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Is Clare Backman of Marine Harvest a liar?

On page A10 of the Courier Islander Wed June 2, 2010, is a letter from Clare Backman which contains the sentence "Salmon farms are anything but secret about their businesses".
http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/news/letters/story.html?id=12bb5326-0cf2-415d-907a-43b22a4e7e48

Yet Order F10-06 of the Office of the Information & Privacy Commisioner for British Columbia contains this clause on page 24:
[96] Marine Harvest submits there are "no regulations or laws" which require it to release the information it gives to Ministry veterinarians or designates during on-site visits. It states that release of the requested information would result in (Marine Harvest) no longer supplying the requested information.
http://www.oipc.bc.ca/images/stories/orders/2010/OrderF10-06.pdf

Order F10-06 states that Marine Harvest wants to keep the health status of their fish a secret. Clare says they have no secrets. Who's the liar, Clare Backman or Michael McEnvoy? My money's on Clare.
Clare Backman is Director of Sustainability for Marine Harvest Canada.
Michael Envoy authored Order F10-06 and is an adjudicator with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC.

If Marine Harvest is lying now, then it is not unreasonable to suspect that they have been lying all along.

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 Post subject: More BS from Marine Harvest
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More BS from Marine Harvest

On the Marine Harvest website:
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Farm raised salmon are not a chronic disease risk to wild fish as confirmed through government health audit results showing 97% survival to harvest. (Mark Sheppard SCOFO testimony April 14, 2010)
http://www.marineharvestcanada.com/news042110.php

Let's look at Mark Sheppard's testimony:
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And when considering infectious agents or disease agents on those salmon farms, on average, the survival of the farmed salmon exceeds 97%
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However, not to dismiss the question, from an aquaculture perspective, as I said, with the infectious rate in farmed salmon and the survivor rate being over 97%, I do not foresee that the aquaculture industry has an effect on the Fraser River sockeye.
http://www.marineharvestcanada.com/documents/Mark_Sheppard_08_2010-04-14.pdf

Since 97% of the farmed salmon survive, there is no threat to wild salmon? What kind of BS logic is this? Farmed salmon receive vaccines in their food. Farmed salmon are large enough to survive sea lice. Don't these clowns know any science? Or are they just spin-doctors, trying to fool the average joe, just like the cigarette companies did for years?

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For those misguided persons who think Norwegian corporations care about wild fish, consider the following:

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Using the World Health Organization’s checklist for personality types and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Bakan concludes the corporation is a psychopathic personality. A corporation has a callous unconcern for the feelings of others; an incapacity to maintain enduring relationships; a reckless disregard for the safety of others; a pattern of deceitfulness; an incapacity to experience guilt; failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviour. This is the institution that we allow to govern all aspects of our lives.
http://www.zerowaste.ca/articles/column196.html

Watch The Corporation (2003) on youtube

Read an article with the film-makers from The Tyee

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 Post subject: Fish-farm sea lice more widespr
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Fish-farm sea lice more widespread than thought
more evidence of the evils of fish farming (scientific data in a Canadian peer-reviewed journal)

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Salmon farms are spatially concentrated reservoirs of fish host populations that can disrupt natural salmonid host–parasite dynamics. Sea lice frequently infect farm salmon and parasitize sympatric wild juvenile salmonids, with negative impacts on survival in Europe and Pacific Canada. We examined louse parasitism of wild juvenile chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) and pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) from three salmon farming regions in British Columbia (Finlayson, Broughton Archipelago, and Georgia Strait). We compared sites of low and high exposure to farms and included an area without farms (Bella Bella) to assess baseline infection levels. Louse prevalence and abundance were lowest and most similar to natural baseline levels at low-exposure sites and highest at high-exposure sites in all farm regions. A significantly greater proportion of the lice were Lepeophtheirus salmonis at high-exposure sites. Exposure to salmon farms was the only consistently significant factor to explain the variation in prevalence data, with a secondary role played by salinity. Our results support the hypothesis that salmon farms are a major source of sea lice on juvenile wild salmon in salmon farming regions and underscore the importance of using management techniques that mitigate threats to wild stocks.

a summary: CBC
another summary: The Tyee
the journal: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
the publication: Evidence of farm-induced parasite infestations on wild juvenile salmon in multiple regions of coastal British Columbia, Canada

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Interesting article in the National Post today about sea lice and the David Suzuki Foundation:

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/0 ... -sea-lice/


Why did the David Suzuki Foundation remove Web pages on the dangers of farmed salmon?

