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B.C. fish processors spewing potentially dangerous bloodwater into key salmon migration corridor

fish farm processing plant blood

Blood water’ video shows bloody effluent emitting from farmed salmon processing plant, November 28, 2017.

CTV News, November 27, 2017

Salmon farming in British Columbia has long faced controversy, with concerns about fish escapes, antibiotic use, and the spread of viruses and sea lice.

Most of the anger and calls for change have been directed at fish farms, but CTV News has obtained video footage that shows fish processing plants may be contributing to problems as well. Read the rest of this entry

Open-net fish farm tenures will be reviewed: Horgan

fish farm bc coast

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

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

New study predicts significant declines in B.C. native fish catches due to climate change

Situation ‘Dire’: Low Coho Salmon Returns Close Quinault Fisheries

Coho salmonby Indian Country Today, Oct 29, 2015

Low returns of wild coho salmon are prompting the Quinault Indian Nation to close all its fisheries in Grays Harbor and Queets River and to declare an economic disaster because of the resulting hardship on fishermen and their families.

The tribe attributed the low returns to the so-called Godzilla El Niño that is under way in the Pacific, exacerbated by a “blob of warm water off the coast,” the Quinault said in a statement describing what it called a dire situation. Read the rest of this entry

Sockeye face ‘catastrophic’ collapse in South Okanagan

A spawning sockeye salmon is seen making its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

A spawning sockeye salmon is seen making its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Only 18,000 sockeye expected to return to B.C.’s South Okanagan

CBC News, July 28, 2015

A potentially catastrophic collapse of the sockeye salmon run is unfolding on the Columbia River system this year.

Scientists once predicted that about 100,000 sockeye would return to spawning grounds in the rivers and streams in British Columbia’s South Okanagan region.

In fact, it was supposed to be one of the largest sockeye runs in recent history, said Okanagan Nation Alliance fish biologist Richard Bussanich. Read the rest of this entry

Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish

Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon.

NEB hearings underway to hear Aboriginal oral evidence into Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline, that would cross dozens of rivers sacred to First Nations.

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