Less than 10 per cent of spawning habitat on B.C.'s central and north coast is being monitored by creekwalkers, the people who count salmon one by one. Critics say this leaves a critical gap in knowledge that could further imperil the species.
The waters of Cour Bay, on the Kintyre peninsula, are crystal clear. But locals who swim there and live by its shore have become concerned that, with the arrival of a new large Mowi salmon farm in the North Kilbrannan sound, they may cease to be so pristine.
Salmon farming is wreaking ruin on marine ecosystems, through pollution, parasites and high fish mortality rates which are causing billions of pounds a year in damage, a new assessment of the global salmon farming industry has found.
Decades after closing, an open-pit copper mine in northwest B.C. is still discharging wastewater with metal concentrations 250 times higher than what's considered safe for salmon into Babine Lake, the sockeye salmon engine of the Skeena River watershed.
While the underground minerals in Yukon are owned by the public, a review of the royalties collected from placer and quartz mining operations over the past decade shows industry is predominantly cashing in on their development.
It's easy to see how biologists studying the fate of California's native fish might fall into despair. That's how Jacob Katz felt when he and his colleagues reported in 2011 that more than three-quarters of the state's native freshwater fish, including its iconic Chinook salmon, were in sharp decline.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.