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Collectively, Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel—separated by Denman Island—are the richest herring spawning waters south of the Great Bear Rainforest. They are also home to an increasingly heavy aquaculture industry. The ghost nets, abandoned buoys, rope and plastic buckets the shellfish industry regularly loses track of means the beaches on Denman Island get mighty messy. This weekend, Pacific Wild will join the incredibly hard-working team behind the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards to help with their annual beach clean-up, which has been happening for over a decade. On average, the event removes 4-5 metric tons of debris, 90% of it from shellfish growers in Baynes Sound. Show up 9:00-1:00 on Saturday if you’d like to help. These waters are crucial for herring, seabirds, salmon and sea lions in the #SalishSea. Let’s keep them—and all beaches—free and clean from industry’s cast off garbage. Photo: @IantMcAllister

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Unlike culturally modified trees—which can be dated by coring and counting tree rings—petroglyphs and the many stories they tell are nearly impossible to date using modern methods. Their age can only be guessed. Petroglyphs are one of the oldest physical connections to Gitga'at First Nations ancestry that exists today, and some are likely older than the Dead Sea scrolls or the Bible. The secrets this great forest and sea hold for the world will disappear altogether if we continue to look at an ecosystem as an endless resource rather than a timeless treasure. Click on the link in our bio to learn more about—and take action for—Canada’s oceans. Photo: @iantmcallister

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It’s a good week for wild salmon. @AlexMorton4salmon—represented by @Ecojustice_ca—and the ‘Namgis First Nation are taking the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to court regarding how fish farms handle piscine reovirus. Reports of a peer-reviewed scientific study also came out today, confirming that even “…short exposure to diluted bitumen can be deadly to young salmon.” One more detail conservation needs to focus on when continuing the campaign against Trans Mountain. • And finally, the following list of coastal communities, regions and municipalities just collectively voted to kick Atlantic salmon fish farms out of B.C. waters. Our Federal and Provincial governments may be moving slow on change, but the people of coastal B.C. know they do not want fish farms in the ocean. Thank you to the following communities, Union of BC Municipalities, and Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities for speaking up: 🙏🏼 Campbell River, Colwood, Courtenay, Duncan, Langford, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Powell River, Victoria, Comox, Gibsons, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Port McNeil, Qualicum Beach, Sidney, View Royal, Alert Bay, Cumberland, Gold River, Port Alice, Queen Charlotte, Sayward, Tahsis, Zeballos, Central Saanich, Esquimalt, Highlands, Lantzville, Metchosin, North Cowichan, North Saanich, Oak Bay, Port Hardy, Saanich, Sechelt, Sechelt Indian Government District, Sooke, Tofino, Ucluelet, Alberni-Clayoquot, Capital, Central Coast, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Mount Waddington, Nanaimo, North Coast, qathet, Strathcona, Sunshine Coast, Islands Trust • Click the #WildSalmon link in our bio to learn more, and to send a letter to let our government know we support those who support wild salmon. 🎥: @pacificwild Edit: @lindsaymariestewart #wildsalmonforever #wildsalmon

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The Scott Islands have been officially designated a marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA), the first protected marine area established under the Canada Wildlife Act. • The designation went into effect on June 27th, 2018, but was only announced today, in Vancouver, by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. • The 11,540 square-kilometre Scott Islands mNWA—including Triangle Island, featured in the film above—is a major step forward for the protection of nearly two million seabirds, as well as sea otters, sea lions, and killer whales. It’s also a great victory for conservation groups that have been working for better protection for this uniquely productive area for many years. • The Government will also provide funding for the management of the mNWA through Canada’s Natural Legacy fund. From 2018 to 2023, more than $3.2 million will go towards “collaborative management, research, monitoring, and the removal of introduced predators that are harmful to seabirds.” • However, the regulations for the Scott Islands mNWA currently do not prohibit commercial shipping and fishing activities that occur within its boundaries. Seabirds nest in dense colonies on the Scott Islands, and forage up to 100 kilometres away in the productive waters at the edge of the continental shelf. An oil spill incident in this remote area could cause tremendous damage to sensitive populations. This speaks to the need for internationally accepted minimum protection standards for all of Canada's Marine Protected Areas, that prohibit oil and gas exploration, commercial shipping, and include core no-take areas for fisheries. • An additional announcement was made at the same press conference by Shell Canada, which is voluntarily relinquishing oil and gas exploration permits off the coast of British Columbia. The permits in question have been under Federal moratorium since 1972 and have been effectively invalid for 46 years. • Pacific Wild celebrates the creation of the Scott Islands nMWA and will continue to support strong regulations in upcoming management planning. • 🎥: @pacificwild Edit: @lindsaymariestewart #greatbearrainforest

