Ernie (right) and Sandie (left) are on a boat and sitting on either side of a metal crab trap full of crabs. Both are wearing large, dark green rain coats. Sandie is holding a clipboard. The water behind them looks cold and grey, and there are evergreens in the distance.

Crab pilot project a positive step towards collaborative fisheries management

Together, the project partners conducted an extensive assessment of current crab science. This included the science our Nations have conducted within our territories that incorporates our Indigenous and local knowledge. This illustrates DFO’s willingness to accept Indigenous knowledge and Western science as complementary ways of knowing…

Heiltsuk Guardian Watchmen, Jordan Wilson (right), and CCIRA’s Marine Implementation Coordinator, Anna Gerrard, conducting field research.

Incorporating Indigenous perspectives in research

Under the direction of our Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid, CCIRA has established a record of publishing in top scientific journals. This growing body of work illustrates CCIRA’s commitment to doing rigorous research on marine resources that matter to our Nations, while also illustrating how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can complement one another. In collaboration

IMAX Director, Ian McAllister interviewing Mercedes Robinson- Neasloss for the lm. Photo by MacGillivray Freeman.

Great Bear Rainforest IMAX features our Nations

In February of this year a really big film hit theatres around the world. Three years in the making, the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX showcases the wild beauty and rich wildlife of the coast. Importantly, it also features Central Coast First Nations people and our strong ties to this place as its original stewards…

First Nations researcher counting Dungeness crabs in a trap.

CCIRA Job Posting – EXTENDED

CCIRA is extending its offering for a new position for Indigenous youth. The successful candidate will work closely with the CCIRA Marine Planner, Marine Implementation Coordinator and Central Coast First Nation communities to implement key elements of the MaPP workplan. This junior position offers a great opportunity for a strong candidate (from any First Nation)

Kitasoo/Xai'Xais' Vernon Brown contemplatingBrock a yelloweye rockfish

Rebuilding depleted fisheries: why it matters to coastal communities

Our Nations have a deep connection with the ocean. For millennia, the ocean has provided for our people, sustaining us physically, culturally and economically.  Sadly, industrial fishing practices have depleted many of fisheries we rely on. In this video, filmmaker and Oceana Canada’s Senior Advisor, Alexandra Cousteau, spends time in our communities to learn about the

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.

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