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A diver swims through a large school of subadult widow rockfish while conducting rockfish research

New CCIRA study identifies key habitats for rockfish conservation

What’s at stake when it comes to conservation of fish populations on the Central Coast?  Frank Johnson of the Wuikinuxv Nation puts it this way: “We stand to lose a lot. If we lose all the fish, they’ll be no Wuikinuxv.”  In other words, as seafaring and fishing people, the culture, livelihood and physical sustenance

BOOTS - a remotely operated drop camera ready to be deployed.

Deep sea expedition highlights value of partnerships for marine conservation

On a March morning this spring, a group of scientists, educators, traditional knowledge holders, and resource managers gathered around a collection of screens on board the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Vector, with coffee cups in hand. They were tired from long days of work, but also excited about the day ahead. Cruising 400 meters below

The Common Voice, Issue 9, April 2018

Issue #9, April 2018

Issue #9, April 2018 on CCIRA | Inside this issue: Doug Neasloss featured in National Geographic, Science update, Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story, local filmmaker highlights need for better oil spill response and more…

Heiltsuk man taking water samples after diesel spill from Nathan E. Stewart. Photo by Tavish Campbell

Measuring progress with MaPP indicator monitoring

Marine environments are vulnerable to human exploitation, and Central Coast ecosystems are no different. Our territories have suffered from the effects of overfishing and other industries, like forestry, for decades. To preserve our Nations’ way of life, long-term conservation planning and monitoring of environmental changes are critical. Just ask Ernie Tallio, who’s seen the cumulative

Rockfish montage

Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story

Want to know more about our rockfish research and its ties to our Indigenous rights? Check out our Reports page to see our published scientific papers. Comic by Nicole Burton.

Heiltsuk fishermen harvesting herring spawn on kelp. Photo by Ian McAllister/Pacific Wild

Building resilience: Marine Protected Areas network

Mike Reid remembers when fishing in Heiltsuk territory was easier and far more productive. At age 12, he started commercial fishing with his grandfather and recalls catching their share of halibut, crabs, clams and other local marine staples without much trouble—all fairly close to home. “Now you have to go further, spend more time and burn more fuel,” says Reid…

A diver conducting abalone surveys

Science update: CCIRA’s published papers

CCIRA conducts science that matters to our people. All our research is guided by the objectives of our Nations’ marine use plans. And we’ve been busy! Here is a list of the papers we have published in top journals over the last two years. You can find links to these papers on our Reports page.

Measuring size of Dungeness crabs as part of CCIRA's crab research

Science and traditional knowledge synergy

Guided by the objectives of our Nations’ marine use plans, CCIRA scientists and their collaborators have been hard at work doing research that couples our traditional and local knowledge with modern scientific techniques to tackle questions about marine resources that matter to our people.

Clean up efforts for diesel and other pollutants spilled by the Nathan E. Stewart in Heiltsuk territory

Local filmmaker highlights need for better oil spill response

2017 was a big year for Heiltsuk’s Zoe Hopkins. Her debut film Kayaking to Klemtu won the Air Canada Audience Choice Award at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. In the film, the primary character, Ella, is on a quest to prevent oil spills in her people’s territory within the Great Bear Rainforest. But

A herring seiner capturing thousands of herring in a set

Conservation win: herring roe fishery suspended

After years of difficulties with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), our Nations won a major victory this spring when DFO agreed to suspend the 2018 commercial herring roe fishery across the Central Coast. Central Coast herring populations have seen major declines from industrial fishing practices. The Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations have each taken their own

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