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.
Continue reading Ottawa says “no” to restocking fish farms
Two well known Quadra Island environmentalists are speaking out in favour of the DFO’s decision to phase out salmon farms in the Discovery Islands.
After reading the text of the BC Salmon Farmers Association’s presentation to the March 10th Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board Meeting, well known local author and Sierra Quadra Director Ray Grigg said, “They are offering nothing except for another delay, that’s all they want.”
Continue reading Two local environmentalists speak out in favour of DFO’s decision
Editors note: The following article contains a number of disturbing statements for which no supporting evidence, or links, have been provided, as well as some equally disturbing statements confirmed by a quick google search.
September 30, 2020 is the last day, in this round, to contact the Federal Government to act on their promise to Get Fish Farms out of the Discovery Islands waters. The 12 million dollar, year long Cohen Commission recommended their removal 8 years ago.
Continue reading Get Fish Farms out of the Discovery Islands
It was “peaceful, respectful demonstration” in support of the Wet’suwet’en resistance to Coastal Gas Link’s LNG pipeline, in Campbell River on Sunday, Feb 15, 2020. Hereditary Chief George Quocksister, Jr. of the Laichkwiltach Nation, led about 40 people, with banners and signs, from Discovery Harbour Mall along the shoreline beside the Island Highway in Campbell River to Ostler Park
Continue reading In Support Of The Wet’Suwet’en
The Wet’suwet’en crises reached our area this week. There were a number of protests, the biggest of which took place in Campbell River on Feb 12, 2020. One of the key questions is, who speaks for Wet’suwet’en?
Continue reading Who Speaks For The Wet’suwet’en?