Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fishing boats head from port in West Dover, N.S. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 as the lobster season on Nova Scotia’s South Shore begins after a one-day weather delay. Ottawa is announcing $469 million in federal support for fish harvesters who have been ineligible for other initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Ottawa announces $469M for fish harvesters with sector-specific grant, benefit

The Fish Harvester Benefit offers income support covering 75 per cent of losses for eligible harvesters

Fishing boats head from port in West Dover, N.S. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 as the lobster season on Nova Scotia’s South Shore begins after a one-day weather delay. Ottawa is announcing $469 million in federal support for fish harvesters who have been ineligible for other initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Alex Rinfret discovered a stranded striped dolphin on a Tlell beach on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, while walking her dog south of the Crow’s Nest Cafe. Experts are calling Rinfret’s discovery the first recorded sighting of the species on Haida Gwaii. (Alex Rinfret/Facebook photo)

Marine experts investigating after first recorded striped dolphin sighting on Haida Gwaii

Animal discovered stranded on Tlell beach, marking first recorded sighting north of Vancouver Island

Alex Rinfret discovered a stranded striped dolphin on a Tlell beach on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, while walking her dog south of the Crow’s Nest Cafe. Experts are calling Rinfret’s discovery the first recorded sighting of the species on Haida Gwaii. (Alex Rinfret/Facebook photo)
FILE - North Coast B.C. spot prawns. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the opening of the commercial prawn and shrimp by trap season on the North Coast was being delayed until June 4. (Facebook image)
FILE - North Coast B.C. spot prawns. On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the opening of the commercial prawn and shrimp by trap season on the North Coast was being delayed until June 4. (Facebook image)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed on April 14, 2020 that the dive charter for the annual Haida Gwaii herring stock assessment had been cancelled due to COVID-19, replaced with surface surveys instead. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Dive charter for Haida Gwaii herring stock assessment cancelled due to COVID-19

DFO says dives replaced with surface surveys as a contingency for the 2020 assessment

Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed on April 14, 2020 that the dive charter for the annual Haida Gwaii herring stock assessment had been cancelled due to COVID-19, replaced with surface surveys instead. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Scout Skibidee sits at a table full of wild-crafted remedies and treats at the second annual Sandspit Wild Harvest Festival in 2016. (File photo)

NCRD Board turns attention to Haida Gwaii

Fishing concerns, recreation commission, and Sandspit festival all receive focus

Scout Skibidee sits at a table full of wild-crafted remedies and treats at the second annual Sandspit Wild Harvest Festival in 2016. (File photo)
Seine fishers in the Mendenhall River, Alaska. (Courtesy Photo | Tom Moran)

Nothing to stop Alaska from harvesting all sockeye swimming to B.C., says conservation group

“Fisheries in Southeast Alaska have harvested well over a quarter million sockeye salmon”

Seine fishers in the Mendenhall River, Alaska. (Courtesy Photo | Tom Moran)
(Joel Krahn / Black Press File)                                (Joel Krahn / Black Press File)

Central Coast Coho Limited Entry Demonstration Fishery set to close

All fish caught in the affected areas to undergo inspection

(Joel Krahn / Black Press File)                                (Joel Krahn / Black Press File)
A seiner with herring in its net. (Ian McAllister)

Historic win for B.C. fishermen now bargaining under labour code

Seine boat fishermen are now their own collective bargaining unit

A seiner with herring in its net. (Ian McAllister)
Lax Kw’alaams Band Mayor John Helin spoke to the Standing Committee of Fisheries and Oceans on April 9 in Ottawa. (Government of Canada photo)

B.C. North Coast residents to Ottawa: ‘We can’t make a living fishing’

Lax Kw’alaams Mayor, Prince Rupert resident speak to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Lax Kw’alaams Band Mayor John Helin spoke to the Standing Committee of Fisheries and Oceans on April 9 in Ottawa. (Government of Canada photo)
Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie. (File photo)

Investigating change to B.C.’s fishing licence and quota system

MP Ken Hardie hears from fish harvesters how corporations are favoured under current regime

Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie. (File photo)
The committee fact-finding mission in Newfoundland and Labrador. (The Senate of Canada photo)

Commercial fishing is Canada’s most dangerous job, report states

Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans gives recommendations to improve safety for fish harvesters

The committee fact-finding mission in Newfoundland and Labrador. (The Senate of Canada photo)
Shannon Lough photo
Shannon Lough photo
Sockeye return estimate on Skeena nearly triples

Sockeye return estimate on Skeena nearly triples

First open commercial fishing for wild B.C. sockeye on the Skeena River 2018 began July 24

Sockeye return estimate on Skeena nearly triples
A geoduck harvesting closure was announced for Area 2 and 24 by DFO on July 10. (Andy Hobbs /The Olympian via AP)

DFO announces shellfish harvesting closure off Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island

Areas 2 and 24 cannot be harvested for geoduck or horse clams as of July 10

A geoduck harvesting closure was announced for Area 2 and 24 by DFO on July 10. (Andy Hobbs /The Olympian via AP)
Clockwise, from top left, is a Farrea sea sponge and deep-sea sunflower star, an Agonidae poacher and squat lobsters around an orange sea pen, and some Benthopectinidae sea stars and boot sponges seen on the SGaan-Kinghlas/Bowie seamount. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada/DFO Science)

Research expedition to explore seamounts off Haida Gwaii

Islanders will be able to livestream underwater video from the SG̱aan-Ḵinghlas/Bowie seamount…

Clockwise, from top left, is a Farrea sea sponge and deep-sea sunflower star, an Agonidae poacher and squat lobsters around an orange sea pen, and some Benthopectinidae sea stars and boot sponges seen on the SGaan-Kinghlas/Bowie seamount. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada/DFO Science)
The cause of the killer whale’s death is still unknown after she was found on Dundas Island on May 30. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Dead killer whale found off the North Coast of B.C.

Marine researchers performed a necropsy off Dundas Island to determine death of the young orca

The cause of the killer whale’s death is still unknown after she was found on Dundas Island on May 30. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
One chinook per day restrictions for recreational fisheries on the North Coast starting June 1. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

DFO implements chinook restrictions for North Coast

One chinook salmon a day for recreational anglers until the end of July to support conservation

One chinook per day restrictions for recreational fisheries on the North Coast starting June 1. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)
Young B.C. fish harvesters, Cailyn Siider, James Lawson and Chelsey Ellis spoke to the standing committee for fisheries and oceans on April 24, instigating a review of the current West Coast fisheries system. (Ecotrust Canada photo)

Young B.C. fishers instigate study on West Coast licence, quota system

Fisheries and Oceans standing committee question why owner-operator system can’t work in B.C.

Young B.C. fish harvesters, Cailyn Siider, James Lawson and Chelsey Ellis spoke to the standing committee for fisheries and oceans on April 24, instigating a review of the current West Coast fisheries system. (Ecotrust Canada photo)
An elephant seal moulting at Gonzales Beach is been harassed by the public. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

VIDEO: Feds urge public to stop harassing seal moulting on B.C. beach

Anyone caught harassing a marine mammal can face fines or criminal charges

An elephant seal moulting at Gonzales Beach is been harassed by the public. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
Fresh halibut caught on the North Coast. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Halibut quota down 15 per cent in B.C. with more restrictions coming

Recreational fishers on the North Coast face challenges to avoid another early halibut closure

Fresh halibut caught on the North Coast. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)