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Salmon summit to be held Prince Rupert

Salmon summit to be held Prince Rupert

A salmon summit will be held in Prince Rupert later this month.

The Salmon Nation summit is sponsored by the Friends of Wild Salmon.

The two day meeting will cover the ecological impact of the Petronas backed Pacific NorthWest LNG project, as well as look into political, economic, and legal issues.

Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Wild Salmon Alliance says a new study showing the virulent ISA virus showing up in samples of Cultus Lake sockeye is an indication of the risks wild salmon face.

The virus has devastated salmon farms around the world.

Chamberlin says there needs to be scientific and industry transparency.

Chamberlin says with the new leadership in Ottawa, particularly with Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo, he hopes previously industry friendly policies may be revisited.

He points to the Namgis First Nation and their land-based closed containment method of farming salmon as the future.

Chamberlin adds he’ll be at the Salmon Summit in Prince Rupert, where he hopes to be able to bring more voices into the Wild Salmon Alliance.

The Salmon Nation Summit is being held in Prince Rupert on January 22 to 23.

Chamberlin says his group hopes to hold a salmon forum sometime later this March or April.

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