My daughter is a 5th generation resident of the BC Coast. Her great great grandfather came from Newfoundland to work on the water here and was captain on numerous boats that made a living from the richness this coast offers up. I know there have been many impacts to wild salmon but after reading the science of Alex Morton and others and reading and seeing video about what is happening in other countries like Chile and Norway I believe salmon farming practices are extremely detrimental to wild salmon populations specifically due to measurable sea lice infestations and possibly disease spreading. Wild Salmon have always been a part of our lives and we have fished every summer. My business is also based in celebrating nature on this coast and I am keenly aware of what the wild salmon mean. The Fraser sockeye run is integral to the health of so much on this coast and ultimately impacts us all. Some of my best friends are native and I also know how directly their lives are impacted by salmon. It all trickles out to the general well being of us all. Please do a complete and thorough job. Without wild salmon our future will be seriously altered beyond present comprehension. thank you
I think it is very wrong that they keep concentrating on the farmed fish…which is & never will taste as good as wild salmon. The slamon which has helped our people survive for many generations…for centuries before contact was made. We need this fish to survive as a people & it is healthy for us also. Our health seems to go down every year that we get less & less salmon for our yearly dietary needs.
We have a duty to protect our natural resources for our posterity. We must demand that people who use the resources in common (ie the salmon farmers) do so in a manner that does not destroy the common trust. Salmon farming can be done in ways that do not destroy the natural world, it is just a good practice and should be an accepted cost. If a farmer cannot function in a sustainable way, then he/she probably shouldn’t be a farmer. If all farmers are held to the same standard, the cost will cover itself.
Open net farming must stop. We need to listen to the true information and trust our experience! Now!
Protect the wild salmon at all costs.
Please protect the wild salmon and control the salmon farms which are affecting the wild salmon due to lice and other pesiticdes from the salmon nurseries. This is at a critical state. We need to practice sustainable fishing and protect wild salmon.
For years I’ve enjoyed Vital Choice canned wild salmon. Sea lice are an evidence-based threat to salmon. Declining populations are a fact. There must be a way to modify industrial fish pens to enable a sustainable healthy future for all salmon.
Chuck Eastham, New Jersey 9Mar10
I live in a very isolated community where people depend on the salmon runs every year. As the years have gone by it seems that not as much salmon are being harvested for the village and it is our right as a province and communities to speak up and speak out about depleting Salmon runs. We need to come together as a whole and demand a change.
Please tell us how you feel. We would like to collect all comments to submit to the Cohen Inquiry.
I think our declining salmon runs are entirely preventable. I think all it needs is a strong dose of integrity and commonsense at the govt helm. This, besides administering stern habitat protection as was DFO’s sworn first mandate,would harness the willing hands of the public to the remedy via community teams helped by modest funding, engaged in habitat restoration on countless creeks and streams whose salmon runs have not entirely been lost. The number of salmon that can be brought back to depleted streams by a few good men with miminal funding and a simple hatchery setup is amazing and wonderful.
As to the harm being visited on the wild fisheries and the life they uphold by the Norwegian open net cage fish farming regimes, their destructive behavior is merely the reflection of DFO’s abandonment of our wild fisheries in favour of these foreign owned feedlot fish farms. In its continued state of denial of harm, I think that today the DFO has become the greatest threat our wild salmon face.
Therefore this pilgrimage by our courageous Alexandra Morton, and wherefore the onus on the rest of us who care to join in numbers as the stars!United we must demand our wild salmon be managed under the Precautionary Principle that would outlaw most of what the Norwegian fishfarming industry is doing today, and would by extension prevent the weakening of the Fisheries Act now underway at the hands of the DFO.
First and formost we must demamd that the five fish farms sited in the Wild Salmon Narrows near Campbell River, be immediately removed, for the outmigration of the offspring of the decimated Fraser Sockeye that survived to return last fall is imminent, and they will othewise have to pass the gauntlet of these farms subject to disease and sea lice afflicitons that could send them into oblivion.
In the protection of our wild salmon lies true sustainablilityand a future worth having for our children and our country. Indeed,our five races of wild Pacific salmon belong to the world that will be irrevocably diminished without our five races of wild Pacific salmon and the golden chain of life they uphold.
This is a defining issue for BC. If we fail to protect wild salmon stocks we are effectively telling future generations we don’t care about this amazing natural resource. I plan to sail my 28ft sailboat from Vancouver on Thursday/Friday to join the walk in Sidney on Saturday morning. I have room for two more people. If you are interested call me at 604 603 9018. Andy
Einstein said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over, and
>> expecting different results.” We’re now having yet another study
>> about Canadian fisheries! This time it’s a Royal Commission. The
>> official studies never end, while our fish stocks never stop collapsing.
>> But why not? It only costs 60 or $70 million per commission and it
>> gives the politicians a chance to stall in making responsible decisions.
>> Meanwhile, the number of employees at the Department of Fisheries and
>> Oceans keeps rising. The number now stands at around 10,000. We can
>> be sure that the number will keep going up, while the number of fish
>> keep falling. Some day the two numbers will be equal. Each DFO worker
>> will be managing one fish. But if something isn’t done the size of
>> the DFO will not stop growing there.
>> After all, we will need another study done and an increased budget
>> for the DFO to try and save the last fish.
