Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council

June 27, 2008 12:48 ET

Marine Harvest Canada: Misleading Public

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ALERT BAY, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - The Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council (MTTC) is shocked and dismayed in the Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) press release yesterday concerning the Coordinated Area Management Plan (CAMP) for the Broughtan Archipeligo.

It is incredibly disappointing that Marine Harvest would choose to pursue this in the press rather than engaging in good faith discussions with First Nations and Government rather than informational meetings as described in the press release.

In order to accomodate the fallow routes proposed, significant expansion of alternate sites are required.

The amendments have been "in-system" for a number of years and are now dressed up as a "Fallow Route" to safeguard wild salmon. This is unacceptable.

The impacts of sea lice on wild salmon is consistently minimized by fish farm companies here in British Columbia and Canada.

Yet in Norway, where this industry began, they have created National Salmon Fjords where fish farms are kept out in order to safeguard the wild salmon smolts from the deadly sea lice offered up via the fish farms.

CAMP does not create the safe passage as stated by MHC. The CAMP must include key farms of Mainstream Canada, and their offer of participation can be characterised as minimal at best.

Permanent fallow measures are vital and necessary. CAMP as presented will only be a slower death to the wild salmon of the Kingcome, Wakeman, Ahta, Kakweikan and the Meetup (Viner) watersheds.

CAMP is in need of expansion of fish farm free areas to adequately safegaurd the National Salmon Rivers of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council.

All these proposed ammendments are subject to consultation and accommodation as per the New Relationship promises.

The Supreme Court of Canada is quite clear that "business as usual " is no longer acceptable in relationship to Government, Industry and First Nations.

The MTTC will be pursuing a meeting with Minister Stan Hagen as soon as possible, to revisit the New Relationship and Supreme Court of Canada directives. IN: ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, FOOD, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Bob Chamberlin, Chair, Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council
    Primary Phone: 250-974-8282