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Thank goodness for people like Alexandra Morton...!

I echo your words.

A short while back, I met Chief Bob Chamberlain (a First Nations chief in the Broughton's) -- we spoke about the salmon, Alexandra, and what she's doing -- he referred to her as a "warrior". I tend to agree with him.

She's certainly got my support and admiration.

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Wild Salmon, Salmon Farming, and Zoning of the Icelandic coastline

ABSTRACT: In this article, we provide an historical overview of Icelandic atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) farming, wild stock management, and the often dichotomous philosophical bases for these activities. We then discuss how Iceland has sought to balance the benefits of salmon farming with the benefits of and risks to wild stock management, valuable recreational fisheries, and protection of native wild fish fauna. Under regulations enacted in 2001 and expanded in 2004, the coastline is zoned with respect to salmon cage-rearing; cage-rearing is not permitted in the bays and fjords into which the most valuable salmon rivers drain. the zoning is provided as a compromise between opposing views. as experience is gained from salmon farming in designated areas, this information will be used to plan future development of the cage-rearing industry in Iceland.

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More progress -- this just in from Alexandra:

Hello All

We are one step closer to applying the laws of Canada to salmon farming! It was a pivotal day in court. Although it is only one more step towards enforcing the laws of Canada on fish farmers, it was essential if we are to bring reason to this situation.

In September I laid charges against Marine Harvest for illegal possession of juvenile wild salmon. This came after months of correspondence with Fisheries and Oceans, asking them to uphold the Fisheries Act and lay a charge themselves.

Today was our third court appearance. The first two were simply to set dates, and then extend those dates so that the Department of Justice could review the details of the case. Today's appearance was a "process hearing" with a judge to lay out the charge and our evidence. The judge could either have refused to issue a summons, or approve the charge.

Today in Port Hardy, the judge approved the charge and a summons will be issued to Marine Harvest to appear in court and the trial could proceed.

There are several directions this could take from this point:

1. The Department of Justice could take the case over and run the case. My lawyer, Jeff Jones and I are hoping this will occur as this is truly David against Goliath, a tiny North Island law firm working Pro Bono to date, against a multi billion dollar international corporation. A round of applause for Jeffery and Marianne Jones they have done so much already!

2. If the Department of Justice takes the case, they could proceed to trial where all evidence can be heard, and a Judge will rule on the merit of the case. Or, the Department of Justice can stay the charges and the case is closed without a trial.

3. Jeff Jones and I might have to run the trial ourselves. While this seems a good idea, the reality is a tidal wave of paperwork that could overwhelm his firm, even though this appears to be an extremely straightforward charge which many fishermen have faced. However, well funded corporate defendants can stretch a trial out for days if not weeks, making it extremely costly for a private citizen to enforce the Fisheries Act.

In any case we are setting precedence. Canada cannot manage its fisheries in a sustainable way unless the laws about how many fish are caught are enforced. Over-fishing is a global problem, it is not sound management to allow salmon farmers unlimited access to BC wild fish.

Thanks to all of you for all your support. If you know anyone who would like to join us in signing the letter to the Minister of Fisheries to PLEASE ENFORCE THE FISHERIES ACT, the letter is still on our website www.adopt-a-fry.org Until the Federal government is willing to uphold the laws of Canada we will continue to do what we can to fill the void.

My deepest thanks to all of you, we face tough stretch ahead, but once again the courts have agreed with our position.

A remarkable film will be released next week on the Global impact of salmon farming, here is the trailer:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eggrGn0V0fg

No individual can right the wrongs we have wreaked on our planet. Thank you all for being with me on this.

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Received today:

November 30, 2009

Minister Gail Shea
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Dear Minister Shea:

Twenty thousand, two hundred forty-three (20,243) people have now signed the letter on my website www.adopt-a-fry.org <url> insisting that you apply the Fisheries Act to “farming” salmon.

But the Norwegian salmon farming industry is now so far out of alignment with common sense and the spirit of Canadian law that the road to compliance is not simple. As you prepare to assume control of this industry as per the BC Supreme Court decision we, the public, are doing your job in your absence laying charges against this industry and removing the firewalls to protect our fish.

