Saturday, 6 August 2016

KEY DOCUMENT: Aboriginals Against In-Ocean Fish Farms, Marine Harvest, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood, Norway, Updated Feb 9, 2018

I will use this post to accumulate BC First Nations who oppose in-ocean fish farms and want them on land. I am guessing it will grow very long, as my on-land fish farm list of 152 different systems, comprising almost 20,000 actual on-land farms has grown:

In fact, the list got so long, I had to put up the above, second, post. Here is the link to the first:

Fish farms like to say First Nations are happy with them. This post makes their claim counterfactual. First Nations people want fish farms put on land.

1. Aug 6, 2016:

 Eddie Gardner Living proof, coastal Indigenous people in large numbers oppose ocean fiish farms. Indigenous communities along the Fraser and Thompson rivers are in solidarity! The Wild Salmon Caravan heard the message from all those communities: Get fish farms out of the migration routes of wild salmon! First Nations opposed to open net fish farms include: Skwah, Chawathil, Cheam, Ch'iyaq'tel, Kwantlen, Sumas, Lytton First Nation, Sek'wel'wes, Neskonlith, Adames Lake, and many others! A growing number of people from all backgrounds are pressing for a BC coast free from ocean fish farms! There is a solution: sustainable land-based aquaculture!

See this dead diseased Cermaq fish farm fish:

Would you eat this? I don't think so. Would you like to be this worker? I don't think so. No wonder they get laid off.

2. From Aug 15, 2015

The Ahousaht, close Cermaq's Yaakswiss, Clayoquot Sound farm:


See the blood water from the Cermaq's boat, at 1:22 , minutes:  I don't think anyone would eat the fish farm fish being dealt with by this Cermaq boat in BC.

3. From April 24, 2016

A broad consensus of British Columbians and aboriginals coming together to protect wild salmon: 

Among the aboriginals: Lax Kw’alaam on Lelu Island, Chief Bob Chamberlin, Chief Tyrone McNeil, Chief Darrell Bob. They spoke for two days.

4. From August 8, 2016

Chief Arthur Dick, Sointula:

 Mmm. Smells good.

5. Aug 12, 2016

"There are 27 farms in our territory and we have never given them permission to be there" Melissa Willie Dzawada'enuxw band councillor.


6. Aug 15, 2016, 

Melissa Willie handing an eviction notice to a fish farm, and talking about the damage caused. Look at the video of the diseased dead fish. Cermaq has disputed that there are any wild salmon in the toteboxes, but that means their own fish are dead.


Her comments on aboriginals taking back their territory and kicking the farms out:  “They have no right to be here. They’ve never had permission. This is the unseeded territory of the Musgmagw Dzawada’enuxw and we’re going to start acting like the landlord of this territory and it’s time to force them out of here. If you would of seen what i’ve seen today. You would feel the same way, I feel all of Canada would feel. It’s time to kick them off this territory.”

7. Aug 14, 2016: Mountain Robert on August 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Hereditary chiefs of Mamalilikulla(Village Island) stand with our neighbours/family on all concerns here and what we witnessed over the years. It is getting worse as evidenced by these pics and observations. We will be on the ground with them as we will get them out, Gilakasla.

8. Aug 15, 2016: The Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw People have resisted fish farms for 29 years. Yesterday, August 15th, 2016, three Traditional Leaders served an eviction notice to Cermaq/Mitsubishi fish farms.The note was sent to DFO, and the area is Kingcome Inlet.

9. Aug 23, 2016 - Ahousaht Warriors of Clayoquot Sound, and Dixon Bay site, being stocked at night, a farm with too little water flow, in front of Megan River:  And then Lennie Skookum John was arrested:

10. Aug 26 - Aboriginals Arrested by Cermaq - for protesting after eviction:

11. Aug 26 - Aboriginals Arrested for Cermaq - Clayquot sound, preventing smolt planting in Dixon Bay farm:

12. Aug 27, now several other First Nations have joined: The Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw have boarded three salmon farms in their territory in the last 2 weeks. Each time more people joined and most recently many chiefs from several sister nations - Namgis, Mamalilikulla and Danaxdaxw joined them.

13. Aug 30, Campbell River First Nation protests fish farms in its territory:
More news on this, the  Awhwaoo Tribe of the Laichwiltach nation delivered an eviction notice to Marine Harvest's main office in Campbell River:

14. Aug 31, Musgamagw Dzawa'enuxw and Namgis locking arms with Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Ditidaht to get salmon farms out of Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw territory. Nanaimo:

15. Sept 3, Bob Chamberlin, Secretary/Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chief, spoke at the Musgamagw protest in Victoria, Sept 3, 2016, on the steps of the Parliament Buildings. He said that 150 BC First Nations are against fish farms and want them out of the water. By comparison, he said, that those on the side of fish farms may total four. So, so much for fish farms claiming they have agreements with 75% of BC First Nations - it is actually 2.0%. (There are 198 FNs in BC, far and away, the most in Canada). The Victoria Nations of the Songhees and Esquimalt, accompanied and were part of the protest.

16. Aug 25, 2016, Ahousaht Arrests: Dixon Bay is the fish farm that had IHN in 2012, resulting in 560,000 being slaughtered:

17. Feb 9, 2018, a trove of press and video on aboriginals against fish farms, particularly during the 2010 Olympics, Bob Chamberlin et al:

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