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Tavish Campbell Dives a BC Glass Sponge Reef
Marine Protection

Smothered Beauty

Shocking discovery of an extremely rare, undocumented glass sponge reef smothered under a Cermaq Canada net-pen salmon farm near Vancouver

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Marine Protection

On Earth Day, Government of Canada targets plastic waste and marine litter with launch of online consultation

EASTERN PASSAGE, NS, April 22, 2018 /CNW/ – Plastic waste and marine litter pose an increasingly serious threat to our oceans and marine life. Canada is committed to protecting our environment and preserving our waterways, so that all Canadians can continue to enjoy the beauty, health and economic benefits that our oceans, lakes and rivers provide. The Government of Canada is […]

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Media Releases

Loss of South Selkirk mountain caribou herd a wake-up call for B.C. and Canada

MEDIA RELEASE | APR. 12, 2018 – Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)  After a recent census found just three female animals remaining, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) says the de-facto extinction of the international South Selkirk caribou herd is a conservation disaster. The organization is calling for an immediate moratorium on industrial activity in […]

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Marine Protection

Government of Canada introduces new protections for fish and their habitat

Ottawa, Ontario – From coast to coast to coast, Canadians have signaled their strong passion for protecting the fish and fish habitat that play such a vital role in our environment, our communities and our livelihoods. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would […]

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Marine Protection

Minister LeBlanc announces independent expert panel on aquaculture science

Ottawa, Ontario – February 02, 2018 – The Government of Canada is committed to regulating a responsible and sustainable aquaculture sector. Robust and credible science helps the Government make evidence-based decisions that support the protection of our environment, ensuring that sustainable industries continue to provide good, middle-class jobs for Canadians. Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans […]

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Marine Protection

Additional measures being developed to protect B.C.’s environment from spills

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – The provincial government is proposing a second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response and recovery from potential spills. The first phase of the regulations, approved in October 2017, established a standard of preparedness, response and recovery necessary to protect B.C.’s environment. With some exceptions for B.C. oil and gas […]

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Media Releases

Proposed BC-Canada Agreement to Protect Mountain Caribou Is Toothless

January 10, 2018 – If a draft agreement between the BC government and Environment Canada on the endangered mountain caribou is approved, it will make a laughing stock of both governments and the Species at Risk Act”, says the Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS). The agreement is for the Central Mountain Caribou, which are centered in BC’s South Peace region. The BC government’s commitment under […]

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Media Releases

Government announces a full and total ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt

Monday, December 18, 2017 —  Government announces a full and total ban on the grizzly bear trophy hunt, the hunting for meat loophole is closed. For over two decades, Pacific Wild and countless others have worked to stop the grizzly bear trophy hunt in British Columbia. “This is a major victory for B.C. grizzly bears. […]

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IMAX

Post-Shoot Reflections

Post-Shoot Reflections By Deirdre Leowinata  On May 17th, 2016, I was sitting in the sunny green backyard of my lower floor apartment near Toronto’s High Park, staring at my phone while anxiously awaiting a call from Pacific Wild.  The words I will never forget: “So we’re kind of working on this IMAX movie.” Eight days […]

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Stop the Trophy Hunt

Calling for an end to bear hunting in British Columbia

Until Nov. 2, the public could provide input into two Fish and Wildlife Branch policy documents outlining the proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban. However, the province has framed the public consultation process in terms of how to manage the meat hunt, not if there should even be a meat hunt. One of Pacific Wild’s […]

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Marine Protection

I Call The Great Bear My Home

The salt is in my blood, it courses through my veins; it is in my DNA, it is embedded in my brain.  I travel the same waterways and walk through the same ancient forests as my people have done for over 14,000 years. Operating in the home of the Heiltsuk people, Pacific  Wild has shown […]

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Indigenous Voices

Sea Otter Awareness Week

The final week in September is “Sea Otter Awareness Week” – an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.  When people think about sea otters the first thing that often comes to mind is their endearing cuteness, but they are much more important than that. Sea otters are considered […]

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Marine Protection

Rockfish Need Marine Protected Areas

Rockfish in the coastal waters of British Columbia are characterized by their amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colours. From black to green and even crimson and vibrant orange, rockfish camo resembles the seafloor and rock faces where they live, usually settling in one place for most of their lives. With over 100 species of […]

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Whale Program

A Quiet Ocean

Today, February 18th 2017, is World Whale Day. We invite you to join us in raising awareness and inspiring action to protect humpback whales and their ocean habitat.    A Quiet Ocean | Great Bear Wild | Ian McAllister I slip into the ocean. My dry suit and body vibrate with the otherworldly sound of humpback […]

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Stories

Protect habitat, don’t kill wolves: government scientists admit wolf cull is inhumane, yet propose expansion

Two science advisors for the B.C. government have recommended that Premier Christy Clark’s administration expand its program to kill wolves, mountain lions, moose and deer in an experimental attempt to conserve and recover threatened southern mountain caribou. Written in October 2016 by two members of the Provincial Mountain Caribou Recovery Science Team, “Next Steps for […]

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Stories

Why were two young cougars killed in Ocean Falls this winter?

Why were two young cougars killed in Ocean Falls this winter? The recent killing (November 25th) of two young cougars by a Conservation Officer in Ocean Falls, B.C., has highlighted the complicated relationship between wild carnivores and humans. This particular wild carnivore, the cougar, Puma concolor, is extremely rare to encounter despite its relatively widespread […]

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