Twenty years ago the business of raising salmon was wrongly categorized as “farming” and assigned to the Province to manage. The Province is not responsible for wild fish and the feds were not responsible for fish farms, so no one has been responsible for impact of salmon “farms” on wild fish.

This Provincial regulatory scheme was recognized as unlawful and struck down by Judge Hinkson, February 2009. He gave government 1 year to sort this out and it remains uncertain if ownership of salmon (farmed or not) is even legal in the ocean.

At first it was assumed the Provincial government would somehow continue to run the industry, but shortly after the August 2009 sockeye crash, the Province backed away leaving Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scrambling to design a regulatory regime. As a result a delay is being negotiated during which the Province expects to continue expanding the industry!

Expansion is crucial to Norwegian fish farmers because they have lost money for 3 years now and their share prices can only rise if they put more fish in the water. However, we just lost 10 million sockeye that passed through heavily fish farmed waters and Judge Cohen has “aquaculture” 3rd on his list to investigate with his Judicial Inquiry. It would be immoral to expand the industry during this moment of regulatory restructuring and investigation.

When you peel back the layers of the Fisheries Act the conflicting rules make no sense, except as firewalls. On the one hand the Pacific (Fishery) Regulations (1993) exempts Provincially licenced aquaculture from all fishing regulations appearing to give them unrestricted access to all the wild fish drawn into their pens by the lights and food. These fish are Atlantic salmon fodder and highly valuable sablefish, salmon and herring.

Then as if someone recognized the preposterous enormity of this the Access to Wild Aquatic Resources 2004 was produced to licence fish farmers for by-catch, if the amount was deemed insignificant to wild stocks.

This was a good idea, but no one seems to have these licences. And how could they? The wild pink salmon Marine Harvest admitted to having in their boat last June 16 were from an age-class and stock so endangered millions of public dollars were spent to protect them. However, this is lost in DFO’s regulatory labyrinth. If Marine Harvest has no licence to possess by-catch, does that mean that the 1993 regulations come into effect to exempt them from all fishing rules including possession of an endangered wild fish stock? I hope we get to find out. Judge Saunderson issued a summons to Marine Harvest to appear in court for possessing these pink salmon. The Department of Justice could halt this case, but it would seem in the public interest for a court to hear this.

In October 2009 Marine Harvest also admitted to catching herring in the Broughton Archipelago and composting them with no reporting or licence. Was this legal or illegal? Does anyone know? If they had no licence for tons of herring by-catch are they exempt?

Herring fishing has been closed in Broughton for twenty years because the stocks are not rebuilding. Now we find out Norwegian “farmers” are killing them despite the closure with no apparent ramifications, no quota nor reporting. These fish farmers are out-fishing BC fishermen! Over-fishing is a global scourge. Minister Shea this is not right.

Nothing is straightforward. When 40,000 Atlantics escaped from Marine Harvest’s farm October 21, 2009, we were told they were worth a million dollars and everything had been done to recover them. But now we hear farm fish are worthless once they escape and only 1,200 were recovered because Marine Harvest was “confused” about the licence DFO granted them specifically for this situation. Does profit - starved Marine Harvest really want the expense of disposing of 40,000 fish? They did not do everything they could have to recapture their fish and section 55 of the Fishery (General Regulations) states no person shall release live fish into fish habitat. They must be charged and heavily fined to inspire compliance. This is the tool your Ministry uses on other fishermen.

It is disturbing that someone lobbied Parliament to disguise the industry as Provincial farms even though this must have raised legal red flags and then someone specifically exempted “provincial aquaculture” from the fishing regulations. This is Salmongate.

We are hosting guests who are pulling the tablecloth into their laps dragging the silverware, the food, the water everything out of our reach. Thankfully, Judges Hinkson, Slade, Cohen and Saunderson have nailed the tablecloth to the table.

