Global News (December 5, 2023)
06 Dec
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Social license for ocean-based salmon farms has expired in BC

Recently published data from Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) states that over 817,000 wild fish were killed due to open-net pen salmon farm operations near Tofino. BC Premier, David Eby, states, “Net pen fish farms, I think it’s safe to say the social license for those that just sit in the ocean and cause the death […]

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Coast Reporter (December 4, 2023)
05 Dec
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BC salmon farms linked to record wild fish deaths in 2022

Ocean-polluting salmon farms in BC waters are responsible for a record number of wild fish deaths in 2022—a total of 817,265 according to DFO. Salmon farming practices, such as the removal of sea lice through a suction machine, result in collateral death and damage to wild fish. Despite the federal government investing millions of dollars […]

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30 Nov
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Fish farms expand despite 2025 deadline for removal

Despite the federal government’s mandate to transition away from open net-pen salmon farms by 2025 to protect wild salmon before it’s too late, the salmon farming company Cermaq continues to expand operations near Tofino. “Wild salmon are in dire straits,” stated former Minister Joyce Murray on the closure of open-net pen salmon farms in the […]

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29 Nov
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Federal govt. funds wild salmon habitat restoration in BC

The federal government is funding a First Nations initiative to protect and restore wild salmon habitats. “What we are bringing to this is a much more creative and nuanced view of what a sustainable economy looks like in rural communities,” says Eric Angel, a project lead for Salmon Parks Network working with Mowachaht/Muchalaht and Nuchatlaht […]

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The Guardian (November 20, 2023)
22 Nov
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Salmon farm industry under scrutiny in Iceland

The open-net pen salmon farming industry has come under scrutiny in Iceland after thousands of farmed salmon escaped, raising fears over the threat to wild salmon from interbreeding. Earlier this month, the @Guardian obtained film footage of diseased, dead and dying salmon on a farm after a sea-lice outbreak described as a “welfare disaster” by […]

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Global News (November 16, 2023)
16 Nov
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BC is last place on west coast to allow salmon farms

“British Columbia remains the only place on the Pacific ocean’s western seaboard of North America that allows this industry,” says Bob Chamberlin, Chair, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance. The salmon farming industry poses threats to wild Pacific salmon, such as parasitic sea lice, which attaches to juvenile salmon and kills them. Chief Arnie Lampreau, Shackan […]

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National News (November 7, 2023)
10 Nov
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Majority of First Nations in BC Support Removal of Open-Net Pens from BC

First Nations Chiefs from across BC are calling on the federal government to make good on its commitment to phase out open-net salmon farms by 2025. “This is a very clear opportunity for the federal government to take meaningful actions for reconciliation with First Nations literally across the province of British Columbia and in doing […]

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Toronto Star (November 7, 2023)
10 Nov
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120+ First Nations in BC Call for Salmon Farm Removal

Indigenous leaders from BC have called on the federal government to stand by plans to transition away from open-net salmon farms in coastal BC waters by 2025. “The chiefs who have made the trip to Ottawa are here to ensure that the meetings that we have, that the government clearly understands the breadth of support […]

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Business in Vancouver (November 7, 2023)
08 Nov
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BC Indigenous Leaders Lobby for Transition from Open-Net Pens

“The chiefs who have made the trip to Ottawa are here to ensure…that the government clearly understands the breadth of support to remove fish farms from migration routes of wild salmon” says Bob Chamberlin, Chair, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance. “I urge the prime minister to look in on the new minister Lebouthillier and ensure […]

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The Globe & Mail (November 7, 2023)
08 Nov
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First Nations Chiefs Urge PM: Close BC Salmon Farms by 2025

First Nations chiefs are calling on the Prime Minister and federal government to follow through on their mandate to close salmon farms off the BC coast by 2025. The federal mandate letter states the need to develop “a responsible plan to transition from open-net pen salmon farming in coastal British Columbia waters by 2025.” Commercial […]

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