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Fish farm spills diesel near northern Vancouver Island

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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

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

4 face charges opposing fish farms in Ahousaht

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Larry Skookum John arrested by RCMP for opposing Cermaq fish farm, August 23, 2016.

Statement by Crow, Ancestral Pride, August 24, 2016

By 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

Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms

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Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw hereditary chiefs board Cermaq fish farm near Kingcome Inlet to serve eviction notices.

Orders follow a number of developments, including federal decision to extend licences.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, August 22, 2016

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, whose traditional lands includes much of the Broughton Archipelago, have boarded two Japanese-owned fish farms and delivered eviction orders to remove their operations from unceded territories over the last six days.

On Aug. 15, three Dzawada’enuxw traditional leaders served an eviction notice to a Cermaq/Mitsubishi salmon farm on the Burdwood Islands, and on Aug. 18 boats from the communities of Gwayasdums (Gilford Island), U’kwa’nalis (Kingcome Inlet) and Alert Bay arrived at the Sir Edmund Bay fish farms run by Cermaq/Mitsubishi to conduct a cleansing ceremony. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw board fish farm as part of eviction process

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Boats from several Kwakwaka’wakw communities approach Cermaq fish farm in the territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory near Kingcome Inlet.

“Are we prepared to die for this. I think we are now. The fight is on!”

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw boarded a salmon farm in their territory for the second time in three days to begin the process of cleansing their waters of the fish farm industry. This is done in the name of our children, future generations and in memory of our ancestors. Read the rest of this entry

Activist disappointed by DFO’s response to sea lion cull near Tofino

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Clayoquot Action visited Norway last year where from left. Clayoquot Action co-founder Dan Lewis joined Qwyatseek and John Rampanen [from Nuu-Chah-Nulth] , Tore Bongo, Beaska Niilas, and Kurt Oddekalv to deliver a petition against salmon farming. / Clayoquot Action

By Andrew Bailey, Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News, April 13, 2016

Clayoquot Action co-founder Dan Lewis hopes a sea lion cull conducted at a local salmon farm has opened the West Coast’s eyes to the havoc he believes the salmon farm industry is wreaking on the region.

“I think the writing’s on the wall for this industry,” Lewis said.

“I’ve seen it happen before with logging. There is a shift that comes at some point where people realize this really is a problem, and it’s not going to go away unless we make it go away, and I think fish farming is right at the cusp of that right now.” Read the rest of this entry

Water War – Cermaq Fails To Remove Yaakswiis Fish Farm Docks

Warriors for Yaakswiis during blockade of fish farm near Ahousaht, Sept 2015.

Warriors for Yaakswiis during blockade of fish farm near Ahousaht, Sept 2015.

Update Sept 22, 2015: According to members of the Ahousaht, Cermaq has now removed their fish farm pens from Yaakswiis

PRESS RELEASE, September 21, 2015

Today at 6 am, the Yaakswiis Warriors and their supporters went to witness the removal of the Cermaq fish farm pens from the Yaakswiis site in anticipation of the fulfillment of a verbal agreement made between Lennie John and James Costello of Cermaq would, “at first light,” bring out a barge and tugboat and remove the pens & anchors. After first light came and went, the Yaakswiis Warriors tried numerous times to contact the Chief and Council as well as Cermaq to inquire as to what the hold up was on the arrival of the barge and crew. Chief and Council as well as Cermaq did not answer the calls, no contact was made.

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Ahousaht Nation forces Cermaq to remove fish farm

Ahousaht fish farm protestby West Coast Native News, September 19th, 2015

When Cermaq tried to anchor a new farm in Ahousaht territory in a bay called Yaakswiis, Ahousaht people stepped on the farm and told the Cermaq crew to leave (see previous post).   Thus began a 9 – day occupation of the farm, meetings between Ahousaht and their leadership and support from hundreds of people throughout British Columbia, Canada and beyond. There was a rally of support in Vancouver on September 18. Read the rest of this entry

Ahousaht hereditary leadership meets two of three fish farm protesters’ demands

Warriors for Yaakswiis during blockade of fish farm near Ahousaht, Sept 2015.

Warriors for Yaakswiis during blockade of fish farm near Ahousaht, Sept 2015.

By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, September 15, 2015

A small group of fish farm protesters calling themselves Ahousaht Muuschim and supporters accepted an invitation to meet with Ahousaht leadership and other band members at the Thunderbird Hall Sept. 14.

Tyee Ha’wilth (head chief) Lewis Maquinna George extended the invitation after protesters blocked the installation of Cermaq’s salmon farm just north of Ahousaht.

Chief Councillor Greg Louie spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa immediately following the meeting, which included employees of Cermaq who are Ahousaht members. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Ahousaht people evict Cermaq

by Alexandra Morton, Vimeo, Sept 12, 2015

People around the world have tried to protect their home waters from salmon farms for 20 years. On September 9, 2015 Ahousaht people stepped onto a fish farm as it was trying to anchor to their territory and told the crew to leave.

To donate: Ahousaht Ancestral Pride Yaakswiis Action Camp

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