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

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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