Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation

December 18, 2007 10:35 ET

Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish Supports Science Sea Lice Article

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - The Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation call on Premiere Gordon Campbell and Minister Pat Bell to begin the fallowing process of Fish Farms in the Broughtan Archipeligo immediately.

This call for action is in response to a article that was published in Friday's edition of Science, one of the world's foremost scientific journals, which says wild pink salmon runs on the British Columbia central coast will be extinct in as little as four years because of a cluster of salmon farms that are creating lethal infestations of sea lice in that area.

It is time for the Provincial Government to stop the game of Russian Roulette they are playing with the salmon stocks within our Nations traditional territories, and begin to make decisive actions in an effort to save the regions wild salmon stocks which are on the verge of extinction.

The Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish Nations have maintained for decades that the Fish Farms are the leading impact on the regions environment and marine species, most notibly the Pink and Chum Salmon runs. The "Mi-tup" river which is Viner Sound was virtually barren of Chum Salmon this year. It is little surprise that this river is surrounded by salmon farms. Another example of the impacts !

Both the countries of Norway and Iceland have designated coastal areas where Fish Farms are not allowed to be operated out of respect for the wild salmon smolts leaving there river systems. When will the BC government move beyond there denial strategy and embrace what is known to be fact in every other counrtry that has Fish Farms? Action must be taken immediately to save a number of wild salmon runs from extinction.

Failing immediate we will have the best documented case study of regional salmon run extinction for the next Science magazines report on the central coast of British Columbia.

A sad legacy leading up to the Olympics Premiere Campbell.

Beautiful BC..... barren of wild salmon. IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Bob Chamberlain, Chief, Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation
    Primary Phone: 250-974-8282