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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

First Nations researcher counting Dungeness crabs in a trap.

**NEW** CCIRA Job Posting

CCIRA is offering a new position for Indigenous youth from one of the CCIRA member communities. 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

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

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.

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.

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.

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