Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C., First Nations Formalize Talks on Concerns over Future of Fish Farms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C., First Nations Formalize Talks on Concerns over Future of Fish Farms

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B.C. First Nations get more say on fish farms

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ALERT BAY, B.C. - Some coastal First Nations in British Columbia will have a greater say about the future of fish farms on their territory, following a new agreement with the provincial government.

The province says in a news release that it has a letter of understanding with three central coast First Nations that will formalize ongoing talks about salmon aquaculture in the Broughton Archipelago off Vancouver Island.

The 'Namgis, Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations and province will speak with various parties involved, including the fish farm industry, and come up with actions and recommendations over the next 90 days.

The news follows an announcement by the province last week that the salmon farmers will have four years to show their open-net operations don't harm wild salmon and to get approval from area First Nations to locate the operations in their territories. …

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