by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has agreed to cancel this year’s commercial roe herring fishery on B.C.’s central coast, citing the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations. Read the rest of this entry
From Noah Stewart via Facebook, March 1, 2018
Today, three indigenous womxn were arrested outside of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office on unceded WSANEC territory. Two are currently being held overnight at the Saanich Police station. If you are able, please please show up to show we care. We will be holding space there tonight. In addition, people are asked to come down to the DFO office, 4250 Commerce Circle, beginning first thing in the morning tomorrow for continued presence as previously planned. Read the rest of this entry
via Facebook, January 18, 2018
Tsastilqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green have been arrested for refusing to remove themselves from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office, situated on unceded WSANEC territories (near Victoria, BC). Read the rest of this entry
by Fish Farms Out Now, Dec 21, 2017
At 11:30 am, Tuesday December 19th, Saanich Police arrived at the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp outside of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and arrested 64 year -old Grandmother and Indigenous rights activist Tsastilqualus Ambers of the Ma’amtagila Nation on trespassing charges. She was later released with a February court date. Read the rest of this entry
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
‘I wouldn’t describe it as a conflict of interest,’ says Dominic LeBlanc of DFO promoting aquaculture
By Lisa Johnson and Yvette Brend, CBC News, August 9, 2016
Canada’s minister of fisheries says the government is taking action in a “rigorous and robust” way to restore the Fraser River’s sockeye salmon run after nearly four years of silence following a federal inquiry into the decline of the iconic species.
Dominic LeBlanc said Ottawa is committed to the 75 recommendations that came out of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry in October 2012, agreeing delayed action has been “unacceptable.” Read the rest of this entry
by Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress, May 4, 2016
A rally on the steps of the Chilliwack courthouse set for May 10 will underscore the importance of the First Salmon Ceremony to Sto:lo communities of the Pilalt tribe.
The local Sto:lo chief was charged last March with one count of contravening the Fisheries Act by fishing illegally for one salmon, during a closed time.
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
Agreement comes after First Nation’s occupation of DFO offices in March 2015
By Radio West, CBC News, Jan 19, 2016
Less than a year after members of the Heiltsuk First Nation occupied federal fisheries offices in Bella Bella, the two parties have reached an agreement over the Pacific herring fishery.
Last March the Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened up the herring roe fishery in the Spiller Channel, which the Heiltsuk Tribal Council said should have remained closed to preserve herring stocks. Read the rest of this entry