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Proposed Changes to the Fisheries Act

February 6th, 2018

Today, February 6, 2018 Federal Fisheries Minister Dominc LeBlanc announced that a Bill to Amend the Fisheries Act has been tabled in Ottawa. IF this bill is passed there are some provisions that could help in the long term to protect wild salmon from the pathogen spill ongoing from salmon farms on the BC coast. Here are some of the proposed amendments: 1 - ALL fish habitat will be "protected" not the more limited description enacted by the Harper government 2 - There would be a requirement to consider adverse effects of decisions on indigenous people 3 - New ability for rapid response to unforeseen impacts on management of fisheries and conservation of fish 4 - The minister would have to consider wild fish stock rebuilding when making fisheries management decisions that would impact a depleted stock. 5 - The minister promises that any and all practices that harvest fish won't affect the long term viability and abundance of wild stocks of fish If this bill passes and DFO honours the spirit and intent of these statements, wild fish would have to be protected from the ongoing pathogen spill from salmon farms including sea lice, bacteria and viruses, the ongoing impact of...

Premier Horgan something you should know

January 17th, 2018

January 17, 2018 Dear Premier John Horgan: As you ponder whether to renew 1/4 of BC salmon farm tenures that are expiring in Musgamagw and Namgis territories, there is something you should know. As the landlord to these three Norwegian companies, you will decide which runs of wild salmon are exposed to the pathogen effluent from this industry. Piscine reovirus and your lab’s failure to...

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 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...