• Pressure mounts...

    “Canada needs to act immediately to stop the disaster in the Salish Sea that is destroying our salmon and endangering our whales,” – Roy Jones, elder of the Haida Gwaii First Nation. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNewsU Pressure is mounting for a commercial seal harvest in British Columbia after the United States announced it will allow the […]

    New lab, Indige...

    Traditional knowledge and a new lab at Vancouver Island University will help boost economic, social and spiritual well-being of coastal communities. By SeaWestNews The new Centre for Innovation in Fish Health on Vancouver Island plans to support the next generation of scientists who will ensure B.C.’s fisheries are healthy for the long term. The new […]
  • A new era for s...

    Deal protects wild salmon stocks, recognizes traditional First Nations rights and paves the way for future expansion of B.C.’s sustainable salmon farming industry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews An agreement between three First Nations and the B.C.government will set the stage for an orderly transition of 17 salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago and provide a pathway […]

    First Nations c...

    Government committed to moving forward with aquaculture in a way that protects the oceans, and fish stocks, and creates thousands of jobs for middle class Canadians By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The value of Indigenous and local knowledge must be used to create a precedent-setting model for aquaculture risk-based decision-making in Canada, a new government report has […]
  • The aquaculture...

    campaigns that oversimplify complex fish farming issues have left British Columbians in a fog of competing politicized agendas, contested science and misinformation, says a new study. By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Campaigns by environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) that oversimplify complex aquaculture issues have left British Columbians caught in a fog of competing politicized agendas, contested science and […]

    First Nations’ ...

    “It is our responsibility to engage with First Nations, to find common ground, and work together through shared values.” Jeremy Dunn at the AquaSur conference in Chile By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs wants First Nations’ collective traditional ecological knowledge to be a critical part of Canada’s new Wild Salmon Policy. […]
  • First Nations c...

    New government report pushes for a Federal Aquaculture Act while calling for increased funding for Indigenous fish farming initiatives. First Nations communities are in a unique position to benefit from, and contribute to sustainable aquaculture development in Canada, says a new federal government report. However, limited financing for Indigenous aquaculture remains a challenge said the Agri-food […]

    Paving the way ...

    “Sustainable aquaculture is key for our wild fish to thrive,” – James Walkus, independent commercial fisherman and a First Nations aquaculture success story. James Walkus was 15 when he found an abandoned boat on the traditional territory of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations in northern Vancouver Island. “I fixed it when nobody claimed it and went out to […]
  • Wild salmon fir...

    A chance for the money boys to make more money around the hysteria about salmon farming in BC By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews A recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun by well-known local entrepreneurs urged Premier John Horgan (pictured) to let tenures for open net-pen salmon farms expire. The op-ed was written by Tony Allard, president […]

    Beware the eco-...

    10,000-year journey that is just bearing fruit threatened by foreign funded activism says Calvin Helin, a leading authority on economic independence for First Nations By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews First Nations leaders in BC should be wary of activists who are trying to gain their support to stop energy and natural resource projects in Canada, warns […]
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