Dan Maclennan, Courier-Islander
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
A host of environmental, recreation and tourism organizations are calling on Ottawa to shut down three fish farms to create an emergency corridor for out-migrating wild salmon smolts.“In light of the collapse of most Fraser River sockeye stocks in 2009, and a suggested link to impacts from disease and sea lice from salmon farms, we the undersigned call on the Federal government to implement emergency measures required to protect migrating wild salmon in 2010,” states a March 1 letter to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea from Alexandra Morton, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Georgia Straight Alliance, the Living Oceans Society, the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, the Ritchie Foundation, the Save Our Salmon Marine Conservation Foundation, the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and the Wilderness Tourism Association.
“The finfish aquaculture regulations, as they currently exist in BC, are inadequate to protect wild salmon, as they do not address the impacts that open net cage salmon farms have on the wild salmon stocks. For example, there are no requirements in the current provincial regulations for the salmon farming industry to monitor the health of juvenile wild salmon for impacts due to disease and sea lice around farms during their out-migration.”
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