However it is not up to the courts to manage fish. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is touring the National Aquaculture Strategic Action Plan Initiative to get feedback, calling aquaculture a legitimate user of Canadian marine waters.
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/lib-bib/nasapi-insapa/nasapi-inpasa-eng.htm#intro

It is indeed time the fish farmers became “legitimate.” It is time to remove their regulatory firewalls, open the farms to public scrutiny and silence decades of political interference that have given foreign corporations greater access to Canadian fish than Canadians. All this and these corporations are still loosing money.

Minister Shea there is one job we cannot do for you. You must close the border to import of salmon eggs from the Atlantic to prevent introduction of ISA virus to the eastern Pacific. If you don’t you will see this issue go before the courts. ISAV strains are highly traceable. You say there is no “strong evidence” that it travels in eggs (3-11-2009) scientists say we are “guaranteed” to get the virus if we keep importing eggs.

Others and myself will continue to lay charges under the Fisheries Act with the help of lawyers who are working Pro Bono, and at reduced rates and thousands of people whose small donations are making this possible. The Fisheries Act specifically encourages the public to lay charges in the face of government “inertia.”

At the very least I ask that you do not stand in our way.


Alexandra Morton
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Received this from Ms Morton today:

Hello

You have an opportunity to tell DFO how you want fish farms to be run. As a result of our win in BC Supreme Court DFO has been given an official mandate to develop new regulations for aquaculture in BC. A series of meetings are being planned to discuss and gather input from all
potentially impacted stakeholders, which is lives in Canada or comes here to see salmon and their predators.

The next meeting is December 10th and 11th, 2009 in Campbell River, BC at the Campbell River Lodge. You can confirm your attendance by responding to Mandy Mielke (amanda.mielke@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or (613-949-3129) by Friday November 27th, 2009 or contact Trevor Swerdfager Director General, Aquaculture Management trevor.swerdfager@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 613-949-4919. Cc your MP on any emails to Swerdfager.

Also I have been receiving the updates below from Norway the past few days. First the ISA epidemic killing 70% of their fish in Chile, now the Norwegian government threatening to slaughter entire fish farms.

This is your opportunity to be heard.


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Sea lice are out of control in Norway

Norway's state broadcaster NRK reported on Monday:

"In the past year, the amount of sea lice in Norwegian fish farms exploded. The industry has been on the hump of the environmental movement in the wake of illness boom. This is because the salmon lice infect the wild salmon, and thereby threaten wild salmon stocks.": http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hordaland/1.6888215

The Green Warriors of Norway said in a press release - "Sea Lice Situation is Out of Control" - issued yesterday:

"The sea lice situation is now out of control along the entire coast of Nordland and south. Green Warriors of Norway requires complete slaughter of all salmon biomass with multi-resistance against lice medicines": http://www.nmf.no/default.aspx?pageId=1 ... 354&news=1

The Norwegian Hunters and Fishers (NJFF), Norwegian Salmon Rivers Owners (Norsk Lakseelver) and WWF Norway called on the Fisheries Minister to take the sea lice problem more seriously. NJFF reported yesterday under the headline "A Lot of Talk - Little Action":

"......life-threatening situation for our wild salmon along the coast is informed by a disaster. The trend of increasing resistance to the main treatment methods are cause for great concern. The organizations ask that the Minister immediately initiated after a standstill for further growth in the industry......We will increase the pressure in this case. The battle is now": http://www.njff.no/portal/page/portal/n ... ypage=TRUE

The Norwegian Salmon Association reported last week under the headline "Norway is managing the extinction of wild salmon!":

"The Director of The Directorate for Nature Management, Janne Sollie, says today that Norway is not managing the farmed salmon business, but the extinction of wild salmon! She says this due to the fact of record high and disastrous levels of sea-lice in the farmed salmon farms. If this is allowed to keep on, all wild salmon will be history!

