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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 the fish in this farm are already past their prime and forming kypes on their lower jaws in preparation for the spawning rituals they will never take part in. The Amarissa Joye, is the only seine boat working... a very sad state of affairs for the people of this region, where salmon fishing was once an enormous source of jobs and income and provided nourishment to thousands. Note that although this boat is bringing aboard thousands of Atlantic salmon, a federal fish, it displays no fishing licence at all. The question why farm salmon packers are exempt from the strict licencing requirements for every other fish boat in Canada, remains a question no government official will answer. Why? Specially designed seine nets are rolled across the pens, sorting out the smaller fish,...
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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. AlexandraMorton5@gmail.com 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...
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Salmon Farm Occupation

August 26th, 2017

On August 24, 2017, Ernest Alexander Alfred and a small group peacefully occupied the Marine Harvest salmon farm called Swanson Island. They state that they will remain on the farm until their chiefs are satisfied that the Province of BC has cancelled the farm’s Licence of Occupation and the farm leaves the territory. The farm is located 17km east of Alert Bay. After years...
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Heroes rising

August 5th, 2017

As I continued to document the viruses spreading from salmon farms like an oil spill, fighting the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Harvest and Cermaq in court for mandatory farm salmon testing for the highly-contagious piscine orthoreovirus, as well defending myself against Marine Harvest’s lawsuit against me for touching their farm with a teaspoon to collect a sample, I got welcome news. Paul Watson contacted me to...
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Fighting to stop infected farm salmon

July 1st, 2017

There are two lawsuits in play. Marine Harvest is suing me for trespass and for touching one of their buoys with a teaspoon, and I am suing the Minister of Fisheries for not abiding by the law and disregarding the precautionary principle by refusing to test farm salmon from piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) before granting permission for them to be placed in sea pens. The concern...
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Marine Harvest sues me for touching them with a teaspoon!

June 20th, 2017

While I am documenting enormous damage to wild salmon and herring from sea lice from salmon farms, and tracking viruses found in farm salmon, they are upset because I touched an anchor buoy! ...
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Court Day - Stop Diseased Farm Salmon

June 20th, 2017

Off to court to stop DFO from allowing salmon farmers to put diseased fish into BC waters. Does Minister LeBlanc even know he is fighting to allow diseased Atlantic salmon onto BC's wild salmon migration routes? Sorry for the choppy edits and droplets on the lens, just getting the hang of movie making... ...
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Letter to DFO, why all the lice?

June 19th, 2017

June 12, 2017 Dear Karen Calla, Nathan Taylor and Rebecca Reid - Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am writing to inform Fisheries and Oceans Canada that you have a serious sea louse outbreak, for the third year in a row, on the Area 12 Mainland juvenile pink and chum salmon. This is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Territory also called the Broughton Archipelago. Furthermore, the abundance of juvenile out-migrating salmon...
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Letter to DFO, why all the lice?

June 19th, 2017

June 12, 2017 Dear Karen Calla, Nathan Taylor and Rebecca Reid - Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am writing to inform Fisheries and Oceans Canada that you have a serious sea louse outbreak, for the third year in a row, on the Area 12 Mainland juvenile pink and chum salmon. This is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Territory also called the Broughton Archipelago. Furthermore, the abundance of juvenile out-migrating salmon...
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Getting ridiculous

June 14th, 2017

On June 13, 2017 I learned from Marine Harvest what damages are that they are seeking from me. While there was no actual damage to the farms during the First Nation ceremony I attended, as everyone was very careful, Marine Harvest is now claiming they were concerned for the integrity of their farm's anchoring system because I made contact with one of the yellow buoys -...
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