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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 of speaking to government about their concerns it has come to this. Ernest is hopeful that his effort will help the Provincial government to follow through with their campaign promise made in the Namgis Big House in Alert Bay. “… we will remove fish farms, we are committed to that… and will make sure these territories are clear of fish farms. Claire Trevena speaks “I am a grandson of the Namgis, Lawit’sis and Mamalilikala Nations, this farm is in my house,” states Ernest Alfred. “Over the past week, I boarded salmon farms and filmed in the pens. We have no food fish this year, there are so many herring in the pens, the fish farm industry is operating like a herring fishery and this is a place no one has fished...
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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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Marine Harvest Backs Down!!

June 4th, 2017

Marine Harvest backs down from First Nation Marine Harvest files Discontinuance against "John and Jane Doe" On May 25, 2017 Marine Harvest dropped their trespass charges against the First Nations who boarded their salmon farm last summer. They filed a Notice of Discontinuance against John and Jane Doe. This establishes a significant precedent for all Nations trying to protect their territory from the ravages of...
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Marine Harvest vs. First Nations - in court

May 22nd, 2017

June 1 is the first court date in the trespass suit that Marine Harvest filed against me and “John and Jane Doe” for boarding their salmon farm, at Midsummer Island, anchored in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory. Marine Harvest will be attempting to separate me from the First Nations. I am of no consequence in this case, mere cannon fodder, this is a contest between First Nations...
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