Category Archives: Fisheries
Closing will ‘have a crushing economic impact on the entire northwest,’ says MP
By Ash Kelly, CBC News, June 28, 2017
This year’s return of Skeena River sockeye is setting up to be the worst on record.
As a result, First Nations along the river have agreed not to remove sockeye from the river, a decision made only once before when the same run returned in dismal numbers in 2013.
The low numbers have also prompted Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to close the region’s lucrative sports fishery to all salmon species until July 15. Read the rest of this entry
by Graeme Hamilton, National Post, June 12, 2017
For more than a century, the Moisie Salmon Club has been among the continent’s most exclusive fishing destinations, a 10-kilometre stretch of river reserved for its wealthy American members.
Anglers reportedly pay annual dues running to six figures to fish the choice Moisie River pools and swap tales over fine food and wine in the lodge. At the airport in nearby Sept-Îles, Que., the June arrival of private jets carrying CEOs and high-powered lawyers is a sign that salmon season has opened. Read the rest of this entry
Company ‘highly regrets’ spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres
By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, March 5, 2017
Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill. Read the rest of this entry
‘This is not something that is normal,’ says B.C. Salmon Farmers Association
By Megan Thomas, CBC News, November 30, 2016
Three humpback whale entanglements at B.C. fish farms in recent months, two of which resulted in deaths, have whale researchers and the salmon farming industry concerned.
A juvenile humpback died last weekend after it became trapped between the inner and outer containment nets at Greig Seafood’s Atrevida salmon farm in Nootka Sound. Read the rest of this entry
Whale was thrashing in the water with ropes cutting into its flesh for 12 hours, said fisheries official
By Lisa Johnson, CBC News, September 13, 2016
A juvenile humpback whale was thrashing in the water north of Klemtu, B.C. yesterday for 12 hours, struggling to breathe as ropes from an empty aquaculture site cut into its flesh and blubber. Read the rest of this entry
Andy Everson of Komoks First Nation speaks on behalf of the wild salmon.
Video by Tamo Campos
by Jessica Lepp, CTV News, August 29, 2016
An international salmon farming company based on Vancouver Island has been handed an eviction notice from Campbell River First Nations.
First Nations protesters and their supporters marched to the offices of Marine Harvest Friday to slide an eviction notice beneath the door demanding their waters back. Read the rest of this entry
Native protesters moving on fish farms in wake of landmark decision recognizing First Nations land rights
By Richard Zussman, CBC News, August 27, 2016
Fish farms along British Columbia’s West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it’s a two-year-old legal decision that’s behind the string of recent protests by First Nations against the industry. Read the rest of this entry
Confrontations between the salmon feedlot industry and indigenous communities continue to escalate. On August 23rd, the Yaakswiis warriors were arrested in Ahousaht, near Tofino, preventing the transfer of diseased smolts into a net pen. Their elected leadership has signed off on farms yet the community is growing in its resistance to the feedlots that kill their wild salmon.