Tag Archives: Discovery Islands

Shelley Downey running for Conservatives again

Long term Port McNeill City Coun. Shelley Downey will once again be the Conservative candidate in North Island-Powell River during the next federal election.

In response to Cortes Currents query about running again, Downey replied, “I will be representing the Conservative Party of Canada when the next election is called.”

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Ottawa says “no” to restocking fish farms

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The federal fisheries minister has denied an international aquaculture company the right to stock contentious fish farms in the Discovery Islands for a second time.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has rejected two recent applications by Cermaq Canada to transfer 1.5 million fish to the company’s Venture Point and Brent Island sites following a decision by Ottawa last year to phase out salmon farms in the region by July 2022.

Minister Bernadette Jordan also denied Cermaq’s request to extend its current licences to operate the sites to February 2023 — beyond the deadline set by DFO last December.

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Tourism Sector seeks increased logging restrictions in the Outer Discovery Islands

A $50 million a year business seeks increased logging restrictions in the Outer Discovery Islands. 

Ralph Kellar, ad hoc chair of the Discovery Islands Marine Tourism Group, cites studies showing that marine tourism brings just as much money as logging into the local economy. 

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The Discovery Islands Sea Star Monitoring Program

Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) has become the Hakai Institute‘s first partner in a new citizen science sea star monitoring program.

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Mayor Andy Adams affidavit made public

Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams released his affidavit supporting Grieg Seafood, MOWI Canada West and Cermaq Canada in their quest for a judicial review of the decision to remove fish farms from the Discovery Islands.

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