Fish

An angler makes himself comfortable while fishing at the junction of the Quinsam and Campbell rivers. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror

2020 was a good year if you were a Chinook Salmon

Campbell River’s Quinsam Hatchery reports highest Chinook return in 30 years

 

Community volunteers plant the banks of Hydro Hill West Creek with native vegetation and log placements to provide shade and cover for Pacific salmon habitat near Ucluelet in the spring of 2019. The project is partly funded through the $143-million Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund, which the province wants Ottawa to double. (Photo supplied by Rob Crenson)

B.C. government makes big commitments to fish and habitat conservation

Province’s first parliamentary secretary for fisheries and aquaculture given strong mandates

 

The defunct 100-year-old Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River in Washington blocks access by salmon and steelhead to over 500 kilometres of high-quality river habitat, much of it in British Columbia. Photo submitted by Alex Maier.

B.C. outdoor group calls for removal of U.S. dam

Defunct obstruction on Similkameen River cuts off 500 km of Canadian salmon habitat

 

A sneaky otter made its way into the salmon containment area in the Saanich fish fence during the fall salmon count. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Otters foil annual salmon count at Saanich fish fence

Seasonal tally ends early with 176 coho passing up Colquitz River to spawn

A sneaky otter made its way into the salmon containment area in the Saanich fish fence during the fall salmon count. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)
Dama LeComte was out on a walk with her family at Sooke’s Whiffin Spit when her daughter Sadie spotted a fish in the distance. It was later identified as a King-of-the-salmon, a deep water fish. (Dama LeComte photo)

Rare fish washes onto Whiffin Spit in Sooke

Deep water fish identified as ‘King-of-the-salmon’

Dama LeComte was out on a walk with her family at Sooke’s Whiffin Spit when her daughter Sadie spotted a fish in the distance. It was later identified as a King-of-the-salmon, a deep water fish. (Dama LeComte photo)
This juvenile green sturgeon was captured, tagged and released back into the Sacramento River near Corning in California. (Steve Martarano - U.S. Fish and Wildlife)

Rare green sturgeon sighted near Port Renfrew

‘It’s a pretty rare phenomenon,’ says Port Renfrew resident

This juvenile green sturgeon was captured, tagged and released back into the Sacramento River near Corning in California. (Steve Martarano - U.S. Fish and Wildlife)
A fish wheel is used to catch early run Chinook salmon in the Fraser River that are unable to make it past the Big Bar Slide for use in a conservation enhancement program this summer. (Gord Sterritt photo)
A fish wheel is used to catch early run Chinook salmon in the Fraser River that are unable to make it past the Big Bar Slide for use in a conservation enhancement program this summer. (Gord Sterritt photo)
Stephanie from Ontario with a 32lb spring. She said it was the fish of a life time for her and she played it beautifully. (Steven Cahill photo)

Fishing so far has been great this season in the north Island

‘I can’t think of a better way to spend Canada Day. This year I got to fish with two amazing guests’

Stephanie from Ontario with a 32lb spring. She said it was the fish of a life time for her and she played it beautifully. (Steven Cahill photo)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)

Ucluelet fish plant looking to fill 100 jobs

Firm’s first choice is employ locals, but process already underway for foreign workers to fill spots

UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet’s major fish processing plant cautiously re-opens

Plant and transport safety precautions established to limit chances of COVID-19

Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Micah Quindazzi is asking West Coasters to help him find fish ears, like the two rockfish otoliths pictured here. (Photo submitted by Micah Quindazzi)

Ucluelet researcher scouring region for fish ears

Micah Quindazzi is asking West Coast fishers and ocean observers to lend him their ears.