The Directorate for Nature Management is the national governmental body for preserving Norway's natural environment. The directorate serves as an advisory and executive agency under the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. The Government do not listen to their warning! It's shameful how Norway's officials are promoting and protecting the business of farmed salmon! An unsustainable business ruining wild life!": http://norwegian-salmon.com/salmon/exte ... ?recID=262

[Sea lice data for Norwegian salmon farms can be accessed online via: www.lusedata.no


3) The Green Warriors of Norway (led by Kurt Oddekalv) revealed that "Norwegian commercial fish farms are once more using these [diflubenzuron and teflubenzuron] controversial chemicals to get rid of salmon lice". NMF reported today:

"The use of these chemicals was stopped after the agreement was signed in February 1999, and fish farmers have used other drugs instead. However, since the salmon louse has developed resistance against the drugs used, these controversial chemicals are again being thrown into Norwegian salmon cages. The industry respected the agreement until now, and we claim the minister of fisheries to be responsible for breaking the agreement": http://nmf.no/default.aspx?pageId=42&ar ... 361&news=1

The Norwegian media reported this extensively today via NRK, Dagbladet, Adresseavisen and other media outlets:

"Truer med å sverte norsk laks: Miljøkriger Kurt Oddekalv mener regjeringen har brutt avtale, og vurderer derfor internasjonal aksjon" (NRK, 2nd December): http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hordaland/1.6891582

"Slik presset Oddekalv regjeringen - Miljøaktivisten truet Bondevik-regjeringen til å minimalisere bruken av to omstridte lusemiddel. Nå er avtalen brutt, mener Oddekalv, som på nytt truer med internasjonal kampanjer mot norsk laks i utlandet" (Adresseavisen, 2nd December): http://www.adressa.no/nyheter/innenriks ... 417790.ece

"Regjeringen inngikk avtale med Kurt Oddekalv: Hvis laksenæringen kuttet på bruken av to omstridte lusemidler, skulle Miljøvernforbundet avstå fra planlagte aksjoner" (Dagbladet, 2nd December): http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/12/02/nyhe ... n/9303659/


Details in English via: "The deal is broken by the Minister" (NMF, 2nd December): http://nmf.no/default.aspx?pageId=42&ar ... 361&news=1


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Another message in my e-mail box from Alexandra today -- progress is being made...

Hello

Today BC Supreme Court ruled in our favor once again. Justice Hinkson granted the federal government a suspension order until December 18, 2010 so that Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) can further prepare to assume control of regulating salmon farms. However, Justice Hinkson forbade any expansion of aquaculture during that period. Specifically, the province cannot issue any new fish farm licences and cannot expand the size of any tenure. He recognized the First Nation interest in this matter by granting the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council intervenor status, which is essential as this case is based in their territory.

On the matter pursued by Marine Harvest at the Court of Appeal and sent back to Justice Hinkson to reconsider (that is whether the fish in the farms are privately owned by the companies and whether the Farm Practices Protection Act (FPPA) is still in force), Hinkson confirmed that the FPPA, will no longer apply to finfish aquaculture and thus no longer protect farms from nuisance claims.

On the question, does Marine Harvest own the fish in their pens? Justice Hinkson found that this was not the place for this decision. Marine Harvest will have to bring this before the courts themselves. For now, we know that the aquaculture fish are now part of the fisheries of Canada.

Today’s decision is met by the unrelated announcement by US box store chain “Target” that they have eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen, and smoked seafood offerings in its stores across the United States, because of farm salmon environmental impact on native salmon.

There is an enormous amount of work ahead to translate any of this into better survival of our wild salmon, but the courts seem consistently interested in bringing reason, the constitution and the law to bear on the Norwegian fish farm industry in British Columbia.

While I am truly sorry that jobs will be lost in ocean fish farming, bear in mind the industry is in deep trouble with mother nature herself in the fish farming strongholds of Chile and Norway. Trying to hold this nomadic fish in pens is never going to work, because it causes epidemics, unnatural sea lice infestations and drug resistance. Salmon farming is not sustainable and ultimately we are better served by our wild fish.

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Mrs Morton was interviewed today with some recent updates on the issue of fish farming. You can download the podcast at CKNW here....

http://www.cknw.com/other/audiovault.html

Select the segment for Sunday Jan 31st at 5pm, the interview begins half way through so simply scroll ahead in the podcast.


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Another report from Alex Morton today:

Hello
I apologize for a second email so soon, but important news on the issue of salmon farming has become daily. Most astonishing is the warning sent today to Canada from former Attorney General of Norway, Georg Fredrik Rieber-Mohn,

“we had an open goal to save wild salmon but we missed the target,”....”If you want to protect wild salmon then you have to move salmon farms away from migration routes. ”

I have posted his entire plea to Canada on my blog, see below for link.

