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Salmon Farming Kills – Global Health
Warning Issued on Farmed Salmon
by GAAIA
Vancouver, British Columbia - The newly-formed Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture(GAAIA) this week launched a smoking hot international campaign against Big Aquaculture.
 
 
  ‘Salmon Farming Kills’ employs similar graphic imagery to the ‘Smoking Kills’ campaigns against Big Tobacco and warns of the dangers of salmon farming.  Next month (February), GAAIA will issue a new report on salmon - ‘Smoke on the Water, Cancer on the Coast’ - followed by reports on shrimp, tuna and GE fish. 
 
“Salmon farming kills around the world and should carry a global health warning,” said Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA in British Columbia. 
 
“As good global citizens we need to face the fact that salmon farming seriously damages human health, the health of our global ocean and the health of wild fish. 
 
Salmon farming is spreading in Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada, Ireland, the Faroes, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and now in Russia like a malignant cancer on our coasts.  Quit salmon farming now and help stub out farmed salmon from the face of our precious planet.” 
 
Expensive PR campaigns promoting farmed salmon as ‘safe’ and ‘sustainable’ serve only to raise the alarm that salmon farms harm,” said Kurt Oddekalv, leader of Norges Miljøvernforbund (Green Warriors of Norway) in Norway. 
 
“Salmon farmers are shooting themselves in the foot by denying peer-reviewed scientific evidence detailing human health and environment risks.  Here in Norway the industry is on death row with infectious diseases, sea lice infestations, chemical resistance, escapes and depleted fish feed issues looming as the last nails in the coffin.”     
 
“By draining our Southeast Pacific oceans of wild fish for feed, Norwegian-owned salmon farmers are robbing Pedro to pay John and stealing fish out of the mouths of Latin Americans,” said Juan Carlos Cardenas, a veterinary doctor and Director of Ecoceanos in Chile. 
 
“This lethal industry has been responsible for the deaths of divers and sixty four workers as well as hundreds of sea lions and other marine birds and mammals. The bad practices of Norwegian companies operating here in Chile provoked the most important sanitary, environmental and social crisis in the south Chilean coastal regions where 20,000 jobs have been destroyed during the last three years.  The industry has blood on their hands and ought to hang their heads in shame.”

“If the fish farmers want to play the same game as the cigarette manufacturers did for many years and live in denial they’re welcome to it but it’s not going to give rise to any solutions,” said Canadian biologist Otto Langer (quoted in the documentary film Farmed Salmon Exposed: The Global Reach of the Norwegian salmon farming industrywhich was screened in Paris during last year’s Seafood Summit and at film festivals around the world). 
 
“I would never feed a child farmed salmon,” said Canadian scientist David Suzuki (as quoted in The Toronto Star). “It’s poison!"
 
GAAIA is an international network dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. GAAIA recognizes that salmon, shrimp, tuna and 'Frankenfish' farming jeopardizes sustainable and safe seafood production. 
 

 
 
Press Releases
Press Release issued by the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture: www.gaaia.org
Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA is attending the Seafood Summit - ‘Responsibility Without Borders?’ – in Vancouver (31 January – 2 February). 

 
For more details on GAAIA please visit: www.gaaia.org
 
For more details on ‘Salmon Farming Kills’ including photos please visit: http://www.gaaia.org/salmon-farming-kills
 
 
Contacts: 
 
Don Staniford, global coordinator for the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (+1 604 787 3390 in Vancouver; and +44 7502 487613 – in UK)
 
Juan Carlos Cardenas, Director of Ecoceanos: +56-2-2053855 (in Chile)
 
Kurt Oddekalv, Leader of Norges Miljøvernforbund (Green Warriors of Norway): +47 90 89 22 68 and +47 917 04 361 (in Norway)


 

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