B.C. First Nations get clarity on fishing rights from top court

Nations call federal government to settle fishing rights ‘within the true meaning of reconciliation’ Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations from Vancouver Island are ready to negotiate for fishing rights, following another legal victory—this time in BC Supreme Court. It’s a victory that will have far-reaching implications in British Columbia, says the First Nations Fisheries Council of B.C. The five nations—Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/ Chinehkint, Hesquiaht, Mowachaht/ Muchalaht and Tla-o-qui-aht—have been fighting the federal government for Aboriginal fishing rights since 2006. In this last court appearance, labeled the “justification trial”, the federal government failed to justify its infringement of

Fly Fishing Film Tour is Back!

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA! The Fly Fishing Film Tour is back! Come one, come all Thursday, April 26 to catch some of the best fishing films from around the world - never on TV or online - only on tour - and have a chance at winning some sweet sponsor swag! Date: Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm Tickets off our site website HERE or in person at Fred's Custom Tackle. Doors Open 6:30pm, Films Start 7pm. See you soon!!

B.C. government releases advisory council report on finfish aquaculture

A moratorium on issuing new tenures for finfish aquaculture will remain in place while the province considers the recommendations in a newly-released report put out by the Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (MAACFA.) “It’s a very difficult issue, there’s a lot of varying opinions,” Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham said in a teleconference with provincial media, “and I think the report is substantial and will give us a lot to work with.” The advisory council was formed in 2016 by the province to provide strategic advice and policy guidance to the Minister of Agriculture about the future, and issuance, of new Crown-land tenures for marine-based salmon aquacult

B.C. clearcutting, bridge building seen as threat to sturgeon, 'Heart of the Fraser'

Marvin Rosenau looks down from the helicopter and expresses disgust at the clearcutting of critical islands in the Lower Fraser River, near Agassiz. In some cases there is no riparian area of vegetation left at all to help stabilize the banks alongside the water, and in some places only a single row of trees remains. A plume of smoke rises from a brush-pile fire. “They’ve cleared it right up to the edge,” laments Rosenau, a BCIT fisheries instructor and former provincial fisheries biologist. “From the air, you can see how much damage has been done.” What’s especially concerning is that the clearcutting is taking place within critical habitat for threatened white sturgeon, the subject of a po

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