Public Concerns About BC Salmon Farming

First NameLast NameWhat are your concerns about the new farm applications?OrganizationCityCountry
ChessiMiltnerI strongly oppose the new farm applications because open-net salmon farming, as it currently operates, offers few benefits to the people and economy of BC, relative to the significant detrimental effects on tourism and wild salmon fisheries through pollution of the surrounding waterways and spread of viruses and parasites to migrating wild stock.

To approve new open-pen farmed salmon applications before addressing the findings and recommendations of the Cohen Commission Report is both irresponsible and an insult to the people of British Columbia.

I am not opposed to fish-farming conceptually, but any future expansion of the industry must be done under strict regulations that prevent companies from externalizing costs (ie., through closed-pen systems where wastes and waste water can be treated before being released into the environment).

I urge the government to stop putting the interests of foreign corporations before the long-term interests of Canadians and the Canadian economy, and deny these applications.

Thank you for considering my comments.
Galiano IslandCanada
LorettaEganopen water fish farms do not belong on our coast! They put our wild food chain at risk as has been proven scientifically. I can not understand how this is allowed. It's amazes me that companies are given the right to put our coast at risk!Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms put the health of wild salmon at risk. Risks include escaped salmon contaminating genetic purity of wild salmon, escaped salmon compete with wild fish for food, spread of sea lice and disease to wild stock, water contamination from pollutants which would affect wild salmon and other marine life.KelownaCanada
AnonymousDear Decision Makers

At a time when drug resistant sea lice are just becoming evident in British Columbia, then why oh why in heavens name are we putting any more open net pen farms in our waters?
When the product "Paramove 50", which is hydrogen peroxide mixed with jet fuel, starts being used as a normal way to rid these poor farmed fish of drug resistant sea lice, and then those chemicals get released into our waters, can you not see it's way past time to rethink this madness?
Hydrogen Peroxide has been used as a last resort treatment against drug resistant lice in Scotland and Norway, and it's FAILING MISERABLY there, so why would we think it would be any different here?

So now 2 new farms are being proposed....they're going to be in wild salmon migration routes, which Justice Cohen already said was a BIG no no....and these farms would set a new precedent n BC as they would be closer than any other farms have been allowed so far....and with the new shellfish and finfish falling under the same umbrella, now magically all those shellfish leases become salmon leases...how very sneaky, how very convenient, how very disappointing!

The shite coming from each of these farms represents the amount of raw sewage produced by thousands upon thousands of people, proven by science!....larger farms shite the equal amount of small towns, again, proven by science...
Land based is already in operation....it's doing well and making money....the fish grow out much faster, healthier and from what I've heard, they taste pretty darn good too....now imagine those land based farms selling their manure to gardeners....imagine those land based farms saving money on sea lice treatments....on net repair, on divers, or on wasted food pellets...on vaccines to protect them from diseases....on algae blooms that their buffet of nitrogen rich farms can turn a fairly harmless algae bloom into a toxic one...the science is in...these farms need to get out...what are you waiting for...please start this process yesterday
Thank you,
Angelika Koch
Quathiaski coveCanada
AnonymousI have several concerns about proposals for new salmon farms in our BC coastal waters.

Sea lice has plagued and negatively affected wild salmon.

Farms pollute our waters with chemicals, unnatural feed and feces from the penned fish.

Farmed fish may become ill and spread disease to wild salmon stocks, particularly those whose natural migration routes go by the farms.

The work of Alexandra Morton, has for years studied affects on salmon. Salmon virus is real and present in our waters. I urge you to heed her warnings.

Please do not approve proposals for new fish farms.

Sincerely,
Shannon Wilson
Canada
AnonymousI don't understand why these farms can't be moved inland??.. It would save our salmon and protect the migration route??!! Please do not approve these applications for 2 more fish farms.CourtenayCanada
AnonymousI don't understand why these farms can't be moved inland??.. It would save our salmon and protect the migration route??!! Please do not approve these applications for 2 more fish farms.CourtenayCanada
AnonymousI do not want or would ever buy farmed fish of any kind. I believe these farms pose a serious danger to our wild stocks with their unnatural diet and diseases. Already a problem for our wild salmon.Canada
AnonymousSalmon 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
Open fish farms should not be used, should not be in B.C. waters, should not be killing wild Pacific Salmon.
Canada
AnonymousSalmon 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 fact that even though there is plenty of scientific evidence to support the removal of open fish farms, that more are being put in is very troubling. The fact that there is overwhelming support to move to closed fish farms, and scientific evidence proves that this method is better, should be a deciding factor to not put more open fish farms in B.C. waters.
Canada
KyleSawayamaThe BCFFF opposes these new applications as it contravenes our position on open net pen aquaculture which can summed up by these points.

- A moratorium on additional fish farm tenures should be in place and no increases in
production from existing facilities should happen until policies and regulations are
developed that eliminate the risks posed by escapes, sea lice, disease and pollution, and
ensure the viability of wild salmon.

- There must be an increase in monitoring and regulations enforcement of farmed salmon
sites. We believe self-monitoring by this industry is currently inadequate and fraught with
the opportunity to conceal information. Self regulation is not an option.

- There is a need to explore and develop other options such as land-based closed
containment to replace the current practice of using open ocean net-pens. This would
better control the spread of pathogens and parasites to wild salmonids, and greatly reduce
ocean pollution.
BC Federation of Fly FishersCanada
MargaretGurney- 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

Our natural salmon stocks are not only important as an industry, they're vital to the ecology of this province and the health and welfare of it's people. Don't risk our future to cheap, polluting, open net farms when closed, inland farms are a viable alternative. Don't sell us and our future out. Try to keep some standards!
GabriolaCanada
MarianneMikkelsenThese farms will directly impact shrimp fisherman in my hometown. The sites are in a prime shrimp fishing area. If they can't make a living they will move away and in turn impact my business.SointulaCanada
Anonymousim concerned that the new salmon farms will pose a threat to the wild salmon populationCanada
AnonymousTo whom it May Concern:
I am terribly frustrated to hear that this government is moving forward with the proposed new salmon farms. I just don't understand how you would make such a reckless and irresponsible move like that. Is the science not clear enough for you,
Try building these farms on land if you have to but keep them out of our sacred oceans,
Enough is enough!
Canada
susanhodgesThe weakened environmental process is non credible. It simple creates an open door policy to new salmon farms that will further bring proven disease and lice to our wild stocks. Further affecting all areas of our ecology from whales to eagles to forests to the health of humans in Canada. Decimating coastal communities which depend upon wild salmon. Decimating the traditional culture of First Nations. This is a completely flawed process with only one winner, that being the corporation submitting the application. Why is the government willing to throw away a thriving centuries old species for the economic benefit of one corporation. This is despicable and against the interests of Canadian Citizens and the ecology of our coastline and country. This erodes the economies of the coastal towns. It is in my opinion, of such dire consequence it equates to ecological crime. The Government is not standing up for Canadian citizens or business, throwing all who benefit from wild salmon, and the future from that, down the hole. This is not a government or action Ï wish to see here in Canada.deltaCanada
HollyTracyI am deeply concerned about the two new Fish Farm Applications for the Broughton Archipelago and ask that these applications be refused due to the devastation they would create in this special area. Cleo Channel is a shrimp and clam area that feeds both commercial shrimp harvesters and consumers. The farm effluent would not only pollute the shrimp habitat but also the local clams. This is a narrow area and the sea lice would contaminate young wild salmon that travel this channel. The side effects of the delousing chemicals would also harm local sea life. This is one of the last pristine coastal areas in THE WORLD and with it's dwindling orca siting's and eco-tourism potential along with it's bounty of sea life; it must be protected for future generations. Thank you for thinking long-term rather than having a narrow short term "money" vision in mind (and heart) when making your important decisions affecting this special coast.
Sincerely,
Holly Tracy
SointulaCanada
LyndalFordORCA SITINGS DOWN 70%, ORCA NEED CHINOOK

THE PROPOSED SITES WOULD CONTAMINATE LOCAL CLAM DIGGING GROUNDS



CLIO CHANNEL ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SHRIMPING GROUNDS ON THE COAST

FARMS PRODUCE BILLIONS OF SEA LICE WHICH INFECT JUVENILE WILD SALMON
Canada
AnonymousNo more net pens, there is alternatives that can be explored that do not have the bad impacts on the environment. Michael Thurber, The oyster whisperer.Bar Anchor Tee Oyster Ranch Ltd.ParksvilleCanada
AnonymousThese farms are harmful when placed in open water pens.Canadian personCourtenayCanada
AnonymousWe don't need more fish farms we need more hatcheries and focus on bringing back our wild Salmon population. It has been shown over and over again fish escape - bring illness to the wild fish, and often get lesions and tumors. No Salmon farms in the Ocean - build up the Hatcheries & put the farms inland so they don't pollute our ocean.Sooke BCCanada
NevilleGoslingI am vehemently opposed to the two farms being proposed by Grieg Seafood because of the damage that will result to the long established, sustainable economic and recreational activities in the area should these 2 fish farms be approved.

What happened to Justice Bruce Cohen's 75 carefully crafted recommendations to rebuild Pacific salmon? Has the BC Government even bothered to read the report? Our salmon are in trouble in comparison to the time before the appearance of salmon farms.
Why do elected governments continually do the opposite of what their electorate wants? The answer is the almighty dollar and the incorrect thinking that this will create jobs (very few) and export of farmed salmon to the USA. I believe it is more important to conserve our natural wild stock before approving even more fish farms.

Despite a $26 million federal inquiry (The Cohen Commission) that recommended farm siting criteria be developed with input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review there has been no change and scientist have even been muzzled by the Federal Government

A large amount 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.


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.

Open net 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 fish can compete with wild fish for food and habitat and further spread pathogens to wild fish. An example of this is the recent escape of diseased rainbow trout (steelhead) in Norway.

Many of these negative effects noted above can be solved by switching to closed containment systems on shore.

N.M. Gosling
noneSurreyCanada
AnonymousI am extremely concerned about salmon farming and our native salmon stocks here in British Columbia. Sea lice, disease, escapes, and pollution all remain unaddressed issues with the salmon farming methods currently used, and the weight of scientific evidence shows that open-net farming is detrimental wild salmon stocks. Therefore continuing to add open-net or cage salmon farms is environmentally irresponsible.

It is clear to me that the reason best environmental practice has been ignored is because of the economic activity generated by salmon farms, yet more environmental methods of salmon farming, such as salmon farming on land, have not been fully explored. Moreover, salmon farming threatens equally important business of commercial and sport fishing on or coast, and it is foolish and short sighted to trade environmental businesses for more environmental and sustainable activities.

I don't represent any organization in this debate, but as a scientifically literate concerned citizen it is clear that if open-net or cage salmon farms are allowed to expand, our native salmon species will suffer, perhaps to the point of extinction.

These salmon farm proposals should be shelved.
SurreyCanada
Anonymouspens located on migration route of wild salmon. Antibiotic and chemical use in penned salmon, Inability to clean the pens to remove dead and dying fish and to remove fish waste from the water.Canada
SabraWoodworthFebruary 24, 2015

To Whom It May Concern:

Regarding the 2 salmon farm applications with the Lands File Numbers #1411171 and #1411170, I cannot emphasize strongly enough Justice Cohen’s wise and professional advice to the people of Canada on the need for righting the virtually complete absence of any research in Canada on the impacts of salmon farms on either wild salmon or any form of marine life along the migratory waters of wild salmon where the Norwegian salmon farms exist.

IGNORE JUSTICE COHEN’s STATEMENTS at the Peril of the West Coast’s healthy marine waters

#1: on the BEST SITES for salmon farms:

“DFO should seek to approve the best sites TO AVOID negative impact on wild stocks, such as Fraser River sockeye, rather than the best sites to produce farmed salmon.” (All quotations are from Vol 3) p. 24

#2: on the ABSENCE of either government or independent RESEARCH

Following upon a dozen years of the Canada’s Auditor General's urging DFO repeatedly to address their lack of research on the impacts of salmon farms, Justice Cohen was distressed by the same lack:

"DFO has NOT completed research into the effects of diseases and pathogens from salmon farms on wild Fraser River sockeye. Nor has DFO done ANY research into the cumulative effects on sockeye of having multiple salmon farms sited on their migration route. In sum, there are insufficient data (almost no data) to evaluate cause and effect relationships, and insufficient data to look for correlations between fish farm factors and measures of sockeye health such as productivity.“ Vol3 p. 24

He recommended DETAILED INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PRIOR to any further decisions on the farms, saying "consideration must be given to the Fraser sockeye migration route and the potential negative cumulative effects to sockeye from migrating past multiple salmon farms.” (p. 22)

#3: on the possibility of diseases being unobserved DUE TO LACK OF RESEARCH:

“I am convinced that a devastating disease could sweep through a wild population, killing large numbers of wild fish without scientists being aware of it.60 Spoken in his Media Address on presenting his Report and found in Vol 3 p. 22

#4 on the salmon farming industry NOT having exclusive secret proprietorial confidential status:

“With respect to who should have access to this research, I repeat what I said when discussing fish health data from salmon farms: DFO needs to be transparent and to allow non-government scientific researchers access to the proposed Fraser River sockeye salmon data for the purpose of original research. The information will be collected to assist in the assessment of risks posed to wild stocks. Although DFO has a mandate to analyze these data, it does not hold an exclusive mandate to do
so, and the information in the database should not be treated as proprietary.” p. 65 See further: Recommendation # 73 and preamble.

