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Washington State Passes Bill to Phase out Atlantic Salmon Farms!!!

March 3rd, 2018

March 2, 2018 was a day of nail-biting suspense. Washington State House Bill 2957 to phase out Atlantic salmon farming was on the order papers for an early vote, but then simply disappeared from the roster. It reappeared late in the day with 25 new amendments attached to it like sea lice! The senators in favour of this bill made sure to raise it just before the cut-off at 5pm and so were granted the opportunity to debate and vote on each amendment for as long as was required. It was painful to watch the opposing senators stand up and plead a yes vote on each amendment, so as to force the bill back through another round of approvals. At 4:15pm the Seattle Times reported that Cooke Aquaculture (the sole operator in the state) spent $72,000 on lobbyists, signing three new ones in the past week to defeat the bill. I wondered what did it take to get the senators to stand and make such ill-thought out performances? However, every amendment was defeated, several were removed without voting. A senator out of breath rose to claim that Bill 2957 was in violation of rule 25. The...

Piscine reovirus - the science is failing us.

February 26th, 2018

February 25, 2018 Dear Dr. Kyle Garver: Piscine reovirus (PRV) is an emerging pathogen of interest on the west coast of North America, however assessment of its risk to wild salmon is impossible because opposite conclusions have now been published in the scientific literature; 1.) PRV is endemic to this coast and harmless and 2.) PRV is Norwegian, causes the disease HSMI in Atlantic farm salmon and...

Update on Bloodwater - hard to believe!

February 20th, 2018

Your assistance is required - this blog is a reference for all who want to help stop infected farm salmon blood from pouring over the young wild salmon that begin migrating to sea in a few weeks. Ministers George Heyman and Lana Popham need encouragement and support from you. These Ministers appear to be making an effort to deal with the situation, but incredibly previous...

Proposed Changes to the Fisheries Act

February 6th, 2018

Today, February 6, 2018 Federal Fisheries Minister Dominc LeBlanc announced that a Bill to Amend the Fisheries Act has been tabled in Ottawa. IF this bill is passed there are some provisions that could help in the long term to protect wild salmon from the pathogen spill ongoing from salmon farms on the BC coast. Here are some of the proposed amendments: 1 - ALL fish habitat...

Premier Horgan something you should know

January 17th, 2018

January 17, 2018 Dear Premier John Horgan: As you ponder whether to renew 1/4 of BC salmon farm tenures that are expiring in Musgamagw and Namgis territories, there is something you should know. As the landlord to these three Norwegian companies, you will decide which runs of wild salmon are exposed to the pathogen effluent from this industry. Piscine reovirus and your lab’s failure to...

Who is stronger? BC Government or Norwegian-run fish farm companies?

December 4th, 2017

Dear Premier John Horgan, and Ministers George Heyman and Lana Popham: I am writing in regards to two matters: you have accepted applications to renew all fish farm tenures in Musgamagw and Namgis territories you have not followed up on public statements that you are reviewing bloodwater samples As you are aware, Musgamagw and Namgis members have occupied salmon farms and the surrounding areas for over 100 days with...

The first scientific evidence that farm salmon are infecting large numbers of wild salmon

November 22nd, 2017

The first scientific evidence that large numbers of wild salmon are becoming infected with piscine reovirus (PRV) through exposure to salmon farms was published this week in the scientific journal Public Library of Science One. The effect of exposure to farmed salmon on piscine orthoreovirus [reovirus] infection and fitness in wild Pacific salmon in British Columbia, Canada” reports that the percentage of wild salmon infected...

Marine Harvest, more aggressive than smart?

November 17th, 2017

On Tuesday the 14, of November Marine Harvest went to the BC Supreme Court to get an injunction against First Nation's people and many others who have been standing on their Midsummer Island farm to stop Marine Harvest from violating their rights and wishes by restocking this farm. Marine Harvest did not win an injunction, the court did not force people off the farm, as...

Marine Harvest seeks Injunction take 3

November 13th, 2017

Update November 13, 2017 On November 07, Marine Harvest served court documents to the First Nations who have been living on their farms for the past 80 days. It was a notice of application to the court seeking an injunction. Marine Harvest is demanding that First Nations leave the farm sites, remove all structures and never return. The position of the Musgamagw is that they have...