Micah Quindazzi is asking West Coasters to help him find fish ears, like the two rockfish otoliths pictured here. (Photo submitted by Micah Quindazzi)
The East Toe is a outcropping of rock in the Fraser River at the Big Bar Landslide site, northwest of Kamloops that has to be removed to restore fish passage. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Long-awaited blasting advances efforts to clear Big Bar blockage

Pressure has been on senior governments working with First Nations to remove rock at slide site

The East Toe is a outcropping of rock in the Fraser River at the Big Bar Landslide site, northwest of Kamloops that has to be removed to restore fish passage. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
A seiner with herring in its net. Photo by Ian McAllister

DFO sets Salish Sea herring harvest rate at 20 per cent

Move comes despite Vancouver Island lobby to suspend fishery due to conservation concerns

A seiner with herring in its net. Photo by Ian McAllister
Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)

Ucluelet approves RVs as temporary housing solution for fish plant workers

“We are hoping for the best. Everybody has to support each other here.”

Land use concept plan for Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods temporary staff housing for 13 Recreational Vehicles on the property at 1970 Harbour Crescent. (IMAGE FROM UCLUELET COUNCIL AGENDA)
The group of volunteers with Aquarists Amanda, Christina and Kit. Also pictured is Systems Technician Hugues. The 70 fish were released next to Sidney Pier. (Submission from Bob Orchard)

Buttercup the octopus back in the Salish Sea

Vancouver Island’s Shaw Centre releases 70 salmon and a giant octopus back into the ocean

The group of volunteers with Aquarists Amanda, Christina and Kit. Also pictured is Systems Technician Hugues. The 70 fish were released next to Sidney Pier. (Submission from Bob Orchard)
Jaalen Edenshaw with his father Guujaaw and young companion inspecting the grey whale carcass found south of Jungle Beach (Archie Stocker Sr.).

PHOTOS: Grey whale found stranded on Haida Gwaii beach

The dead grey whale on Haida Gwaii was reportedly in very bad shape and the stench was overpowering

  • Jun 3, 2019
Jaalen Edenshaw with his father Guujaaw and young companion inspecting the grey whale carcass found south of Jungle Beach (Archie Stocker Sr.).
A fly fisher tries his luck at the Sooke River Flats. The province is proposing new freshwater fishing regulations and wants public comment before they take effect April 1. (Lee-Ann Ruttan photo)                                A fly fisher tries his luck at the Sooke River Flats. The province is proposing new freshwater fishing regulations and wants public comment before they take effect April 1. (Lee-Ann Ruttan photo)

Ideas sought on B.C. freshwater fishing rules

Province proposes changes to fishing methods, gear, bait, quotas, and boundaries

  • Dec 5, 2018
A fly fisher tries his luck at the Sooke River Flats. The province is proposing new freshwater fishing regulations and wants public comment before they take effect April 1. (Lee-Ann Ruttan photo)                                A fly fisher tries his luck at the Sooke River Flats. The province is proposing new freshwater fishing regulations and wants public comment before they take effect April 1. (Lee-Ann Ruttan photo)
Vancouver Island’s Tigh-Na-Mara Resort Renovates to add to Dining Experience

Vancouver Island’s Tigh-Na-Mara Resort Renovates to add to Dining Experience

Chef Eric Edwards uses new Wood Stone oven to enhance cooking and eating options

  • Aug 30, 2018
Vancouver Island’s Tigh-Na-Mara Resort Renovates to add to Dining Experience
Anglers are organizing a peaceful protest July 29 against the expansion of a fin-fish closure in Juan de Fuca Strait between Otter Point in Sooke to East Point, near Port Renfrew. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ ban had previously only stretched from East Point to Sheringham Point, seen here. But anglers say the seven-kilometre extension that came into effect June 1 happened without discussion. Photo contributed/Bruce Webber

Organizers of West Coast sport fishing ban troll for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

Anglers are organizing a peaceful protest July 29 against the expansion of a fin-fish closure in Juan de Fuca Strait between Otter Point in Sooke to East Point, near Port Renfrew. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ ban had previously only stretched from East Point to Sheringham Point, seen here. But anglers say the seven-kilometre extension that came into effect June 1 happened without discussion. Photo contributed/Bruce Webber