Fisheries

28/10/16
Author: 
Dogwood Initiative Today at Bella Bella’s only grocery store, a jug of milk costs $7.10 (and expires in a few days). A package of frozen chicken drumsticks goes for $11.89 and a Christmas ham is $75.00. Shampoo, tampons and fresh produce, when available,
Dogwood Initiative
27/10/16
Author: 
Heiltsuk Communications

For Immediate Release

Heiltsuk infuriated by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s statement on diesel spill

October 26, 2016 (Bella Bella) – A statement just released by Canada’s fisheries minister has left Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett angered and dismayed.

27/10/16
Author: 
Heiltsuk Communications

For Immediate Release

Heiltsuk infuriated by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s statement on diesel spill

October 26, 2016 (Bella Bella) – A statement just released by Canada’s fisheries minister has left Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett angered and dismayed.

25/10/16
Author: 
Heiltsuk Communications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Booms leaking diesel, contaminating beaches in Heiltsuk Territory

October 25, 2016 (Bella Bella) – Crews continue to attempt to recover spilled diesel from contaminated beaches near Gale Creek/'Qvúqvái today as diesel has been discovered leaking from booms that broke Saturday and washed ashore.

 

24/10/16
Author: 
Mark Hume
Fuel slicks spread around the tug Nathan E. Stewart, stranded on a reef it struck. (Marilyn Slett)

Cleanup and salvage efforts have been hampered by storms on the British Columbia coast, where a sunken tug continues to leak fuel 11 days after it ran aground near Bella Bella, in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Matt Woodruff, information officer with the industry-funded unified command group that is handling the operation, said fuel spill containment booms failed at one point, allowing slicks to escape from around the grounded tug, Nathan E. Stewart.

23/10/16
Author: 
Heiltsuk Communications Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HEILTSUK IN SHOCK AS CRITICAL BARRIER
CONTAINING SPILL BREAKS FREE

 

 

Bella Bella (October 22, 2016) –– Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett says her community is in a state of shock today as spilled diesel oil has broken free of barriers to contain it and weather worsens.

 

17/10/16
Author: 
Bethany Lindsay
A tug and barge that carries petroleum products to and from Alaska through B.C.'s Inside Passage has run aground near Bella Bella. The Canadian Coast Guard confirms the Nathan E. Stewart, an articulated tug/barge owned by the Texas-based Kirby Corporation, ran aground at Edge Reef in Seaforth Channel just after 1 a.m. Thursday. The coast guard says the 287-foot long fuel barge was empty, but the 100-foot tug itself is leaking diesel fuel. People on the scene at noon said that the tug was half under water an

A little more than a year ago, B.C. activist Ingmar Lee told a reporter that the petroleum-hauling vessel Nathan E. Stewart was a “disaster waiting to happen.”

Early Wednesday morning, that fear was realized when the American-owned articulated tug and barge ran aground near Bella Bella. Although the barge was empty after dropping off its cargo in Alaska, the tugboat began leaking fuel into the water, threatening the traditional clam fisheries of the Heiltsuk First Nation. 

“It’s unfortunately a terrible thing to see it sunk there,” Lee said Thursday.

04/10/16
Author: 
Stephen Hume:
The face of the tailings dump of a long-abandoned mine near the Jordan River is crusted with green scabs. PNG

The site where the Pacheedaht people originated — their Garden of Eden — is stunning.

The Jordan River exits a 500-metre-deep canyon, then tumbles toward the sea through a jumble of immense boulders polished as smooth as beach pebbles.

It was here, about 70 kilometres west of Victoria, in a past so ancient it predates legends of a great flood that inundated the world, that the Pacheedaht took their name from foam on the river.

Today, there’s still foam on the river. It signals not the birth of a people, but the death of their river.

26/09/16
Author: 
Eddie Gardner President, Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance

From: Eddie Gardner [mailto:singingbear@telus.net]
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2016 10:31 AM
Subject: Letter of Solidarity with Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Eviction of Fish Farms

 

Hi All,

 

Your assistance in circulating this to the mass media would be greatly appreciated.  We are encouraging others to send messages of support and solidarity with Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw to Dominic LeBlanc as Chief Michelle Lee Edwards did.

 

All the best,

 

Eddie

 

01/09/16
Author: 
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.

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