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BC's Sockeye salmon run the biggest seen in 97 years

It's good news for British Columbia's salmon fishermen, particularly those situated on the Fraser River - this year's Sockeye salmon run is the biggest one seen in 100 years.

Canadian Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans predicts good BC sockeye run

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans Pacific Region has released its pre-season estimates of the yet-to-come sockeye salmon run.

BC Tory MP says salmon inquiry tainted by conflict of interest

Vancouver - Conservative British Columbia Member of Parliament John Cummins is breaking Tory protocol by speaking out against the appointment of a former Department of Fisheries and Oceans employee as an advisor to the Cohen Commission.

Scientist plans to put crude into Arctic ocean to test clean-up

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is behind a plan to dump up to 1,200 liters of crude oil in the Arctic Ocean in a bid to test clean-up responses.

Canadian sealing season is extended to May 31

Ottawa - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister, Gail Shea, issued an announcement Tuesday to say she had extended the annual seal hunt to May 31st.

Ottawa will prosecute Marine Harvest for alleged violations

Vancouver - The Canadian Justice Department has taken over a prosecution undertaken by biologist Alexandra Morton against a Norwegian fish farm located in British Columbia.

Canada's dirty not-so-secret secret might finally be cleaned up

The Tulsequah Chief Mine, located in northwest British Columbia, close to Juneau, Alaska, has been a mess for years, leaking acid into the salmon-rich Taku River.

Bluefin tuna not protected after Canada sides with Japan

Gail Shea, Minister of Canada's Fisheries and Oceans provoked debate across Canada Friday after she backed Japan's stance on continuing to fish the endangered bluefin tuna.

Canadian seal quota increased but weather might kill hunt

Disregarding the collapsing market for Canadian seal products, and the spring-like conditions that have been melting the sea ice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced an increase in limits to this year's seal hunt.

B.C. decision brings fish farming sea lice data out into open

A ruling by British Columbia's Office Information and Privacy Commissioner means that information about the health of farmed fish must be made public.

Anti-sealing protester hits Minister Gail Shea in face with pie

Minister Gail Shea, who is responsible for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, was in Burlington Monday to open the new Aquatic Life Research Facility.

Canadian government flaunted CEAA law to favour proposed mine

Canada's Supreme Court handed down a ruling described by one environmental organization as 'disturbing,' for allowing a proposed mine to proceed while chastising the Government of Canada for failing to uphold its own law.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen to head up salmon inquiry

It's not often when any level of government takes steps to respond to the concerns of protesters. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper's move to hold a judicial inquiry into the loss of BC's sockeye salmon has garnered the approval of many Canadians.

Inquiry to examine the collapse of B.C.'s Sockeye salmon fishery

In what is sure to be welcome news to many people in British Columbia, Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, announced Thursday that the government of Canada will hold a judicial inquiry to examine the collapse of B.C.'s Sockeye salmon fishery.

Sex 'kitten' Pam Anderson launches PETA anti-seal campaign

Canada's perpetual sex 'kitten,' Pamela Anderson, is a spokesperson for the controversial group, PETA. People may remember Pamela's support for PETA's recommendation to eat a vegetarian diet, where Anderson only wore a scanty cabbage bikini.

BC's salmon issue on a slow broil

While the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been mum on its plans for taking over the regulation of salmon farms in British Columbia, the people who rely on salmon for their livelihoods have not been sitting idle.

Protest against fish farms draws hundreds in Vancouver

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Vancouver Saturday, asking the government of Canada to do more to protect wild salmon, specifically to ban open-net salmon farms.

Canada's lakes slowly being converted into mining waste dumps

Canada has an abundance of water which has long been a source of food and income, as well as many providing many different recreational pursuits. Lately, Canada has been putting some of its lakes to a new use - containment ponds for mining wastes.

Fishermen calling DFO for funds get escort service instead

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), already under fire for its lack of action on the collapsed Sockeye salmon fishery in B.C., is now in hot water for directing callers to its help line to an escort service.

Beleaguered Department of Fisheries and Oceans takes another hit

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans is taking another hit after a month of troubles over the collapse of the sockeye salmon fishery and the department's failure to uphold its own laws in the protection of an endangered species.

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