Tag: research

Pink Salmon spawning in GBR

CCIRA joins international research expedition

2019 was a bad year for salmon returns coast-wide in British Columbia, and an international team of scientists has been trying to figure out why. This March, the research team travelled back to the open Pacific for a second expedition to study the ocean survival of salmon, and this year CCIRA’s Field Technician, Tristan Blaine,

Changing Tides: An ecologist's journey to make peace with the anthropocene.

Alejandro Frid publishes new book

As CCIRA’s Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid has established an impressive record of publishing research papers in esteemed journals. Much of this research is aimed at enhancing marine conservation by integrating science with Indigenous knowledge. But on his own time, he has also published two books!  His most recent book came out this fall.  Changing Tides:

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

Measuring size of Dungeness crabs as part of CCIRA's crab research

Science and traditional knowledge synergy

Guided by the objectives of our Nations’ marine use plans, CCIRA scientists and their collaborators have been hard at work doing research that couples our traditional and local knowledge with modern scientific techniques to tackle questions about marine resources that matter to our people.

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.

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.

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.

Two yelloweye rockfish and one lingcod in a box

Rockfish and Lingcod Research

Using a combination of traditional knowledge and science we are compiling the most comprehensive dataset to date for central coast rockfish.