Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Opposes the Unnecessary Destruction of Thousands of Endangered Nechako »

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Media Release, May 3, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Opposes the Unnecessary Destruction of Thousands of Endangered Nechako White Sturgeon Juveniles from Nechako Hatchery

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is extremely disappointed in the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ (FLNRO) planned decision to cull up to 6,000 Nechako White Sturgeon which have been bred and raised as part of a recovery initiative at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof.

FLNRO has recently informed the CSTC of its intention to halve the number of white sturgeon to be released from the facility in Vanderhoof; from 12,000 to 6,000. As a result, FLNRO is planning to destroy thousands of sturgeon ready to be released to accommodate this rushed decision and alleviate perceived risks of overstocking of the Nechako River.

The CSTC and FLNRO have been engaged in a discussion of options to avoid the cull, which is considered highly culturally inappropriate from the Carrier Sekani perspective. Options have been identified that are scientifically sound, including providing the fish to a commercial aquaculture facility, or stocking them into suitable local lakes in the Nechako watershed, where they could support a fishery. Consideration of these viable options has been obstructed by the inflexibility of the Species at Risk Act permitting that prohibits their use for matters unrelated to recovery; ironically the Act intended to protect the fish requires their destruction.

FLNRO’s purported decision is being made without meaningful and timely consultation with CSTC and the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFNs), in the face of CSTC and the CSFNs’ strenuous objection to the cull, and in breach of ss. 8.1(b) and (f) of the Environmental and Socio-Cultural Initiatives Agreement that the CSTC, CSFNs, and Province signed in April 2015.

At this time the CSFNs have engaged in government-to-government negotiations with BC and have requested that the BC government and FLNRO honor our work toward shared decision-making and stewardship. Tribal Chief Teegee states, “unless we agree on an annual rearing and release plan and/or contingency plan, we’re likely to find ourselves in a similar position in coming years, which is unacceptable.”

Nechako River White Sturgeon is listed as an Endangered species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Following the impoundment, diversion and regulation of the Nechako River, this species has suffered a “recruitment failure” (an insufficient number of juveniles survive to maturity to propagate and sustain the population). The population has declined to the point where extinction is inevitable without human intervention. A multi-party Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (NWSRI) has worked for several decades in an effort to reverse the declining population trend and save the species.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

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CSTC Grateful for Fish: Fraser First Nations Unity »

Friday, July 26, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia.  Canada. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) would like to extend its gratitude to the St’at’imc Government, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for the recent delivery of approximately 200 Early Stuart sockeye that were seized in the St’at’imc (Lillooet), and Nlka’pamux (Thompson in the Lytton area) territories.  The CSTC has distributed this important fish resource to elders, disabled and families in need.  The CSTC member First Nations are at the headwaters of the Upper Fraser and have been working with First Nations in the Fraser watershed to conserve the Early Stuart salmon runs, as they are an important subsistence food fish for Carrier Sekani peoples.


NSTC Fisheries Witness and Assist with transfer of fish bound for northern communities »

Sunday, July 21, 2013

NSTC - Wednesday, July 21, 2013 - The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council through Fisheries Department Manager, Gord Sterritt, made arrangements for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans personnel from Lillooet and Prince George to transfer approximately 200 Early Stuart sockeye that were seized in St’at’imc (Lillooet) and Nlka’pamux (Thompson in the Lytton area) traditional fishing area.


Cohen recommendations to protect Fraser River Salmon require immediate implementation by DFO »

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver) – On Wednesday, Oct 31st, Honourable Bruce Cohen released his recommendations for improving the sustainability of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fishery. Commissioner Cohen recommended a number of changes to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans policies, practices and management in relation to the sustainability of the Sockeye Fishery.


Cohen Commission Report: CSTC Must Be Involved »

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia. Canada.  Today Justice Bruce Cohen released the much anticipated report from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (also known as the Cohen Commission).  Over the last three years the Cohen Commission heard from 179 witnesses, including First Nations from Carrier Sekani territories regarding the cumulative impacts affecting the decline of the Fraser River Sockeye (Dakelh name: Talo).


Nechako sturgeon forgotten in battle over northern gateway »

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nothing exemplifies the apparent confusion of our reigning provincial government regarding the Northern Gateway pipeline project more than the paralytic seizures its own environmental policies induce. Take the case of the endangered white sturgeon in the tributaries, lakes and main stem of the Nechako River watershed, which enters the Fraser at Prince George, about 800 kilometres north of Vancouver.


CSTC Supports Lawsuit to Protect Species at Risk »

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia. Canada. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is supporting the recent legal action taken by environmental groups against the federal government's failure to implement the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  The lawsuit challenges the delays in creating recovery strategies for SARA listed species, including the Nechako white sturgeon, which is critically endangered according to the BC Conservation Centre.


Nechako Sturgeon - Funding cuts could end project »

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A grim future lies ahead for the local sturgeon population


Sockeye panel fishes for feedback on planned Tory changes »

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The federal government's bid to make sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act has prompted an 11th-hour scramble at the $26.4-mil-lion Cohen Commission, which was created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 to study dramatic declines in the West Coast sockeye fishery.


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