Category Archives: Fisheries

Open-net fish farm tenures will be reviewed: Horgan

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Fish farm on BC coast.

Amy Smart, Times Colonist, October 19, 2017

Premier John Horgan said Wednesday the province will review open-net fish farm tenures to ensure wild salmon don’t face “obstacles” along migratory routes.

“We are going to be reviewing tenures, consistent with the Cohen Commission recommendations, to ensure migratory routes for wild salmon are clear of obstacles or any other deterrents,” Horgan said. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C. fish farm injunctions against protestors lifted

fish farm get out bannerby Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 18, 2017

Injunctions against three First Nations activists protesting a fish farm off the northern coast of Vancouver Island was temporarily suspended Wednesday by the company.

Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of Port Elizabeth Fish Farm, was officially occupied by activists Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise in fish farm dispute

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RCMP officers, one wearing a mask, during discussion with fish farm opponents, October 2017.

David Suzuki and BC Chiefs lend support for Fish Farm protests

by Hanna Petersen, North Island Gazette, October 18, 2017

Three fish farm protestors have been summoned to court for their participation in the occupation of three Marine Harvest fish farms off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The injunctions were served by the RCMP on Monday, just days after a gathering that included renowned Canadian scientist David Suzuki, Chiefs representing a number of BC First Nations, and local supporters near Swanson Island was held to voice support for the occupation. Read the rest of this entry

Fish Farm Protest Camp in Victoria by Kwakwaka’wakw Grandmother

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Inside one of the tents outside of BC Premier’s John Horgan’s constituency office protesting against fish farms.

October 16, 2017 (Langford, Lekwungen Territories)

Kwakwaka’wakw grandmother and salmon protector Tsastilqualus Umbas from Yalis (Alert Bay) is ramping up support for her relatives at the Namgis and Musgamag’w fish farm occupations that have now continued for over 50 days—as well as the third occupation just launched at the Port Elizabeth farm.

She has committed to peacefully occupy the land next to Premier’s John Horgan’s constituency office until the NDP revokes tenure for fish farms: “Our demands are very simple and very important, close the fish farms and take them out of our waters; commit to cancel the tenures now”. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise between RCMP and First Nations against fish farms

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RCMP escorting fish farm vessel, October 2017.

by Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 17, 2017

For Immediate Release

RCMP, Marine Harvest, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans has just arrived on site to where Members from six First Nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw have been occupying fish farms, in their territorial waters for nearly two months near Alert Bay, B.C.

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Video: A third Marine Harvest owned fish farm has been occupied

by Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 16, 2017

B.C. First Nations say another occupation possible after fish farm restocking

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Protest outside of BC Premier John Horgan’s office in Victoria, BC, October 13, 2017.

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 14, 2017

Just days after meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and sending a clear message that fish farms are not wanted in the northern part of the province, community members occupying one farm are now say another occupation is possible after watching RCMP in black zodiacs escort a restocking ship travelling to a fish farm near Alert Bay, where the Horgan meeting took place. Read the rest of this entry

NDP’s Horgan won’t commit to abolishing fish farms on trip to northern B.C.

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Leaders meet in the Big House on ‘Namgis Territory in northern B.C. with prmier John Horgan and his ministers. Photo: Alexandra Morton

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 12, 2017

On a trip to northern B.C., Premier John Horgan met Kwakwakā’wakw Nation leaders to talk about fish farms Tuesday but would not commit to abolishing the open-net cages.

“Any strategy for aquaculture must put a priority on the protection of wild salmon, collaborate with First Nations and acknowledge their interests,” read a statement from Horgan’s office posted online. Read the rest of this entry

‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill

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The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous fisherman’s boat vanishes after Comeauville wharf fire

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Fishing boats Amanda’s Pride and Buck and Doe in Nova Scota.

Vessel was later located burning in the middle of St. Marys Bay, RCMP confirm

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, October 9, 2017

When Alex McDonald arrived at the Comeauville wharf in Digby County, N.S., on Monday afternoon to find his lobster boat missing, he said he was “stunned.”

The part of the wharf where McDonald’s boat — named Buck and Doe — had been moored was scorched and the seven thick ropes that kept it there burned off. Read the rest of this entry