Posted on August 08, 2013

Asking Norway about the Piscine Reovirus from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

From the "Department of Wild Salmon": Piscine Reovirus- A salmon virus fresh from Norway

Over 90% of BC farmed salmon are testing positive for a recently imported Norwegian virus that causes lesions in the hearts of salmon. Should we be concerned about it's effects on

Posted on January 07, 2013

by Aaron Hill and Stan Proboszcz

These are strange and precarious times for BC’s wild salmon populations, and their status is as complex and varied as the watersheds they inhabit. Some populations are doing well, while others are decreasing, depleted, or altogether gone.

In the trauma ward you’ll find most of the chinook populations of the Fraser River and the west coast of Vancouver Island, as well as

Posted on October 17, 2012

The province is expected to make a decision about lifting the moratorium this summer. The David Suzuki Foundation wants the decision to be cautious.

BC's moratorium on fish farm expansion and subsequent environmental review were triggered by an outbreak of triple antibiotic-resistant disease among BC farmed salmon.

Posted on October 17, 2012

The 1998 salmon fishery gave countless examples of ways to conduct safer fisheries, using conventional and alternative fishing technologies.

by David Lane, T . Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation fisheries researcher

This summer saw the largest experiment in BC history in selective salmon fishing. Literally, the entire coast became a selective fishing zone to protect threatened coho salmon in the North Thompson River and upper Skeena River.

Posted on October 16, 2012

Canadian federal scientists say the common additive to industrial and household detergents and sprays seems to be related to the troubles of East Coast salmon stocks. The question is, where else are these chemicals causing problems?

by Miranda Holmes

Recent Department of Fisheries and Oceans research suggests that nonylphenols (one of the breakdown products of the family of chemicals known as alkylphenol ethoxylates or APEs) may be playing a role in the failure of salmon stocks to return to many of Canada's East Coast rivers.

Posted on October 16, 2012

A volatile political climate makes fisheries forecasts jiggery-pokery.

by J. Cates

It's always difficult to predict where the fish will be found on the west coast, especially when forecasts have to be made in an atmosphere where there's always the potential for a new outbreak of political posturing between Canada and the US. The word from Fisheries Minister David Anderson is that harvesting of Pacific salmon in 1999 is likely to take place in all sectors: First Nations, commercial, and sports.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Has the web of life been broken, beyond any hope of repair?

by Maggie Paquet ©

Back in autumn 1999, newspapers and at least one national magazine carried an article by Tom Reimchen of the University of Victoria Biology Department on the links between bears, salmon, and forests in the coastal ecosystems of British Columbia.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Our threatened fishing industry prompts a 10-point program to protect BC salmon.

by David Ellis

The first forecasts are in for commercial salmon fishing for 2000, and, not surprisingly, they're not good. Harvest opportunities for Fraser sockeye might range "from limited to none," says the DFO, and the northern troll fleet will probably be shut down for the season due to the concern for coho and chinook.

Posted on September 01, 2012

Thanks to constant pressure from salmon activists and NDP MP Pe­ter Julian, the federal government has recently announced that it will conduct a judicial enquiry into the disappearance of the Fraser River sockeye.

by Joe Foy

It was a September day in the Fraser Valley that seemed just about perfect, with a robin’s egg blue sky

Posted on August 29, 2012

by Delores Broten and Wayne Cullen

Buried in all the angst and despair of these troubled times, a good news story has been quietly slipping itself into the creeks and rivers of the BC coast. The salmon, which many on the coast still view as doomed, have made a strong comeback to their native spawning grounds. The sacrifices of fishermen, who had their livelihood curtailed, of native people, for whom


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