Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus

We’re a community

The marine conservation community of British Columbia has another way to have its voice heard—the Marine Conservation Caucus (MCC).

We’re scientists and collaborators

Comprised of nine core environmental groups, the MCC is an officially recognized stakeholder in consultations with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. While the MCC does not replace the activities of any conservation group, it does provide unique opportunities for the NGO sector to work together, share information and voice its concerns at official consultation tables.

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Find out more about us

This website provides an overview of the MCC’s background, mandate and structure as well as its activities. We are looking for ways to increase outreach and communication with the broader conservation community and would appreciate feedback from you on how to maximize the effectiveness of the MCC and ensure that marine ecosystems are being protected.

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Recent posts

December 12, 2017
(Globe and Mail, December 4th, 2017, by Ivan Semeniuk) For centuries, sockeye salmon have raced up British Columbia’s Fraser River to spawn in the millions, completing an astonishing life cycle that spans four years and thousands of kilometres. Now, scientists have … Read more →
March 3, 2017
(Business in Vancouver, February 27, 2017) A new study by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans suggests a link between the Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) and a disease of the heart in farmed Atlantic salmon from B.C. fish farms. The study, led … Read more →
March 2, 2017
Fisheries and Oceans is hosting a Public Open House on the development of a Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in the Gallery Room at UBC Robson Square. The MCC has expressed concerns with the proposed approach … Read more →
March 1, 2017
After public consultation in the Fall of 2016, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has released their review report on changes to the Fisheries Act that were made in 2012. In this report, the Standing Committee makes 32 recommendations to … Read more →
February 9, 2017
On February 8, the MCC Salmon Committee sent a letter to Terry Beech, MP, and recently appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard. The letter introduces the MCC to Terry Beech and our current … Read more →
December 22, 2016
On December 22nd, 2016, the MCC Salmon Committee sent a letter to the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This letter states: We are writing to you with respect to the process underway in the Pacific region … Read more →
July 8, 2016
A study just published by Holly Nesbit and Jonathon Moore at Simon Fraser University highlights the importance of population diversity in Pacific salmon fisheries. Summary of the paper: 1. Indigenous people are considered to be among the most vulnerable to … Read more →
May 19, 2016
The following letter from First Nations, conservation and fishing organizations, and esteemed British Columbians regarding key items in Minister Tootoo’s mandate letter pertaining to wild Pacific salmon was forwarded to the Minister on May 18, 2016. Endorsements will continue to be … Read more →
April 19, 2016
On April 12th, 2016, members of the salmon committee visited Ottawa to introduce our group and provide advice to the new fisheries minister, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo. Along with our introduction letter, the MCC provided nine recommendations as listed below: … Read more →
March 11, 2016
The Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus has sent a letter to the Honourable Hunter Tootoo (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard) and the Honourable Marc Garneau (Minister of Transportation) asking for strengthened environmental legislation. This would occur through … Read more →
January 29, 2016
In a letter to Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the MCC Salmon Committee has provided numerous recommendations for consideration in the 2016/17 Integrated Fisheries and Management Plan. The letter regards both North and South Coast salmon IFMPs and details a number … Read more →
January 27, 2016
Whistler Pique, January 27, 2016 by Brandon Barret Internal memos acquired through an Access to Information request suggest that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) misinformed the public over the sudden closure of a commercial fishery in Squamish this summer, the … Read more →