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Who is stronger? BC Government or Norwegian-run fish farm companies?

December 4th, 2017

Dear Premier John Horgan, and Ministers George Heyman and Lana Popham: I am writing in regards to two matters: you have accepted applications to renew all fish farm tenures in Musgamagw and Namgis territories you have not followed up on public statements that you are reviewing bloodwater samples As you are aware, Musgamagw and Namgis members have occupied salmon farms and the surrounding areas for over 100 days with the clear message that salmon farms must be removed from their territories. They have been saying this for 30 years and have not signed any agreements with the industry. They have no food fish and the science increasingly supports their position that salmon farms are a large factor in destruction of their fisheries. Premier Horgan, you stated in the Big House in Alert Bay that the industry should not restock farms where the tenure is going to expire before the fish can be harvested. Minister Popham, you sent Marine Harvest a letter advising them they are not guaranteed to have tenures in the Broughton Archipelago renewed. And yet on October 16, 2017 your government accepted applications for all the salmon farms in these territories. Below is a screen shot in regards to...

The first scientific evidence that farm salmon are infecting large numbers of wild salmon

November 22nd, 2017

The first scientific evidence that large numbers of wild salmon are becoming infected with piscine reovirus (PRV) through exposure to salmon farms was published this week in the scientific journal Public Library of Science One. The effect of exposure to farmed salmon on piscine orthoreovirus [reovirus] infection and fitness in wild Pacific salmon in British Columbia, Canada” reports that the percentage of wild salmon infected...

Marine Harvest, more aggressive than smart?

November 17th, 2017

On Tuesday the 14, of November Marine Harvest went to the BC Supreme Court to get an injunction against First Nation's people and many others who have been standing on their Midsummer Island farm to stop Marine Harvest from violating their rights and wishes by restocking this farm. Marine Harvest did not win an injunction, the court did not force people off the farm, as...

Marine Harvest seeks Injunction take 3

November 13th, 2017

Update November 13, 2017 On November 07, Marine Harvest served court documents to the First Nations who have been living on their farms for the past 80 days. It was a notice of application to the court seeking an injunction. Marine Harvest is demanding that First Nations leave the farm sites, remove all structures and never return. The position of the Musgamagw is that they have...

Power struggle - Norwegian fish farmers vs BC government

November 4th, 2017

We know that the planet's oceans and indigenous people are under assault and that this is a threat to life on earth as we know it. Indigenous people are leaders standing on the front lines in the fight for life on earth and many of us are now standing with them. Governments around the world are being tested. Who really runs the show? Elected governments...

Marine Harvest - Going Rogue?

November 2nd, 2017

I went back to Port Elizabeth on October 16 to observe the Viktoria Viking offloading young farm salmon again. The staff on the farm blocked my view of the fish pouring into the pens, so this time I stepped on the farm to take a good look at the condition of the fish. The RCMP presence was heavy, two boats with 7-8 officers each...

Thank you Lana Popham

October 24th, 2017

October 24, 2017 Dear Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham: Thank you for your brave response to the First Nation’s effort to get salmon farms out of the Broughton Archipelago, an effort that has been ongoing for them for 30 years. You are the first politician to stand up for their rights against the Norwegian-run salmon farms. Remarkable. With the collapse of food fisheries, the problem with salmon farms...

Eight Nations Unite and the Tactical Police Appear

October 13th, 2017

The occupation of the salmon farms east of Alert Bay is now at day 51. The Premier of British Columbia, whom this entire effort is aimed at, finally met with the nations of the Broughton Archipelago on October 10. The original four nations had doubled to eight nations standing firm in their resolve to have salmon farms removed from their collective territories. In a historic show...

The Last Farm Salmon Harvest at Swanson Island

September 21st, 2017

Yesterday, September 21, Marine Harvest began its last farm salmon harvest at the Namgis/Mamaliliuklla occupied farm called Swanson Island. This is the Swan Song of salmon farming in the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw/Namgis/ Mamalilikulla territory that is sometimes called the Broughton Archipelago. This farm has been occupied by Ernest Alfred and friends since August 24, for 29 days. This is no hardship for Marine Harvest, many of...

Fish Farm Fight - Update September 13

September 13th, 2017

Update September 13, 2017 Two salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago are now under occupation by First Nations. Marine Harvest has paused restocking their Midsummer farm after a stand off between their packer and First Nations and now the occupiers are digging in. As the weather deteriorates they are making preparations as winter is coming. Communities are rallying around them. Other nations are noticing. Many are...