#5: on recommending independent researchers being given access to studying disease conditions on farms – see #4!

#6: on new revised scientific research on siting since 2000:

Recommendation 68

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans should undertake or commission research into the health of Fraser River sockeye salmon, including the following issues:

■ determining, in conjunction with the research proposed in Recommendations 64 and 65, what pathogens are encountered by Fraser River sockeye salmon along their entire migratory route, and the cumulative effects of these pathogens on Fraser River sockeye salmon;
■ the hypothesis that diseases are transmitted from farmed salmon to wild sockeye;
■ the hypothesis that diseases are transmitted from salmonid enhancement facility salmon to wild sockeye; and
■ the thresholds of sea lice infection and resilience in sockeye and the patterns of sea lice distribution and infection on juvenile sockeye.


#7 WHERE IS THE NEW REVISED RESEARCH ON SITING since “the current siting criteria” has been in use since 2000?

“In my view, proper farm siting holds the potential to address the risks of disease and pathogen transfer that salmon farms pose to Fraser River sockeye because it can address issues of increased risk that come with the proximity of Fraser River sockeye to a fish farm. However, as described below, current siting practices need to be revised to achieve this result.” p. 22 top rt.

“In early 2000, the province established the current siting criteria in consultation with DFO. These siting criteria do not explicitly require consideration of Fraser River sockeye migration routes. Instead, they state that salmon farms should not be located within 1 km of the mouth of a “salmonid bearing stream determined as significant.”62 … this criterion has little relevance to the protection of Fraser River sockeye because it does not address the risk to migrating sockeye beyond 1 km of the mouth of the Fraser River.” p. 22

“Of greater concern to Fraser River sockeye are the narrow passages along the smolt outmigration route… where the wild smolts are brought into close contact with salmon farms, thereby increasing the potential for disease transfer between farmed and wild fish. In my view, the risk of serious harm that salmon farms pose to Fraser River sockeye along THEIR ENTIRE MIGRATION ROUTE – not just 1 km from the mouth of the river – needs to be considered and reflected in siting criteria.” p. 22 and Recommendation # 68

“In short, siting should be approached with the goal of the Wild Salmon Policy in mind: restoring and maintaining healthy and diverse salmon populations and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Canada in perpetuity.” p. 24

IGNORE THE CRITICAL HABITAT of Orca, Humpback, and Minke whales as well as the salmon, shrimp, oyster and other shellfish fisher-people’s livelihoods at the peril of the future health of all BC’s wild west coast ecosystems and the economies (including wilderness tourism) that they sustain.

Expanding (let-alone keeping) salmon feedlots all along the narrowest productive migratory waters of wild salmon is unmitigated foolishness supported ONLY by well-financed industrial lobbyists. Regulatory capture seems to afflict most departments of Canadian government in the 21st century.

Please DO NOT grant these licences.

Sincerely,
Sabra Woodworth
North Vancouver
Canadian citizenNorth VancouverCanada
teresaphillipsThere are far too many negatives that far out way the benefits. The government needs to take a stronger stand for the environment and it's sustainability over and above the profits of industry. When the future health of our oceans are at stake then our life is as well. Please listen to the people who live here, we all depend on our ocean's health directly and indirectly. Fish farms are unnatural, destructive and unsustainable, we don't want them here.ComoxCanada
AnonymousFish farms are harmful to wild salmon and are covered in sea lice. How is this beneficial to open more fish farms when it's just damaging the wild fish. I would never eat farmed fish. Nor would anyone I know for that matter. Please do not add more fish farms.Whelala u Area CouncilAlert BayCanada
timdeightonSaanichCanada
MichaelCasparCanada
AnonymousSea pen fish farms should be banned and anyone with half a brain knows it. Businesses already lack a sense of environmental responsibility and should never be circumvented, let alone with the help of the government. The amount of money farms lose by putting the fish pens on land are the cost of doing business. Wild salmon support more people and generate more money than fish farming. Why risk it?SookeCanada
AnonymousThis is simple and not rocket science !!
For the sake of our children, grand children and everything we love do NOT put any more fish farms in our oceans! Take your energies monies and time and put it into creating a healthy way to feed us and our world.

The evidence is undisputable - please just STOP.
Sointula familyCanada
AnonymousCanada
AnonymousNo new open-water salmon farms! These farms are damaging to the ocean environment and harmful to our wild salmon populations. Wild salmon preservation should be the main focus here, not allowing outside countries to set up ecologically damaging business that produce unhealthy and unnecessary products. If we could better conserve our wild salmon populations, farmed salmon would be unnecessary. What about the Cohen commission recommendations? A Lot of taxpayer dollars were spent on that inquest, the least that could be done would be to act on the outcomes, instead of ignoring the recommendations.Canada
LBennettEnough! The effects of farm fishing are horrific to the ecology.TahsisCanada
AnonymousFarmed salmon are a proven threat to irreplaceable wild salmon stocks, as well as the health of the marine ecosystem. Proper review by environmental and First Nations agencies must be completed before these applications proceed.Canada
AnonymousWhere do I start? Destruction of the local wild stock, contamination, use of feed and medications, sea lice, escapees, pollution of the water, inferior taste and quality of farmed salmon...Tahsis, BCCanada
TyBehFarmed salmon could threaten wild salmon by spreading disease and fish lice. I think more study needs to be done on salmon populations and the impact of farmed salmon before more salmon farms are developed. Wild stocks of salmon should be a priority, and study and improvement of habitat should be a priority as well, including studies on dams and their impact on salmon populations.Canada
AnonymousNo more farmed salmon in the wild...Give your head a shake...take a look at the facts and no one in their right mind would allow this!Canada
AnonymousMy concerns for this proposed farm is that it will throw nature off course, by not only opening up the possibilities for disease and fish lice to spread to wild salmon and other species. Also with dumping pollutants into marine environment, having damaging effects on their habitat. Pleas consider Closed Container methods such as the Kuttera farm which use this method.Canada
AnonymousI am very concerned about the disease and destruction to the wild salmon and other ocean life's habitat and very exsistence. This is totally detrimental for Canada and must be kept out of our waters! Please stop this devastation from occuring and focus on programs that will aid our environment and allow all our precious wild life to flourish!Medicine HatCanada
AnonymousThe problems with fish farms have been well established. They are a source of disease and environmental contamination. They are a threat to wild salmon, a very important part of B.C.'s economy. More importantly, wild salmon are the very basis of indigenous culture on the west coast, a source of food, medicine and ceremony. Why on earth would we take these unnecessary risks. Move fish farms onto land where they belong!DuncanCanada
AnonymousI am worried about the wild salmon being contaminated and dying out. They are an integral part of the ecosystem. PPlease don't let this happen.SookeCanada
AnonymousThere's no way that the government and their scientists can deny that farms contribute to the polluting of our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed, feces and other things into the marine environment. This can degrade habitat for many plants and animals. Especially when you keep allowing such a large concentration of farms in small areas.

How about you put some money, effort and resources into closed pen fish farms?
NanaimoCanada
DebTrelinskiI live in Fanny Bay where we are being threatened by a coal mine proposal. We are mad as hell. I was in Alert Bay last weekend and saw all of the dirty fish farms all hidden like a bunch of criminals because so many of us west coasters will not support this industry. It is dirty and ruining our oceans. Wild stocks are more valuable and getting the tanks on to land is the only answer. If we have oceans dying why would you possibly put more fish farms in? Our government doesn't have a clue how to protect our precious natural resources. Shameful.Canada
AnonymousMy concerns are around contamination of wild stock and containment issues at the farm. We cannot keep endangering our wild salmon with these fish farms and the pests and diseases they bring with them. When will the farms be held responsible for escapes and the damage those fish do?LadysmithCanada
Anonymousi am totally against any licences being granted until a complete and honest environmental study is done on the effects of fish farms on the coastal waters of b.c. i wrote a letter in 1993 asking that this be done. all these years later i am asking again. my question would be why are we so intent in giving our coast away to fish farming norwegians when they have proven to devestate their own waters and wild fishery.. i noted that fact in my 1993 letter..personalsointula B.C.Canada
BruceOrchistonFish farming should only be allowed on land with closed-containment systems & the proper treatment of effluent. This industry is polluting our waters and endangering our wild salmon & all marine organisms. The threat of introducing disease, chemicals , enabling sealice to proliferate in an unnatural & concentrated fashion is completely irresponsible. These farms are placed in almost pristine waters & affect many species including the people who live & work near the farms. Our environment & ecosystems need to be protected & respected more than ever before. Ecotourism & fish farms mix like oil & water ! Atlantic salmon do not belong in our precious North Pacific waters. These two new farm sites are proposed to be placed in a totally inappropriate locations. DFO & our governing representatives need to do their jobs & protect our waters & fisheries not concern themselves with corporate interests. This industry is damaging our environment & our fisheries and these new sites should not be approved in the proposed area or anywhere else except on land ! Our government should be participating in efforts to help this industry move to land-based, closed containment facilities. It should also put more resources into wild fisheries, habitat restoration & its' own scientists ( & listen to them even if their recommendations don't favour the corporate world !) Election time soon , thank goodness !Powell RiverCanada
AnonymousOur watershed has enough "farms" that are already disrupting our delicate ecosystem. Soon we will end up like Norway with so much destroyed that the ecosystem will never flourish as it once did. NO MORE FARMS!!!!Canada
AnonymousOur wild salmon are under threat from this industry. All of the disease, sea lice, etc. that are already killing our wild stocks, does not need to be increased by additional fish farms. Please do not approve the proposals for these open-net fish farms. It will devastate our already dwindling wild salmon population.Canada
EikoJonesI do not agree that more farms be allowed and particularly without going through rigorous Environmental Assesments.Eiko Jones PhotographyCampbell RiverCanada
AnonymousAny expansion of fish farms has a negative impact on wild salmon and therefore the environment. I AM TOTALLY AGAINST FISH FARMS IN BC.Canada
AnonymousNew farms will only further destroy the fragile ecosystems in the region. Because our environment is a SYSTEM, we do not know how one small action like creating fish farms actually affects numerous other parts of the intricately connected system. We can't possibly quantify the damage these farms do, we only see it years later when our natural systems begin to fail. Please do no let more fish farms be developed.JuneauUSA
NadineAu-YongKeep our oceans clean, we do not want toxic, more disease-ridden feedlots.Canada
SharonBishopFish farms are a great idea, ON LAND, IN TANKS, NOT IN THE OCEAN.Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms endanger wild salmon and other species.
Oceans are polluted with chemicals, feed, feces. Escaped farm fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat and spread pathogens to wild fish. Salmon farms are not monitored well or assessed well before approval. Closed containment systems are much safer. Sustainable salmon farms now!
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LisaBrownSalmon farms should be eliminated entirely from the British Columbia coast and the wild salmon migrating paths need to be pristine with no farms polluting our coastlines. Science already backs up that sea lice, other diseases including easily transmittable viruses and the ridiculous pollution levels from farms have plummeted wild salmon populations ever since the existing farms were allowed to be set up years ago along migration routes. Salmon farms are a FAILED experiment and science proves this. Do not allow any more salmon farms and the existing farms need to be shut down right away.Canada
Anonymous* salmon farms are filthy, causing measurable harm to land, fish, and people;
* farmed salmon are unhealthy, with an established ranking as 'foods to avoid' by several health organizations;
* salmon farms are compromising First Nations food security;
* salmon farms destroy wild salmon viability, which are a keystone species for all of BC;
* where goes salmon farms goes environmental destruction;
* Chief Justice Cohen called for a moratorium on salmon farms;
and
samlon farms are a blight on the land and water, compromising Canada's existing national food security.
Department of First Nations Studies, SFUcoquitlamCanada
AnonymousI strongly believe open pen fishfarms and non-native fish species jeopardize the health of wild fish stocks.Vancouver Island ResidentBlack CreekCanada
AnonymousThere are already too many farms in the area. Previously farm sites were not supposed to be within 3 km of each other, if these applications are approved it would see 3 farms within just over 1 km radius. This is far too close for this shallow area. As well many other local economies would be impacted: the wilderness lodge, the shrimp fishermen, the crab fishermen, prawn fishermen, salmon fishermen, and clam diggers.

There are many productive traditional clam beds that would be rendered unuseable for consumption if these sites are placed in such tight vicinity.

This is also core habitat for the northern resident orca population. The frequency of sitings of these whales has dropped off around 70% over the last 10 years as the number of farms in this area increases and the chinook decreases.

This area has incredible tourism value with tens of thousands of kayakers and whale watcher frequenting the surrounding area every year.It is simply not a suitable place for polluting, industrial factory farm sites.

