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.

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.

Recent posts

November 12, 2018
Desperate efforts to save the whales – and the Chinook salmon on which they depend – risk fishing communities losing a way of life. The Guardian, 12 November 2018 Days before the start of the summer fishing season, when guides … Read more →
November 3, 2018
The Canadian Press November 2, 2018 Story from the Times Colonist VANCOUVER — The federal government has declined to issue an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act that would further protect the endangered killer whales off British Columbia’s … Read more →
October 31, 2018
The National Post, October 31, 2018 VANCOUVER — The federal government wants to create new ocean sanctuaries in British Columbia as part of an additional $61.5 million it is spending to protect endangered killer whales. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson … Read more →
October 14, 2018
Original story in the Globe and Mail, October 14 Available online here. Rick Collins/The Globe and Mail Senior public servants in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are worried the department has lost the ability to keep track of salmon … Read more →
October 11, 2018
Announced during the International Year of the Salmon event on October 11 in Vancouver, a new update on the Cohen Commission recommendations has been released. See details below. In 2009, Canada established the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline … Read more →
October 11, 2018
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released the final version of the Wild Salmon Policy 2018 to 2022 Implementation Plan. Message from the minister: As Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, it is my … Read more →
October 11, 2018
BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council Report was released today. News Release posted on the Province of British Columbia’s website: The first step in the development of a renewed provincial approach to protecting and enhancing wild salmon, the Wild Salmon Advisory … Read more →
October 4, 2018
Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson should support changes to the way his department treats the science around salmon. Policy Options, October 4 by Stan Proboszcz and Craig Orr Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled several cabinet positions in July, including the fisheries … Read more →
July 6, 2018
Today the Department of Fisheries and Oceans released the final versions of the Northern and Southern Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs). These documents contain information on the management approaches and decision guidelines for all species, management unites and major fishery … Read more →
June 18, 2018
A recently released paper in the journal Facets on Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) in farmed Atlantic and Chinook salmon. The paper suggests that migratory Chinook salmon may be at more than a minimal risk of disease from exposure to high levels of … Read more →
April 10, 2018
A new online portal was just launched to improve public access to science relevant to salmon management and conservation–Salmon-Net. Introduction email below: The primary goal of the website is to showcase recent and emerging science that is relevant to the conservation … Read more →
April 10, 2018
Apparent conflicts of interest between Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s science advisory process must be resolved to save endangered wild salmon stocks. Does Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFOs) science advisory process have integrity when tasked with answering questions on salmon farming? … Read more →