Trick or Treat: Salmon Style!

Just in time for Halloween, National Geographic reports that some scientists wear animal costumes to get closer to their research subjects. In BC, University of Victoria biologist Tom Reimchen and his students draped themselves in black and white fabric and waded into a fishing hole in the Great Bear rainforest. Why? To see if . . . → Read More: Trick or Treat: Salmon Style!

Washington Introduces ‘Salmon Cannon’

Just when we think we’ve seen it all, our neighbours just south of the border starting ‘firing’ salmon – to help them. Whoosh Innovations’ ‘Salmon Cannon’ helps salmon overcome made-made obstacles such as dams and circumvent low areas of low water caused by drought. Drought is the key issue here, as its ongoing presence . . . → Read More: Washington Introduces ‘Salmon Cannon’

Quick, before they spawn!

Haven’t seen spawning sockeye before? It’s quite the sight to behold, and, if you hurry, you may still get a chance to see them this fall. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, up to 23 million sockeye could be making their way home after three years in the ocean. Check out CBC’s . . . → Read More: Quick, before they spawn!

Cannery Farmers’ Market starts Sunday!

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The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is pleased to present the all-new Cannery Farmers’ Market, beginning this Sunday, October 5. Steveston’s own Miss BC, Taylor Scott will be here to cut our ribbon at 10am sharp to kick-off the market, which will be held every other Sunday until April 26 (check for all market . . . → Read More: Cannery Farmers’ Market starts Sunday!

Go snorkelling…with salmon!

Want to get up close and personal with BC’s best-known fish? If driving to the spawning grounds to take in the view is too tame for you, try donning a wetsuit and a snorkel and swimming amongst them. You’ll have to brave the icy waters of Campbell River, but, if Alexandra Gill’s adventure featured . . . → Read More: Go snorkelling…with salmon!

Salmon Canning in WWI: Defending the Coast (part 2 of 2)

The "Holly Leaf." GOG Collection 1997.058.001

This Monday marks the centenary of Canada’s entry into World War I. In remembrance of this anniversary, we are sharing some of the history of the involvement of B.C.’s salmon canneries during the war. Part one of this blog post can be found here: Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2). . . . → Read More: Salmon Canning in WWI: Defending the Coast (part 2 of 2)

Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2)

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100 years ago, on August 4th, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, drawing Canada into the First World War. The ensuing conflict touched the lives of millions across Canada in ways big and small, and as such, gives us an opportunity to share some of its history with the public. In Canada, the West Coast . . . → Read More: Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2)

114 Years Ago Today: Fraser River Strike Begins

Strikers marching through Steveston. Photo credit: LAC MIKAN #3299776

This Tuesday marks the 114th anniversary of the beginning of the 1900 Fraser River strike, a landmark date in the labour history of British Columbia’s fishing industry. The strike was notable not only for its duration (until the end of the month) or its vehemence (resulting in the imposition of martial law in Steveston), but . . . → Read More: 114 Years Ago Today: Fraser River Strike Begins

Fraser River Sockeye Predictions: Better safe than sorry?

This summer’s Fraser River Sockeye run could be the largest in recorded history. Then again, maybe not. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has forecast a run with a low of 7.3 million and a high of 72.5 million salmon, with a prediction of 23 million for planning purposes. After a disastrous 2009 run, . . . → Read More: Fraser River Sockeye Predictions: Better safe than sorry?

Salmon farms: what’s happening where?

The Globe and Mail reports that scientists are having a hard time getting a complete picture of what happens when sickness breaks out in salmon farms. According to a report released by the University of Victoria, the government does not disclose the exact location of a disease breakout and the general information released is . . . → Read More: Salmon farms: what’s happening where?