Humpback whales breach during feeding, somewhere along the Central Coast. close-up image of the cold-water reef discovered in the Central Coast.

Central Coast Nations Aim to Create a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve

The Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations have signed a begun a collaborative process to establish a new National Marine Conservation Reserve.

An underwater close-up image of the cold-water reef discovered in the Central Coast.

Coral Reef Discovery in the Central Coast a Major Find

With the recent discovery of cold-water corals in Finlayson Channel, Central Coast stewardship leaders have even more reason to protect the diverse web of wildlife through marine protected areas (MPAs).

Heiltsuk Guardian Watchmen on the boat collecting traps for crab surveys.

Lessons in Co-governance: Ensuring FSC Access to Dungeness Crab

Drawing upon years of intensive research, surveys and multi-general knowledge, Central Coast First Nations say closures at key locations will maintain healthy crab populations.

Sockeye salmon spawing in a Central Coast stream

A New Vision for Salmon Monitoring and Stewardship on the Central Coast

This new report outlines a framework for increased salmon monitoring and stewardship to support recovery and conservation of salmon along the Central Coast.

Job Opportunity: Applied Quantitative Biologist

CCIRA is searching for an Applied Quantitative Biologist who will help with quantitative data analyses and contribute to fisheries management and science processes.

Vicki Sahanatien

Vicki Sahanatien: Arctic to the Central Coast

CCIRA welcomes Vicki Sahanatien as our new Program Director, Marine Planning & Conservation!

Charlotte Whitney

Charlotte Whitney: Back to the Central Coast

CCIRA is thrilled to welcome Charlotte Whitney to the team, as our new Program Director, Fisheries Management & Science.

Climate Adaptation Graphic - crop

Adapting to Climate Change on the Central Coast

With the full research paper published in the journal Ecology and Society, we share insights from CCIRA’s Charlotte Whitney and the Central Coast community members she interviewed about their perceptions and approaches
to climate change.

Pacific Legacy - salmon expedition

Tracking Salmon Abundance in the Pacific Ocean

As salmon populations continue to decline across the Central Coast and beyond, researchers are looking to the open ocean to help understand salmon survival dynamics.

First Nations researcher counting Dungeness crabs in a trap.


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)