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Study: Impact of diluted bitumen on young sockeye salmon deadly

Vancouver - A spill of diluted bitumen would put the survival of young salmon at risk even if the fish end up in clean water following exposure to the oil product, says new research from the University of Guelph.

Sockeye salmon run and cold-water trout — The water's too warm

Anywhere from five to 22 million sockeye salmon are nearing the mouth of British Columbia's Fraser River, heading home to spawn. But the waters of the river are so warm right now there is a good chance the salmon will die.

GOP lawmakers try to revive Pebble mine project under Trump EPA

Some GOP lawmakers and mining companies are banking on the EPA's new head, Scott Pruitt reversing an earlier veto by the agency of a controversial mine project in Alaska's Bristol Bay, despite local opposition and the threat to sockeye salmon fisheries.

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying in overheated waters

Over a quarter-million sockeye salmon, returning from the ocean to spawn, are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

Review: ‘Salmon in the Sea’ — Is farmed salmon a threat to wild salmon? Special

Campbell River - A recent segment of CBS’ “60 Minutes” focuses on the positive and adverse aspects of salmon farming, potential threats of this activity to wild salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest, and comparative facets of salmon products for the consumer.

Study finds salmon use magnetic fields to find their way home

Long before humans discovered magnetic north and invented the compass, Pacific sockeye salmon were using the Earth’s magnetic fields to guide them back to their home rivers.

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.

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.

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.

Alberta continues moratorium on annual grizzly bear hunt

The Government of Alberta announced the results of an independent study that tracked Alberta's grizzly bear population. The study has found there are about 581 bears living in the province outside of national parks.

BC fishermen: no indication Shea ready to act on Salmon crisis

The loss of an estimated 9 million fish from this season's Sockeye Salmon spawning run in British Columbia spells future trouble for the salmon fishery. Fishermen are anxious but the Canadian government is still not saying anything about the situation.

Loss of BC Salmon provokes calls to scrap fish farms

This year's sockeye salmon run was notable for its lack of salmon. Instead of the 10 million salmon that were predicted to return to spawn this year, there were roughly 1 million. The experts can't explain what happened.
 

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A stern full of Bristol Bay Sockeye. The F/V Mecca. Captain: Turk. Deckhand: Marco Casagrande. 2006.
A stern full of Bristol Bay Sockeye. The F/V Mecca. Captain: Turk. Deckhand: Marco Casagrande. 2006.
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A sockeye salmon photographed in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge  Alaska.
A sockeye salmon photographed in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
David Menke
A male and female sockeye salmon spawning in the Adams River of British Columbia Canada in October  ...
A male and female sockeye salmon spawning in the Adams River of British Columbia Canada in October, 2014.
William Rosmus (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Sockeye salmon get their famously bright red color and hooked nose after they return to freshwater t...
Sockeye salmon get their famously bright red color and hooked nose after they return to freshwater to spawn.
USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency
Adult sockeye salmon encounter a waterfall on their way up river to spawn.
Adult sockeye salmon encounter a waterfall on their way up river to spawn.
Marvina Munch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service