I am working on a very serious incident in Nootka Sound/Esperanza Inlet where reports keep coming to me that sea lice are out of control on salmon farms. Neither the province nor DFO will act to stop this from spreading to eastern Vancouver Island, so we are doing the investigation for them. This problem is exactly what Rieber-Mohn is talking about.

http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/ ... 8cbfc32c7a

A group of us went to Nootka Island and found extremely high larval sea lice numbers. These farm salmon are being transported to Quadra Island for processing and a sample taken 90’ down from the plant’s effluent pipe found live lice eggs are pouring into Discovery Passage. Drug resistance in sea lice is causing serious problems in eastern Canada and Norway and means we stand to lose our ability to protect the Fraser sockeye. It is becoming increasingly apparent that wild salmon runs in BC, as in Norway, depend on de-lousing farm salmon that are on the migration routes. The Discovery Islands host 1/3 of all BC’s wild salmon during migrations as well as millions of Norwegian farm salmon. If these Nootka lice attach to the farm salmon we stand to lose a generation of wild salmon and more drugs will be used on our coast, with the end result being the situation in Norway loss of BOTH wild and farm salmon. I have contacted the federal and provincial governments all the evidence with no action from them to contain this. This is a well-known catastrophe. You can follow it by checking on my blog.

Dr Larry Hammell from the University of Prince Edward Island speaks about "an eruption of the lice last summer", developing resistance to sea lice chemicals, "treatment failures" etc http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/maritimenoon_ ... _26452.mp3

Professor Tor Einar Horsberg at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science who said: "The harsh treatment that is needed to reach lice limits will lead to more resistant and multi-resistant lice. There is a dramatic development, and I'm worried how this will end": http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utskriftsvennlig/?artId=588564

"The sea lice situation is now out of control along the entire coast of Nordland and south” : http://www.nmf.no/default.aspx?pageId=1 ... 354&news=1

I don’t know why we refuse to avoid the situation Norway is facing. It is not even good for the fish farmers. The province of BC maintains there is “no evidence” of drug resistance, but there is evidence everywhere people are willing to look.

You can join our efforts at www.adopt-a-fry.org

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From the Campbell River Mirror Feb 17, 2010, page A5:
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It will also make it easier to co-ordinate when the company feeds its fish food medicated with SLICE, a chemical which kills sea lice. And contrary to some reports, the fish in Esperanza Inlet have not developed a resistance to the treatment, Parker said.
If you read this quickly, you might get the impression that the sea-lice in Esperanza Inlet are NOT developing a resistance to SLICE ... but that's not what it says.
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It will also make it easier to co-ordinate when the company feeds its fish food medicated with SLICE, a chemical which kills sea lice. And contrary to some reports, the fish in Esperanza Inlet have not developed a resistance to the treatment, Parker said.
It might be lousy reporting, or it might be double speak.

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As the courts have now decided that fish farming must fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government I think it is imperative that this crisis be brought up in question period at parliament.

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If you want some insight into why corporations act the way they do (and how they get away with it), read
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Below is a copy of an email I received today from MP Fin Donelly in response to my request that the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans address the impact of salmon farms on wild salmon. I sent this to all the members on the committee, the Minister (Gail Shea) as well as to my own local MP (Ron Cannan). Forgive me if it's a bit long, but I thought some peole might like to read my original letter in case they need a general guideline for writing their own.... (Big hint here (':wink:') )

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Dear K...,

Thank you for your letter regarding the need for the Fisheries and Oceans Committee to discuss and address the threats facing West Coast salmon in this session of Parliament.

As the New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans Critic, I commit to you that I will continue to raise in Committee and the House, the concerns you write about.

On a personal note, I have worked to protect our wild salmon and watersheds in British Columbia for the past two decades. Before stepping into the political arena as a City Councillor I twice swam the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River to draw attention to impacts on salmon and salmon habitat.

