‘Fish Farms Update’

James Quatell, Wei Wai Kum elder, went so far as to compare fish farms to residential schools. He said it is just a different form of ‘genocide’…

Ernest Alfred, another ‘delegate’ speaking against fish farms, said…

We are the leadership here, we are the protection here and we are going to have to say something, we are going to have to take control”… 

Around 50 people gathered at the ‘Discovery Marina’ {Campbell River, B.C.} on Aug. 29 to protest fish farming on traditional {former} ‘First Nation’s territory. The group of around 50 walked down the road from the spit to the Big House…

From the Big House the group crossed the Island Highway to serve ‘Marine Harvest’ with an {illegal, unauthorized and unenforcable} eviction notice. 

There is a lot of emotion with respect to salmon in British Columbia and on the coast,”

said Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the ‘BC Salmon Farmers Association’.

Though many of the protesters were ‘First Nations’ people, they do not represent the beliefs of the entire local ‘First Nations’ community.”

“‘Marine Harvest’ has protocol agreements regarding operations within the {claimed, former} territories of the Wei Wai Kum {a ‘nation’ of 772 people}, the Wei Wai Kai {a ‘nation’ of 1,100 people}, the Homalco {a ‘nation’ of 474 people} and the K’omox {K’omoks} ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 331 people}. All members of the salmon farmers association have similar agreements with ‘First Nations’ bands whose land they are operating on.

We look to work in a collaborative fashion with everyone on the coast to have an economically important aquaculture industry and conserve wild salmon, which we believe and know to be very achievable,” Dunn said.

Harold Sewid, a hereditary chief of the Wiumusgem Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em {Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em} Band {418 people}, has been working as a commercial fisherman his whole life and for the past 19 years, also been working with fish farms.

In the 19 years, I haven’t seen anything that is overly concerning,” he said.

And he made it very clear, from when he was first hired, that if there were things about the operation that concerned him, he wouldn’t be afraid to speak out about them.

Sewid does everything from changing nets to hauling feed out to the farms. Though he thinks everyone has a right to their own opinion, he feels he has a well informed opinion.

Personally I don’t see what the claims are,” he said…

–‘Fish farm protestors descend on Campbell River’,
Jocelyn Doll, Campbell River Mirror, Aug. 30, 2016


VIDEO: http://streaming-colo.blackpress.ca:5080/live/streams/transcoded_vods/20160829212340-1959.mp4 

Serving Eviction Notice (PHOTO: CTV - Vancouver Island)
Serving Eviction Notice (PHOTO: CTV – Vancouver Island)

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

The protest in the Kwanwatsi Big House, a traditional meeting area designed to serve ‘First Nations’ in the Campbell River area, appeared to signal a growing ‘indigenous’ movement against fish farms on the B.C. coast.

{“…the industry has 20 economic agreements with ‘First Nations’ representing territories with 78% of the farmed salmon production.”}

We have zero tolerance for open-net salmon farms,”

declared George Quocksister, a hereditary chief of the Laich-Kwil-Tach ‘Nation’ {Off to a bad start: There isn’t any “Laich-Kwil-Tach ‘Nation’”, it is a Treaty-negotiation council — “’Laich-Kwil-Tach Council of Chiefs’ is negotiating an agreement in principle in the B.C. treaty process on behalf of its three member bands”:
We Wai Kai ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 1,100 people};
Wei Wai Kum ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 772 people};
Kwiakah ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 22 people}

CTV - Vancouver Island
CTV – Vancouver Island

Speakers representing several coastal ‘First Nations’ decried fish farms as either a “poison” or an environmental problem that harmed young wild fish, disrupted natural migration routes and spread disease.

We have seen salmon dwindling in our rivers for the past 29 years,”

said hereditary Chief Willie Moon of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw ‘Nation’ {Once again, there is NO ‘Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw ‘Nation’. It is the ‘Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Tribal Council’ and it represents:
Dzawada’enuxw ‘First Nation’ (Tsawataineuk), {a ‘nation’ of 580 people};
Kwiḵwa̱sut̓inux̱w Ha̱xwa’mis ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 270 people};
Gwawaenuk ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 41 people}.

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, who live in a remote part of the Broughton Archipelago, boarded two fish farms and gave eviction notices to nearly 30 farms operated by ‘Cermaq’ and ‘Marine Harvest’ in their {claimed, former} ‘territory’ two weeks ago.

{See: ‘Pushing The Limits’ {August 27, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/pushing-the-limits/ } ERBLPushingTheLimits600x600

This fight is for our children and to make sure they have what we have today,”

Moon told the crowd in the cedar-smoke filled long house.

