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.

The Common Voice, April 2017

Issue # 8, April 2017

We published the eighth issue of The Common Voice in April of 2017…

Heiltsuk Guardian Watchmen, Jordan Wilson, assessing Catch- Per-Unit-Effort during rockfish research at traditional Heiltsuk fishing sites.

Rockfish research linked to indigenous rights

Fifty years ago Charlie Mason could hop in a boat, travel a short distance from his home in Klemtu, catch enough rockfish for a meal or two, and then head back to town. “Today it is not that easy,” he says.

A young yelloweye rockfish among some rocks

Rockfish research: key results and potential management actions

Over the past 50 years the central coast has seen a significant increase in recreational and commercial rockfish fishing. Our Nations are concerned about the impact these fisheries are having on this important food resource. In response CCIRA launched a rockfish research project in 2013. Here, we present a summary of results from a recent rockfish study in our territories.

sunrise over the forest and mountains

Bears, salmon and our people.

Bears, salmon, indigenous rights, and local management of resources all converge in this beautiful and moving video.

Grace Hans and Caroline Mack reviewing Nuxalk place name maps on a table

Nuxalk ancestral governance project

150 years ago western governments imposed a system of governance on our people that does not recognize our values, traditions or laws. Since then, our Nations have effectively been cut out of decisions that affect our people. The Indigenous Law Project has been one way that our Nations have been working to shift the conversation towards one that integrates our culture and makes us decision-makers in our territories.

Split shot showing Nathan E. Stewart above and below water after running around in Heiltsuk territory

Nathan E. Stewart not going away

Five months ago the Nathan E. Stewart made headlines when it ran aground in Heiltsuk territory spilling 110, 000 litres of diesel into coastal waters. The news reports may have faded but the impact of the spill has not…

a live eulachon being held by a person

Bringing ooligan home to Bella Coola

After years without any ooligan to render into grease, the Nuxalk Nation are celebrating. For the first time in many years there is a stink box full of ooligan beside the Bella Coola river.

Herring milt making water cloudy around an island

CCIRA’s herring research

This video highlights the herring research being done by CCIRA in collaboration with Simon Fraser University. This work is providing new information to help protect a resource that is a critical part of First Nations’ culture and and coastal ecosystems.

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