So, I share your concerns with regard to the need for protection of our wild Pacific Salmon and agree that immediate steps to safeguard them must be taken before irreversible damage is done, and I have made my views known to the Committee.

As you know, the Government recently called for and has now struck an independent Commission to investigate and determine the cause of the collapse of the 2009 Fraser River Sockeye Salmon run.

The Fisheries and Ocean Committee has established its annual work plan, but questions have been raised regarding the mandate of the Inquiry and the work of the Committee, so your letter is timely in encouraging the Committee to focus on the plight of the Pacific Salmon. I encourage you to share your letter and concerns with all members of the Committee.

For your information, in the coming weeks I intend to bring forward a Private Members Bill that would ban open net aquaculture on the West Coast and I have also written to the Fisheries Minister calling her to work with Marine Harvest and other companies to assist with the transition to closed containment farming.

I want to assure you that I take these issues very seriously. I would be happy receive any links to resources that are available to you.

Again, thank you for writing, and please feel free to get in touch in the future.

Sincerely,

Fin Donnelly
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Fin Donnely, MP
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E-mail: Donnelly.F@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Donnelly;

I hope all is well with you back in Ottawa after the Olympic break. It was wonderful to see how well so many of our Canadian athletes fared. There must be a great satisfaction with the success of the "Own the Podium" program and I hope you can find ways to continue to create great representatives for Canada, both here and in the eyes of the world.

I have previously communicated with my local MP, Mr. Ron Cannan, about my concerns over the situation on the B.C. coast as regards the impact of fish farms on wild salmon stocks. I received an email from the Honourable Minister Gail Shea at the end of January detailing some of the work (both ongoing and in process) that is being done to protect marine area's in Canada. It is encouraging to know that our representatives are making real efforts to protect Canada's natural resources. Regrettably, there was no direct mention of the plight of the wild pacific salmon in the Honourable Minister's correspondence. Given that there is only two days to set the agenda I'm asking for your help in making sure that the committee revisits the impact of salmon farming on wild fish in Canada.

There have been a number of very troubling developments in this area since last year; sea lice developing drug resistance to "slice", escapes of Atlantic salmon from the feedlots, ISA infections, and other disturbing issues. In trying to study this issue, one trend seems to be manifesting itself more and more; the Norwegian owned fish farm companies are leaving a trail of destruction everywhere they operate. One country's (wild) fishing industry after another is being wiped out by the effects of their fish farms. The pattern seems to repeat itself over and over.

I hope you can ensure the committee takes the time to put Canada's interest ahead of the Norwegian fish farms. They are having a dramatic and unfavorable effect on the Wild Pacific salmon in B.C. and a host of other ill environmental effects as well. I won't even attempt to detail all the issues with salmon farming; it's over my head (from a scientific perspective). I trust the committee will fully investigate all of the claims being made (on both sides of the issue) and make a recommendation based on the science. Any decision that is merely based on an industry's profit or bottom line will be suspect. The Norwegian fish farms have not been good stewards of the oceans to date and there is little to indicate that they are prepared to improve their behaviour. Quite simply, it's time for them to leave.

I would be happy to send you links to some of the resources that are available if you like. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.

Best regards;


CC; Minister of Fisheries & Oceans
Gail Shea, M.P.

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DFO withdraws approval of fish farm expansion
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Alex Morton and a group of us have decided to do a large Migration. It's called the Get Out Migration. We are walking from our homes on Malcom Island to Victoria, British Columbia (~500kms) to raise awareness to our government about the importance of wild salmon and to demand that salmon farms get off the migration routes of wild salmon, because they cause disease epidemics and pollute the nearshore habitat. We are walking from April 22 to May 9. On May 9 we'll arrive in Victoria and will walk to the Parliament building where we will be received by MP Finn Donnelly. He'll receive our petitions and celebrate wild salmon with us. It is important he sees the efforts of the walk, but also on the internet and around the world.

The whole point of this is to stand up and be counted - whether that is electronically, in written form or in person. People across Vancouver Island (and the world) are being amazing - inviting us into their homes, planning their own Migrations to join up with us, booking community halls for Salmon Celebrations...it's going to be two intense but beautiful weeks on the road and on-line.