The above listed economies and food sources are important for residents of BC and Canada. By allowing these farms sites, you are allowing foreign-owned private companies to severely impact, pollute and destroy our precious natural resources, food security and economies that belong to Canadians. It doesn't make any sense. Please, consider everything that depends on this magnificent place. Don't turn it into a sewer for this industry.
Canada
MarjorieGirouxFeedlot mentality on levels needs to stop!
Pollution via fish waste.
Hormones and antibiotics.
WILD SALMON!!!!
Canada
AnonymousFish farms bring an alien species(Atlantic salmon) into the Pacific environment. These salmon spread sea lice. These farms also do not control their waste good enough. These farms endanger the Aboriginal food fishery that my people have depended on for thousands of years,ReginaCanada
SarahCarlsonMy question is: why NOT have an Environmental Assessment process? What information are salmon farmers and governments concerned about becoming public? Whatever financial cost which is being saved by skipping this step will be nothing compared to the long-term economic and social costs impacting BC, if the increasing development of open-net farms proves to irreversibly damage wild salmon stocks. Let's invest in protecting our resources for the future, rather than pushing projects through for a quick profit.

As a young voter, I'm seeking leaders with long-term insight, who understand the obvious (yet somehow incomprehensible, to some politicians) link between environmental health and economic health.
Canada
AnonymousWild salmon are a keystone species! Farmed salmon are compromising the health and welfare of the wild salmon species and in turn 50 other species - enough is enough. Continuing the expansion of salmon fish farms along the beautiful BC coast is putting another nail in the coffin of this province. STOP already!Canada
AnnMorcomSalmon farms endanger wild salmon and other species.
Oceans are polluted with chemicals, feed, feces...
Escaped farm fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat and spread pathogens to wild fish.
Salmon farms are not monitored well or assessed well before approval.
Closed containment systems are much safer.
Canada
AnonymousAs Mr Justice Cohen said: "The privilege of being allowed to conduct a business that poses a risk to wild stocks should carry a concomitant requirement to provide access to government scientists for research purposes beyond the scope of routine monitoring. It is through such research that new discoveries are made which can lead to better monitoring and implementation of better precautionary measures to protect wild stocks" (Cohen Final Report, Volume 3, page 19).

Mr Justice Cohen's investigation was limited to Fraser River sockeye but only the completely disingenuous will not allow that there are other rivers in BC and other species of wild salmon - all deserving similar caution.

I suggest that these open net pens do not have social license in BC and that the industry should pull all applications for expansion and start to co–operate with scientists and open their facilities up to independent testing.
Canada
JAMESHORNERPotential harm to wild salmonVOTERWhistlerCanada
Arnoldporterdamage to wild salmonCanada
jeremywilliamsSalmon farms should be removed from the ocean!
The diseases they spread kill our precious WILD salmon which are far more valuable!!!
WILD Salmon are priceless as they are the keystone species for all life on the coast as well as inland, up river.
STOP FISH FARMS FROM KILLING OUR WILD SALMON!
Powell RiverCanada
AnonymousApproval of this application is wrong for number of reasons including being contradictory to recommendations of the Cohen report, negative affects on tourism, whale habitat, and existing fisheriesCanada
AnonymousI am concerned that the Federal and Provincial Governments are not taking steps to protect our environment and are allowing the devastation of our coast. With all the research and scientific data available, there is no excuse to continue licensing open net fish farms at the expense of wild salmon, shellfish and our coast, not to mention our health. We need to preserve our world and respect the balance of nature. We need to restore trust in elected officials to be open and honest and act in the best interest of the people by preserving our BC coast. Let the scientists speak!

The natural beauty of our province is awesome and it is our legacy to future generations to keep it that way.
CoquitlamCanada
AnonymousSalmon farms have been demonstrated to have deleterious affects on the health of wild salmon migrating through farming areas as well as on the sea life beneath the farms. It is time to make fish farming a land-based activity. I strongly object to expansion of sea-based fish farming industry. Please do not give licenses to new fish farms on our coast and start the process of withdrawing licenses for existing farms.Lasqueti IslandCanada
AnonymousI am opposed to this application because of the damage that will result to the long established, sustainable economic and recreational activities in the area should these 2 fish farms be approved.
A major economic resource, the commercial shrimp harvest will be negatively effected. DFO statistics show 79% of the shrimp caught in area12 are from the Clio Channel. In the last 5 years this amounted to 1.2 million lbs. Local commercial fishermen rely on revenues generated from this harvest . Hub City Fisheries of Nanaimo with its 25 staff also rely on production from the Clio Channel.

Slice and other delousing agents are known to have detremental effect on shelled creatures like shrimp and the loosening of regulations controlling these agents will only place them at an even higher risk. In 2013 in New Brunswick a fish farm operator was fined $500,000 for illegal use of the pesticide Cypermethrin to delouse its salmon . It was proved scientifically to have killed crustaceans including lobsters in the areas around this companies fish farms.

There are many other long established business that would be adversely effected should this application be granted. One example is the fly fishing camp operated by John Reid. John has guests who fly here at great cost to enjoy pristine wilderness surrounding his camp. The proposed fish farms would be within clear sight of his camp. These commercial feed lots dumping tons of sewage into the surrounding waters aren't exactly the "pristine" experience his guests expect from the area and his business will suffer accordingly.

The Cohen Commission in its comments on Sockeye fishery referred to the precautionary principle which addresses situations involving risk and uncertainty. The essence of the precautionary principle is that, where a risk of serious or irreversible harm exists, a lack of scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing or failing to take reasonable and cost effective conservation management to address that risk. Surely this applies to the existing sustainable fisheries in the Clio Channel.
Clearly a key element of the DFO mandate must include protecting from risk existing well established sustainable fisheries. If this is the case, how can these fish farms possibly be approved?
Sointula BCCanada
pamuritho i live just south of the border now i still work in bc, and pay taxes there, and lived over 4 decades there... we eat salmon from the pacific, and even from just off the coast, caught at lummi island by reefnetters.
we are horrified by the dangers of open net farmed to other salmon and sealife. sealice are produced by the billions and are passed along to the wild juvenile salmon. virulent disease epidemics are also passed along. chemicals to treat these, as well as the feces and food, damage the marine environment.
please think of the quality of life of our beautiful country. and our lives as well.
Mrs.blaineUSA
AnonymousIt's has been clearly proven salmon farming is dirty and badly effects the wild population . I do not support nor purchase salmon farming. Please stop polluting!!!!maple ridgeCanada
AnonymousSalmon Farms MUST go through the Environmental Assessment AND MUST go through a public consultation process that is strong!
These farms are HARMFUL to wild salmon and the COHEN COMMISSION completely illustrates the bias in which a self regulating system has.

OPEN NET FARMS GO AGAINST NATURE, ARE HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND I PLEDGE MY TIME ENERGY AND RESOURCES INTO PREVENTING THIS FROM HAPPENING ANYWAY I CAN.
DUNCANCanada
AnonymousSalmon are a keystone species which urgently need protection from the negative effects of open-net cage fish farms. Transmission of disease and parasites to wild fish is inevitable as water is exchanged between these pens and the marine environment. Chemicals, feed, feces etc released from the pens are polluting the ocean and degrading habitat.
The recommendations of the Cohen commission have not been implemented prior to entertaining additional applications from Grieg Seafood. There are already TWENTY SEVEN salmon farms in the Broughton. Their application for Clio Channel calls for two farms less than 3km apart. If Grieg (a Norwegian company) is truly concerned about the environment they would be investing in new land based systems. The Namgis First Nation's Kuterra facility here on Vancouver Island is an example of a sustainable closed containment system operating today.
It's time governments listened to peer reviewed science, local stakeholders,First Nations by supporting innovative fish farming techniques which would remove the threat to our wild fish and linked species. The proliferation of open net pen fish farm in the marine ecosystem also has a detrimental effect on tourism. The economic impact of tourism on our coastal communities seems to have been lost in an inexplicable rush to accomodate foreign fish farm companies at all costs.
NanaimoCanada
AnonymousReview of the proposals for these and any future fish farms should include consultation with first nations who are resident in the areas or have land claims in the affected areas - being not simply the site of the farms, but water currents and adjacent shores impacted by the sitting of the farms. Contained farms, out of the wild waters would be far preferable because they can be monitored and controlled as not farm sited in wild waters can possibly be!VikingCanada
AnonymousThe impacts associated with fish farming have been negative impacts on the natural species of fish that should not be overlooked. Allowing them continues to run the risk of introducing diseases to the environment as well that should not be overlooked.LangleyCanada
AnonymousI have many concerned about the new farm applications, as they refer back to all Ocean Open Pen Fish Farms, on the BC Coast. With all the evidence to Norway's, East Coast of Canada and other Countries, You as our Government have not taken, when making decisions that effect all of the Canadian people who you are suppose to be representing. The devastating effects that these Open Pen Fish Farms are creating in our ocean waters, to our sea life, wild life, environment, jobs, communities, health, and the list goes on. There is no positive thing that comes out of Ocean Open Pen Fish Farms. The very thing that sustains the BC Providence is the Wild Salmon. The Wild Salmon are the key part to the economy in BC. It brings in more tourism money to the businesses then Open Pen Fish Farms. You have all of us protecting Wild Salmon through rules, regulations, and yet, you allow Open Pen Fish Farms to go without protecting the Wild Salmon. This in itself shows all of us, that you are selling us out to the highest bidder. We maybe a peace, loving country, and we will give you the shirts off our backs, but we will not give other countries, our resources for free, when Ocean Pen Fish Farms take away everything we need to survive. Ocean Open Pen Fish Farms belong on land, if they want to stay in Canada, so we All can live happily ever after. Do the right thing and learn from other countries mistakes, lets rise above and make our Canada the country that continues to have Wild Salmon and all it brings to Canada, and have Land Based Farm Salmon to feed the world. We can do this by making good, wise decisions about Ocean Open Pen Farmed Salmon Industries.Sointula BCCanada
AnonymousI support fish farms .... as long as they are on land. Having fish farms in the water that is shared by wild fish is just not something I'm prepared to support. I purchase fresh fish for my family regularly, as well as for community dinners and events, and make sure that the fish is wild and sustainable. I also make sure people are aware of why I make that choice, and encourage them to follow their conscience for their fish purchases as well.

Please .... respect our natural waters and the wild creatures nourished within them. No open pen fish farms. It's just not OK. There's too many risks and not enough effective oversight. I want my grandchildren to continue to enjoy fresh, wild fish for their lifetimes. No open net fish farms.
comoxCanada
AnonymousThe damage the effluent will have on surrounding sea life.Human raceSointulaCanada
AnonymousToo few politicians are listening to the-voices-of-reason...the "science of Climate Change" ... our planet is on-the-edge...Sooo...listen-up!

Don't do this: 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.

And...don't do this: Disease pathogens are amplified by farms and can be spread to wild salmon and other species like herring.

Nor...this: 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.

