Fish farm protestors in Victoria use Canada Day event to voice opposition
“We’re here to today to draw attention to the responsibility the federal government has to make true reconciliation happen.”
Kristyn Anthony, Oak Bay News, July 1, 2018
Protestors peacefully voicing their opposition to fish farms in British Columbia crashed Canada Day celebrations on the legislature lawn in Victoria, Sunday.
As thousands of people donned in red and white assembled to take the city’s annual living flag photo, roughly twenty activists took the opportunity to spread their message, sitting before the large audience, chanting. Read the rest of this entry
Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to push for removal of fish farms
‘What the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w require is legal rights now,’ says lawyer representing First Nation
A coastal First Nation in B.C. is vowing to challenge the B.C. government’s new approach to fish farm tenures, which would give First Nations a say over where these operations can set up on the West Coast.
The province announced Wednesday that starting in 2022, fish farms will need First Nations approval to renew their tenures. Read the rest of this entry
B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent
by Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018
The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands. Read the rest of this entry
Federal court dismisses B.C. First Nation’s bid to block fish farm restocking
Court said there is ‘likelihood of harm’ from fish-borne disease, but rejected injunction because of timing
B.C. First Nation in federal court in bid to halt fish farm restocking
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
Washington state senate bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters
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
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
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