July 29, 2016

“Stay the hell out”: First Nations chief says anti-salmon farming activists not welcome on his territory

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about a foreign funded expedition by American biologist Alexandra Morton supported by American activists at the Sea Shepherd Society to "research" the BC Salmon farming industry? Well, turns out Morton and her group are engaging in activism rather than research.

I just got back from a trip up the Island to Campbell River, BC, where I went to a salmon farm operated by Marine Harvest Canada.  

I found nothing close to the disinformation being spread Alexandra Morton, David Suzuki and celebrity Pamela Anderson.

The farm was clean and the only smell was that of the salty sea water around us. My guides were Ian Roberts of Marine Harvest Canada and Harold Sewid, a Hereditary Clan Chief of the Weumusgem Clan of the Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Enox First Nation.

Harold and his clan have spent their lives on the water, and he told us about the tides and the weather patterns of the day.

That’s why it is so offensive that Alexandra Morton and the Sea Shepherd Society would claim they have vast First Nations support, especially since many First Nation bands and people embrace salmon farming industry as a great employment opportunity.

Morton and her team had visited the same salmon farm we visited just two days prior. According to people there I spoke to, she and her team are simply not doing actual research but instead are engaging in activism: Lots of signs and banners, even flying a drone over the heads of people who were just trying to do their jobs.

Many of the pictures Morton published on her blog implied that the employees must have something to hide. This did not sit well with site manager John Ilett, as you’ll see in my report.

I actually sent a few of the pictures of the techniques and methods used by Morton for her “research” to a third party testing company, and spoke with biologist Lance Stewardson from Mainstream Biological Consulting about the methods and techniques that would normally be used during typical research trips.

The response I got was revealing. There is evidence that Sea Shepherd and Morton are taking short cuts or finding samples that prove their preconceived bias.

I also met with Chief John Smith of the Tlowitsis First Nations. Morton accuses them of being afraid and having something to hide, but the Chief tell us that she has never even called him.

The facts are clear: salmon farming is a great way to supplement wild stocks. But more so, they provide high paying long-term employment in a region where not much else is happening.

For First Nations members like Harold, they care deeply about the environment and if they thought that salmon farming was having a negative impact on their communities, they simply would not be on board.

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commented 2016-07-31 03:59:19 -0400
Wow Holly!… Let me get this right… So are you saying all those West Coast “eagles,bears and whales” are racing down to the nearest salmon pen to kill themselves by feeding on sea lice, which the fish eat themselves?… Wow!… Sounds to me like Dr. Fruit Fly should be doing a documentary on that phenomenon!… Love it!… “Spirit Bears” and eagles all diving into the nearest fish pen… Wow!… And the “whales” of course…
commented 2016-07-31 01:00:50 -0400
It’s fantastic that fish farms use pesticides and have viruses and sea lice to pollute the ocean with because we need to kill the natural salmon so we can get bigger profits from our investments in these fish farms. I don’t care if this causes the eagles, bears and whales to go extinct because we can’t make money on these animals anyways. I say kill all wildlife if it can make a fast buck. Integrity is overrated.
commented 2016-07-30 14:40:46 -0400
I guess the indians do not like being in the cross hairs of demonstrators.

Who bought and paid for all that farm equipment and training and more?

My tax dollars.

While I am somewhat sympathetic to their plight I do think it looks good to see them in the cross hairs of the demonstrators. By the way that farming manages to use a lot of oil as well.

How green are the fish?

I wonder if it came down a pipeline or was delivered by truck or boat?
commented 2016-07-30 13:35:35 -0400
It seems Pamela Anderson has acquired two more fake boobs in Alexandra Morton & David Suzuki. Where do these braniacs think fish poop. Bears do it in the woods and fish do it in the rivers and oceans. The waters in North America are cleaner now than they have been in decades.
commented 2016-07-30 13:21:02 -0400
Just because David Suzuki is involved in this matter doesn’t make fish farming right. You don’t have to be an environmental ‘activist’ to know what is dangerous to nature and the eco system.

Christopher Wilson will probably be aware of the mega 9+acre green houses built in the Lower Mainland of BC. Does that make them right?
commented 2016-07-30 09:39:24 -0400
Note to the Sea Sheppard Society: Is that an old energy inefficient fossil-fuel powered enviro-hazard that you’re floating around in? For REAL credibility, you should be patrolling the coast in an oar-powered dingy which leaves exactly zero carbon footprint (except for the flatulence of its male rowers – I don’t see Alexandra Morton doing any rowing as I’m sure it would be beneath her to do some “manual” (female-ual?)(Whoa here…fe-MALE, wo-MAN…this must drive SJWs nuts) labour). Then I’d be impressed…What was that saying that libtards like Justin and St. David use adnaseum: “Do as I say, not as I do!”
commented 2016-07-30 09:19:10 -0400
This article is one of the worst collection of lies I’ve ever read. I’ve worked in the fish farming industry my self, and i have first hand seen what kind of crap they dump in the ocean, and what it does to the environment.
Just alone the fact that fish farms are spreading black listed species, it’s parasites, and illnesses to the pacific ocean should be enough to ban the Atlantic Salmon farms along the BC coast.
Unfortunately greedy eyed politicians are blind to the facts surrounding fish farms.
First off, they destroy twice as many jobs as they create.
In Norway they create around 6000 jobs, while they have destroyed over twice that in shrimp fisheries alone, not to speak of Tourism, and other commercial fisheries.

