Contentious salmon stocking plan can’t happen without First Nations support

Atlantic Salmon

Is it just me or is it a tad ironic the Gleen Cooke of Cooke Aquaculture is part of a scheme to stock Atlantic salmon in the famed Miramichi? The net pen that collapsed releasing hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound was owned by Cooke.

A University of New Brunswick scientist working on a contentious Miramichi salmon stocking program admits it cannot proceed without the backing of First Nations groups.

And there appears little likelihood of that happening, with Eel Ground Chief George Ginnish calling it a “non-starter.”

CAST, which stands for Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow, is a New Brunswick registered company chaired by James Irving, co-CEO of J.D. Irving Ltd., Glenn Cooke of Cooke Aquaculture and Saint John businessman Brian Moore.

It is working in partnership with the Miramichi Salmon Association and the Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB on the proposal to stock thousands of adult salmon in the river.

LINK (via: CBC)

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