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Industry Interests
Aboriginal Aquaculture Association
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Friends of Wild Salmon | Save Our Skeena Salmon
Sport, Commercial, and First Nations

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Protection and Preservation of Wild Salmon and Their Habitat

To Ensure A Future For Our Children


Wild Salmon

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Save Wild Salmon Rally

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First Nations Wild Salmon Class Action

Historic Court Decision in First Nations Fish Farms Fight
December 2010

Chief Chamberlin outraged by another major escape from fish farm
October 2009
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What's a fish like you doing in a place like this?
BC's Fish farm fight goes to the courts
September 2009
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The unprecedented collapse of wild salmon runs in BC
Conservation of Wild Salmon is Paramount
August 2009
Where are the Sockeye Salmon?
August 2009
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First Nations leaders confront Norway's hypocrisy
May 2009
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BC report says Limit fish farming and . . .
February 2009
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BC Authority to Regulate Fish Farms Challenged in Court
February 2009
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Kwicksutaineuk and Ah-Kwa-Mish First Nation launches lawsuit
February 2009
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A fish farm celebration in British Columbia?
December 3, 2008
The popular belief is that First Nations are opposed to fish farms.
Many are, but some are not - including Kitasoo/Xai'xais
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Farmed fish plan sparks backlash from Musgamagw-Tsawatainek
June 27th, 2008
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Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish Chief takes fish farm concerns to Norway
June 6th, 2008
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Parasitic sea lice infestations
Wild salmon headed for extinction - fish farms to blame, says study
December 2007
Threat from fish farms - study shows that parasites from fish farms
may drive some wild salmon populations towards local extinction
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Farmed Fish Escape
September 2007
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BC Fish Farms Controversy has coastal First Nations split
May 2007
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Report on BC fish farms was almost "the one that got away"
committee approves it by a squeaker (tie-breaker) vote
May 16, 2007
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Efforts to force fish farms into closed containment systems
May 3, 2007
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Link between sea lice from Atlantic salmon on BC fish farms
Soaring Infection Rates in Wild Salmon
February 2007

No More Fish Farms or Expansion
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
November 24, 2006

Devastation Revealed! Fish Farms Kill Wild Salmon
September 27, 2006

Risk of escaped farmed salmon detrimentally affecting wild stocks in BC is low
July 26, 2006

First Nations challenge government committee over lack of proper protocols
June 24, 2006

Fish Farm Probe in BC
Members of the Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations
work in salmon farming and processing
June 2006

First Nations of northern BC delivered anti-fish farm message
May 30, 2006

A Survey and Assessment
of the Economic Impacts and Prospects
of the Salmon Farming and Wild Salmon Industries
in British Columbia

May 2006

First Nation's Report Card
Salmon farming done properly, can co-exist with traditional values
April 2006

Survey says BC Residents Support Fish Farm Industry
If it does not negatively impact the environment
May 2005

Study Calls for Halt to Expansion of Fish Farms in BC
Danger from parasites to wild salmon
March 30, 2005

Xwemalhkwu (Homalco First Nation) Court Case
Marine Harvest Fish Farm
January 31, 2005

Farmed salmon is okay to eat
Study of levels of PCBs - comparable to wild salmon
October 21, 2004

International impact from BC salmon farms
Alaskan officials riled by fish farms expansion
August 22, 2004

Health Canada says farmed fish okay to eat
Despite Studies Suggesting Risks
August 17, 2004

Fish farms are damaging B.C. waters
by Namgis First Nation Chief Bill Cranmer
August 13, 2004

Salmon Study
August 10, 2004

Penelakut First Nation Elders want hatchery approval rescinded
May 19, 2004

Fish Farms Fail in salmon farming Report Card
Georgia Strait Alliance
March 30,2004

Aboriginal rights and fish farms
Union of BC Indian Chiefs condemns federal report

March 12,2004

Aquaculture ventures
in at least 16 First Nation communities across Canada

March 1,2004

Farmed Fish Story - A Whopper of a Controversy
January 8, 2004

Some First Nations Show Strong support for Fish Farming
December 11,2003

Threat from Expansion of Fish Farms
Sierra Legal Defence Fund

Heiltsuk Nation's Fish Farms Fight
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Heiltsuk Nation's Fish Farms Fight
WORD .doc file

Nuxalk Nation's Fish Farms Fight

Commissioner for Aquaculture Development
October 30, 2003

BC Supreme Court decision says
Heiltsuk cannot veto fish farms in their traditional territory
September 18, 2003

The most concentrated fish farming area of western Canada
September 14, 2003

Fish Farm Feud
Latest Study Fuels Further Debate

July 17, 2003

Farmed Salmon are More Aggressive
a threat to wild stock

June 9, 2003

Fish Farms Lawsuit
April 22, 2003

Nuxalk launched farmed fish boycott of Safeway supermarkets
April 3, 2003

Greenpeace says
Fish Farms are Killing the Coast of British Columbia

March 4, 2003

Rally To Save Remaining Wild Salmon Stock
February 28, 2003

Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Fish Farm Protest
February 11, 2003

Omega Salmon Group restarts construction
of controversial fish farm project
in Heiltsuk territory

February 2, 2003

First Nations call for shutdown of fish farms
Canada announces pink salmon protection plan

January 31, 2003

Heiltsuk and Nuxalk Nations
Lead Anti-Fish Farm Protests
in British Columbia

January 2003

Kwakiutl Territorial Fisheries Commission
Issues Ultimatum to Fish Farm Companies

December 2002

Warning Issued About Dangers of Fish Farms
November 2002

November 26, 2002 - First Nations on Vancouver Island have found strong support in their fight to protect wild fish against the dangers of fish farms. The Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council PFRCC issued an advisory to Canada's and British Columbia's Fisheries Ministers raising concerns over the potential impact of salmon aquaculture and sea lice. The advisory includes a warning that there were dramatic decreases in the numbers of spawning pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago. The PFRCC recommends that Canada and BC undertake urgent actions to maximize the chance of safe passage of fish through the Broughton Archipelago during April 2003. There is evidence that the Broughton pink juveniles were infested with sea lice, a condition essentially unreported for juvenile pink salmon in the natural environment elsewhere. European research indicates that sea lice abundance can be associated with salmon farming. Recommended action includes - Fallowing of all salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago -temporary removal of salmon from the sea pens, and the implementation of rigorous sea lice control measures on the salmon farms that are geared to protecting wild fish.