Nor...this: Escaped farm fish can compete with wild fish for food and habitat and further spread pathogens to wild fish
Canada
AnonymousAnother step away from responsible stewardship of our natural resources - short term gains ($) coupled with huge long term consequences. Politicians with a long term vision are becoming extinct like our wild salmon.USA
AnonymousI am very concerned that the salmon farms will devastate the natural ecosystems and the wild salmon populations.Canada
AnonymousMy concern is they will threaten the wild aquatic life and wild salmon in the Archipelago and waterways of that area ! Put your fish farms on land . not in the ocean !!concerned citizenNanaimoCanada
Anonymousthe farmed salmon will eradicate the wild salmon ! this because there will be leaks from the cages containing the farmed salmon , hence they draw up the rivers and threatens the wild salmon spawning banks!HammelOther
ArjennaStrongEven though I only lived on Vancouver island for a brief time this past year, it was clearly evident to me how much of a potentially devastating effect the open net salmon farms can have on our environment and our health. I would like to trust that the government is taking into consideration the scientific evidence around this and making decisions in the best interest of our health and our planet, as well as following proper protocol.
Arjenna Strong
Ontario, Canada
(Formerly Malcolm Island, B.C.)
Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms are ruining our wild salmon stocks with the development of sea lice! Stop these farms NOW! I enjoy wild salmon and would like to have them plentiful for years to come....with the way things are going with the increase of salmon farms this won't happen. Why not farmed salmon in contained tanks on land?????Canada
bridiemcdonaldKilling of wild salmonCanada
AnonymousThe Cohen Commission determined that salmon farms are detrimental to the health of our wild salmon stocks. Wild salmon are a keystone species here on the West Coast, and we should not be permitting anything that puts them at risk. Salmon farms are toxic and should be on land and not in the oceans.Ms.fanny bayCanada
AnonymousThe danger to other wild life and the people of the area should not be sold out to Norway. Protect our way of lifeCanada
AnonymousFish diseases infecting our wild salmon which spirals into the rest of the eco-system, those fish are toxic for consuption. What is wrong with our politicicans.. is the dollar more important that sustaining life?0Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms are just way to harmful to our wild salmon. The evidence is just too strong to ignore.Canada
AnonymousThe Cohen Report is very clear: “In summary, I have concluded that net-pen salmon farming in the Discovery Islands poses a risk of serious harm to Fraser river sockeye through the transfer of diseases and pathogens. The full extent and likelihood of that harm cannot be determined because of scientific unknowns.” [Cohen Commission Report, Vol. 3, p. 25]
Mr. Justice Cohen’s purview was limited to Fraser River sockeye. Hence his principle recommendation related to the above finding (i.e. Recommendation 14) was focussed on fish farms in the Discovery Islands where Fraser River sockeye undergo most of their exposure to open net-pen farms. In that recommendation he wrote that there must be no expansion of existing farms, no new licenses and a maximum license duration of one year.
Most British Columbians believe it important to protect all Pacific salmon runs, including those outside the Fraser River system. It follows logically therefore that those same restrictions should be imposed on all sites where Pacific salmon migrate. I am reliably informed that such a restriction virtually eliminates all sites on our BC coast which are attractive to salmon farmers.
The BC Salmon Farmers Association has publicly expressed support for the Cohen Commission recommendations, and our governments have apparently agreed to implement Recommendation 14. Unless they have decided that only Fraser River sockeye are worth protecting, it seems reasonable to expect that the provisions of Recommendation 14 will be extended to all BC open net-pen aquaculture sites.
After all, it is not as though there is not an alternative which avoids risking our wild salmon. Following on from the widespread indignation in Norway after some 130,000 diseased steelhead and Atlantics escaped from three net pen sites, (and have since been found up many of the wild Atlantic salmon spawning rivers), there is now much more discussion of abandoning open net-pens in favour of dry land recirculating systems in that country. I understand that our Namgis Kuterra system in Port McNeill is one of only three such systems approved for full grow-out of salmon (the other two are in Denmark and the USA).
How lucky we are to have access to such a promising alternative on our own front door! Why on earth don’t we act on it? At the very least we should eschew any net-pen aquaculture expansion until the science has been done.
STC Enterprises Inc.VancouverCanada
AnonymousEven the Norwegian government is saying No to their own salmon farmers. Don't let them destroy our waters. Farmed salmon are unsafe and we should stop expanding the industry on our coast.Canada
AnonymousAll of the negative environmental impacts of salmon farming. I am against any and all commercial farm raised fish.Canada
AnonymousThere are all ready too many fish farms in our waters as it is... I want them gone never mind more!!!!! Put them on land where they don't pose such a threat to the wild seafood... I will never purchase farmed anything unless it's vegetables from an organic farmer...this is wrong and you people know it.Canada
AnonymousAnother step away from responisble stewardship of our natural resources - short term gains ($) coupled with huge long term consequences. Politicians with a long term vision are becoming extinct like our wild salmon.BC resident and sport fisherLadysmithCanada
Anonymouswe are already losing wild salmon to sea lice and other disease from our current fish farms with thousands of fishing jobs and tourism jobs based in the Fraser runs fish farms are not worth it on our coastsKEEPAmaple ridgeCanada
tracysuttontrack record of f*ckin with nature is not goodCanada
DarrenBlaneyGot to protect our Wild Salmon and take the direction of the Cohen CommisionHomalco First NationCampbell RiverCanada
AnonymousI am totally opposed to any new salmon farming being allowed Knights Inlet or any other costal waters in British Columbia because of the disease passed to wild salmon from escaped fish farms.. Any new fish farms should be ON LAND.DeltaCanada
AnonymousIt has been repeatedly proven that the poor fish in open-net salmon farms are rife with disease and lice and that these farms poison the waters and wild animals which come in contact with them. Not only do we NOT need two additional farms - we need every open-net salmon farm in off the western coast of Canada to be moved to closed-containment or shut down. The deleterious effects of open-net salmon farming on the marine environment are too many and too serious to ignore.

Sadly it seems that our governments consistently put commercial interests above the interests of the marine life of the ocean, so ordinary people like myself need to speak on behalf of the waters, the plants, the other living creatures not to mention the coastal communities of people whose lives are so adversely affected by this toxic industry.
Victoria BCCanada
AnonymousFebruary 19, 2015

Manager, Aquaculture, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,

I am writing in objection of granting Ministry of Forests , Lands and Natural Resources application File # 1411170, West Cracroft Island and File: #1411171, Minstrel Island.

As recommended by Judge Cohen, the Province must not expand or allow new fin fish farms on Fraser River Sockeye salmon migration routes. I specifically refer to Judge Cohen's statement on page 22 of Volume 2 of the Cohen Commission recommendations. " In my view, the risk of serious harm that salmon farms pose to Fraser River sockeye along their entire migration route – not just 1 km from the mouth of the river – needs to be considered and reflected in siting criteria"

The Province should not entertain any expansion or new open net fin fish farms. The Province cannot escape the responsibility that siting of fin fish farms bring, which include.
1. Disease transfer between Atlantic salmon and pacific salmon smolts on their outgoing migration
2. Farms are responsible for polluting our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed, feces and other things into the marine environment to be dispersed by the tides. This can degrade habitat for many plants and animals.

Smolts come out of the rivers healthy, but can be subjected to billions of viral particles when migrating past the farms. In August 25, 2011 Cohen Commission testimony, DFO, Dr. Kyle Garver, informed that during a viral outbreak a single salmon farm can release 650 billion infectious viral particles per hour. The study was done on the IHN Virus.

I ask that you consider the conditions in the new proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations that would allow for the deposit of chemicals into our ocean by fish farms, with permission to kill wild fish, in the industry's operations.
See under "Description" at: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp‐pr/p1/2014/2014‐08‐23/html/reg1‐eng.php
The proposed regulations would permit "the killing of fish for the purposes of fish pathogen, pest and biofouling control."

If these chemicals are needed in order for fish farms to continue their operations in the ocean, would it not make more sense to remove the fish farms from the migration routes than to kill the wild fish migrating past the fish farms?
The Namgis salmon farm's success on northern Vancouver Island shows that land based closed containment Atlantic fish farms can be environmentally sustainable and economically viable.

It is time for fish farms to be sited out of the ocean, allowing the commercial fishing industry, sports fishermen and tourist industries to survive and prosper and the wild salmon so important to BC and the whole ecosystem to survive. It is time for the Province to look after the people of BC. Please let me know that you have received my comment. Thank you.

Respectfully,
Leona Adams
250-287-3506,
lowiea@telus.net
Campbell RiverCanada
AnonymousI don't want my kids eating salmon raised in such a despicable environment.kelownaCanada
AnonymousEnough it's enough with all that mess ! We need a better world for our children !BlainvilleCanada
AnonymousI do not support open-net salmon farms. If you approve these farms, I will not vote for your government.

Thank you,
Claude Tani
Burnaby
Canada
AnonymousThese and all the rest of the farms should be put on land to preserve the wild salmon runs which are so important. Free fertilizer for coastal and some interior forests!Canada
JennieTaylorMore fish farms equals the demise of our wild salmon.Canada
AnonymousEnvironmental Assessments are important when looking at anything and how it affects the local environment. Fish farms are damaging to local marine life and we should look at how they will be affected.
I do not eat fish, and will recommend any friends of mine NOT to eat farmed fish or unsustainable fish.
Canada
KayMeierbachtolSea 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
LasquetiCanada
AnonymousLoads 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. Please prevent this. Thank you.MaplewoodCanada
AnonymousAll this foolishness to build LNG, oil pipelines and the huge tankers on our oceans will devaste our waters. This craziness must stop and now..Canada
AnonymousOpen net fish farms in coastal waters enhance the probability disease spread as Norway is now, finally, learning. Disease pathogens flourish in waters near the crowded farms increasing the danger to young fish in the area.
I think allowing 2 new fish farms is incredibly foolish because a) it has now been shown that land based fish farming is practicable so why not raise our fish that way and b) fish farm applicants need not go through an environmental assessment which leaves government looking inefficient and inept when the open net farm system fails, (See again Norway.)
Canada
CarolYoungDirty irresponsible fish farm operations have taken control over the government but you can get that back. They've threatened the wild species we rely on for food and the tourist industry too. BC jobs are on the line. Do the right thing and regulate the fish farms onto sustainable land based lots. The public speaking out aren't going to go away.GreenwoodCanada
AnonymousApproving the new applications for salmon farms in Clio Channel is a mistake.
Proposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat, as well as shrimping and clam digging grounds and their respective local industries.
Furthermore, scientific evidence indicates that open-net salmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems.
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.
Our wild salmon need protection, not a compromised chance of survival. Please do not move forward with these proposals and set a dangerous precedent on the BC coast.
VancouverCanada
jeremywilliamsFish farms spread diseases to our WILD salmon and therefor SHOULD NOT BE IN THE OCEAN!
farm fish on land - in closed containment!
powell riverCanada
MeghanAndersonRevelstokeCanada
StephaniePeacockI am concerned about the cumulative impacts of multiple farms. Open net salmon farms can broadcast pathogens into the water, which can then infect adjacent farms or wild salmon populations. We have learned from research on sea louse parasites that there exists host density thresholds in the number of farmed salmon that a region can support, above which outbreaks are imminent. Basic epidemiology predicts that these thresholds exist for other transferable diseases. Do we need to perform these large natural experiments in order to see what other epizootics we can induce? The addition of more salmon farms will increase the likelihood of outbreaks, with consequences for transmission to wild salmon. I believe that increasing farmed salmon production at this point, when wild salmon are struggling in many regions of our coast, puts our coastal ecosystems, and us, at risk.University of AlbertaEdmonton ABCanada
AnitaMerriganDevelopment of these and all other salmon farms must be stopped. We cannot afford any further negative impacts on wild salmon and the other animals that depend on them for food. Humans have gone way too far in re-engineering nature, and the price will first be paid by other species, followed shortly by humans. Governments must stop giving sweetheart deals to businesses and industries that carry severe consequences for the rest of the world.CovingtonUSA
AnonymousFish farms are killing wild salmon and the environment. Stop the foolishness. Ban all new farms and phase out the old ones.Canada
AnonymousI find it appalling that we are still giving out more farmed salmon licences, given we stifle the science, thereby risking our own wild salmon in the process. There are times like this that I am embarrassed to be a Canadian. Why is it that we risk all for money and jobs? It is only a matter of time that the west coast stock will end like the east coast cod fishery did, for a different reason but essentially the same.Canada
AnonymousCLIO CHANNEL ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SHRIMPING GROUNDS ON THE COAST

-DFO Statistic shows that 79% of the landings of shrimp (humpback, pink, side stripe) in Shrimp Management area 12 are from subarea 12-26 (Clio Channel)

-1.2 million pounds of shrimp have been harvested from Clio Channel in the last 5 years.

-The fishermen who have fished in the area have made a large part of their income from that fishery

-8-10 licensed vessels fish these waters, with some traveling from Nanaimo, as Clio Channel is the closest productive water

-The physical presence of the anchoring system of an open-net fish farm alone would preclude shrimp trawl access to the majority of the trawling channel

- “Our company relies on the production from Clio Channel to enable our plant workers to peel shrimp throughout the year…Our 25 employees have worked for us for 30-35 years…It would be totally irresponsible to even consider this proposal with so much at stake… the employment for the fishermen, the plants workers, the truck drivers, and the BC consumer that relies on a year-round supply of shrimp meat… We have already had to deal SLICE that was introduced to kill lice several years ago that had with the negative impacts on the shrimp population” – Hub City Fisheries

- There would be no compensation for loss of income and livelihood for local fishermen

-Additionally the use of de-lousing chemicals threatens all creatures that make a shell, including shrimp.

THE PROPOSED SITES WOULD CONTAMINATE LOCAL CLAM DIGGING GROUNDS

-The northern boundary of the proposed tenure at Minstrel Island (#1711141) falls next to a very productive clam bed that is harvested regularly by local clam diggers. This is in contravention of the siting guidelines for finfish farm tenures

TOO MANY FARMS, TOO CLOSE

-Allowing these farms sites would set a precedent in allowing farms closer than 3 km to each other, which was set by the Province of BC.

SHELLFISH LEASES CONVERTED TO SALMON FARMS?

-Allowing these farms sites would set a precedent in allowing shellfish leases to be flipped to become fin fish farms. If this goes through many shellfish leases can be turned into salmon farms

ORCA SITINGS DOWN 70%, ORCA NEED CHINOOK

-The local resident population of orca who have historically returned to Johnstone strait to feed and mate have began looking elsewhere for chinook. Local whale watchers who have been observing the orca for over 30 years note a 70% reduction in siting over the last 10 years, dropping along with the chinook populations. These resident orca depend mainly on chinook which used to be found in these waters year round.

-Winter springs (overwintering chinook) are perhaps the most vulnerable adult salmon because they spend more time in close proximity to the farms. These stocks have been decimated since the introduction of farms to the area.

-These fish farms are in an area where the chinook salmon of Knight Inlet rest on their way up the inlet. If there are diseases in the farms, they can become infected and infect the Glendale, Klinaklini and Franklin Rivers.

INDUSTRIAL SALMON FARMS CONDITIONS LEAD TO MORE VIRULENT SALMON DISEASE EPIDEMICS- WHICH ARE PASSED TO OUR WILD SALMON

-These farms are permitted to transfer diseased salmon from their hatcheries into BC waters.

-An infected salmon farm can release 65 billion infectious viral particles per hour (DFO Dr. Kyle Garver testimony Cohen Commission) and the tides in this area can move 10km in 6 hours. So whatever comes out of these farms will be spread far beyond the lease. The permits to use diseased farmed salmon has been challenged in the courts, decision pending.