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An excerpt from a letter in the Courier Islander today:
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So how does one tell good, solid science from "pseudo-science?". Well, good science should be published and peer reviewed in a journal that is respected within the scientific community. There are all sorts of journals (also of varying levels) that papers can be published in. The most difficult journals to get published in are ones like "Science" or "Nature", as these are the most respected journals in the world. The vast majority of scientists will never dream of getting their work published in these journals; it is an extremely rigorous review process, denying thousands of submissions.
Only the very best science in the world stands a chance of being published there. For example, in Dec 2007 Martin Krkosek, PhD and Morton had their research published in the journal "Science" outlining the future collapse of wild salmon in BC in the near future due to sea lice, and yet DFO, government and industry tried to call it pseudo-science.


An older article I had not seen here
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Sea lice dispute escalates into an Ivory Tower punch-up.
Five scientists who predict the extinction of pink salmon in the Broughton archipelago if sea lice associated with fish farms are not controlled have published a withering rebuttal of counterclaims by two other scientists who challenged their case


Another perspective, from First Nations here
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As a carnivorous species, salmon consume 3-3.5kg of fish meal for every 1kg of salmon that reaches market (Naylor, 2000).
We must look at lower trophic level fish species that are herbivorous and require fewer resources to grow such as carp, tilapia and catfish

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 Post subject: Re: Alex Morton Launches Petition
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Royal-backed UK group calls results of salmon farming: ‘a devastating catalogue of malpractice'

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The report accuses the salmon farming industry in Scotland “of precipitating an environmental disaster” and calls on government for the immediate implementation of a survival plan to save wild stocks.

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Fish farming urgently needs to be reformed. That's not some radical environmental group saying that, but an organization backed by Prince Charles and The Duke of Northumberland.


Globe & Mail story on report by The Salmon & Trout Association of the United Kingdom

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 Post subject: Gordon Moore thinks open cage aquaculture is a bad idea
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Vivian Krause has stated that several US foundations have funded environmentalists in a campaign against fish farms, in an article in the Courier Islander. I tracked down the names of 3 foundations here.
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Using public information sources Ms. Krause discovered that in the recent past a group of U.S. Foundations – in particular the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts -- have poured more than $100 million (she says over $126) million into B.C. organizations that have campaigned against open net-cage salmon farming.

Let's look at these people/foundations:
Gordon Moore was a co-founder of Intel. He coined Moore's law. Wiki says his net worth was 3.7 billion in 2008. He has donated $800 million dollars to Caltech. Wikipedia

David Packard was a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan, and left $4 billion to the Packard Foundation. Packard gave $68 million to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Wikipedia

The Pew Charitable Trusts were founded by adult children of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew. Wikipedia
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The Trusts, with other groups, backed an effort to create marine protected areas in the Pacific Ocean, near the Marinas Islands. The protect area was officially designated in January 2009, and includes the Mariana Trench, the deepest ocean canyon in the world. Another marine protected area that the Trusts and other groups sought to protect is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument which was protected by President Bush in 2006.

Let's assume Vivian Krause is correct, that Gordon Moore gave lots of money to environmentalists in an effort to stop open cage fish farms. Would Gordon Moore receive any financial benefit from the Alaskan fish ranchers ... I doubt it, he's already rich. Would Gordon Moore be trying to scuttle aquaculture for ego reasons ... I doubt it, he's already famous. Did I mention that he is brilliant? When a really smart guy says that something is a bad idea ... it's probably a bad idea.

My take on this story:
A brilliant, rich, and famous guy thinks open cage aquaculture is a bad idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Alex Morton Launches Petition
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Received this in my e-mail today from Ms. Morton. Good stuff.

Department of Justice lays charges against fish farm company

Unlawful by-catch of wild salmon by Norwegian fish farm company


(April 20, 2010, Port Hardy) Today, Todd Gerhart of the Department of Justice, stayed charges laid by biologist Alexandra Morton against Marine Harvest, the largest Norwegian fish farm company in the world, for unlawful possession of wild salmon. In a landmark initiative Gerhart advised the Court that on April 16, 2010, DOJ filed a new indictment against Marine Harvest, including the original charges laid by Alexandra Morton as well as new charges for unlawful possession of herring reported in October 2009. Mr. Gerhart will be the prosecutor.