By Vivian Krause

For more than a decade, the David Suzuki Foundation has run an aggressive campaign against farmed salmon. “It’s poison!” David Suzuki told a conference in Toronto. “Phone your local hospitals and find out if farmed salmon is served to patients,” said a brochure from his foundation.

The Suzuki Foundation distributed a brochure titled Why You Shouldn’t Eat Farmed Salmon. It features David Suzuki’s photo prominently on the front page. Since last February, however, that brochure — along with 20 press releases and Web pages about salmon farming — have been quietly removed from the foundation’s website. Gone.

In a recent op-ed in The Vancouver Sun, moreover, the foundation’s marine expert, Jay Ritchlin, wrote: “Salmon farming has long been a controversial issue, especially in British Columbia. But is the tide starting to turn? We think it is.” After all these years of anti-salmon-farm activism, the David ­Suzuki Foundation appears to be softening its stance. But why?

Internet archives show that last February, 16 press releases and Web pages about salmon farming were removed merely hours after I put on my blog a detailed letter to David Suzuki in which I asked questions about the funding and scientific weakness of the Suzuki Foundation’s position.

Two claims have been at the heart of the campaign against farmed salmon. One is that farmed-salmon consumption should be limited because of high levels of contaminants such as PCBs. Mr. Ritchlin now says the levels of contaminants “have been reduced.” Farmed salmon, once “poison,” is apparently not so poisonous any more.

What Mr. Ritchlin didn’t mention is that contaminant levels in farmed ­salmon were never high to begin with. But that’s another story.

My focus here is on the other Suzuki claim, that sea lice from salmon farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon. Both claims stem from studies published in the prestigious journal Science and in both cases the research has been harshly criticized and refuted within the scientific community.

Even before sea lice research began, the David Suzuki Foundation claimed that sea lice from salmon farms had decimated wild pink salmon, leading to an “ecological disaster.”

One of the biggest problems with the alarm over sea lice is that it is at odds with the excellent returns of wild salmon in recent years. In 2000, despite 13 years of salmon farming in the vicinity, the return of wild pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago was the highest on record since the 1950s. The Broughton is ground zero in B.C.’s salmon-farming controversy. In 2009, in the very same area where extinction due to sea lice was predicted, wild pink salmon returns were so good that commercial fishing took place. In 2010, the return of Fraser sockeye was the best in nearly 100 years.

Sea lice research, partially funded and publicized by the David Suzuki Foundation, was done at the Centre for Mathematical Biology (CMB) at the University of Alberta. The lead researcher was Dr. Martin Krkosek, a graduate student. His supervisor was Dr. Mark Lewis. According to Dr. Krkosek, more than 500 news items reported the alarming conclusions of the CMB’s sea lice research.

The alleged danger of “farm-origin” sea lice is the basis of “Ingredients for Extinction,” the tag line of a boycott campaign by the David Suzuki Foundation and other environmental groups. This campaign sent more than 30,000 faxes to tell the CEO of Safeway to stop selling farmed salmon.

The David Suzuki Foundation has ­described its sea lice research as ­undeniable, compelling, irrefutable and proof. If the sea lice research from the Suzuki Foundation actually shows what the foundation claims, I would agree that salmon farms should be closed. But as I have explained in a ­series of detailed letters that I have sent to David Suzuki over the past four years, my opinion is that his sea lice ­research does not show what the foundation says it does.

The David Suzuki Foundation ­reported, “up to 95% of wild juvenile pink and chum salmon are dying from sea lice.” A huge number. But mortality in the wild was never measured and reported. Never. Hypothetical mortality estimates were computer-generated at that great salmon think-tank, the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Alberta. The published mortality prediction was actually estimated at between 9% and 95%. The David Suzuki Foundation selectively highlighted the prediction of up to 95% mortality, but downplayed the fact that the study suggested that mortality could be as low as 9% or even lower.

Sea lice are found on many species of wild fish, including herring. A method to trace the origin of sea lice is under development but currently does not exist, so it is methodologically impossible to distinguish between sea lice that originate from a fish farm and those that come from other wild fish. It follows that claims about “farm-origin” sea lice are flagrantly unsubstantiatable.

