Sunday, December 13, 2009

Words from a local hero


Last week I attended two meetings that taught me a great deal.

At the Fraser Sockeye Simon Fraser University Think Tank we recommended experimentally removing farmed salmon from sockeye migration routes. I heard that Ottawa is abandoning wild Pacific salmon because they don’t see their value.

At the National Aquaculture Strategic Action Plan Initiative meeting in Campbell River to write the DFO regulations required in the wake of our BC Supreme Court win I learned that fish farmers are reluctant to release disease information because it could lower the value of their stock market shares.

I also learned that the Canadian land-based salmon farmers, in operation for 60 years, cannot even get a meeting with the provincial government. Could this be because they are a threat to the Norwegian fish farmers?

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