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Federal court dismisses B.C. First Nation’s bid to block fish farm restocking

fish farm demandsCourt said there is ‘likelihood of harm’ from fish-borne disease, but rejected injunction because of timing

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B.C. First Nation in federal court in bid to halt fish farm restocking

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The Canadian Press, March 13, 2018

VICTORIA – A First Nation is asking the Federal Court to prevent the restocking of an open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island.

The Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay says prior to any fish transfer to an open-net pen at nearby Swanson Island, the Atlantic salmon smolts should be tested for the blood virus piscine reovirus. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Marine Harvest serves injunction in Alert Bay against fish farm opponents

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March 10, 2018, via Facebook

Marine Harvest serves an injunction against opponents to fish farms in Alert Bay, BC.  See the video below: Read the rest of this entry

Washington state senate bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters

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Drone footage shows the mangled remains of a net pen near Cypress Island in Washington state that collapsed Aug. 19, 2017, releasing, what a report by state agencies estimates at about 250,000 Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters. (Beau Garreau)

Company that runs state’s net-pen fish farms says it is considering next moves

By Liam Britten, CBC News, March 2, 2018

Washington State senators voted Friday to ban Atlantic salmon farming in state waters.

The passage of the legislation means the state will no longer allow commercial net-pen aquaculture for Atlantic salmon in state waters. Read the rest of this entry

Arrests at DFO office over fish farm protest

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

Kwakwaka’wakw leaders hand eviction notice to B.C. fish farm

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Members of B.C. First Nations deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest on Jan. 22, 2018. (CTV Vancouver)

CTV News, January 22, 2018

Setting out from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, members of at least six B.C. First Nations took to the sea Monday to deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest: one of Canada’s largest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon. Read the rest of this entry

Two Native women arrested after locking DFO offices

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Tsastilqualus is arrested by Saanich police, Jan 18, 2018.

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

B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against fish farm protesters

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Marine Harvest operates more than 30 fish farms in B.C., which employ over 500 people. (CBC News)

Marine Harvest operates a site near Port Hardy, B.C., that has been the site of demonstrations for months

CBC News, Dec 27, 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court has granted an injunction against a number of people who have trespassed on a fish farm company’s property in recent months.

Marine Harvest Canada applied for the injunction for their licensed aquaculture site on Midsummer Island, one of several fish farms they operate in the Broughton Archipelago, east of Port Hardy. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Indigenous Grandmother Arrested at DFO Encampment

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

Indigenous Grandmother Faces Arrest for Protecting Wild Salmon

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Tsastilqualus at the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp in Victoria, BC.

Fish Farms Out Now, Dec 18, 2017

Tsastliqualus Ambers, a sixty-five year old Ma’amtagila grandmother and Indigenous rights activist from Yalis ( Alert Bay) faces potential arrest tomorrow on the 67th day of the indigenous-led, all-women’s Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp occupation outside of government offices complicit in the demise of the traditional salmon food fishery of her peoples. Read the rest of this entry