Back in 2007, thanks to Google, I unexpectedly found a University of Alberta document that reported that the sea lice researchers at the Centre for Mathematical Biology had “research partnerships” with a number of organizations which included SeaWeb, a U.S. environmental organization based in Maryland. This partnership was not mentioned in scientific publications.

SeaWeb gets money from a variety of interesting sources. Since 2000, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, based in California, has funded SeaWeb as part of its marine fisheries program. This program has a focus on “the U.S. Arctic,” which presumably is Alaska. U.S. tax returns show that Packard has paid SeaWeb $23-million since 2000. That included $9-million for a marketing strategy called Seafood Choices and $6-million for Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), a program that helped publicize the CMB’s Canadian sea lice research around the world.

At the same time that SeaWeb was funded to co-ordinate Seafood Choices, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded SeaWeb to co-ordinate an “anti-farming campaign” with “science messages” and “earned media.” The purpose of this campaign was “to shift consumer and retailer demand away from farmed salmon,” U.S. tax returns say.

When studies on both contaminants and sea lice were published in Science, the editor-in-chief was Dr. Donald Kennedy, a trustee of the Packard Foundation. The current editor, Dr. Bruce Alberts, is a trustee of the Moore Foundation.

The University of Alberta scientists reported that their sea lice research was funded by Ottawa’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and other sources. What the sea lice scientists didn’t mention is that some of the funding from the David Suzuki Foundation originated from the Moore Foundation, the same foundation that paid SeaWeb for the “anti-farming campaign” with “science messages” and “earned media.” The Moore Foundation, in an email to me, has said that it doesn’t know precisely how much of a $450,000 grant to the David Suzuki Foundation was re-granted to the CMB for its sea lice research, but that this amount was “less than $100,000.”

Given that for more than 10 years, the David Suzuki Foundation has played a leading role in fostering the opinion that sea lice from salmon farms are a serious threat to wild salmon, it is not good enough for the foundation to simply and quietly remove the press releases that started the whole sea lice controversy in the first place.

My hope is that David Suzuki is big enough to admit that contrary to his foundation’s claims that were broadcast far and wide, its sea lice research never did show that sea lice originating from salmon farms cause high levels of mortality among juvenile salmon in the wild.

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 Post subject: Re: Alex Morton Launches Petition
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Here's a graph showing that fish farms reduce their numbers of sea lice during the wild salmon out migration period. Fewer sea lice at the farms -> fewer sea lice on the smolts -> larger returns.

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More likely its eutrophication due to algae blooms fed by all the fecal matter than from sea lice.

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Don't know if anyone is following the Cohen Commission Hearings but it's pretty interesting. If you haven't already done so, take a look at Alexandra's blog for her daily updates:

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

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I am surprised that anyone would take what The National Post and The Financial Post have to say about any environmental issue with an ounce of credibility. They are a business first newspaper (just look at the ownership) who over the years in editorial stance have denied the existence of global warming, support the Alberta oil sands and the new pipeline to the USA and if I recall correctly see nothing wrong with heavy oil tanker traffic along the BC coast. Seriously can we take what they say as an unbiased source for any fair review or potential criticism of the subject of fish farms? As for Ms Krause one has to just look at her blog to know where her agenda lies. On all of the above issues she takes the conservative, anti-environmental stance, she is well matched with The Financial Post, they are kindred spirits.


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Interesting summation of yesterday's Cohen Commision hearing from Damien Gillis at:

http://thecanadian.org/k2/item/1013-coh ... juggernaut

Hopefully, someone who can right this whole mess is listening.

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BC fish farms killed 37 harbour seals, 141 california sea lions, and 2 stellar sea lions during the first quarter of 2011.

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquacultur ... T1-eng.htm
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Alexandra Morton's submission to the Cohen commission:
http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/Mort ... 318%29.pdf

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The biology of the fluctuating Fraser sockeye returns is a pattern of exceptional clarity. With healthy sockeye runs occurring in the Columbia River, the sockeye of western Vancouver Island that migrate through Port Alberni Inlet, where there are no salmon farms, and even in the Harrison sockeye which originate from the Fraser River, but avoid the clusters of salmon farms by migrating to sea around southern Vancouver Island, our attention is drawn to the waters off eastern Vancouver Island. It is only the salmon that swim through those waters that are fluctuating unpredictably. The evidence herein suggests the unknown variable/s are salmon farm-origin pathogens.

Alexandra presents a convincing argument in the 61 pages of data, excerpts from scientific literature, and emails.