>> All this is bad enough. But it’s also as expensive for the country as
>> some Goldman Sachs swindle. The DFO is costing struggling Canadian
>> taxpayers $1.3bn (yes $1,300 million!) a year to monitor, regulate,
> destroy fish.
>> Money that might build and equip hospitals. Or give everyone a tax cut.
>> Old Canadian fishermen remember fishing in abundant waters. Decade
>> after decade, we shook our heads and watched the DFO policies ruin
>> that. We’ve explained how that happened. But nothing has changed.
>> Let’s do something right. Official studies just breed official
>> delusion and more official studies.
>> Close down DFO before they close down the last fish!
>> Our fish stocks could be at least partly revived, given time and
>> sensible moves, even at this late hour.
>> Eric Wickham
I’ve heard dozens of locals speak about their experiences since the fish farms have moved into their area and the rapidly declining stocks they are all witness to……one gentleman from Tofino area said 5 years ago they counted approximately 66,000 salmon coming to spawn up one river…then the fish farms went in……and last year only 18 fish coming up that same river….his story went further to say that they have already found 9 bear dens with dead bears in them, starved to death because they didn’t have their wild salmon to fatten up for their hibernation..…..and since bears are territorial they won’t go to another bears river……and already 200 rivers with no salmon returning,.one doesn’t need to do the math to realize that this is Pure Insanity, and wrong on sooooo many levels because this is entirely preventable …….and since we are now already witness to the ecological impact….it’s really a no brainer…..shame, shame on the dirty lice infested fish farms, you would think as guests in this country the Norwegian fish farmers would be embarrassed and accommodating, but they are not, they have a reputation for wreaking havoc in whatever country they set up their farms……which is something their own government warned us about years ago….they came to Canada because their own government was proposing stricter guidelines when they noticed the fish farms in Norway were depleting their wild salmon stocks as well…..but think about it….wild salmon are a fish farmers only competition and once that’s out of their way, guess who’s going to control the only salmon left….
Hi, Me again…..just having a thought about what it would take for the rest of Canada to wake up and “get this”….because from what I’m hearing lately when I talk to most people east of here about this, they’re unaware of the extinction issue and the fragile time line that exists, and if they don’t know about that, then it only makes sense that they haven’t even thought about its impact on our ecosystem …… and I got this picture into my head of dragging those 9 starved dead bears out of their dens and throwing them before the doors of the farm offices….it would be a hard and smelly job to do….uuuggghhhh…..but think about it……it would have great impact on the news ……get the voters east of us to start rumbling…… maybe finally shaming our politicians into getting on with this issue……
have you seen the news clip about the FDA in the USA approving PEI gm salmon as safe?
We’ve heard about it, and WSC has signed onto a brief to the FDA noting our objection to the pending approval. For more information, check out the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at http://www.cban.ca
March 24, 2011
I would like to suggest that people send e-mails or written letters to the 2 largest offending Salmon farm operators in BC waters. Cermaq and Marine Harvest are large Norwegian companies that operate the majority of open net farms in BC. Below are e-mail addresses to management people at these corporations. (Google these companies for more info. & review their “sustainability policies”)
I suggest telling them of your concerns about their conduct in their host country of Canada and perhaps discuss issues like…
their continued denial of unsustainable operating practises,
their non acceptance of responsibility that their operations cause harm,
their track record of destruction in other countries like Scotland, Norway & Chile,
their lying to the public about disease information in BC,
allowing residual chemicals and drugs from treating their fish and waste to escape into our environment,
depleting global forage fish stocks to process into feed pellets,
allowing the transfer of viruses and parasites to our wild Salmon stocks and environment.
Be prepared they will deny any of these “allegations” and may claim that they’re simply operating within the regulations set by Canada, but it is known that this industry lobbies governments to relax environmental regulation to their benefit. Regardless of what ever “sustainability policies” or regulations they follow or justification they give its simply not enough. You may want to question their ethics that they continue to conduct business in this way fully knowing the consequences to the environment. Keep in mind that the Salmon farm industry is entirely motivated by profits and this explains much of their misinformation and pseudoscience. On the other hand the anti Salmon farm campaign is run entirely by volunteer citizens that simply know better.
This issue has been going on for some 20 years… far too long. The diminishing wild Salmon stocks and environment are paying the cost to the point of becoming critical. We are nearing an emergency situation. These corporations continue with their unethical deplorable behaviour and deceit with their only interest in profit, therefore the way I see it “the gloves are off!”
I believe that if these corporations, their board of directors and shareholders received several letters a week such as this, this would have an intimidation effect on them and just maybe cause change. While your sending this why not cc Canada’s Minister of Fisheries & Prime Minister just to keep them in the loop, Shea.G@firstname.lastname@example.org
P Dean: March 24, 2011
I would like to suggest that people send e-mails or written letters to the 2 largest offending Salmon farm operators in BC waters. Cermaq and Marine Harvest are large Norwegian companies that operate the majority of open net farms in BC. Below are e-mail addresses to management people at these corporations. (Google these companies for more info. & review their "sustainability policies")
I suggest telling them of your concerns about their conduct in their host country of Canada and perhaps discuss issues like...
their continued denial of unsustainable operating practises,
their non acceptance of responsibility that their operations cause [...]
tbridge: We've heard about it, and WSC has signed onto a brief to the FDA noting our objection to the pending approval. For more information, check out the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at www.cban.ca
al Cowan: have you seen the news clip about the FDA in the USA approving PEI gm salmon as safe?