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Written by Joan Russow
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:26

 

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Friday, May 29, 2015, 01:50 (GMT + 9)

 

petition against salmon farming industry expansion plans in British Columbia (BC) signed by over 100,000 supporters has been issued to be presented legislature.

According to the media release received by FIS.com, this call on the BC government to halt federal government and BC salmon farming industry plans to expand open-net salmon farming in BC waters has received the endorsement through a letter addressed to Premier Christy Clark of more than one hundred conservation organizations, industry associations, independent business owners and the Tofino‐Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“Despite decades of controversy and recommendations to the contrary from the CAD 37-million Cohen Inquiry, the federal government wants to move ahead with industry expansion plans. However, the B.C. government has the power to curb that growth by withholding approvals for new farm sites and amendments to existing farm tenures that would see them grow in size,” the release reads.

For her part, Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society biologist Alexandra Morton considers the issue has gained renewed attention because of a recent federal court decision that raises concerns about disease impacts on wild fish from this industry and recent reports of outbreaks of sea lice on juvenile wild salmon now migrating past salmon farms on their way out to sea.

“Control of sea lice was the one issue I thought this industry could fix, but apparently not,” pointed out the biologist.

“Furthermore, the recent federal court ruling on use of diseased salmon in salmon farms has raised significant questions that need to be answered before this industry can even think of growing," she added.

Meanwhile, Living Oceans Society executive director Karen Wristen explained that millions of wild juvenile salmon are now migrating through an area that contains the highest density of fish farms on the coast from Campbell River to Port Hardy.

“We are calling on Premier Clark to protect B.C.’s iconic wild salmon from federal recklessness and stop the planned expansion of this industry,” claimed Wristen.

Certain NGOs believe that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) have been acting without the broad scientific and public consultation needed, permitting farms to triple their production.

Referring to the DFO, David Suzuki Foundation senior science and policy advisor John Werring accused the entity of refusing to share information on the current status of sea lice on fish farms in affected areas in order to assess whether existing management strategies are working.

“Their failure to respond on an issue of such immense public importance is simply unacceptable,” Werring complained.

Another of the petition supporters, Stan Proboszcz of Watershed Watch Salmon Societystressed: “Reams of published science already show that open net-pen salmon farming can depress wild salmon stocks, impede their growth and drive populations toward extinction.”

“Premier Clark has the power to protect B.C.’s wild salmon from salmon farm expansion. More than 100,000 people are counting on her to do the right thing,” he concluded.

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