Two new salmon farm proposals – stand up and voice your concerns!
Government is moving ahead with two more farm applications despite a $37 million federal inquiry that recommended farm siting criteria be developed with input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review. These recommendations aren’t completed.
Loads of scientific evidence indicates that open-net salmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems. Proposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat. This is irresponsible.
Proposed salmon farms no longer go through an Environmental Assessment due to legislative changes, therefore the public consultation process has been severely weakened. In response, we’ve created a mechanism to help facilitate dialogue on these proposed farms through an online comment board. All submitted comments will be posted on our website (anonymously if you choose) and emailed to appropriate federal and provincial agencies. They will serve as a public record. After the comment deadline of February 24, if we get at least 100 solid comments, we’ll bring them to the attention of a member of parliament from each party and report back to you.
UPDATE: Over 500 comments were collected through this process and submitted to government. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments. The full list can be viewed here.
Information about the two farms being proposed by Grieg Seafood can be found here. If you’re short on time, we’ve also highlighted concerns below that you can use to formulate your comments. Short and simple comments are also welcome. Salmon farms have many negative effects:
- Sea lice are amplified by salmon farms and have been implicated as the cause of wild salmon declines in the same area where these two farms are being proposed.
- Disease pathogens are amplified by farms and can be spread to wild salmon and other species like herring.
- Farms are responsible for polluting our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed, feces and other things into the marine environment. This can degrade habitat for many plants and animals.
- Escaped farm fish can compete with wild fish for food and habitat and further spread pathogens to wild fish
Many of these negative effects can be solved by switching to closed containment systems. The ‘Namgis First Nation’s KUTERRA land-based salmon farm provides an example of what is possible with closed containment salmon farming. It had its first salmon enter the market place on April 22nd, 2014. These salmon grew to full size in only a year with savings of about 30% in feed without any use of chemicals (antibiotics or pesticides).