FARMS PRODUCE BILLIONS OF SEA LICE WHICH INFECT JUVENILE WILD SALMON

-In the following published peer reviewed science paper the author estimates that 1.6 billion lice eggs were produced over a 2-week period by Broughton Archipelago salmon farms in the winter of 2004. “Farmed Atlantic salmon are now a major year-round host and producer of parasitic sea lice (Tully and Whelan 1993; Holst et al. 2000, 2003; Heuch and Mo 2001; Butler 2002; Naylor et al. 2003; Morton et al. 2004; Heuch 2005; Heuch et al. 2005. Farmed Atlantic salmon have been implicated in sea louse outbreaks on juvenile wild salmonids (Tully and Whelan 1993; Tully et al. 1999; Holst et al. 2000, 2003; Heuch and Mo 2001; Bjørn and Finstad 2002; Butler 2002; Morton et al. 2004, 2005; Heuch 2005; Heuch et al. 2005; Krkosek et al. 2005). Farmed fish hosting even small numbers of lice per individual can collectively produce large numbers of louse eggs and infectious larvae during the spring, precisely when juvenile salmonids leave natal rivers and enter coastal waters.”

http://www.watershed-watch.org/publications/files/Orr_2007.pdf

RATE OF LICE INFECTION ON WILD SALMON FRY 90% NEAR FARMS, NEAR ZERO WITHOUT FARMS

-“We found that 90% of juvenile pink and chum salmon sampled near salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago were infected with more than 1.6 lice/(g host mass)–one louse per gram can be a lethal infection… Sea lice abundance was near zero in all areas without salmon farms”

http://www.sfu.ca/grow/science/resources/1274130944.pdf

-Krkosek et al. (2005) showed that sea louse infection pressure imposed by an isolated salmon feedlot in British Columbia was four orders of magnitude greater than ambient levels, resulting in a maximum infection pressure near the feedlot that was 73 times greater than ambient levels

IT ONLY TAKES 1 OR 2 SEA LICE TO BE LETHAL TO A JUVENILE WILD SALMON FRY

-Morton and Routledge (2005) showed that short-term mortality of wild juvenile pink and chum salmon is increased by infestations of just 1 to 3 sea lice. Small numbers of lice can harm or kill salmon indirectly, by increasing the fishes’ stress levels and weakening their immune systems. A “load” of only one louse per gram of fish can be lethal (Finstad 2002; Costello 2009).

IN THE BROUGHTON FARMERS HAVE SUPPRESSED LICE NUMBERS IN RECENT YEARS BY USING SLICE, BUT SLICE IS TOXIC AND LICE EVENTUALLY BECOME RESISTANT, WHICH LEADS TO THE USE OF INCREASINGLY MORE TOXIC CHEMICALS

-It is a well-known fact that lice eventually become resistant to the chemical treatments used to control them. The quantity of chemicals used by fish farmers to treat sea lice infestations has risen dramatically in accordance with rising infestation levels and resistance. This leads companies to use ever-more toxic chemicals. Slice is bad enough being toxic to other crustaceans-including lobster, prawn, crab, and shrimp.

-Because of its ability to accumulate in sediments, Slice could become toxic to other marine life. Research on the environmental effects of Slice are still pending.

-Due to the heavy reliance on Slice, sea lice on New Brunswick farms have developed resistance to the chemical. As a result, New Brunswick salmon farmers have received permission to use a number of other pesticides administered through a bath treatment. Bath treatments involve adding pesticides directly to the water (either in a net-pen enclosed with tarps or in a well boat). After treatment is finished, the pesticide-laden water is released into the marine environment. There has been a history of reoccurring “emergency” approvals of aquaculture pesticides (emergency approvals do not require as extensive environmental testing as a full approval).

-DFO has recently approved use of large quantities of hydrogen peroxide which is released into the bays, as a farmed salmon delouser, even though there is no research to show how this affects juvenile wild salmon, herring, oolichans and other species.

SEA LICE TREATMENT CHEMICALS ARE LETHAL TO CRUSTACEANS

-When salmon farmers in New Brunswick were faced with drug-resistant lice they resorted to using a chemical that killed several hundred lobster in the area. They were charged with 19 counts of releasing an illegal pesticide.

“We’re seeing comparably toxic, or even more toxic chemicals approved for use or considered for future use, so I hope this gives pause in our future management of the sea lice problem”- Matthew Abbott, Fundy Baykeeper with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick
SointulaCanada
KerriReidAll these, and more:

CLIO CHANNEL ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SHRIMPING GROUNDS ON THE COAST
-DFO Statistic shows that 79% of the landings of shrimp (humpback, pink, side stripe) in Shrimp Management area 12 are from subarea 12-26 (Clio Channel)
-1.2 million pounds of shrimp have been harvested from Clio Channel in the last 5 years.
-The fishermen who have fished in the area have made a large part of their income from that fishery
-8-10 licensed vessels fish these waters, with some traveling from Nanaimo, as Clio Channel is the closest productive water
-The physical presence of the anchoring system of an open-net fish farm alone would preclude shrimp trawl access to the majority of the trawling channel
- “Our company relies on the production from Clio Channel to enable our plant workers to peel shrimp throughout the year…Our 25 employees have worked for us for 30-35 years…It would be totally irresponsible to even consider this proposal with so much at stake… the employment for the fishermen, the plants workers, the truck drivers, and the BC consumer that relies on a year-round supply of shrimp meat… We have already had to deal SLICE that was introduced to kill lice several years ago that had with the negative impacts on the shrimp population” – Hub City Fisheries
- There would be no compensation for loss of income and livelihood for local fishermen
-Additionally the use of de-lousing chemicals threatens all creatures that make a shell, including shrimp.
THE PROPOSED SITES WOULD CONTAMINATE LOCAL CLAM DIGGING GROUNDS
-The northern boundary of the proposed tenure at Minstrel Island (#1711141) falls next to a very productive clam bed that is harvested regularly by local clam diggers. This is in contravention of the siting guidelines for finfish farm tenures
TOO MANY FARMS, TOO CLOSE
-Allowing these farms sites would set a precedent in allowing farms closer than 3 km to each other, which was set by the Province of BC.
SHELLFISH LEASES CONVERTED TO SALMON FARMS?
-Allowing these farms sites would set a precedent in allowing shellfish leases to be flipped to become fin fish farms. If this goes through many shellfish leases can be turned into salmon farms
ORCA SITINGS DOWN 70%, ORCA NEED CHINOOK
-The local resident population of orca who have historically returned to Johnstone strait to feed and mate have began looking elsewhere for chinook. Local whale watchers who have been observing the orca for over 30 years note a 70% reduction in siting over the last 10 years, dropping along with the chinook populations. These resident orca depend mainly on chinook which used to be found in these waters year round.
-Winter springs (overwintering chinook) are perhaps the most vulnerable adult salmon because they spend more time in close proximity to the farms. These stocks have been decimated since the introduction of farms to the area.
-These fish farms are in an area where the chinook salmon of Knight Inlet rest on their way up the inlet. If there are diseases in the farms, they can become infected and infect the Glendale, Klinaklini and Franklin Rivers.
INDUSTRIAL SALMON FARMS CONDITIONS LEAD TO MORE VIRULENT SALMON DISEASE EPIDEMICS- WHICH ARE PASSED TO OUR WILD SALMON
-These farms are permitted to transfer diseased salmon from their hatcheries into BC waters.
-An infected salmon farm can release 65 billion infectious viral particles per hour (DFO Dr. Kyle Garver testimony Cohen Commission) and the tides in this area can move 10km in 6 hours. So whatever comes out of these farms will be spread far beyond the lease. The permits to use diseased farmed salmon has been challenged in the courts, decision pending.
FARMS PRODUCE BILLIONS OF SEA LICE WHICH INFECT JUVENILE WILD SALMON
-In the following published peer reviewed science paper the author estimates that 1.6 billion lice eggs were produced over a 2-week period by Broughton Archipelago salmon farms in the winter of 2004. “Farmed Atlantic salmon are now a major year-round host and producer of parasitic sea lice (Tully and Whelan 1993; Holst et al. 2000, 2003; Heuch and Mo 2001; Butler 2002; Naylor et al. 2003; Morton et al. 2004; Heuch 2005; Heuch et al. 2005. Farmed Atlantic salmon have been implicated in sea louse outbreaks on juvenile wild salmonids (Tully and Whelan 1993; Tully et al. 1999; Holst et al. 2000, 2003; Heuch and Mo 2001; Bjørn and Finstad 2002; Butler 2002; Morton et al. 2004, 2005; Heuch 2005; Heuch et al. 2005; Krkosek et al. 2005). Farmed fish hosting even small numbers of lice per individual can collectively produce large numbers of louse eggs and infectious larvae during the spring, precisely when juvenile salmonids leave natal rivers and enter coastal waters.”
http://www.watershed-watch.org/publications/files/Orr_2007.pdf
RATE OF LICE INFECTION ON WILD SALMON FRY 90% NEAR FARMS, NEAR ZERO WITHOUT FARMS
-“We found that 90% of juvenile pink and chum salmon sampled near salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago were infected with more than 1.6 lice/(g host mass)–one louse per gram can be a lethal infection… Sea lice abundance was near zero in all areas without salmon farms”
http://www.sfu.ca/grow/science/resources/1274130944.pdf
-Krkosek et al. (2005) showed that sea louse infection pressure imposed by an isolated salmon feedlot in British Columbia was four orders of magnitude greater than ambient levels, resulting in a maximum infection pressure near the feedlot that was 73 times greater than ambient levels
IT ONLY TAKES 1 OR 2 SEA LICE TO BE LETHAL TO A JUVENILE WILD SALMON FRY
-Morton and Routledge (2005) showed that short-term mortality of wild juvenile pink and chum salmon is increased by infestations of just 1 to 3 sea lice. Small numbers of lice can harm or kill salmon indirectly, by increasing the fishes’ stress levels and weakening their immune systems. A “load” of only one louse per gram of fish can be lethal (Finstad 2002; Costello 2009).
IN THE BROUGHTON FARMERS HAVE SUPPRESSED LICE NUMBERS IN RECENT YEARS BY USING SLICE, BUT SLICE IS TOXIC AND LICE EVENTUALLY BECOME RESISTANT, WHICH LEADS TO THE USE OF INCREASINGLY MORE TOXIC CHEMICALS
-It is a well-known fact that lice eventually become resistant to the chemical treatments used to control them. The quantity of chemicals used by fish farmers to treat sea lice infestations has risen dramatically in accordance with rising infestation levels and resistance. This leads companies to use ever-more toxic chemicals. Slice is bad enough being toxic to other crustaceans-including lobster, prawn, crab, and shrimp.
-Because of its ability to accumulate in sediments, Slice could become toxic to other marine life. Research on the environmental effects of Slice are still pending.
-Due to the heavy reliance on Slice, sea lice on New Brunswick farms have developed resistance to the chemical. As a result, New Brunswick salmon farmers have received permission to use a number of other pesticides administered through a bath treatment. Bath treatments involve adding pesticides directly to the water (either in a net-pen enclosed with tarps or in a well boat). After treatment is finished, the pesticide-laden water is released into the marine environment. There has been a history of reoccurring “emergency” approvals of aquaculture pesticides (emergency approvals do not require as extensive environmental testing as a full approval).
-DFO has recently approved use of large quantities of hydrogen peroxide which is released into the bays, as a farmed salmon delouser, even though there is no research to show how this affects juvenile wild salmon, herring, oolichans and other species.
SEA LICE TREATMENT CHEMICALS ARE LETHAL TO CRUSTACEANS
-When salmon farmers in New Brunswick were faced with drug-resistant lice they resorted to using a chemical that killed several hundred lobster in the area. They were charged with 19 counts of releasing an illegal pesticide.
“We’re seeing comparably toxic, or even more toxic chemicals approved for use or considered for future use, so I hope this gives pause in our future management of the sea lice problem”- Matthew Abbott, Fundy Baykeeper with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick
SointulaCanada
CarmenBurrowsMy concerns are how the un naturally high levels of sealice from the fish farms negatively impact juvenile salmon. Also how the toxic and increasingly ineffective substances used to attempt to keep sealice levels under control at the fish farms sites is also affecting all sealife.SointulaCanada
AnonymousFarmed salmon are a threat to wild salmon which are crucial to ecosystems throughout B.C.VancouverCanada
Britt MariaChristiansenTo whom it may concern,

I would like to voice my concern about the proposal to establish two new salmon farms in the Clio Channel on the West Coast of British Columbia.

I’m from Denmark, and two years ago I visited your beautiful and (almost) unspoiled West Coast when I went up Knight Inlet to a lodge called Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge that specializes in wildlife viewing and eco tours. I was truly amazed by the nature, the wildlife, the peace and quiet of the inlet. However, one thing disfigured the otherwise picture-perfect scenery - the fish farms located near the shores. When I asked what they were, I learned that not only are they horrendous to look at, they are also highly damaging to the wild fish in the waters around them and to the environment, and consequently to wildlife on shore as well.