Morton and her lawyer Jeffery Jones are relieved. “It is my strong opinion,” says Mr. Jones, a former Crown Prosecutor for DOJ, “that this industry was given access to the BC coast and appears to have been conducting itself as if it were above the law. Today’s decision by Mr. Gerhart and the Department of Justice confirms that no corporation is above the law. This is why private prosecutions are important democratic safeguards. Ms. Morton’s prosecution has triggered enforcement action by DOJ. I am extremely pleased by Mr. Gerhart’s decision.”

In June of 2009, young wild salmon were observed falling from a load of farm salmon being off-loaded from Marine Harvest’s vessel Orca Warrior. Some of these fish were collected and Marine Harvest admitted in the newspaper to catching the wild salmon. “By-catch” is fish caught without a licence in the process of fishing for other species. By-catch is strictly controlled in all other fisheries and in some cases causes entire fisheries to be shut down.

“For decades we have heard reports of wild fish trapped in fish farms, eaten by the farm fish and destroyed during harvest,” says biologist Alexandra Morton, “but when DFO was informed of these offenses they would not, or could not, lay a charge. Canada cannot manage wild fish like this. You can’t regulate commercial and sport fishermen and then allow another group unlimited access to the same resource. BC will lose its wild fish.”

In 1993, the Pacific Fishery Regulations exempted salmon farms from virtually all fishing regulations. Unlike commercial fishermen, salmon farmers can use bright lights known to attract wild fish. The oily food pellets they use also attract fish and wildlife. Commercial fishermen are required to pay for observers and cameras on their vessels that record by-catch, so that fishing can be halted to preserve non-targeted stocks. No such enforcement has been applied to salmon farmers, despite regular reports of black cod, rock cod, herring, lingcod, wild salmon, Pollock, capelin and other species in the pens, in stomachs of the farmed fish and destroyed at harvest time….Until now.

“This is a ray of hope that we can work through the issue of Norwegian salmon farming in BC waters. I am thankful to hand this over to the Department of Justice. Aquaculture is not the problem. The problem is the reckless way government sited it, managed it and gave it priority over the public fisheries. I call on government to protect the families now dependant on this industry as it undergoes the long overdue scrutiny of the courts, the judicial inquiry and public opinion.“

Alexandra Morton 250-974-7086

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(quote from Campbell River Mirror) http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_is ... 69459.html
"Krause said that since 2003, when the campaigns against farmed salmon gained momentum, many stores and restaurants have switched to sell wild salmon. And since then, she added, the value of Alaskan wild salmon sold has increased from $125 million in 2002 to $409 million in 2008."


Pretty damning. We're talking $284 million worth of business for Alaska Salmon fisheries as a result of the campaign against fish farms.

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 Post subject: the Get Out Migration
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B__XVytvYw

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This is perhaps of broader interest, but in the same vein - the recent Cochabama Declaration:
http://lposka.7ich.com/home/cochabamba-declaration

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 Post subject: Get Out Migration in Victoria
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Here's a shot of the Migration at the legislature
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And here's a larger version:
http://www.salmonaresacred.org/sites/default/files/userfiles/image/thousands%20and%20thousands.jpg

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Government memos reveal fish farmers pressured government to keep sea lice drugs secret, six years before biologist Alexandra Morton made it public.

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A series of government memos reveal a heated debate in 1995 over a sea louse outbreak on a farm salmon on the Fraser sockeye migration route (Okisollo Channel). In 1995, a salmon farm requested permission to use hydrogen peroxide to treat an extremely heavy outbreak of sea lice on their fish. When the Ministry of Environment, Parks and Lands (MELP) informed the company that their drug application would have to be released to the public, the fish farmer withdrew the request.

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http://www.salmonaresacred.org/blog/sea-lice-pesticides-kept-secret
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Do I trust the government? NO!
Do I trust the fish farm corporations? NO!

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