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Norwegian-owned fish farms target of chiefs' hunger strike

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 13, 2010 9:00 PM

First Nations chiefs are planning a 29-hour hunger strike leading up to the Olympic hockey game between Canada and Norway Tuesday, to protest Norwegian-owned fish farms.

Members of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs are fasting to support the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council's opposition to fish-farm tenures in the Broughton Archipelago.

"The 29-hour fast reflects the 29 fish-farm tenures in our territories,"said Chief Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the Tribal Council.

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Treaties changing history, one fishing hole at a time


Archie Charles has been fishing in the Fraser Canyon since the 1920s.  As a boy, he journeyed 50 kilometres from Seabird Island up the Fraser River in a cedar dugout canoe.  Last year, the 87-year-old grand chief of the Sto:lo travelled by car to his family's fishing camp.  The old dip nets have been upgraded, but every July he still wind-dries his catch on the riverbank.  Unsettled land claims never stopped him, but as the Yale First Nation prepares to initial a treaty, the future of his favourite fishing hole is in doubt.
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Local lab to test for sea lice drug-resistance

By Paul Rudan - Campbell River Mirror Published: February 25, 2010

Testing to determine if sea lice are becoming resistant to a chemical product used by fish farmers is expected to begin this spring in Campbell River.

“We hope to begin in April. Some people may say that’s already too late, but you have to start some place,” said Dr. Sonja Saksida of the B.C. Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences.
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