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Mainstream seems to think this latest outbreak might have been caused by “migrating salmon”. Yet a 2006 study of the 2001-2003 IHN epidemic which affected 10 Mainstream farms in Clayoquot Sound found that once one farm experienced an IHN outbreak, outbreaks on other farms followed."Mainstream believes that wild fish are infecting their farmed salmon. Many British Columbians are concerned that farmed salmon are transmitting deadly diseases to wild salmon", said Friends of Clayoquot Sound executive director Dan Lewis. "One simple solution to both these concerns is to move the farms out of the ocean into closed-containment systems".
As a result of the May outbreak, over 500,000 farmed salmon were destroyed. Mainstream Canada is currently looking into the possibility of compensation from the federal government or its insurance provider, according to Norwegian parent company Cermaq's CEO Jon Hindar. In May, Gary Marty, BC Ministry of Agriculture fish pathologist, stated "Vaccines for IHN are available, but Mainstream Canada did not vaccinate fish at the company's Dixon Bay farm".
"Why should Canadian taxpayers bear the burden of Mainstream's questionable business practices?" asks Bonny Glambeck of Friends of Clayoquot Sound. "Mainstream could have vaccinated those fish against this known disease. They didn't, and now they want a bail-out from Canadian taxpayers."
Mainstream Canada is currently applying for a controversial new salmon farm tenure near Plover Point on Meares Island in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Transport Canada has completed its environmental assessment of the application and has issued an approval. Mainstream is currently awaiting approvals from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and from the province of BC for the seabed lease.The Friends of Clayoquot Sound, founded in 1979, is an environmental organization with a mandate to protect the ancient temperate rainforest and marine environments of Clayoquot Sound. MEDIA RELEASE
For more information please contact:
Bonny Glambeck — Campaigns Director, 250-726-5100
Dan Lewis — Executive Director, 250-726-8136