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The rainforest of British Columbia remains the only place in North America where humans have not played a significant role in shaping wolves’ recent evolutionary history. Everywhere else, humans have killed wolves at such high rates that have wiped out much of the animals’ former genetic diversity. It’s this genetic diversity that may be the saviour of wolves in the future, especially in light of diseases and changing climate. Together with an amazing union of natural history and advanced research laboratory research—and your help—not a single wolf needs to be touched, harassed or harmed. Click the link in our bio to help us help protect wolves, either by signing a petition or donating. As always, thank you. Photo: @IanTMcAllister #wolfwednesday #wolf #wolves #savebcwolves

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Great gliders, puffins are not. They specialize in diving, having never evolved the longer wings that would allow for long-range foraging flights and effortless travel. Such specialization comes with risk. If B.C.’s warming currents push sand lance and other important forage fish species deeper and farther offshore, many of these birds will not have the range or the diving abilities to successfully locate, catch, and return food to the burrow for their chicks. Sometimes they land with a small bounce before entering their dark burrows; sometimes they do cartwheels—head over tail—through grassy hummocks, knocking fellow puffins over like bowling pins. Photo: @IantMcAllister #GreatBearRainforest

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For decades, we have been here, in the Great Bear Rainforest, doing everything we can to protect it and its wildlife. We live here and we love it. So it is with great relief that the rains have arrived in our backyard. The salmon are running and the forest is alive with predators and scavengers feasting. At @PacificWild, we seek to show the world what is at stake on British Columbia’s mid central coast through storytelling and education, but also to advocate and push for straight-up protections that are undeniably effective. Tag a friend who loves #wildlife. Please follow us as we work to pressure the government to legislate protections. But we need your numbers, your voice and your support. Please join us. Photo: @pacificwild #greatbearrainforest

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Vancouver friends, we will be at @PostmarkBrewing from 5-9 tonight thanks to the altruism of @ok_social. Please stop by and drink delicious craft beer with us for a good cause—funding the protection of the #GreatBearRainforest. Photo: @iantmcallister

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Happy #NationalWildlifeDay. Let’s devote ourselves to not only celebrating wildlife but to dedicating ourselves to the protection of these species. Want to help? Find a wild animal you want to help. Research what factors—habitat destruction, hunting, ship noise, etc—keep it from truly flourishing. Find an organization to support with volunteer time and/or money. Read books. Spread the word. Write to your local politicians. Write to your national politicians. Protest. March. Show up for beach clean-ups. Start your own local organization and find like-minded conservationists. There are so many ways to make a difference, and getting involved in even the most minor way will be rewarding. Know that you’re part of the greater solution beyond simply liking a photo. We can do this together. We’ve done it before. Thanks for caring, but most of all, thanks for your action for the animals. Happy National #Wildlife Day. Photo: @iantmcallister

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All over this burning province, salmon are waiting on the rain to complete their miraculous spawning cycle. And as always, the bears, wolves, ravens, eagles and dozens of other species crucial to the coastal B.C. ecosystem are waiting for the salmon. It all belongs. It all connects. Bring on the rain. Photo: @iantmcallister

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Where pipelines end, conservation continues. Herring are the true foundation of the Pacific coast and provide a lesser-known but valuable link to the health of orcas in the Salish Sea and beyond. This oily fish comprises the majority of diets for salmon (especially Coho), halibut, cod, lingcod, and many, many other species of sea life. If we want to support, build and allow the flourishing return of healthy ecosystems and the charismatic megafauna in the media spotlight (like orcas), we must start at the bottom. Herring are overfished in the Salish Sea. It’s time to re-evaluate our relationship with this forage fish species and how it directly affects all other species in the Salish Sea and along the entire Pacific coast. Click the link in our bio to learn more and watch our feed for developing stories regarding our campaign to help this miracle fish make a miraculous comeback. Photo: @iantmcallister

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We will not hold our breath that the Trans Mountain Pipeline is officially dead in the water, but we will join in on today’s well-deserved celebration. Thank you to the Indigenous people of Canada for continuing to stand for the land and water. We will continue to follow your lead and support your efforts in this never-ending quest to protect what is most precious to us—the environment. Thank you to everyone who raised their voice, signed petitions, got arrested, marched in protests and rallies, and played a part in our conservation community, however small. We’d be naive to believe the people behind the Trans Mountain Pipeline are giving up. We won’t either. Photo: @iantmcallister

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