January 22, 2018 – CTV News

B.C. First Nations leaders serve eviction notice to fish farm
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Leaders from several B.C. First Nations took to the water on Sunday to serve an eviction notice to the province’s largest producer of farmed fish.

Elders and heredity chiefs from six different nations boarded boats just off the coast of Port Hardy, B.C. to tell Marine Harvest to pack up and leave. They believe fish farms spread disease and are hurting wild salmon.

“This is our territory and we need to protect it,” said James Wadhams, a Kwakiutl First Nation elder. “The amount of fish have just been declining and declining since they’ve been here.”

Members of B.C. First Nations deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest on Jan. 22, 2018. (CTV Vancouver)

But those working in B.C.’s aquaculture industry disagree.

“There’s no direct evidence that salmon on farms are causing ill health in wild salmon,” said Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association recently told CTV News.

Marine Harvest says it has agreements and positive relations with 15 First Nations in B.C…..

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