Last year I went back to Knight Inlet, this time to Coastal Springs Float Lodge for a salmon fishing trip. More fish farms had been established, and I felt annoyed as a tourist by this, but devastated as a human being who cares about nature and the environment.

I have since learned that the Canadian government has ignored the recommendations and aspirations of the First Nations in this regard, a behaviour that I find disrespectful to the people who have been living in harmony with nature for thousands of years.

I hereby raise my concerns as a tourist who has paid (a substantial amount of) money to visit your country and see things that cannot be seen elsewhere on this planet. If the Canadian government continues to let the fish farming industry destroy the beauty, the richness and the wildness of the West Coast and cause irreversible damage to environment, nature and wildlife, I am afraid British Columbia in the next few years will have to wave goodbye to a great number of tourists visiting on eco tours and fishing trips, and with that the money we would otherwise have spent in your country.
Other
RonaldMurrayIt is known fact, farm salmon are no good for smoking too soft ,no good for canning too mushy,but we let them raise salmon ,it should be on dry land ,it would coast them a bit more ,but it would be better for our salmon fishers so let quit being so soft hearted to the poor norsks,if it was not cheeper for them ti do it in our waters thy would move some where else so for get the pipe line and the D.OFIn line with some fish save men and women Ron murrayNoneVancouverCanada
AnonymousWhy keep putting these non-native fish in our water.Do what a respectful
person would do & put these{ alien, lice infested} fish in a closed containment
system on shore where you can better monitor them instead of leaving the mess
for mother nature to try to fix and clean up while some foreign entity profits
& then departs.Only in Canada can you come & set up shop--screw up royally-
- then get compensated by the Government when you fail.
aldergroveCanada
Anonymousenough is enough!..no more in fact shut them all down and move them inland...they have decimated Chile's wild stocks...our once pristine coast is becoming a cess pool under the current govts Feds and Prov.Libs ...it's little wonder beautiful animals like the Orcas are dying of infectious diseases and toxins because they have to migrate around and past these poop ponds...we need to stop the lieberals in their tracks now or there or it won't be long before we're past the point of return...look at the damage they've allowed in just ten years....never listening to anyone that opposes ...muzzle, cow and fire scientists working for the DFO...slander and mock stewards like Alexandra ,..imo it will take twenty more years to recover....and at this pace with no obstacles in the corporation's way now...(you know like the people that actually live here whose livelihoods are dependent on the coast, who are dead against any more expansion) there will soon be no tourism, no sport fishing, no shrimping, nothing...just tar sand tankers, LNG and Norwegian fish farms that employ 2 or 3 monitors per farm...deceitful corporate enablers...these are the people ruining er running this Province...we cannot let them get away with their lies, their bs dog and pony shows, their blatant disregard for science...get Harper out first and then Christy and her bunch...that would be good start. Keep our coastline natural....fish farms are not natural...move them inland, go to closed containment or shut them all down.noneNorth VancouverCanada
AnonymousSalmon farms are destroying any chance our wild salmon have of continuing to flourish. Respect the science; respect the irreplaceable wild.Canada
AnonymousPlease stop open pen fish farms. Our Salmon stocks are precarious as is and inundating this precious resource with more disease and sea lice is doing nothing to protect them. It has been shown that closed, land based, fish farming can be effective and profitable. Do not consider open pen farms in our fragile ocean environments.Canada
AnonymousMy concern is the corporate ran government of bc and Canada is destroying the wild stock salmon. Who do you think you are that you can take the priceless ,irreplaceable wild stock salmon of bc and infect and destroy them with disease from farmed salmon? If you want farmed salmon (of whom I wouldn't allow these desease riddled mutations in my home) make them land based. Get this destructive ,dirty industry out of bc waters!Canada
Anonymous~turning shell fish leases into fin fish leases sets a dangerous precedent
~the multi million dollar Cohen Commission the public paid for expressed serious concern over the potential dangers that open net aquaculture could cause to wild salmon and that more investigation needed to be done which has not been done. Cohen also recommended immediately removing farms if there was a substantial threat to wild stocks. There is much evidence on both parasites and viruses on a global scale that our wild salmon are threatened by farming salmon. Some of that science shows that viruses originating in non-indigenous Atlantic salmon are now present in wild Pacific salmon.
~I am concerned about the fecal matter that these farms create impacting the sea floor and causing damage both to the ecosystem and the livelihood of shrimp fishermen.
~I am concerned that the government does not operate in the best interests of the people it is supposed to work for or the future generations that will need our resources and instead has become so polluted itself that it can no longer see beyond it's own hand / operating term and has become a slave to industry.
~Say No to more open net fish farms.
Canada
GaryMawerVictoriaCanada
DonGoalderCommercial salmon farms threaten our far more significant wild salmon ecosystems. All fish farms should be closed containment facilities. No open net operations at all.SmithersCanada
ChrisJohnsonMy concerns are sea lice, the possibility of Atlantic salmon escaping into the wild and spreading disease and pollution from the feed and feces under the pens. These farms should be placed on shore where they can be easily controlled and monitored.

Chris Johnson
Nooksack River Steward
Native Fish Society
NFSCanada
JohnDawsonI have watched the demise of the Knight inlet wild salmon stocks since the introduction of salmon farms. I personally was instrumental in the cleaning the gravel of the glendale spawning channel which was completely funded by private donation. This was the first and only time it has been cleaned since it's construction in the late 80's. The results were tremendous but it is in desperate need of cleaning again. Consider putting funding into rehab of wild stocks and not supporting their demise by lining the pockets of foreign investment by introducing more farms. We as locals, will not stand by and watch this industry kill the last remaining brood stock of wild salmon in this area.Concerned citizen, commercial fisherman, environmental contractorSointulaCanada
AnonymousThese new farm applications are not being thoroughly thought out~ worse yet, we know from history. biological evidence and scientific research, that endangering our own wild stocks will only lead to worse destruction of natural wild salmon habitat and then, destruction of the fragile eco-systems of our ocean and coastal waters. Constructive progress would be in protecting our wild resources and managing them better, instead of just allowing some foreign outfit to destroy our native species.~When are our ministers going to understand that environmental health and balance is important for all Canadians? Isn't our country's motto to protect our land and its people? The ocean is part of my world, and i expect my government's authority to respect the wild salmon's environment as it should!!!VICTORIACanada
StephenChessorHello,
Please remove all open net fish farms from Canadian waters and encourage closed-containment farms instead.
The pollution, disease, pests, and killing of predators due to open net farms must be stopped.
Thank-you
VancouverCanada
AnonymousThe Political Institutions responsible for allowing/permitting the proposed fish farms on the coastline of B.C. seem to not realize the known impacts ? It's as if they're condescending over public's interest and eve the given impacts including the destruction of thousands of salmon last July 2014 alone.
There seems to me to be no benefit to British Columbians that are jarred in this dim-witted democracy, OH, but what of our pristine coastlines we use to hold and cherish as British Columbians.
I needn't spend any more time on all the other manifestations that are the direct results of your political rights as quasi dictators over the people and the environment !!!

SHAMEFUL, BLOODY SHAMEFUL !!!
Resident of BC for over 60 yearsVictoriaCanada
AnonymousNo more fish farms!!! These aren't farms, they are breeding grounds for diseases. Put money into ensuring our wild salmon survive. Our provincial and federal government seem bent on destroying wild fish and all the life that depend on it. Why is that? Something more important under the ground? I'm concerned that one end timer cares only about his term and will destroy anything in his way.Canada
DoloresShielsIt is time you learn from the Norwegian's that in fact the Fish Farms are breeding diseases that are directly killing the Wild Salmon! These two proposed farms are not following the rules you have set out for them re: how far apart the would be. Commercial fishermen have to follow the rules or they loose their licence. These farms are also going in a sensitive spot that have Shrimp, Prawns, Oolichans and Clam Beds!

Seems to me there is no possible way this application can be approved based on all the rules and laws the farms and process are breaking!
Canada
AnonymousI have read that this government is muzzling the scienctific fact that farms are already contaminating spawning wild salmon. In fact, the farms are even protected from testing!! This seems insane... And indefensible.Tyne valleyCanada
NaomiFraserMy concern is a coastfull of sick and dying fish that could have been prevented. We have to consider that fish farming is a new industry imposed upon the rights of the natuaral beings that exist. What is being done is not natural and very clearly not meshing well with the natural systems here. Allowing fish farms threatens all life interdependant on the coast. It's been a failure here and elsewhere in world. It is time to admit that and stop it, so that the natural coast life forms have a chance to thrive again.Port AlberniCanada
GeraldMichelRemove all open pen fish farmsBridge River Indian BandLillooetCanada
AnonymousIt is nothing short of unbelievable that we would invite this foreign owned industry to set up in our waters to:

+ endanger our native wild salmon stock with introduced diseases
+ pollute our coast and important spawning grounds with sea lice, chemicals, antibiotics and a blanket of feces
+ destroy our local commercial and sport fishing industry, people from all over the world come to pay for and enjoy, while providing a neglegible opportunity for replacement of lost jobs
+ flood our markets with a product the consumption of which has adverse health warnings and low and behold is not a sought after food substitute on our continent

If that wasn't enough of a bad decision from someone not qualified to hold their position in protecting Canadian resources, environmental and economic resillience - this is all given away for FREE to an industry willing to pay $1 M per permit in their home waters.

It just follows in the wake of this extremely poor reasoning of merrit that even the latest example of a disastrous and foreseeable spill of mutilated and sick farming products from commercial pens in Norwegian waters do not compute in the heads of our Canadian stewards of natural resources.

My concerns? You are failing us!
Canada
Anonymousplease advise me why the USA specifically Alaska will and have not allowed Salmon farms in their jurisdiction

I am not against salmon farming on land, however, I am against salmon farming in BC waters where wild BC salmon and Steel head stocks will be affected

This is my province my Canada PLEASE do not allow these foreign farms destroy my children's heritage

Thank you

Dan Quigley
D.R.Quigley Mediation and Arbitration ServicesVictoriaCanada
DaveClendenanThere is no room in our oceans for the already-approved salmon farms, let alone more. Fish farms need to be taken to tanks on land, where they can guarantee that there will be no impact on the ocean wildlife. Refuse these new farm proposals, and refuse to hear new ones.North VancouverCanada
AnonymousRe: New fish farms in coastal waterways:

What have we learned from the Cod Fishery on the east coast? What are we learning from the diseased Steelheads in Norway?

We are about to lose the wild Salmon on the west coast.

Is anyone in the government listening - or are their heads in the sand?
Canada
AnonymousOpen-net salmon farms pollute the water with fish waste and un-eaten feed.
Disease organisms and parasites are rampant in fish farms, and infect nearby wild fish.
Drugs used to treat the consequences of overcrowding in the pens circulate in the surrounding water, further polluting and presenting potential harm to wild fish.
Fish often escape the nets, and go on to cross-breed with native fish, which degrades the wild fish gene pool.
Ms.SEATTLEUSA
ColleenCampbellThe Cihen Commission recommended that not new open net salmon farms be allowed on the Pacific Coast and that the industry of salmon aquaculture move to closed to containment to ensure the protection of wild salmon and the massive ecosystem of which indigenous salmon are a vital part. I am so dismayed that our own Prime Minister came to the coast and encouraged more open net expansion; the Cohen Commision cost 26 million dollars and the evidence guidelines did not allow full disclosure of scientific concerns. Our ocean is in trouble: is this a good reason to allow open net farms to expand dumping all waste and any toxins or chemicals directly into our ocean.I am expecially disgusted should a salmon farms be allowed in the waters off northern Vancouver Island where wild salmon have always been a dominant player in the life and culture of First Nations, BCers, and many visitors. I personally
would never buy or knowingly consume farm salmon and with all the clout and cash behind the open net people, government included, I really fear the days of the wild salmon are going to come to an end, not because someone is feeding the world, but because it helps the economy. I would ask the government people who have the power to act to reconsider the potential harm of open net salmon farms and the value of saving our west coast environment.
noneGold River, BCCanada
AnonymousMy concerns about these new farm applications is that our government, whom is supposed to work for the public, continues to ignore our environment and the health of our fisheries. I remained non-plussed that our government ignores our environment without there even being an economic trade off to consider. I do understand that sometimes governments are to mediate between the public and what is perceived to be a higher motive. The normal tradeoff would be that there is a conscious decision to accept some minor damage to the environment to facilitate substantial employment, however, that can't be the case here. I financed salmon farms before I saw the damage they do. Salmon farms create negligible jobs. So what is the basis of the decision? Damage our environment in a severe fashion so that we have more unhealthy farmed salmon served in restaurants. One has to wonder what the government is hiding as their criteria for ignoring the federal inquiry.Pure LeadershipCalgaryCanada
DorothyNelsonThe fact that Norway has recognized the hazards of ocean-based fish farms should be instructive in Canada: why would our coast be subjected to this unnecessary corruption? Land-based farming must be the immediate alternative.Canada
LisaFalkenbergFirst off, these practices NEED to go through proper Environmental Assessment. Open-net Salmon Farms cause a major disruption in a delicate marine ecosystem. The high concentration of fish in one area is a breeding ground for fish diseases and sea lice, which does not simply only contaminate the farmed salmon, but goes on to contaminate otherwise healthy fish stocks, shellfish stocks, juvenile salmon (whom are particularly vulnerable). Slice and other pollutants are used to keep these fish "healthy" and end up spreading themselves into shellfish stocks making them un-edible for no only humans (our shellfish fishermen to harvest) but to the sea life that DO eat them and get sick.
Salmon Farming Open-net method has not been proven environmentally sound, in fact has been proven again and again otherwise. If we look at the global scale, in Europe, farming salmon has in fact been proven to nearly completely wipe out wild stocks altogether. Let's not make the same mistakes in our country where our laws have not yet been developed enough for proper legislation on salmon farming.
Canada
AnonymousStrong evidence showing the detriment of open net fish farms on the resident native salmonids, AND the species being farmed is Atlantic salmon. I appreciate the need for aquaculture to remove harvesting pressure on the wild salmon, and there are examples of fish farming done well. Closed containers and farming Chinook at a smaller scale are two possible examples.

