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Briefing - First Nations can stop diseased farmed salmon

May 27th, 2016

Briefing: Significance to First Nations - DFO announces new farmed salmon disease May 23, 2016 Lawsuit that triggered the announcement June 2015 - Federal Court struck down conditions of licence permitting Marine Harvest to transfer farmed salmon infected with disease into open net pens. The court ruled this activity was harmful to the protection of fish and unlawful according to the Fisheries Act. Both DFO and Marine Harvest immediately appealed this decision. The hearing date was set for May 26, 2016 in Calgary. One week before the hearing DFO suddenly asked for a five-month adjournment to consider “new information.” Three days later (May 20, 2016), DFO held a technical briefing to announce that the piscine reovirus appears to cause heart disease in farmed salmon in B.C. Significance 70-90% of farmed salmon in B.C. appear to be infected with piscine reovirus. DFO announced piscine reovirus appears to cause disease. The Federal Court of Canada ruled diseased fish cannot be put in ocean farms. Therefore, the industry should not put piscine reovirus infected fish in their farms. Does the salmon farming industry have enough fish that are piscine reovirus-free to legally continue farming salmon in B.C.? Potential Response First Nations demand emergency authority to oversee immediate sampling of farmed salmon for piscine reovirus...

DFO confirms heart disease is present in BC farmed salmon

May 20th, 2016

In a technical briefing was held by phone-in only Dr. Kristi Miller of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They confirmed for the first time that the disease Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) was diagnosed in farmed Atlantic salmon in a farm in the Johnston Strait area of British Columbia. This is a very important finding because the virus associated with this disease, piscine reovirus (PRV), is widespread...

Case Adjourned! DFO Blinks.

May 19th, 2016

On Friday the 13th, the lawyer for Fisheries and Ocean wrote to my lawyers at Ecojustice asking if the appeal against me could be adjourned until some time in October. This took everyone by surprise, because only a few weeks ago the same lawyer was in such a hurry that we could not wait for a court date in Vancouver and the hearing date was...

Why is DFO taking me to court?

May 6th, 2016

Last year I won a legal decision (thank you Ecojustice) prohibiting further transfer of farmed salmon carrying diseases into marine net-pens on the BC coast. While common sense suggests putting diseased Atlantic farm salmon in the Pacific ocean is a bad idea, the Harper government and Marine Harvest appealed the decision. We came to expect this kind action from Harper, but here's the shocker....

"Legislate the removal of caged salmon from our oceans"

April 12th, 2016

On March 29, 2016 a landmark Petition to the Government of Canada was sponsored by Canadian Liberal MP Bernadette Jordan. While our new Minister of Fisheries is beginning to repeat the meaningless statements of the previous Ministers who brought this industry to this country, Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan has given us the opportunity to set the record straight on how we feel about other...

Open Letter to the Honourable Minister Hunter Tootoo

April 6th, 2016

April 5, 2016 To the Honourable Minister Hunter Thank you for your response of April 5, 2016. I am sorry that you won’t meet with me. I would like to better state my case. Indeed, you have been given an excellent mandate, but I have reason for concern that the bureaucratic structure you inherited may be having difficulty making the transition. As a result, I...

BC Salmon Farmers dodge responsibility for sea lice

February 24th, 2016

The Jan 2016 BC Salmon Farmers (BCSFA) report on sea lice[1] attempts to make the case that salmon farms are not the cause of sea louse infection on juvenile wild salmon in BC and that sea lice do not impact juvenile wild salmon. Their report has no name, there is no author, it is not published and there are substantive flaws. To achieve their conclusions, the...

Discovery of a new strain of ISA virus in BC

January 9th, 2016

On January 6, 2016 my co-authors and I published on a new variant of the Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus (ISAV) in BC. Included were the results we released back in 2011, but now we have tested 1,105 salmon and one sea louse. We never found the whole virus, but we found fragments. We are not the only scientists to detect ISAV in British Columbia, but...

International salmon farming news: fraud, cheating, fines, prison

November 14th, 2015

While the negative impact of salmon farms on wild fisheries and coastal communities has become increasingly well known, recent reporting on the international salmon farming describes an industry that has lost its moral compass. The relentless growth of sea lice, viruses and bacteria, causing illegal and excessive drug use and cheating reveals farming salmon in the ocean is not working. Do we let this industry...

Norway - 3 strikes your salmon farmers are out!

October 25th, 2015

Marine Harvest sponsors girl’s soccer team and 14 year old player who stands up for wild salmon is muzzled The Norwegian salmon farming industry using the waters of BC to grow Atlantic salmon has been problem from the start, but in the past 4 months, the industry has sunk to new lows. This week there are reports that a 14 year-old girl on an elite...