Ask Feds to Fix
Fish Farm Rules
by Denise Savioe, MP NDP
ear 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
. 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
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
– 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
on September 16, starting at 6:30pm, at the Hotel Grand Pacific.
arper’s regulations fail to take into account the
research of Alexandra and other Island scientists, and they entirely skirt one
potential solution, our NDP
(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:
The Honourable Gail Shea
House of Commons
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
as well as DFO’s public input address: