The federal fisheries minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, and Premier John Horgan said Friday the two governments will provide $142.8 million towards a five-year wild salmon restoration program, with the federal government spending $100 million of the total amount.
The Federal Court has struck down a Department of Fisheries and Oceans policy on farmed salmon, after finding that the ministry was ignoring testing for a virus when issuing licences for the transfer or release of farmed salmon.
Though still in its infancy, the Adventure Tourism Coalition (ATC) is already recognized as a major stakeholder in B.C.’s robust tourism industry. However the head of the organization said there is still work to be done to ensure that the economic importance of the sector is fully recognized.
A ground-breaking government-to-government process has delivered recommendations that will protect and restore wild salmon stocks, allow an orderly transition plan for open-pen finfish for the Broughton Archipelago and create a more sustainable future for local communities and workers.
As part of an international call for action, the voices of 185,000 people from around the world were heard Thursday at the B.C. Legislature, when a petition calling for the protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests was delivered to the government.
In previous years, the spring grizzly bear hunt in B.C. would be getting underway by April, but a ban was imposed last year and new provincial regulations came into effect over the weekend to strengthen it.
Living in rural western Canada, there is usually one thing on your mind: bears. And the rules are simple – don’t feed them, don’t make eye contact with them and whatever you do, don’t run from them. A bear will outsmart and outrun you every time.
British Columbia’s $1.5-billion wilderness tourism industry will be vulnerable if plans to triple the capacity of a pipeline sending oil from Alberta to B.C.’s coast is approved, the Wilderness Tourism Association of B.C. told a federal panel on Tuesday.