Sirs: We of the Women’s Party are not satisfied with our correspondence with you concerning Genetically Modified Salmon.
In the first place, we are of the opinion that this matter rests squarely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans as well as with the Ministry of the Environment. Of course this also eventually concerns the Ministry of Health but as Ms Aglukkagq seems to have passed the buck completely in her reply to the Women’s Party on the matter, we will simply concentrate on the two federal government departments that are most directly and immediately affected by the keeping of GMO fish in West Vancouver and the question of how they got there, and why the public was not notified of their arrival or their presence.
As mentioned, we strongly feel that the DFO is instrumental in everything that goes on in the fisheries of British Columbia. All fish farms are now directly under the attention and control of the DFO (since 2009). And of course, the mutant fish that are being prepared to be released into the fish farms of BC should everything go well with the approval process in the United States, comes under the care and control of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. To pretend otherwise would be to insult our intelligence so please don’t do that.
We know according to Dr. E.M. Donaldson, DFO (and others) that fish on BC fish farms have been literally sex changed, primarily by treatment with estrogen, due to the fish farms demand for all female fish in the pens in order to cut their losses . These losses occur by the phenomenon of a large percentage of males “jacking” early and dying before harvest. We also know according to Dr. E.M. Donaldson, DFO (and others) that fish are being released into the rivers and even open waters of BC that have been sterilized and pumped full of estrogen. As these fish then do not go into the reproduction cycle they grow unnaturally bloated and fat for the tourists as well as for market.
We have also asked for a risk assessment on the mutant GMO fish being raised in West Vancouver (Jan. 19, 2012) We hope to hear from both of your departments in full in the near future. Thank you for your attention.
Betty Krawczyk (Writing for the Women’s Party)
The Honourable Leona Aglukkasq PC, MP
The Honourable John Weston, MP