Category Archives: Fisheries

Skeena River sockeye returns at historic lows

salmon sockeye net fishingClosing 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

Quebec Innu signal intent to claim prime fishing location at posh private lodge

Innu fish protest

Innu protesters planted a flag Saturday asserting ownership of choice Moisie River salmon waters.  Photo: National Post

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

Fish farm spills diesel near northern Vancouver Island


Aerial view of the fish farm and diesel fuel spill.

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

2nd humpback death in 2 weeks worries experts, farmed salmon industry


A juvenile humpback was caught in an anchor line at one of Marine Harvest’s empty aquaculture sites at Klemtu, B.C. It’s one of three humpback entanglements in the past two and a half months. (Philip Charles)

‘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

Humpback rescued from fish farm ropes by fisheries officials


The juvenile humpback was freed from several ropes at the Marine Harvest aquaculture site in Klemtu, B.C. by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with help from the company and the Kitasoo First Nation. (Philip Charles)

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

Video: Andy Everson speaks against fish farms

Published on Aug 31, 2016

Andy Everson of Komoks First Nation speaks on behalf of the wild salmon.
Video by Tamo Campos

First Nation hands eviction notice to Campbell River salmon farm

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Outside the office of Marine Harvest where an eviction notice was served to the operator of a Campbell River area fish farm.

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

How a historic court decision is driving a new wave of First Nations protests

Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw hereditary-chiefs

Three hereditary chiefs of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw issued the eviction notice to a fish farm on the north end of Vancouver Island this week. (Tamo Campos/YouTube)

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

Video: Fish Farm Resistance Heats Up in “BC”

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.

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Statement from Ancestral Pride on fish farm arrests

Ancestral Pride fish farm bannerBy now many have been informed of the opposition towards Cermaq fish farm Dixon Bay site where a small group of people in a vessel tried to prevent the barge transporting smolts of Atlantic salmon to the Dixon Bay site. Three individuals were detained by RCMP and then released upon promise to appear November 7th in Tofino. Another individual was served papers to appear in court the same day. Read the rest of this entry