape’s natural mechanisms for mitigating floods and landslides

Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.

Grieg launching new vessel to tackle sea lice at its Vancouver Island fish farms

Mechanical system reduces need for medicinal or chemical treatment, company says

Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.
In Stonefly Creek in Glacier Bay, Alaska, glacier retreat in the late 1970s revealed salmon spawning habitat in the new stream that was colonized within 10 years by pink salmon that grew rapidly to more than 5,000 spawners. (Jonathan Moore)

Melting glaciers could create 1,000s of kms of salmon habitat around B.C., Alaska by 2100

Climate change is rapidly changing environments for animals and researchers are urging protection

In Stonefly Creek in Glacier Bay, Alaska, glacier retreat in the late 1970s revealed salmon spawning habitat in the new stream that was colonized within 10 years by pink salmon that grew rapidly to more than 5,000 spawners. (Jonathan Moore)
Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)

Fish farmers say data refutes sea lice drop-off after Discovery Islands restocking ban

But wild salmon advocates say link between farms and infections supported by peer-reviewed science

Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)
Jordan Froese, with son Mitchell, points to salmon swimming in flooded yard on Chilliwack River Road. (Prossy Froese photo)

B.C. researchers, advocates consider impacts of catastrophic flooding on Fraser River salmon

Stranded and trapped salmon seen swimming in yards, trapped on railway tracks, trails, in ditches

Jordan Froese, with son Mitchell, points to salmon swimming in flooded yard on Chilliwack River Road. (Prossy Froese photo)
Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
Salmon at Goldstream Provincial Park were swept up in stormy floodwaters on Nov. 15. (Courtesy RLC Park Services)
The Indian River estuary, which connects the ocean inlet around North Vancouver, B.C., to the freshwater river, is shown in this undated aerial photo. A new study on salmon bones dating back thousands of years shows the Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous nation around North Vancouver targeted male salmon for their meat and to sustain the fishery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tsleil-Waututh Nation

B.C. study shows sustainable management of salmon fishery before colonization

Archeological evidence shows First Nations effort to focus harvest on males led to stable fishery

The Indian River estuary, which connects the ocean inlet around North Vancouver, B.C., to the freshwater river, is shown in this undated aerial photo. A new study on salmon bones dating back thousands of years shows the Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous nation around North Vancouver targeted male salmon for their meat and to sustain the fishery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tsleil-Waututh Nation
The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo
The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. (Black Press Media file photo)

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. (Black Press Media file photo)
A salmon leaps out of the water while fighting a line in the Puntlege River in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C. recreational chum salmon fisheries go catch-and-release due to low returns

DFO non-retention orders in effect for multiple recreational fisheries throughout southern B.C.

A salmon leaps out of the water while fighting a line in the Puntlege River in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
Dorothy Chambers above the Colquitz Creek footbridge formerly used to catch and count coho salmon. The practice ended for the year on Oct. 10 after otters threatened their numbers. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Hungry otters end annual Greater Victoria area salmon count after 10 days

Colquitz Creek counted halted as otter pups taught to exploit salmon traps used for the count

Dorothy Chambers above the Colquitz Creek footbridge formerly used to catch and count coho salmon. The practice ended for the year on Oct. 10 after otters threatened their numbers. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The semi-closed aquaculture containment system trialed by Cermaq Canada. Cermaq Canada Photo.

Tech flaw halts Vancouver Island semi-closed fish farm trial

Water quality concerns, dying fish leads Cermaq to shut down Clayoquot Sound testing

The semi-closed aquaculture containment system trialed by Cermaq Canada. Cermaq Canada Photo.
Phyllis Shaw from Aunties Chumus Indian Tacos cleans salmon (springs) she purchased in order to give away the eggs, or roe, for upsqwii. Shaw and her family operated a popular concession at the Alberni District Fall Fair Sept. 10–12, 2021, that featured a five-pound Indian Taco-eating contest. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Tacos with an Indigenous twist drew crowds to Alberni District Fall Fair

Phyllis Shaw and family hope to open a pop-up takeout spot, dream of food truck

Phyllis Shaw from Aunties Chumus Indian Tacos cleans salmon (springs) she purchased in order to give away the eggs, or roe, for upsqwii. Shaw and her family operated a popular concession at the Alberni District Fall Fair Sept. 10–12, 2021, that featured a five-pound Indian Taco-eating contest. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A salmon is reeled in by a fisherman along the shores of the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Fishers, experts await details on Ottawa’s latest plan to save Pacific salmon

Fisheries and Oceans said stocks are declining to ‘historic lows’ due to climate change, habitat loss

A salmon is reeled in by a fisherman along the shores of the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
James Mollet, 11, takes his turn tending the grill at the 2019 Salmon Fest barbecue. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO

EDITORIAL: Opportunity awaits for Port Alberni’s 2022 salmon derby

Volunteers need to step up if Salmon Fest is to return

James Mollet, 11, takes his turn tending the grill at the 2019 Salmon Fest barbecue. MIKE YOUDS PHOTO
Stuart LePage, of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, sprints to place a salmon in a vessel to be lifted by a helicopter and transported up the Fraser River past a massive rock slide near Big Bar, west of Clinton, B.C., Wednesday July 24, 2019. Officials say thousands of migrating salmon are making their way past an area of British Columbia’s Fraser River that was the scene of waterway restructuring efforts following a massive rock slide more than two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Salmon getting through Fraser River slide zone as officials ponder permanent fix

Protected fishway at the slide site is allowing salmon to make it upstream

Stuart LePage, of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, sprints to place a salmon in a vessel to be lifted by a helicopter and transported up the Fraser River past a massive rock slide near Big Bar, west of Clinton, B.C., Wednesday July 24, 2019. Officials say thousands of migrating salmon are making their way past an area of British Columbia’s Fraser River that was the scene of waterway restructuring efforts following a massive rock slide more than two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Spawning sockeye salmon, a species of pacific salmon, are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Ottawa to close about 60 per cent of commercial salmon fisheries to conserve stocks

79 of 138 commercial and First Nations communal fisheries will be affected

Spawning sockeye salmon, a species of pacific salmon, are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Catches and returns of chinook salmon, pictured, are declining through parts of their range. Black Press Media file photo

Pacific salmon recovery report gives 32 recommendations to reverse salmon declines

Report caps an investigation into B.C.’s declining salmon populations

Catches and returns of chinook salmon, pictured, are declining through parts of their range. Black Press Media file photo