Out of sight, out of mind they say, and this is so true for fish farms. I wonder what this journalist would have said if he could see the mountains of sewer piling up on the bottom under the fish farms he’s visited ? Some say the fish farms are fertilizing the oceans, but unfortunately the ocean needs silica based fertilizer, not Phosphor based. The phosphor based sewer from the fish farms encourage growth of algae that chokes the silica based lifeforms that are keystones for near all ocean life.
commented 2016-07-30 09:07:56 -0400
Individuals throughout the report mention that salmon farming in Canada has gone on for about 20 to 25 years. Through that time we’ve had both Liberal and Conservative governments. If, as the eco-frauds claim it’s so bad, would not one of those Liberal governments(I don’t include the Conservatives here as EVERYONE knows that Conservative governments ONLY do what’s best for THEM – unlike Liberal governments of course) closed down the industry in Canada totally? The Department of Oceans and Fisheries being totally run by left-wing/liberals from our ever enlightened universities would be all over this like stink on poop. Then there’s our beloved Saint David…totally against capitalism (even though he owns 4 homes – nice environmental footprint David and flies around the world (more carbon footprint) doing speeches at 50K a pop – how much did the Sea Sheppard Society pay you for showing up at this particular protest David? And the support for Aboriginal bands in his area. Are you pissed David because you don’t have shares in the industry? If the industry is as bad as the enviro-frauds say, Justin would have the industry closed down in a second. Yup…more B.S. from the left…there’s a lot of money to be made in the eco-fraud/enviro-fraud business…
commented 2016-07-30 08:46:48 -0400
Hello Chris:
Great report. Keep up the good work.
commented 2016-07-30 05:26:20 -0400
David Suzuki. That about says it all. Wealth and fame went to his head. Just look at how he was taken apart in a Q&A interview in Australia about “global warming” and him finally admitting that he wasn’t an expert, just his opinion. He knew nothing of actual research and one commentator in the audience stated that within Suzuki’s actual field he was twenty years behind the current research.

So when David Suzuki puts his stamp of disapproval (or approval), I know exactly what snake oil he is selling.

Unfortunately, this is one of the scientists that Baby Doc Trudeau relies upon. So sad…
commented 2016-07-30 05:23:27 -0400
Spreading BS about sea pen salmon farming has been an “industry” in British Columbia since the 1970s when the closed ranks unionized troll fishermen realized they may have some serious competition to their then cushy closed shop “pogey” lifestyle monopoly they had been enjoy up to then… And it obviously has not ceased… If sea pen farming of salmon is such a danger to the environment then tell that to the fastidious Norwegians – who invented the industry long before West Coast Canadians – or the Chileans who also thrive on it… Sea lice? – the other salmon in the pen can’t get enough of them when available… It’s popcorn!… Bottom droppings?… Crabs see them as “all you can eat” diners…
commented 2016-07-30 03:28:29 -0400
Everything these activists engage in is criminal activity. They aren’t charged to any meaningful extent and they keep coming. Obviously the answer is to fight back and quit being reasonable and calm. These so called activists are just thugs out to destroy the economy of Canada. Whether they’re simply psychotic and believe their own lives is irrelevant.
commented 2016-07-30 03:24:43 -0400
Love how these left wing trolls make up new names to try and seem like they are some impartial observers. Gordo did it lots in the Sun papers, with ridiculous fake native names like flyingeagle and a few more i forgot.
commented 2016-07-30 03:23:27 -0400
Ernest Alfred yeah sorry but that is total BS. Now go swim in the poop they dump.
commented 2016-07-30 02:32:31 -0400
I’m not sure where all of these comments originated, but I’ll just respond to Mr. Wilson and everyone’s first hand knowledge on the topic, This is my house! I live here, and I deal with the crap on my Grampa’s clam beaches, and sick fish in my backyard, and your little opinion on the topic means nothing to me or my families, that have rights here. The First Nations People in our territories are not divided on the Fish Farm problem. Media would like to keep spinning, what ONLY a few elected ‘Chiefs’ are saying to the papers.

