Canada salmon farming/government conflict of interest: Speak Out Today

Canada salmon farming/government conflict of interest:

Speak out today

From: "The David Suzuki Foundation"
Subject: Salmon farming/government conflict of interest: Speak Out Today
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003

Since its inception in 1990, the Suzuki Foundation has highlighted the
cozy relationship between federal and provincial fisheries ministries and
the salmon farming industry.

Last night (Feb. 4), on the CBC TV program Disclosure, the depth of the
federal and British Columbia governments conflict of responsibilities was
revealed, including the recent forced resignation of BC Fisheries Minister
John van Dongen for his handling of a salmon-farming file. If you did not
see the program, you can watch it online and read about it at
(http://cbc.ca/disclosure/).

The governments of Canada and British Columbia must be told that Canadians
expect fairness and equal treatment for all business sectors, and that
this is not happening in the case of the salmon-farming - floating
feedlot - industry. Please tell federal Fisheries Minister Robert Thibault
that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans must stop promoting salmon
farming and instead comply with its mandate to enforce the Fisheries Act.
Write to Minister Thibault at min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, Thibault.R@parl.gc.ca.

The government of British Columbia lifted the seven-year ban on new salmon
farms last fall, which means BC waters are open to a proliferation of
floating net cages as far as the Alaska panhandle. Last year, an epidemic
of sea lice decimated pink salmon runs in the Broughton Archipelago off
the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. The Pacific Fisheries Resource
Conservation Council (PFRCC), an independent watchdog organization
appointed by the federal fisheries minister and headed by former
Conservative Fisheries Minister John Fraser, issued a report last December
saying sea lice were definitely linked to the decline and that there is
extremely suggestive circumstantial evidence that the lice are associated
with salmon farms.

Please write to BC Premier Gordon Campbell and tell him that no new salmon
farms should be allowed in BC waters until problems like sea lice
epidemics and ongoing escapes of fish from salmon farms are remedied.
Write to the premier at premier@gov.bc.ca

Please tell both Minister Thibault and Premier Campbell that you are
deeply concerned about the information broadcast on Disclosure and that
our governments must stop acting as the promotional arm of the salmon
farming industry.

THANK YOU for your action. More information is available at
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Oceans/.




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