National Fisherman


First Nations and environmental groups are ramping up pressure on the provincial government to reject renewal applications for salmon farm tenures.

An 11,000-signature petition was delivered last week to Premier Christy Clark's constituency office during a demonstration led by members of Kingcome Inlet's Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation, who live on the mainland, east of Port Hardy.

Molina Dawson, 16, who represented Kingcome Village families at the rally, said she believes government and fish farming industries are endangering wild fish.

"I know, without a doubt, that the cost to our wild salmon and everything that relies on them isn't worth it," she said.

Salmon farmers say the farms pose no risks to wild salmon.

But groups such as the Wilderness Committee are asking the province to limit salmon farming.

"The proponents of this industry and, unfortunately, decision-makers at the federal level seem perfectly comfortable jeopardizing B.C.'s wild salmon," said Torrance Coste, Wilderness Committee Vancouver Island campaigner. "This is a chance for our provincial government to do the right thing for this coast, to step up for B.C.'s most important wild species."

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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