Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership
Migratory birds - C. M. Burge / Getty Images

Mar 24, 2021

From the air, California’s Central Valley looks like an enormous patchwork quilt, squares of green and gold fields stitched together by grey threads of roads and highways. This region is known as “the breadbasket of the world.” The rich alluvial soil produces a quarter of the nation’s food. Close to 20% of all the rice grown in the U.S. comes from here.

Brendan Kergin
Sockeye salmon spawning in the Fraser River. UBC researchers are finding female salmon are dying at a higher rate than male salmon.Getty Images

Mar. 24, 2021

Researchers looked at the sockeye in the Fraser River

Historically, female sockeye salmon have outnumbered male salmon when they reach their spawning grounds, but UBC research is showing that's no longer the case in the Fraser River.

The Energy Mix
R. Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Science/USGCRP

FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Evidence is growing that a critical part of the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation system is weaker than it’s been in 1,000 years, a climate-driven change that could someday have a major impact on both the European climate and the fishing economies of the U.S. East Coast.

Watershed Watch
Salmon - Wilson Hui/Flickr
February 11th, 2021

(A recap of DFO’s annual State of the Salmon assessment)

Many factors contribute to the decline of wild salmon in B.C. Habitat destruction, harvest, and bad aquaculture practices are all negative impacts, but the effect global warming has on salmon populations will be widespread, long-lasting and irreversible without urgent action. 

Fiona Harvey
Fish mortality has more than quadrupled, from 3% in 2002 to about 13.5% in 2019, in Scottish salmon farms alone. Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP

Feb. 11, 2021

Report says pollution, parasites and fish mortality rates cost an estimated $50bn globally from 2013 to 2019

Salmon farming is wreaking ruin on marine ecosystems, through pollution, parasites and high fish mortality rates which are causing billions of pounds a year in damage, a new assessment of the global salmon farming industry has found.

Alexandra Morton
Photographer Tavish Campbell took this photo in early May of a lice-infested young pink salmon found near Discovery Island. TAVISH CAMPBELL
December 13th, 2020 

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, MP for South Shore—St. Margarets, Nova Scotia, will make a decision within the next week that will decide the fate of the Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Rochelle Baker
The decision followed consultations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with the Homalco, Klahoose, K’ómoks, Kwiakah, Tla’amin, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations, which ended at the beginning of the month, about whether to renew licences for the fish farms that operate in their traditional territories.

December 17th 2020

Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced Thursday that controversial fish farms in the Discovery Islands on the West Coast will be phased out over the next 18 months.

Carl Meyer
An access area for offshore oil drilling in the hull of the drillship Ocean Blackrhino in 2017. U.S. Department of the Interior photo

Nov. 24, 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil regulator says it expects the “best available science” will be followed when determining the environmental impact of drilling in a fragile Atlantic marine refuge.


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