Our government needs to start taking the scientific community more serious and realize that opposition to farming Atlantic salmon in open nets does not mean putting a stop to aquaculture entirely.
Canada
AnonymousThat people who live in a money matters most culture are making decisions without listening to those who live in a people and other living things matter most culture concerns me. Government and regulatory decisions should be transparent and consultative according to the laws of the land, and therefore blatant disregard for the voices of all scientists, First Nations people, and informed citizens who wish to add to the consultative process is just wrong. Wild salmon are extremely mythic and important to Pacific Northwest culture, and nothing that has the potential to threaten them should go forth without full and careful discussion and consultation with all who wish to be heard.Burns Lake, BCCanada
Anonymousno fish Farms.VancouverCanada
PriscillaJuddSalmon Farms need to be on land where the used water can be cleaned Salmon farms in the ocean are not environmentally friendly.. Thank youCitizen of CanadaLumbyCanada
AnonymousI am concerned that the new salmon farm applications are being processed before the recommendations of the Cohen commission, which was an investment of many millions of Canadians dollars, are fully implemented.
By proceeding with the applications in this way, at this time, the federal government of Stephen Harper is once again displaying its arrogance and disrespect for the citizens of this country, specifically local stakeholders, independent scientists, and First Nations. Let's fully steward our natural resources, by completely implementing the Cohen commission's recommendations, before giving non-natural resources (in particular the open net Fish farms) the chance to jeopardize their safety, health, longevity and sustainability. The land based closed containment method of fish farming is the only way to protect our natural resources of wild salmon.
Canada
AnonymousSeems like they are not taking the cohen findings in practice. Runs contrary to the recommendations of the commission. Seems negligent.VancouverCanada
AnonymousPlease stop approval for applications for new fish farms on our western coast. Too much at risk. There are alternative choices that can be made.Canada
DeniseDufaultWrong idea in a sensitive natural fish habitat. No More Open net fish farms Period!Canada
Anonymousi am appalled that no environmental assessment is being done . i have a copy of a letter i mailed to the b.c. govt asking for a moratorium on the granting of all fish farm licences until environmental assessments were done. my letter is dated 1993.. why are we so intent on ruining our wonderful wild salmon fishery? norway is famous for infecting their own waters with fish farms. why do we keep allowing them to come here and we adjust our rules to accommodate them.. is this for the benefit of one family ? if an honest environment assessment is done there would be no fish farms.
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NAsointula b.c.Canada
AnonymousYour government has glibly and irresponsibly disregarded all recommendations of the Cohen Commission and continues to disregard scientific information on the harmful effects of salmon farms on the ocean environment and our wild salmon populations. Furthermore, when public comment is not permitted because environmental assessment no longer applies to fish farms, citizens rights are being denied. Wild salmon play a very important role in the economics and the health of ecosystems in this province. Not only does sport fishing (and wild salmon spawning) support tourism, but wild salmon provide food for wildlife (also important for tourism) and fertilizer for forests. Allowing two more open net fish farms in the waters off our coast would be absolutely irresponsible--a dismal failure of government to analyse and respect scientific evidence and public opinion over corporate interests. Alas, corporations have no interest in the well-being of citizens or the sanctity of wild salmon--our government should.Canada
Anonymousescaped farmed atlantic salmon - POOR OVERSITE
lice populations exploding and killing fry, compromising wild fish health
diseased fish spreading viruses, pathogens, etc - to my ocean food source
after epidemic in pens- sick fish being composted and turned into "organic soil" - "sea soil"
wild salmon should be protected for food of the environment, bears, wolves, trees, birds, etc.
farms are "bait traps" for wild species wanting food, repelled through unnatural process in waters
farming industry not truthful - oversight has industries best intrests in mind not welfare of Canada's resource
false sense of security advertised by industries with bottom line in mind -misleading advertising "ocean wild"
familySookeCanada
AnonymousI have very strong concerns about the applications for new salmon farms proposed by Grieg Seafood. There is a great deal of scientific evidence to show that open-net salmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon. Disease pathogens are amplified by farms and can be spread to wild salmon and herring. The farms pollute the ocean by dumping chemicals, feed and feces into the marine environment. The First Nations have demonstrated that many problems can be solved by switching to closed containment salmon farms on land. It is important to look at their success as a viable alternative to further fish farms in our oceans.Canada
AnonymousI learned today of the recent proposal to place two new open-net salmon farms along the migration route of the Fraser River sockeye salmon. I find this deeply troubling considering the adverse affects of such practices has been well documented and made readily available to the public. This information resulted in serious recommendations which are provided in the Cohen Commission report to cease such practices and to resort to more sustainable, land-based alternatives. Even locally we have excellent examples of the success of land-based salmon and trout farming including the 'Namgis First Nation's Kuterra land-based salmon farm and the Miracle Springs Trout and Steelhead land-based farm. These operations have proven to be sustainable, affordable and pose minimal to no risk to surrounding ecology.

My family does not have the same history in the Fraser Valley as many people. I cannot say that my family has relied on the sockeye salmon since before a time that can be remembered. But I can say that from over 20 years of fishing on the rivers here that the sockeye are crucial to our local ecosystem and our local culture. An introduction of more open-net salmon farms would further aggravate the visible damage already done by pollutants, escaped fish and disease. Please reconsider and reject the proposals to build further open-net farms. Please consult with local people to fully understand the cultural repercussions. And please take into serious consideration the scientific data warning against such practices.

Here is an exert from another local resident outlining our shared concerns:

"The Cohen Commission report made specific recommendations related to fish farms and they have not been fully implemented, the precautionary principle needs to apply by revoking fish farm licenses instead of approving proposed new salmon farms, and the First Nations people all along the Fraser River need to be consulted as salmon farms do adversely impact Fraser River sockeye salmon. Because of this, there is a "duty to consult" with River First Nations people that must be taken seriously. The ocean aquaculture industry was deregulated by the federal government and protection measures need to restored to properly protect already endangered wild salmon, and its marine habitat. 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. Salmon Farms using the flawed open-net technology are responsible for polluting the marine environment by dumping chemicals, feed, untreated feces and other things into the ocean. This degrades the habitat for many plants and marine species. Escaped farm fish can compete with wild fish for food and habitat and further spread pathogens to wild fish. Many of these negative impacts can be solved by switching to closed containment systems that would be regulated for sustainability. The "Namgis First Nation's Kuterra land-based salmon farm provides and example of what is possible with closed containment salmon farming. it had its salmon enter market place on April 22, 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 needed in ocean farmed salmon operations). by Eddie Gardner"
MissionCanada
AnonymousSalmon farming is linked to severe impacts on wild salmonids every where they exist. There are many reasons why salmon farming doesn't make sense. Salmon farms impact wild salmon through amplification of sealice which then transfer to young wild salmonids which normally would not be exposed to lice. Salmon Farms amplify pathogens (viruses, bacteria, disease) which then the wild salmon are exposed to. Beyond that there is are large amounts of pollution and sewage emitted from the farm which contaminates the area and either kills other species or makes them unfit for human consumption. The coast already produces millions of salmon and thousands of tonnes of seafood without this energy intensive industry which is killing off our food security- not to mention the food security for the local resident orca population, which is suffering due to the lack of chinook.Powell RiverCanada
AnonymousThe Cohen commission is being ignored and the evidence of the damage salmon farms do to wild stocks and ecosystems is very apparent from the issues being faced in Norway. For the sake of our future generations do not add to this risk.

Sincerely, Matt Johnson
Canada
billandrewsI think it is time to move fish farms inland. While there will be expenses setting these farms up, greedy producers with a capital plan should recoup their investment quickly, or get out of the business. No need to wipe out one of the best wild fisheries on the planet, as these fish farmers have done in Chili and Norway.
Please keep BC beautiful.
VancouverCanada
AnonymousIn view of recent events in Norway, regarding disease salmon, we as British Columbians need to heed the signs and move fish farms inland away from the sea and using closed containments.
What do we have to loose?
Lucille Lamarche
Canada
BradFeenstraEvery year I read through the salmon return estimates for the upcoming year and see the list of endangered and extinct salmon runs increasing. Scientific and factual evidence has proven that salmon farms are a contributing factor in the decline of these returns. It appears salmon farming is another nail in the coffin of the West Coast environment which is considered a treasure throughout the world.

Information indicated in the MOE Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector 2012 edition report provides a general indication of the trends in economic benefits regarding the commercial wild salmon harvest, the recreational tidal water fishery, and salmon farming.

Year 1990 2000 2011

Wages and salaries - $2014 millions
Commercial 58 13 9
Recreational 152 98 130
Farming 23 52 58

Employment - thousands
Commercial 6.6 4.1 1.4
Recreational 5.5 4.1 4.5
Farming 1.5 1.9 1.7

GDP - $2014 millions
Commercial 146 9 12
Recreational 254 166 229
Farming 18 46 73

The above excludes the contribution of tourism GDP, estimated to be $7 billion, of which a substantially portion is related to BC west coast outdoor tourism.

While salmon farming revenues increased from $278 million in 2000 to $435 million in 2011 the above indicates there has been no significant increase in the number of BC residents employed by this industry. Due to improvements in production efficiency this trend is likely to continue. So what is the benefit to the local employment and local economies by licensing more salmon farms? A decline in commercial and recreational fishery due to declining salmon stocks, without increasing employment or significant economic growth within the local communities being impacted by salmon farming.

It is well know substantially all the salmon farming industry in BC is controlled by publicly or privately held international corporations. Having lived in Africa for several years I witnessed international corporations moving to communities, taking over the local resources, undermining the community's local economy and environment, and bleeding out profits to their international shareholders at the expense of the people in the local communities.

Much has been said lately about the 10% of the wealthy owning 50% of the world's wealth. The salmon farming industry is the manifestation of this process of wealth transfer from the local residents engaged in the commercial and recreational fishery as a consequence of declining salmon stocks because of, among other factors, the impacts of these internationally owned salmon farms on wild salmon stocks.

Politicians often reiterate the statement "what Canadians want". Virtually all the public opinion polls overwhelmingly indicate what British Columbians want is a healthy west coast environment which will maintain our heritage, contributing to the local economies of all the residence of the BC Coast. Not an industry controlled by international corporations operating with disregard to the environment and long term viability of local communities.
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AnonymousNO WAY! The area can't support two additional farms. We are losing our wild salmon which brings in thousands of eco-tourists every year to this area. If the salmon decline, the orca will go elsewhere, and people will stop coming to the area! Use your heads for something besides separating your ears!!!Telegraph CoveCanada
MatthiasJakobThe Cohen inquiry has left no doubt as to the severe threat that open pen salmon farms pose to the health of wild salmon and the upstream flood chain. It would be a travesty to ignore the results from this inquiry and allow more fish farms along wild salmon migration routes, especially in light of disastrous farmed salmon epidemics in Norway and Chile. Allowing these salmon farms would be a socially irresponsible act in light of scientific research and I implore you to deny the application in the name of this and future generations. Switching to land-based systems is clearly the future to salmon farming.
Regards,
Dr. M. Jakob
Canada
EddieGardnerThe Cohen Commission report made specific recommendations related to fish farms and they have not been fully implemented, the precautionary principle needs to apply by revoking fish farm licenses instead of approving proposed new salmon farms, and the First Nations people all along the Fraser River need to be consulted as salmon farms do adversely impact Fraser River sockeye salmon. Because of this, there is a "duty to consult" with River First Nations people that must be taken seriously. The ocean aquaculture industry was deregulated by the federal government and protection measures need to restored to properly protect already endangered wild salmon, and its marine habitat. 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. Salmon Farms using the flawed open-net technology are responsible for polluting the marine environment by dumping chemicals, feed, untreated feces and other things into the ocean. This degrades the habitat for many plants and marine species. Escaped farm fish can compete with wild fish for food and habitat and further spread pathogens to wild fish. Many of these negative impacts can be solved by switching to closed containment systems that would be regulated for sustainability. The "Namgis First Nation's Kuterra land-based salmon farm provides and example of what is possible with closed containment salmon farming. it had its salmon enter market place on April 22, 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 needed in ocean farmed salmon operations).Fraser Valley Ocean Farmed Salmon Boycott AllianceChilliwackCanada
AnonymousMy concerns are that we will loose out wild salmon forever then it will be the orcas. I want healthy viable salmon for my kidspender islandCanada
JanetBakewelli want to eat wild salmon. i do not want to eat salmon that have been vaccinated, pumped full of antibiotics, and finally soaked in their own shit.

