In a new agreement between the BC government and First Nations, seventeen open-pen fish farms in BC's Broughton Archipelago will be phased out by 2023. The transition will begin in 2019.
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According to a new report, sea lice on farmed salmon are now resistant to the pesticide used to commonly treat the problem. Authors of the report stated that industry regulators failed to protect wild juvenile salmon. Salmon from Atlantic Canada are held in pens on the B.C.
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted a temporary injuntion to keep First Nations protesters off Marine Harvest's floating farm systems due to the intimidation of employees by the protesters.
The Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis, 'Namgis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations and the provincial government signed a letter of understanding concerning B.C.'s largest marine park. The First Nations and British Columbia have 90 days to develop a consensus of recommendation
British Columbia Agriculture Minister Lana Popham announced that in four years, the province will begin to grant tenures only to fish farm companies that have agreements in place with the First Nation territories in which they wish to operate.
Leases for 20 fish farms in British Columbia are set to expire on June 20, 2018. Opponents of the fish farms are increasing pressure on the NDP leadership, hoping they will commit to ending fish farming in the ocean.
The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet says ten fish farms are operating in their territory without their consent. In an effort to put a stop to the invasion of the fish farms, the B.C. First Nation has filed a claim of Aboriginal title.
First Nations protesters danced and drummed around a crackling fire in front of the B.C. legislature Thursday, calling for an end to open-net fish farms.