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Video: The Fight Against Fish Farms

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by SubMedia, September 13, 2017

After 30 years of peaceful opposition, indigenous nations of western “Canada” have had enough and have begun occupations of illegal fish farms to disrupt their operations. A call has been made to occupy the offices of the ruling New Democratic Party (NDP) of “British Columbia” to help put an end to the harmful practice of fish farms, that endangers the local salmon populations. Read the rest of this entry

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First Nations leaders rally in support of B.C. salmon farm occupation

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Chief Willie Moon has occupied salmon farms in the past, and says the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw is prepared to do whatever it takes to close fish farms along the coast. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Document urging the province to move fish farms inland to be delivered to Premier John Horgan

By Jon Hernandez, CBC News, September 7, 2017

Dozens of Indigenous leaders and protestors rallied outside the Vancouver Convention Centre today urging the province to dismantle salmon farms along the B.C. coast.

The calls came as environmentalists and members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nations occupy two Marine Harvest Canada salmon farms in their territorial waters off the north end of Vancouver Island. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw block fish farm packer boat

on September 6, 2017, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw hereditary chiefs, women and supporters took a stand against a Norwegian packing boat. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations occupy a second salmon farm as company raises safety concerns

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Dzawada’enuxw Nation Chief Willie Moon and Hereditary Chief Charlie Williams were among local First Nations leaders on site to support the occupation of the Swanson Island fish farm. Photograph By Swanson Occupation

Marine Harvest says protests are creating unsafe conditions at farms

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, September 2, 2017

Members of two British Columbia First Nations say they have occupied a salmon farm on a small island on the province’s coast, the second such protest to be held in the past week.

Chief Willie Moon, also known as Okwilagame, said about 16 members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis arrived at the Wicklow Point salmon farm on Thursday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. fish farms hit by occupations following release of footage showing sickly, blind salmon

fish farm protest occupation 1by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, August 24, 2017

Indigenous leaders are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to immediately halt fish farming along British Columbia’s coastal region following the release of video footage showing diseased farmed Atlantic salmon –some blind, others with swollen gills and blisters—swimming through pens thick with fish feces. 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

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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

Pacific NorthWest LNG assessment underestimated risks to salmon, study claims

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Juvenile salmon swim in the waters of the Skeena estuary, south of Prince Rupert, B.C. (Tavish Campbell)

Scientific study challenges whether risk to juvenile salmon was properly known but Ottawa stands by decision

By Lisa Johnson, CBC News, November 9, 2016

Federal approval of a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia’s North Coast underestimated impacts on juvenile wild salmon, according to a new scientific study published today. 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

Fisheries minister plans ‘concrete’ action to fight declining sockeye run

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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)

‘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