MP optimistic solution to fish waste problem can be found

  • Feb. 16, 2009 8:00 p.m.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he’s optimistic a solution can be worked out with the federal government on the fish waste problem at plants on the islands. Environment Canada recently banned dumping fish waste into the ocean, a move that stops the four plants on the islands, three in Masset and one in Queen Charlotte, from working. That means well over 300 islanders cannot work as long as the ban remains in place.Mr. Cullen met with the Ministers of the Environment and Fisheries in Ottawa late last week, and told the Observer he thinks they are now sensitive to the issue. “If logic were guiding them, then the chances would be very, very good, (of finding a solution)” Mr. Cullen said, but noted “but this is Ottawa we are dealing with. Mr. Cullen says he has set a deadline of Wednesday for some solution to be found, and says he will go “ballistic” by Friday if one is not forthcoming. He also said getting Ottawa to move on issues like this usually takes months. “We are trying to condense it that down into days,” he said. The MP is on the islands this week, and will meet with fish plant representatives while here. He is also holding a public meeting in Masset Thursday evening. In Masset, Al Frick of CB Islands Fisheries said “at this stage of the game, we are just waiting for answers.” The clock is ticking for both plants, as under normal circumstances, they’d start processing razor clams in March.The MP and the plant managers are hoping Ottawa will grant an exemption to the dumping ban, to allow them to work while a permanent solution is found. Up until this year, the plants have been grinding and disposing of fish waste in nearby waters, a practice permitted by the province. It’s been going on here on the islands for the better part of 75 years with no problems reported.

Just Posted

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

Concerns over democracy as Senate committee votes to nix oil tanker ban

Critics of the Senate’s recommendation to kill Bill C-48 say it goes against popular will

Northwest Fire Centre open burn ban lifted

Recent rain, cooler temperatures have lowered the region’s fire risk

Telkwa pot plant application passes review

Cannabis company claims new Health Canada regulations are working in its favour

Red cedars dying in northwestern B.C. from drought

There was a 75 per cent decline in precipitation for the months of February and April

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. residential school survivor’s indomitable human spirit centre of school play

Terrace theatre company plans to revive Nisga’a leader Larry Guno’s Bunk #7 next year

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Most Read