October 24, 2002
Fish Farm Expansion in Traditional Territory
Heiltsuk Nation Launches Direct Action

BC Ignores Aboriginal Rights

September 13, 2002
Moratorium Lifted
Fish Farms to Expand in British Columbia
First Nations Fear for Wild Stocks
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July 22, 2002 - Despite arrests during a demonstration at the BC Legislature, First Nations and environmentalists promise to protest more and more to prevent expansion of fish farms. Protestors dumped 200 pounds of dead salmon in front of the legislature in Victoria, BC urging the provincial government to maintain a moratorium on new salmon farms. Namgis, Kwi-kwa-aut-enox, Ts-wa-da-nuq, Songhees and Heiltsuk First Nations gathered with members of the Forest Action Network. Two activists were arrested.

First Nations say Aboriginal Rights are ignored
in BC Fish Farm Policy

February 1, 2002

First Nations Will Fight Fish Farms Expansion
February 1, 2002

Media Advisory
July 19, 2001

Are you sure?
A response to BC Salmon Farmer's Association Media Release of July 18, 2001

"Are you sure of your stats?" asks Chief Bill Cranmer, Chairman of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council in response to the BCSFA's claim to producing ?"approximately 3,400 direct and indirect jobs in 2000". Chief Cranmer notes that a recent report from Scotland (who are several years ahead of us in fish farming) revealed that with over 400 fishfarms have only 1,304 jobs. This is compared to BC's 121 farms.

The Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council is comprised of the Tsawataineuk (Kingcome Inlet) First Nation; Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-ah-mish Tribes Gilford Island and Wakeman Sound); along with the 'Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay). Bill Cranmer is the elected Chief of the 'Namgis First Nation and the Chairman of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council whose members live in the Broughton where 26 fishfarms are located.

"This puts in doubt the projections from the BC Salmon Farmers Association which claims 3,400 direct and indirect jobs in 2000 for those 121 fishfarms! The BC Salmon Farmers' Association employment numbers are highly questionable to say the least." states Chief Cranmer.

Further stats from Scotland cause the BC First Nation Chiefs even more concern:

Escapes of farmed salmon more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2000 (440,000 in 2000 compared to 95,000 in 1998); In BC, the BCSFA estimates a 1% of annual production escapement which totals 108,600 per year. With only ΒΌ of the amount of fishfarms that Scotland has, the statistics are running very close, "We are definitely following in the footsteps of the devastated Scotland, and the Chiefs fear that the escape rate is much higher." announced Chief Cranmer. Further fears are that if the BC Salmon Farmers Association has their way, they will secure more than 600 fishfarms on the BC Coast. "Would that then mean that we would conservatively estimate the we will have approximately 650,000 escaped Atlantic Salmon a year?" asks Chief Cranmer.

The estimated quantity of waste discharged from Scottish fishfarms in 2000 was equivalent to almost twice the annual sewage discharged by the entire population of Scotland. In North Vancouver Island, the waste discharged is the equivalent of 93,000 - 214,000 people (Netloss October 1996) which is already more than twice the population of north Vancouver Island.

Recently, the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council called a state of emergency with the recent unprecedented out break of sea-lice in the Broughton Archipelago. It was with great dismay to learn that DFO did not send their test boats out to the area until more than a month after they received the first reports of this infestation. The vessel performed their test fisheries in areas that: were not of concern; several weeks too late; and with nets that were not designed to capture fry. Further dismay arose when the Chiefs were informed that the BC Salmon Farmers' Association obtained a preliminary report before the salmon samples even arrived at the testing station! When is this going to stop?" asks Chief Cranmer; "When will DFO take their responsibility to protect the wild stocks seriously?"

"Fishfarms were placed in our precious territories despite our vehement objections, in fact, 25 of the 26 fishfarms in the Broughton Archipelago are sited in environmentally sensitive areas, according to the provincial governments own siting criteria!"

"There is not enough scientific evidence that shows the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk people that fishfarms are safe for our territories. We have feared the escapes and were told it would not happen; we feared disease outbreak and we were told that it would not happen; we feared Atlantic spawning in the wild and again, we were told that it would not happen. It is heart breaking to acknowledge that all of these scientific guarantees failed and we do have a tremendous amount of escapes; we do have disease outbreaks, Atlantic salmon spawning in the wild is now a fact."

"Many river systems in Scotland are now dead of wild salmon and many, many more have alarming decreases in wild salmon returns. Extinction of the wild stocks is only a matter of time. As in Canada, the government of Scotland continues to deny any problems with fishfarms with high hopes that the fishfarm "problems" will fix themselves and go away." says Chief Cranmer

Chief Cranmer said, "We urge the provincial government to maintain the moratorium on fishfarm expansion until a full environmental assessment as was called for by the federal Auditor General has determined that fishfarms are environmentally safe. This will ensure that the wild stocks; the environment; and the entire coast will still be here for all the children of British Columbia?.and their children yet to come. "

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Contact: Chief Bill Cranmer
Yvon Gesinghaus
Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council
Tel: 250-974-5516
Email: mttc@island.net

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries

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