There is a condensed version at
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This and many other issues affect every trip that I take on the waters of the West Coast. As kayakers, we are close to the areas most at risk to damage from an oil spill. I do not trust even the best intentioned companies to protect these waters from being destroyed by a tanker spill. Without the pristene shores, the abundant wildlife and the nature all around me, I might as well stay home.

I support the posting of these issues wholehearedly but for those feeling overwhelmed, offended or don't share the views of those posting them, might I suggest a seperate discussion page titled " Causes affecting Kayakers", or simply " Petitions" .


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Infectious Salmon Anemia virus has been found in two young sockeye salmon from Rivers inlet.
The ISA virus killed 70% of the farm salmon in Chile in 2007.
http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alex ... ckeye.html

Dr. Rick Routledge of Simon Fraser University is in charge of the study.
http://people.stat.sfu.ca/~routledg/rivers.htm

The lab results:
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virus story now reported in the vancouver sun:

Wild B.C. salmon test positive for 'lethal' virus linked to fish farms


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If true, this is rather sad...


http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Government+agencies+failing+protect+wild+salmon/5748331/story.html

Government agencies failing to protect wild salmon

By Ruby Berry, Vancouver Sun November 22, 2011

Recent reports of the presence of the deadly ISA virus in B.C. wild salmon seem to have alarmed everyone except those meant to be taking care of the wild salmon.

Rather than taking immediate measures to determine the extent of this threat, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency leaped to discredit the findings and assure international markets that all is well in Canadian waters. Unfortunately, their claim rests on inconclusive evidence and degraded samples.

Instead of launching an emergency investigation into this potential disaster, the federal government has announced a million dollar grant to the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance for international advertising. It appears that the health of B.C. waters, and the wild salmon is not the priority of the federal government after all.

Ruby Berry Georgia Strait Alliance, Nanaimo

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Well considering the source I'd give it a 20% chance of this being true on the truth and the sky is falling gauge.. Seriously, whether people want to hear this or not, the majority are starting to roll their eye's whenever a "concerned" organization like this speaks out.

And can you blame people? The Foy's, Watsons and Suzuki's have been telling Lie's, half truths and on more than one occasion out right lied. Take Suzuki's recent lies about the wild salmon being infected from farmed salmon at 95% chance infection when the number was actually 5% to 95%,, meaning no one knew for sure, and than have a 100 year record salmon run and Suzuki quietly shredding and deleting his lies from his website. People notice this stuff. Gov. know and see this and they'll take the safe road everytime.

Want to get my attention, start telling the truth because as it sits right now even if they are i'd tend not to believe...


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Canada kept detection of salmon virus secret
A decade before this fall's salmon-virus scare, a Canadian government researcher said she found a similar virus in more than 100 wild fish from Alaska to Vancouver Island. But Canadian officials never told the public or scientists in the United States about those tests.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... us30m.html

Front page headline of this mornings read caught my attention, read article to the end, dosen't seem as doom and gloom as the headline suggests.

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The article mentions a concern that has existed for some time:
"Environmentalists in Canada and some U.S. politicians worry that Fisheries and Oceans Canada may be ill-equipped to deal aggressively with the risk because it's responsible both for protecting the country's wild fish and for promoting British Columbia's salmon farms."

This intrinsic conflict of interest needs to be removed. Science and marketing make poor bedfellows.

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Gov't emails call virus information a PR problem:
the reason comes is in this quote from the article:
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"Because aquaculture is a business, of course, the virus or the pathogen ... is a problem," he said. "As far as I know, the spread of diseases is the most feared threat to aquaculture."

fromhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/12/17/bc-cohen-commission-salmon.html
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. . . that virus isn't her greatest concern, she (Miller) said. She testified she has also found signs of another virus unknown in Canadian fish that causes a condition called heart and skeletal muscle inflammation. She said those results from migrating wild sockeye salmon came back in early testing, and have not yet been shared with officials or been made public.


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Norwegian company Marine Harvest, pleads "guilty" to illegal possession of wild fish.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2012/01/marine-harvest-pleads-guilty.html

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Alexandra in the Seattle Times newspaper:

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Not sure if this proposed legislation is a problem. Aren't all things fish farm regulated at federal level? But I notice Dan's article makes mention of it too...

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/7174 ... 66c9a0128/

http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/1st_read/gov37-1.htm

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