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)

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

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