Ernst Alfred, a Namgis and representative of hereditary chiefs in Alert Bay, told the crowd that he joined the protest

to support the chiefs kicking this industry out.”

Alfred said he’s angered by what the industry has done to his people and culture, and ‘First Nations’ need to join together to protect the lifeblood of the coast — wild salmon.

Like many speakers, Alfred (also known as ‘Kwakwabalas’) thanked biologist and fish farm opponent Alex Morton and the ‘Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’ for providing a platform for ‘First Nations’ to meet and discuss their concerns about fish farms and

to help us take back control of ‘our coast’.”

Morton and the crew of the ‘R/V Martin Sheen’ attended the meeting.

{See: ‘Tribal Disagreement Over Salmon Farms’ {August 6, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/tribal-disagreement-over-salmon-farms/ }

Many of the protestors, including Moon and Ernst, plan to visit Comox, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver over the next week to gather more support for what appears to be a growing ‘First Nation’-led eviction movement {These are LICENSED, LEGALLY-OPERATING businesses! Your ‘eviction’ is what’s illegal and you should be arrested for trespassing!}. 

CTV - Vancouver Island
CTV – Vancouver Island

Last week, four protestors from the Ahousaht ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 1,973 people} were arrested by the RCMP after they tried to stop a ‘Cermaq/Mitsibushi’ barge from restocking smolts… No charges have been laid {WHY NOT??? The law MUST be applied impartially…}.

Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the ‘BC Salmon Farmers Association’, dismissed the Campbell River protest as an activity “organized by Alex Morton and Sea Shepherd Society” and “a small group expressing an opinion”. He said the industry has 20 economic agreements with ‘First Nations’ representing territories with 78% of the farmed salmon production.

But the ‘Musgamagw Dzawda’enuwx’ haven’t signed any agreement and remain adamant that they want the farms closed and removed from their {claimed, former} territory.

Melissa Willie, a spokesperson for the ‘Musgamaqw Dzawda’enuxw’, said the ‘nation’ had received a letter from ‘Cermaq’ requesting a meeting.

We are not doing that,” she said. “We want them out.”

{You are rude and arrogant. Why aren’t you talking to the tribes who disagree with you? Because they tell you to ‘F*ck off’?}

She said the ‘nation’ has received much {some} support from other coastal ‘First Nations’. 

PHOTO: Jocelyn Doll - Campbell River Mirror
PHOTO: Jocelyn Doll – Campbell River Mirror

Asked what the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw will do if the multinationals don’t leave their territory within the three-month deadline, Willie replied,

We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

Meanwhile a video taken by Morton when almost 50 Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw boarded {trespassed on} a ‘Marine Harvest’ fish farm near Midsummer Island in the Broughton Archipelago Aug. 23 has gone ‘viral’ with more 600,000 views.

The five-minute video, shot by Morton with a ‘GoPro’ camera inserted through the bird nets of the fish farm, shows fish apparently suffering from tumours or extreme emaciation. https://www.facebook.com/CoastCast/videos/504700969737240

The video also shows feedlot fish eating small wild fish {?}. For years, commercial fishermen have accused the industry of cannibalizing young wild fish stocks due to their location on migration routes…

Dunn said Morton’s video should not be a cause for concern.

Looking at one or two salmon on a farm — with a video camera — does not give you the ability to diagnose the health of a fish population,” he said. “It is not abnormal to have poor performers such as the salmon in the video on a farm — that was one fish out of 50,000 in that 30-metre by 30-metre by 30-metre pen.”

In an email response, Gary Marty, senior fish pathologist with the B.C. government, downplayed Morton’s conclusions.

Alexandra Morton is not a medical professional, and her interpretations are often contrary to how a medical professional would interpret clinical findings,” he wrote.

Marty said the “tumour” that Morton described seeing on one fish

looks more like a swelling than cancer. It is probably fluid accumulation that occurred after an injury.”

Corporate fish farms raising Atlantic salmon have created controversy in Norway, Chile, Scotland and Canada…

Neither Morton nor Aboriginal leaders blame fish farms as the sole cause of declines in wild salmon populations. But they do view the industry as a stressor as significant as ‘climate change’ {?}, poor government management and deforestation.” {But never, ever, aboriginal overfishing and illegal sales – despite constant reports to the contrary…} 

–‘First Nation’ Protestors Rally For Fish Farm Evictions’,
Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee, Aug.31, 2016


COMMENT: “ “appeared to signal a growing ‘indigenous’ movement”.

