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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

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

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

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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

Comment: The science is in — salmon farms need to be out

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A fish farm in Washington State that was damaged and saw tens of thousands of farmed Atlantic Salmon escape, August 2017.

by John Volpe, Times Colonist, November 19, 2017

The salmon-farm debate has come full circle with the recent escape of nearly 200,000 potentially invasive farmed Atlantic salmon 33 kilometres from B.C. waters in Washington state. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters ordered off Midsummer Island fish farm

fish farm get out bannerby Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, Nov 14, 2017

First Nations protesters have been ordered to vacate their camp on a fish farm near Midsummer Island for 30 days while they prepare for a court date on Marine Harvest’s application for an injunction that would see them permanently removed from the site. Read the rest of this entry