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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

A quillback rockfish in the Great Bear Rainforest

Deep sea expedition

Something big is happening this week on the Central Coast. Our Nations have partnered with Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Ocean Networks Canada to execute a deep sea expedition in Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, and Wuikinuxv territories. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) the expedition team will probe deep into the waters of our territories,

Doug Neasloss

Doug Neasloss featured in National Geographic news

Doug Neasloss of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation has been at the center of it all when it comes to developing ecotourism in his traditional territory and ending trophy hunting of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Now, his work is being featured in this National Geographic news story

Ernie Mason of the Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Nation weighing a Yelloweye rockfish

CCIRA’s Alejandro Frid, talks rockfish on Roundhouse Radio

Listen to CCIRA’s Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid, discuss the results of our newest rockfish research paper during this radio interview.

A yellowtail rockfish in a central coast Rockfish Conservation Area in British Colubmia

CCIRA and Hakai collaborate on rockfish surveys.

In collaboration with the Hakai Institute, CCIRA wrapped up a second season of rockfish surveys this spring, studying the state of rockfish populations in some key Rockfish Conservation Areas on the central coast. If you’ve never had the opportunity to dive on the central coast, this video will take you under the waves and give you a glimpse of what our divers see while they are at work.

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