Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CRY FOR FLORA BANKS-no more cycles of salmon, the food box will be broken + empty

Today at 14:00 as I sat carving, inside my soul I heard a cry, nothing like I heard before, do the baby salmon cry, does mother earth cry, are my ancestors crying? WHY? WHY? WHY DO THEY DESTROY OUR FOOD BOXES, all my younger life, my father taught me about how these salmon made our nation strong, to survive over 13,000 years. 

Even though we do not want the billions and have said NO, they are there with their laws and paid enforcement. Now there are 2 drilling rigs there, people just turn their heads the other way, pretending it will go away. 

My father Edward would never let this happen, him + his generation fought for so many rights, FOR WHAT? I have never cried so hard, thinking of the times, when he told me that just one set + the quota for salmon was full for the day. he told me about the areas and what was needed to protect the young salmon so they could be able to make the great journey away and back again, to start the next cycle. 

If this does not stop (drilling) there will be no more cycles of salmon, the food box will be broken + empty. Please I ask you with my Tsimshian heart, to help, not for me, no for any humans, but for all the sea life and animals which also depend on Flora banks.
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 The Skeena River estuary is a unique system in that it does not have a single distinct intertidal delta typical of most estuary systems. Instead, deposited sediments form a region of extensive mudflats and shallow, intertidal passages around DeHorsey Island, through Inverness Passage, and between Kitson Island and Lelu Island.

These mudflats and intertidal areas have been identified by the North Coast Wetlands Program as important migratory/wintering waterfowl habitat. Several rare species, including the red-listed western grebe and the blue-listed trumpeter swan, brant, oldsquaw and great blue heron have all been recorded in the wetlands. A Department of Fisheries and Oceans fisheries habitat study identified Inverness Passage, Flora Bank, and DeHorsey Passage, in that order, as critical habitats for Skeena River juvenile salmon, as well as important eulachon habitat. Read more


The terminal and its pipeline has been viewed as a leading project in the Christy Clark-led Liberal government’s efforts to start a new natural gas export industry to Asia.

The $36-billion project — by Malaysian state-controlled Petronas — has been approved by the province but is mired in a federal review that stalled because of concerns over the project’s effects on Flora Bank.

Earlier this year, the Lax Kw’alaams rejected a $1.15-billion benefits package from the company and B.C. government over similar concerns.

Some facts from biologists:
In the early 1970s, two proposals were advanced for the development of major port facilities in Prince Rupert, one of which would have substantially impacted Flora Bank.

In their 1973 technical report, A Biological Assessment of Fish Utilization of the Skeena River Estuary with Special Reference to Port Development biologists RJ Higgins and WJ Schouwenburg concluded that "the shallow estuarine areas between Porpoise Channel and the mouth of the Skeena River are of high biological significance as a fish (especially juvenile salmon) rearing habitat.

Inverness Passage, Flora Bank [one of the most significant eelgrass beds in the province] and De Horsey Bank, in that order, are habitats of critical importance for the rearing of juvenile salmon. The construction of a superport at the Kitson Island - Flora Bank site would destroy much of this critical salmon habitat."

Forty years later, the proposed site of the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project occupies almost the same marine and terrestrial area that was deemed vital to fisheries in 1973. The main adjustment has been the relocation of the jetty terminal to the north edge of Flora Bank, rather than cutting across the centre of it. However, the proximity of the proposed industrial operations to this habitat would irrevocably alter site hydrology, chemistry and ecology - likely with disastrous results.

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