Feds Deaf on Fish Farm Hazards to Wild Salmon

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Ask Feds to Fix Fish Farm Rules
by Denise Savioe, MP NDP
Dear constituents; Our BC wild salmon are facing a big legal hurdle to their survival, and this time it’s a hurdle being erected by the government in Ottawa. I need your help to get the attention of the Minister of Fisheries and prevent the adoption of Harper’s proposed aquaculture regulations before their September 8 deadline.
 
You will remember the 5,000-citizen rally that we held in Victoria just three months ago, the climax of Alexandra Morton’s ‘Get-Out Migration’. Well, last month, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) put out what it considered to be adequate rules for the licensing of fish farms in BC.
 
They might as well have been written on another planet – if not in Norway – so disconnected are they from what our ‘Salmon are Sacred‘ movement called for.
 
 
Mark your calendars: the Cohen Commission on salmon will hold a public forum
in Victoria on September 16, starting at 6:30pm, at the Hotel Grand Pacific.  
 
Harper’s regulations fail to take into account the research of Alexandra and other Island scientists, and they entirely skirt one potential solution, our NDP Bill C-518 (click to sign petition to ask the feds to help fish farmers make a transition to closed containment systems).

Instead, the regulations would allow salmon feedlots to get licensed without proper environmental assessment. As Alexandra says, “These are the only feedlots that never have to shovel manure and chemical waste as it flows conveniently into public waters.”

It is the constitutional responsibility of the federal government to protect our part of the Pacific from harmful alteration and disruption, because such harm ultimately affects all of us.
 
The Minister must accept this responsibility and rewrite Pacific Aquaculture Regulations – for the good of the fish, their habitat, our coast and our communities.

Write or email the Minister at:

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The Honourable Gail Shea
House of Commons
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0A6

Please copy me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), as well as DFO’s public input address:

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Sincerely,

Denise

 
 

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