A fish farm pen broke last month and released about 200,000 Atlantic salmon into the waters around the San Juan Islands in Washington state. National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby is among the many Native fishermen now trying to catch the invasive salmon. He says the fish threaten the wild Pacific salmon fishery with predation and the threat of disease. “These fish have infected the entire Salish Sea,” he said. The inadvertent release is one of several problems cropping up in the Pacific Northwest and in Canada involving salmon farms.
Full interview with hereditary chief Ernest Alfred (‘Nagmis, Lawit’sis and Mamalilikala First Nations) by Native America Calling associate producer Andi Murphy.
Associate producer, Andi Murphy, got a call back from the chief of the Tlowitsis First Nation, John Smith. The Tlowitsis Nation operates three fish farms in British Columbia.
Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish) – chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and president of the National Congress of American Indians
Lisa Wilson (Lummi) – endangered species act manager and policy representative for the Lummi Nation
Tim Ballew II (Lummi) – Chairman of the Lummi Nation
Break music: Heart of the People (song) Leela Gilday (artist) Heart of the People (album)