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 has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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