Yes, so it would “appear”…until you learn that the “indigenous” Facebook account, website, travel costs, and media lines are all managed by Canadian and American white professional activists.

The white activists don’t like salmon farming (or any other business/corporation/manufacturing job), while the ‘indigenous’ undoubtedly care more about rights and title.”

{See: ‘Americans Using Aboriginals Against Canada’ {May 18, 2016}: https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/americans-using-aboriginals-against-canada/

PHOTO--Yaakswiis 'Warriors'
PHOTO–Yaakswiis ‘Warriors’

The RCMP has arrested and released four ‘indigenous’ protesters in the community of Ahousaht, B.C., for trying to obstruct a fish farm company from restocking an empty feedlot with new Atlantic smolts…

The RCMP arrested the protesters the following day after the company, ‘Cermaq/Mitsubishi’, lodged complaints about the incident. Charges have not yet been laid.

Sacheen Seitcham and her husband, Joe James Rampanen, told The Tyee in an email…that they participated in the protest

because it is our ‘inherent right’ {?} to protect wild salmon, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure we have ‘indigenous’ food security’ {?} and we are upholding ‘our rights to do so’ {?}.”

Laurie Jensen, a communications manager with Cermaq, said the company

received calls from the site on Monday night asking for help as militants were engaging in unsafe behaviour.” …

The incident follows dramatic boardings of fish farms by the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw ‘First Nation’ in the Broughton Archipelago on the other side of Vancouver Island over the last two weeks…

One of the arrested protesters was Lennie John, the 47-year-old owner of a water taxi and whale-watching business.

Last year, John led a peaceful nine-day-long protest that eventually forced Cermaq to abandon its plans to anchor a new farm in Yaakswiis Bay. The group described themselves as the ‘Yaakswiis Warriors’.

{And this is the cost of his protest: Ahousaht Tyee Ha’wilth Maquinna Lewis George pointed out that money Ahousaht receives through its protocol agreement with ‘Cermaq’ is reinvested into economic development. It is also used to support important community activities. If a solution is not found that would get the new farm site up and running, then Ahousaht could be impacted financially.

There are (possible) effects that our people need to know about, like every year we send $100,000 to the band fisheries department for home use fish; that money comes from the Cermaq fund,” said Maquinna.

He said other activities supported by the funding from Cermaq include youth activities, elder’s gatherings and canoe journeys…

According to an Aug. 11 message released by ‘Maaqtusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society’ (MHSS) and ‘Ahousaht Business Corporation’, the Ha’wiih sought to assure members that they had…determined that their best option was to move the Dixon Pass tenure to the better-suited site at Yaakswiis.

Ahousaht Ha’wiih asked Cermaq Canada to move the Dixon Bay site and it took more than two years to get the necessary government approvals for Yaakswiis {!}.

http://www.hashilthsa.com/news/2015-09-10/new-fish-farm-yaakswiis-removed-indefinitely-ha%E2%80%99wiih-protest-spokesmen-happy-results }

The Ahousaht ‘First Nation’ currently has 16 fish farms operating in ‘their {claimed, former} territory’.

–‘RCMP Arrest Four Indigenous Protesters over Fish Farm Action’,
Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee, 25 Aug. 2016



The people who are benefitting from these farms are benefitting over the suffering of our people,”

said Dzawada’enuxw hereditary {royalty} leader Farron Soukochoff in a press release…

We, the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw view the destruction of wild fish by the fish farming industry as part of the long history of ‘genocide’ forced on our people by the governments of Canada,”

reads an Aug. 18 press release…

We have heard the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that honouring the rights of ‘First Nations’ are a ‘sacred obligation’ to the Liberal Government of Canada,”

said Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw hereditary {royalty} leader and chief councillor Willie Moon at a cleansing ceremony at the Sir Edmund salmon farm at the entrance to Kingcome Inlet.

Our people have spoken: we want salmon farms out of our territory.”

In a prepared statement, Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the ‘BC Salmon Farmers Association’, said that the industry has 20 agreements with ‘First Nations’ that cover

78 % of the annual harvest of farmed salmon”.

Our members are always open to meeting and discussing issues with ‘First Nations’ and would like to develop agreements in areas where they do not exist today,” added the statement.

Dunn told ‘The Tyee’ that many ‘First Nations’ have tried to evict corporate farms in the past but later signed financial agreements with the industry {!}.”

–‘First Nation’ Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms’,
Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee, 22 Aug. 2016

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