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B.C. commercial harvesters “financially devastated” by fisheries closures

By Norman Galimski,  Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The abrupt closure of nearly 60 per cent of B.C. salmon fisheries this summer has left commercial harvesters “financially devastated,” according to a survey by the United Fishermen & Allied Workers’ Union (UFAWU-Unifor).

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Is Ottawa breaking its promise to close fisheries and protect wild salmon?

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

West Coast conservation groups are worried Ottawa is backtracking on a recent commitment to close the bulk of commercial salmon fisheries as a radical measure to save endangered stocks.

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Bad faith, beads and trinkets negotiations by DFO obstructs court-affirmed fishery, says First Nations

Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

“It’s just frustrating, very maddening, you know, that this is how DFO always operates. We’ve never had a really good fisheries minister response to the work that we’re doing.” — Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

The lack of good faith negotiations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in its dealing with five First Nations on the West Coast could result in the criminalization of Nuu-chah-nulth fishers who exercise their court-affirmed right to a commercial fishery, asserts First Nations leadership.

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BC’s vital salmon route is seriously clogged

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Floundering Pacific salmon stocks are finding little refuge in the lower Fraser River — the lifeblood for the iconic species, and historically, the most significant spawning and rearing grounds on the West Coast of North America.

Researchers have found 85 per cent of the historical floodplain habitat for salmon in the lower Fraser has been lost.

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Last fish farm leaves the southern Discovery Islands

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Independent biologist Alexandra Morton posted a picture of the Raza Island fish farm leaving the Discovery Islands to her Facebook page on Aug. 5.

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