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First Nations group calls Justin Trudeau to protect salmon farming – CityNews

February 28, 2024

A B.C. First Nations group is seeking an “emergency meeting” with Justin Trudeau regarding a transition plan for open-net pen fish farming.

Chiefs of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance (FNWSA) say they will be gathering to “expose Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) bureaucrats” at a press conference on Thursday, for “systemically undermining Justin Trudeau’s mandate” on the open-net pen transition planning process.

The federal government has mandated that all open-net pen fish farms will be removed from the Discovery Islands by 2025, and all remaining open-net pen salmon farming in coastal waters will be transitioning to closed containments.

However, in a release, the FNWSA says, “the DFO is failing its fiduciary, constitutional and supreme court directed consultation requirements in the process.”

Stó:lō Tribal Council President Tyhrone McNeil says it is time the prime minister “turn his attention” to what’s happening within the DFO, claiming that the DFO is promoting to “expand open-net pen fish farms at the expense of B.C. wild Pacific salmon.”

“This will eventually lead to making an Aboriginal Right hollow with a substantial financial compensation required,” McNeil adds.

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