Do not renew Fish Farm Tenures in Musgamagw Dzawda'enuxw territory
The salmon farming industry is contaminating the BC coast with the most dangerous pollutants known - viruses, as well as sea lice. Wild salmon, herring and everything that depends on them from whales to people and forests are being impacted. This is a dirty industry that does not belong the ocean.
One third of the BC salmon farming industry is using the territorial waters of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw without their permission. Sea lice from salmon farms infected most of the young salmon leaving this territory in 2017 and in most years since 2001, resulting in a collapse of wild salmon fisheries.
The Minister of Fisheries, Dominic LeBlanc is fighting me in court to protect the salmon farming industry from disease testing and so many farm salmon appear to be affected by disease causing enormous risk to wild salmon and herring that are already in decline.
Many of the provincial salmon farm tenures in this territory are due to expire in June 2018 and so the Provincial NDP will be making the decision whether or not to renew these licences despite firm opposition from this First Nation.
It is time to get salmon farms out of the ocean beginning with the territories where the indigenous people have said no for over 30 years.
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Dear Premier John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver,
As the landlords of the salmon farming industry, you will be making the decision whether to renew salmon farm Licences of Occupation over the next few months in Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw territory, as many expire in June 2018.
This Nation has said "no" to salmon farms for over 30 years and have suffered enormous losses of wild salmon and herring fisheries. The science fully supports the concern by this nation that salmon farms are destroying wild fish with disease and sea lice.
It is time to cancel these licences out of respect for First Nations, in acknowledgement of the science to protect wild salmon and herring on the BC coast. Wild fish are in severe decline everywhere salmon farms operate, it is no surprise this is happening again here in BC. It is time to protect wild salmon and herring and respect First Nations.
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