Let me clear, Salmon are SICK at these farms, and they are spreading diseases, and they’re selling it in stores and public, to folks who don’t know any better. It’s disgusting I believe this industry is breaking the law!

Mr. Sewid and Mr. Smith will agree that they are not the only Chiefs here. Both of these men are my uncles, and I feel terrible about saying this, but give your heads and wallets a shake! The real hereditary leadership (Not DIA elected system) of our people have spoken unanimously, Fish Farming in our territories are threatening life on the Coast, and the entire food web, and their days are numbered, according to the rightful owners of this territory. Yu’am!
commented 2016-07-30 01:49:46 -0400
Most people do not realize that nature is not nice. Crude oil naturally seeps into the oceans. The BP oils disaster in the Gulf was equivalent to the natural amount of crude that seeps into the Gulf. The disaster was that it killed 11 men who worked there. I state this because our sea food live in the sea and they encounter this natural pollution all the time. Salmon farms must produce healthier produces than wild Salmon. Just do the science.
commented 2016-07-30 00:12:08 -0400
Christopher Wilson:
Yes, you are correct. I was thinking of the ability of farmed Atlantic breeding with wild Atlantic. They are known, however, to breed in BC rivers and compete with wild Salmon for habitat.
commented 2016-07-29 22:25:11 -0400
Jan. You clearly did not watch. Atlantic Salmon cannot cross breed with Pacific Salmon nor do they take spawning grounds over.

Bob. Land based fish farms are not economically feasible. Curently the Kutera project in BC is operated at a huge loss because they are funded by TIDES. Yes TIDES failed to prove land fish farming can work. The costs are 7x as high.
commented 2016-07-29 21:52:55 -0400
ps: What fish eat, they poop out!
commented 2016-07-29 21:49:17 -0400
These Fish Farms should be on land; that way many possible problems such as escaping to the ocean are eliminated. Saskatchewan could be the Salmon Producer of Canada.
commented 2016-07-29 20:18:03 -0400
How do people take money from foreign NGOs to kill Canada. And what will they do when they’ve outlived their uselessness
commented 2016-07-29 19:59:32 -0400
Perhaps the methods being used by Morton are not appropriate, but the idea of fish farming for salmon is dangerous; dangerous for the wild salmon and the consumer.

Firstly, they are using Atlantic salmon. If these salmon get out of the confined farm area, the wild salmon are jeopardized and compromised. Atlantic salmon will be breeding with BC salmon, along with other possible diseases, etc.

Secondly, salmon fed anything other than the natural food the ocean provides, leads to the same toxins as salmon farmed in the Atlantic.

Third, you are what YOU eat. What the fish are being fed, you are eating. That’s why Atlantic salmon is considered inferior to wild [BC] salmon. Key word for superior quality and health benefits for those eating this fish is ‘wild’. Wild salmon are high in Omega 3 and they are simply because they feed off the ocean, not man made fish food.

I eat salmon almost every day; wild BC salmon. I lived on the west coast and bought fresh wild salmon caught that day. I’ve been to the hatcheries and worked with people in the industry.
I would not buy Atlantic salmon because it simply is not salmon, its basically a gmo’d fish.

Its not nice to fool with Mother Nature, because when a mistake is made, it is simply too late.
commented 2016-07-29 19:51:14 -0400
Good to see a chief doing what is good for his people rather than doing whatever some corrupt phony with an envelope tells him to do.
commented 2016-07-29 19:50:15 -0400
Bill Smith the dumped sewage is probably where the scumbags get their phony samples they calim are from the salmon farms.
commented 2016-07-29 19:43:03 -0400
Victoria dumps its’ raw sewage into the ocean … and David Suzuki is complaining about the feces from the farmed salmon and the impact that would have on the environment.

Suzuki is the biggest hypocrite idiot in the environmental movement. Who is paying Suzuki to say that or is he just a plain stupid old fool?
commented 2016-07-29 19:25:35 -0400

commented 2016-07-29 17:52:45 -0400
Hard to have empathy for these chiefs as they put a stop to energy progression and our economy in fact I’d say let’s open the budget books of every Indian nation in the country
commented 2016-07-29 17:52:38 -0400
If we were still depending on our protein supply from hunting there would not be a wild animal alive today. It is the same with fishing. If we continue to fish wild species they will be decimated as the cod were in the Atlantic. Much better to develop fish farms as we have animal farms on land.
commented 2016-07-29 17:45:37 -0400
Those with treaty rights to fish are the only ones who stand a chance against Suzuki and his band of fanatics.
commented 2016-07-29 17:37:56 -0400
Tlowitsis Band is clearly composed of apples, because they don’t succumb to whitey’s desire to have all Indians existing as a living anthropological museum. Bennett will probably make them non-status now.