September 29, 2017

Salmon farm occupations expand into NDP MLA offices: Will Destroyers cave to activists?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

In late August, a salmon farm near Alert Bay, BC was "occupied" by First Nations activists. Now, another Marine Harvest-affiliated farm in Swanson Island has been swarmed by protesters! 

And this time, it’s not just the farm but also the office of NDP Agriculture Minister and MLA for Saanich South, Lana Popham.

Perhaps the activists are emboldened with a Green-supported NDP government in charge.

We have First Nations protesting over aboriginal rights and land title claims, while radical environmental activists like Alexandra Morton and Sea Shepherd Society latch onto the protest for their own self interests.

The irony is, Marine Harvest Canada has made every effort to discuss the issues with the First Nations who occupy both farms.

The good news is the 'Namgis First Nations are engaging with the company, ending their occupation. They've left an observer behind to witness how the company harvests the farmed salmon and how they can separate small wild fish like herring to release them back into the wild.

This is an extremely positive development as were some of the comments made by 'Namgis First Nations Chief Don Svanvik who told the North Island Gazette,

“Let’s have the truth, lay it on the table, and if it turns out fish farms aren’t doing anything and something else is, let’s find out what that is."

Policies backed by science are good and the fact is, when done correctly, open net salmon farming is safe to the environment, wild stocks, and provides affordable fresh salmon year round.

And let's not discount the thousands of jobs the industry provides for many First Nations.

While Premier Horgan is supportive of the industry according to Marine Harvest Canada sources, I’m not sure how honest other NDP MLA's are, and whether they’ll stand up for the industry when faced with protests in their own offices.

It remains to be seen if the NDP will cave to activist pressure.

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commented 2017-09-30 17:19:11 -0400
Is this just another diversion from what is going on in the country or do these people really have to destroy others livelihoods to keep theirs?
First Nations observers, science based practices to keep wild stock safe. Sounds good to me.

Kudos to Namgis First Nations Chief Don Svanvik.
commented 2017-09-30 12:38:39 -0400
Cut of the protesters food supply. Once they experience hunger they’ll sing a different tune.
commented 2017-09-30 12:28:44 -0400
I guess I’m spoiled living in Beautiful BC, so much fresh salmon and other fresh fish around – I’d never deign to eat not-fresh, or farmed salmon. I get the point about cheap, quality protein – we just need to make protection of the wild stocks – from every threat – a number one priority.
Fukushima – well I don’t trust any governments…and we may lose the all the wild stocks due to radiation poisoning…or worse!
I’ve bought Red and Yellow Snapper off the boats in Steveston, live crabs off the boat in Tofino, most sushi restaurants down south (Vancouver/Fraser Valley) have very fresh fish, and almost anywhere you go in BC the Indians will sell you fresh salmon – Sockeye – for cheap – for cash!
Mmmmm, fresh two-inch Sockeye salmon steaks on the BBQ!

Dirty fascist Destroyer scum – it’s never really about the fish!
commented 2017-09-30 00:53:51 -0400
JAN G:- quote-"Even the quality of fish is not good. "… The Norwegians, who first started penned salmon farming in their fjords, and led to similar industries in Chile and now Canada, have run numerous “blind tasting” tests over the years and have yet to find a difference in taste or texture…
commented 2017-09-29 22:00:27 -0400
Look, it’s painfully obvious to any normal “citizen” who sport fishes what is going on – the antis have NO scientific justification for their action – the main thing at issue is the health of wild stock salmon and access to this resource and the $$$ lost to commercial wild stock fishing interests from farmed salmon.

It’s no revelation to non native fishermen that the aboriginal commercial fishing industry wants a monopoly on commercial wild stock fishing – farming is competition and the marxist radicals in the aboriginal community are networking with marxist protest groups to shut down their competition.

Where this gets sticky is that the entrepreneurs in the farming industry are also aboriginal but unconnected to the marxist cabal in the aboriginal wild stock fishing industry.

Get some pop corn and beer and a ringside seat. This has sweet F-all to do with the health of wild stock salmon – it’s $$$$$$$$
commented 2017-09-29 20:27:25 -0400
I know how to stop it – but it involves violence.

Serious violence.

And a complete cessation of cheques to those who do not work for a living.

I think more than a few Canadians would like to do that as well.
commented 2017-09-29 20:05:54 -0400
Great point Ron..
It wouldn’t be that big of a deal to swing from nets to containers on land while cycling water in and out of the ocean… Farmers could apply for grants from the federal government except there’s no money left because dear leader absolutely gave everything away..
Just fooling around with that last statement but it would solve everybody’s issues to farm on land .!!
commented 2017-09-29 19:57:02 -0400
Canadian Mongrel—-Excellent common sense post, however JAN G also has a good point in that the wild Salmon need protection against disease.
Solution: ALL FISH FARMS SHOULD BE ON LAND NEAR THE OCEAN. This controls disease, and if something else goes wrong, the fish farm experts have 100% control.
commented 2017-09-29 19:49:49 -0400
It’s too bad you feel that way Jan… Fishfarming has proven not only stable but sustainable and will provide jobs for people for years to come… Fishfarming provides year round source of fish without putting pressure on wild fish stocks. What people should be looking into is the nuclear disaster some six or seven or so years ago in Japan at the Fukushima nuclear plant.. that plant is spilling as much radioactive material into the ocean right now as it was from day one as there has been nothing done to either clean up the mess or stem the flow of material into the ocean as it is not a legal requirement in Japan. The media just let the story die while the pollution continues… When Chernobyl had their melt down the Russians did the right thing knowing full well in advance that it would cost lives but the military went in and encapsulated the entire plant in lead and concrete. The Japanese have made no attempt to clean up their mess and environment Canada just keeps raising the safe MR limits of radiation exposure. Let’s wait until the science is settled about fishfarming.!! Where is David Suzuki’s condemning words about Japan’s nuclear energy industry.
commented 2017-09-29 19:10:13 -0400
Salmon is protein. Protein is an important food nutrient. Farmed salmon efficiently gets that nutrient to the masses. Food nutrients are a necessity to life. Farmed salmon provides that necessity. Socialists want to control necessities of life to control the people. Hence the war by the regressive left on fish farms, they provide a reasonable priced source of protein.

Hence why the BC Green Party government,, supported by the NDP, are opposed to fish farms. If Horgan is in favour of fish farms, he had better check with Premier Weaver.
commented 2017-09-29 19:08:19 -0400
Sorry, I don’t agree with you on fish farms, Christopher.
Even the quality of fish is not good. Wild salmon should be protected and these farms are a potential hazard.