Andrew Nikiforuk

Campbell River meeting comes as Morton video of farmed fish goes viral. [See video with original article - Alex Morton captured underwater video of farmed salmon during Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw protest action. Photo from YouTube. ]

More than 50 First Nations protestors, including several hereditary chiefs, called for the eviction of multinational-owned fish farms from “unceded” territorial waters in Campbell River on Monday.

Brian Morton

This year’s Fraser River sockeye run is the lowest in more than 120 years, and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says it all has to do with climate change.

“The salmon are suffering because of the changing environment of which we, as British Columbians, have some responsibility for,” said WWSS fisheries adviser Greg Taylor of the fishery, which ended Aug. 12.

“There ‘s a great link between (Premier) Christy Clark’s inaction on climate change and river temperatures that are lethal to salmon.”

Canadian Press

The steady loss of the kelp removes an important habitat for other species and has a cascading effect through the marine environment, a Halifax marine biologist warns.

Once rich forests of willowy kelp that stretch along Nova Scotia’s coast have been decimated by warming water temperatures, says a marine biologist who warns that the loss could harm other species that rely on them for food.

BC First Nations Leaders

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2016

BC First Nations Leaders in Ottawa to Set Record Straight on Misleading Claims of Support for Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG and Call on Trudeau to reject project 

Charles Mandel
Dimitry Lisitsyn (R in black and teal coat) visiting Lelu Island. Photo courtesy of Skeena Wild Conservation Trust

​The pink salmon runs in Aniva Bay, once among the largest in the world, collapsed after Shell built its LNG facility on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the late '90s.

Lauren Morello
The microscopic plants that form the foundation of the ocean's food web are declining, reports a study published July 29 in Nature.

The tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, also gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half the world's oxygen output—equaling that of trees and plants on land.

Ian Gill
'Support to stop this LNG project is overwhelming,' says Hereditary Chief Yahaan, first to sign the declaration. Photo: Friends of Wild Salmon.

PRINCE RUPERT -- B.C.'s hardhat Premier Christy Clark has never met a tool she didn't like -- at least until Saturday, when a major wrench was thrown in her plans to sell northern B.C.'s wild salmon down the river to a Malaysian oil and gas conglomerate.

Sockeye salmon in the Adams River in British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott/Minden Pictures
David Wiwchar


The effects of climate change are going to have a devastating effect on coastal British Columbia First Nations within the next few decades, according to a new scientific report.

“First Nations fisheries could decline by nearly 50 percent by 2050, and coastal First Nations communities could suffer economic losses between $6.7 and copy2 million,” lead researcher Laura Weatherdon told Indian Country Today Media Network.

Council of the Haida Nation

The 2015 House of Assembly directed the Council of the Haida Nation to maintain a closure of the commercial herring fishery in Haida territorial waters in 2016 to allow time to address the long-­‐term management and conservation of herring stocks.

Following the directive from citizens of the Haida Nation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada in consultation with technical staff and other groups, gave notice this December that the fishery would be closed in 2016. This closure does not affect the traditional roe-­‐on-­‐kelp fishery.


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