Fisheries

18/10/17
Author: 
Emilee Gilpin
Indigenous leaders and activists occupy a fish farm on Swanson Island on Oct. 14, 2017. Photo by Emilee Gilpin

How will newly elected B.C. politicians handle the escalating fish farm conflict?

17/10/17
Author: 
FIRST NATIONS WILD SALMON ALLIANCE

 

500 - 342 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1B6

Phone: 604-684-0231
Toll Free: 800-793-9701
Fax: 604-684-5726

October 17, 2017

Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario    K1A 0A6

 

Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia    V8V 1X4

 

Dear Ministers LeBlanc and Popham:

 

17/10/17
Author: 
Larry Pynn
Use of snow fencing to discourage spawning at pipeline water crossings has resulted in a complaint against Trans Mountain fish biologist Calum Bonnington. PNG

A Fraser Valley-based conservation group has lodged a formal complaint with the College of Applied Biology over a Trans Mountain biologist’s role in the installation of matting to discourage salmon from spawning at stream sites where the company plans pipeline crossings.

02/10/17
Author: 
Living Oceans Society

NEB Fails to Protect Salmon Habitat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, October 2, 2017

27/09/17
Author: 
Randy Shore
California anchovy may actually thrive in the future, taking advantage of changing conditions and exploiting available resources, especially where other species are suffering. HANDOUT / PNG

A new study from UBC analyzed more 1,000 aquatic species for vulnerability to the effects of climate change, and the news for three B.C. food fish is not good. William Cheung — an associate professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries — brought together biological data relevant to adaptability and applied “fuzzy logic” to the computations. The exercise identified 294 marine species worldwide that are most at-risk due to climate change by 2050. Here are some highlights for species native to B.C. waters:

27/09/17
Author: 
National Observer & The Canadian Press

The National Energy Board has issued a stern warning to the company building a major west coast pipeline expansion about apparent violations of federal law.

 

The federal regulator called Kinder Morgan to task this week for installing mats in streams to discourage fish from spawning where the pipeline is to be built.

18/09/17
Author: 
The Associated Press
Salmon circle just below the surface inside a lock where they joined boats heading from salt water Shilshole Bay into fresh water Salmon Bay at the Ballard Locks in Seattle. The mass of warm water known as 'the blob' that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Northwest salmon and steelhead. ELAINE THOMPSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

SEATTLE — The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

01/09/17
Author: 
Laura Kane
Protesters gather at the Marine Harvest fish farm on Swanson Island, near Alert Bay, B.C. in a handout photo from the Facebook page Swanson Occupation. Ernest Alfred, 36, sitting cross-legged on the right wearing a cedar bark neck ring, sits with other traditional leaders from neighbouring villages. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook-Swanson Occupation MANDATORY CREDIT

PORT HARDY, B.C. — Members of two British Columbia First Nations say they have occupied a salmon farm on a small island on the province’s coast, the second such protest to be held in the past week.

Chief Willie Moon, also known as Okwilagame, said about 16 members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis arrived at the Wicklow Point salmon farm on Thursday afternoon.

He said about five protesters plan to stay until the provincial and federal governments revoke permits for the facility on Broughton Island, about 50 kilometres east of Port Hardy.

29/08/17
Author: 
Mike Hager
fish farm wreckage

British Columbia’s new NDP government campaigned on a promise to transition the province’s fish-farming industry away from open-sea pens to land-based sites, but First Nations are pushing for more aggressive action. They want the province to revoke the licences of unwanted salmon farms operating in their territorial waters.

B.C.’s aquaculture industry was once again in the spotlight last week after thousands of Atlantic salmon may have escaped a Washington State fish farm near the border.

25/08/17
Author: 
First Nations Leaders

August 24, 2017. For immediate release.  Ernest Alexandra Alfred and a small group have peacefully occupied the Marine Harvest salmon farm, Swanson Island.  They state that they will remain on the farm until their chiefs are satisfied that the Province of BC has cancelled that farm’s Licence of Occupation and thus it has to leave the territory. The farm is located 17km east of Alert Bay.

 

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