and i do not want these creatures infecting the life in our wild waters. norway is facing a huge catastrophe right now due to farmed fish - i hope that our government has the decency to put its people and our environment before the dollars.
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DougGregoryTotally concerned about the sea lice problem affecting wild salmon. The chemicals being fed to the farmed fish are now into our oceans and inlets. What is the effect on other marine cultures? These diseased fish should not be allowed into our waters. They should be on land if at all. If the Norweigans are totally concerned about what is happening in their own country, why should we even consider having them in ours.? They apparently pay a huge sum of money for fish farms in their own country and pay minimal here? Escaped fish compete with wild salmon for food. Not appropriate.SaanichtonCanada
relkinFish do not belong in pens, medicated to prevent disease. Then feeding theses medicated fish to the citizens without telling the public of what type of medication they are taking. The small fish that migrate thru these become diseased, STOP poisoning the wild salmonIAMAWCanada
AnonymousI am deeply concerned for the continued pollution from the fish farms going into the once pristine waters of the BC coastlines. I am also concerned about the spread of disease from escaping fish to the wild salmon of BC. We must stop licences being granted to new fish farms and we must also move the existing farms onto the land and treat the waste from them in a safe and efficient manner. Companies must not be allowed to profit while being irresponsible for the problems they cause.Canada
AnonymousKeep fish farms on land in order to protect our natural fish stock.QUALICUM BEACHCanada
ReniBontempomy family and I have been involved with the fish industry for many years. Growing up in Prince Rupert, we were surrounded by the ocean which brought us an abundance of seafood, and made it possible for our community, and our province, to prosper. Over the years, over fishing and other political factors have caused a dramatic decline in this wonderful resource. My children and those of this generation as well as the ones to come, will never have the opportunity to experience the magnificent gifts that nature provides us.
For this reason, I am opposed to any industry or project that has the potential to destroy what natural resources we have left in our waters. The risk of contaminating our water with pollutants and disease is far too high!
CoquitlamCanada
AnonymousI will not vote for your party unless salmon farm applications are frozen. Put them on land. Do not toy with complicated process of natural wild salmon miraclePort AlberniCanada
TedUpwardThe evidence is clear, there are many risks with feedlots in the ocean that must not be tolerated, yet alone encouraged by our elected government.
The "only" safer option is to farm on land, like all other farms, and hope most of the risks of effluent discharge are mitigated.
This is a critical issue that must be addressed immediately.
Vancouver, B.C.Canada
AnonymousI do not think it is entirely coincidental that since fish farms were introduced to BC waters, the wild salmon stocks have deteriorated to almost nil. When I fished in the mid seventies. there were 3200 fish boats working, fish plants in Port |Alberni, Rupert, Victoria, Ucluelet, along the Fraser River; in fact fishing was one of BC's top industries. Check out the situation in Norway because of fish farms, and then think twice about allowing fish farms at all.N/AHorsefly, BCCanada
AnonymousOur concern is for the natural habitat. Salmon farms produce an inferior salmon "food" product--not the healthful fish the wild salmon provide for all, including humans. The damage done to the wild stocks with locations of the farms with sea lice affecting the wild stocks and disease from the penned fish by location near migration routes and escapement is a serious problem.
If it is just money and not the ability to realize the environmental damage is also about money. Tourism from boaters, sport fishers is marred. The beauty of the area when cruising is marred, best anchorages taken as well as the lost of the sport fishing for wild, eatable salmon.
I am deeply concerned that the government is not looking after our natural resources. That we will add to the endangerment of species by continuing with farming of fish. We should, instead be promoting ways that the wild stocks will return by regulating the commercial fishing--but with that, eliminating farm fishing in the ocean.
It then is a "win-win" for all. The whales and bears survive---the tourist industry flourishes and good quality food from wild salmon will be available to all creatures, including humans for generations to come.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. Click here to see comments already posted by others. 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).
SointulaCanada
AnonymousIt is simply ridiculous to not review the science and involve stakeholders. After all, stakeholders are closer to the activity than everyone else and have lots of valuable input. If fish farms are so safe, then why not prove it once and for all? The answer: It can't be proven because they are NOT safe....not safe for the environment and not safe for wild Pacific salmon stocks.Canada
DougNashLoads 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.
The fish farms have already ruined wild fish habitat in other parts of the world, why do we invite them to do the same here?
Bowen IslandCanada
SuzanRimacCanada
DerekHillWe are concerned that the BC government is ignoring the legitimate concerns of fishermen, First Nations, scientists and the informed residents of BC that open net fish farms compromise wild fish and habitat. We cannot understand how the BC ( and federal) governments can ignore the findings in Norway and Scotland that lice and disease from farmed fish are spreading disease in wild fish at an alarming rate.
Please revise your policy of allowing in the water open net fish farms and redirect your policy for all fish farms to be located on land before it is too late for the salmon and the environment.
Salt Spring IslandCanada
AnonymousPlease do not approve the latest applications by Grieg Seafood to place two more salmon farms in the waters of northern Vancouver Island.

Clio Channel, the proposed location, is already suffering from overuse by humans, and from the pollution of nearby salmon farms already in place. More farms means more dumping of chemicals, feed, feces and other things into the marine environment. This obviously damages not only wild fish populations, but also degrades habitat for many plants and animals.
The local fish will be damaged not only by these dumps, but also by the elevated numbers of sea lice that farms are know to produce.even more by the presence of two more farms. Sea lice, which are known to cause declines in wild salmon populations.
The wild salmon of British Columbia need to be supported and preserved, not further decreased.
Please do not approve these applications.
NAUSA
DavidSamuelsson samuI am appalled that the government is giving out more open net fish farm licences, for free no less. I have no opposition to land based farms as suggested by the Cohen Commission, however it is criminal to have open net farms that jeprodize our precious wild salmon. If I threw effluent in the ocean like the fish farms do I would be in court. Why are these companies not, and why does this government continue to ignore the scientific facts that open net fish farming harm wild salmon. Wild salmon are a keystone species that is essential to all life on the Pacific coast. Let's show some strong political will and keep our wild salmon healthy and abundant. Thank you,LundCanada
AnonymousMy concerns regarding new fish farm applications are really no different than my concerns over the first inroads made by this industry into Canada many years ago. The major change in my concern is we now have decades of facts to back up the environmental horror story unleashed by the Norwegian encroachment into natural habitat world wide.
Fish farming may well be a viable option in food production, but it does not need to be at the expense of our environment. Farms can be established on land in a manner that allows monitoring and prohibition of the introduction of pharmaceuticals and other GARBAGE into the oceans we all share and depend upon.
You people need to wake up and do the WORK for which you were elected. Set the alarm for wake up in all ministries. Abandoning environmental responsibility for corporate profit is not what you were elected for.
Doing the right thing is not always the easy thing, it is just the right thing.
Canada
PatRasmussenProposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat. This is irresponsible. They are in the path of the Fraser sockeye runs and will harm the sockeye and other wild salmon that pass by.

Farmed salmon is hazardous to the health of humans. It is irresponsible to support salmon farms that harm wild salmon and humans.

If they want to have salmon farms, they can put them on land, the only responsible thing to do. Maybe then they won't need so many chemicals, reducing their hazard to humans too.
World Temoperate Rainforest NetworkOlympiaCanada
AnonymousIt's our responsibility to save our wild salmon ! The devastating effects of salmon farming are proven, let's not continue to hurt our ecosystem!Canada
AnonymousWhy is BC going ahead with two more fish farm applications even though there is a $37 million Canadian inquiry which recommends fish farm criteria be developed with input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review? As a resident of BC, I request a moratorium on fish farming licenses in open waters.DuncanCanada
AnonymousEnough is enough!
Can't you see what has happened in Europe, these farms are having the same effect here.
The whole Norwegien fishing industry is desimated.
Why would you want to have that happen here.
Just because it meens the loss of revenue, shouldn't out way the negative effect these farms have had on all aspects of our fishing community.
SurreyCanada
AnonymousThe Cohen Commission clearing recommended that government should hold the line on creating more fish farms in Discovery Passage. The waterways on our coast are all connected and the marine life that live in them travel vast distances. It makes sense that we should heed the concerns of the Cohen Commission in regards to all of our waterways, not just in Discovery Passage.
By promoting the open pen salmon farm industry, we are neglecting to protect the health of wild fish stocks and consequently the marine ecosystem which in turn feeds all nature. In contrast The Namgis First Nations KUTERRA land based, closed containment salmon farm is successfully raising antibiotic and pesticide free salmon which grow to full size in one year with a 30% saving in feed. This sounds like a solid business plan that all salmon farms should emulate.
Retired teacherParksvilleCanada
BarbaraWatsonShort sighted policies have allowed this industry to be present in our waters, against all public input and approval. The rules have been changed to accommodate the corporate plans. Official inquiries have been made that have determined that this industry is bad for BC. Public protests have been ignored. Scientific evidence has been manipulated. Disease threatens our wild salmon. Where will it end?

The closed containment projects have been successful, but appear to be only token efforts to change the way that they operate. The corporations do not want to change. There is too much money and too little consequences involved. Evidence piles up in Norway, Chili and the east coast of Canada.

So what does the Canadian government do? Agree to expand and approve permits for even more open net feedlots!! The politicians will be gone to their fat pensions when we finally learn what a huge mistake that we have made!! I urge you to stop the madness now before it is too late. DO NOT approve any more feedlots in our waters. Only land based operations are sustainable and acceptable. Wake up!!
North SaanichCanada
AnonymousMy main concerns are disease and sea lice that spread to our wild stocks and the environmental impact on the ocean floor and surrounding areas. I find it very hard to understand with all that has been proven over and over again how harmful open pen fish farming has been to OUR environment and every where it is being done around the world that Canada would consider allowing anymore. Help save our wild stocks and protect our oceans just say NO to any more open pen fish farming. Just in case anyone actually reads this thank you for your time. John ThoringtonCourtenayCanada
AnonymousI just don't understand why our governments (federal and provincial) choose to ignore the science that shows the dangers of open-net farming and refuse to protect our wild salmon. So short-sighted, so ignorant, so sad.Black CreekCanada
AnonymousI have concerns from two perspectives:

1. Professional perspective: I am a Project Manager for a contractor iin Alaska. One basic rule of success is to learn from one's mistakes. Or to improve on one's success. We call this lessons learned. And we apply this to every project.
Question: What have we learned from the disease and actions taken in Norway? We cannot ignore the obvious from what are seeing in Norway and already have learned from past experience:
- 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

2. Personal perspective: I have acquired a BC Annual fishing license since the 1990's. I have watched as the BC government has ignored the obvious and very high risks of salmon farming to the wild fish.
Question: Is it driven by economics and convenience? It is obviously easier to manage fish farms than trying to manage the conditions, climate, user groups, etc to keep wild stocks healthy.

The wild salmon and steelhead in BC, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest provide a tourism industry that brings clean and sustainable revenue to many communities. And, just as important, it maintains a heritage and lifestyle that simply should not be compromised for convenience.

I hope the BC government will stop ignoring the catastrophe beginning in Norway and apply what we are learning to our wild salmon management. 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).

Please do NOT approve two new farms in Clio Channel.
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AnonymousIf salmon can be successfully raised on land based farms why the hell are we waiting.
If any fool figures they can beat mother nature at diversity, think again. Money is the
source of all evil and until we quit bowing before it, we will keep ruining our planet.
Think of future generations and what little we will leave them behind. We are such a
hedonistic society that we are ruining the chance of bettering our situation.

Letting foreign companies operate fish farms in Canada is a seditious act. How can
they be expected to care about our ecology. Strip resources and run. That is what they
do to our products, whether they be flora, fauna, energy resources, labor etc.
lonerKamloopsCanada
AnonymousThey must not be allowed to operate....to much of a risk for our coast & will salmon......results are not in as yet!!Canada
AnonymousThe Norwegian company involved is in trouble in Norway for releasing sick fish into the environment and may have to close their farms as a result. Why are we allowing the same company to build more of these dangerous farms in Canadian waters? It is government for the big companies at the expense of our environment and native fish.TorontoCanada
AnonymousPlease consider not infesting our waters with fish farm and their disease. Our oceans are far too important for only near sighted gains.

peace, David
RevelstokeCanada
KatherineHepperYou must protect our wild salmon and our oceans by disallowing fish farm lots in our open ocean waters. We have only to look to what is happening in Norway to see what the future will hold here in BC for our wild salmon and for the water in which they live if we continue to allow the fish farms to expand. Our beautiful wild salmon must be protected from the diseases of the farmed fish, and our oceans must be protected from the pollution caused by the fish farms! There are better ways to manage fish farming that protect our wild salmon and our oceans, please, please manage our resources responsibly, for the sake of the people and the earth! Thank you.LangleyCanada
AnonymousI have stopped buying salmon because of concern about diseased farmed fish and also the impact on wild salmon. I love the taste of salmon, and it is no small thing to give up.KitchenerCanada
RobertJenksLoads 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.LandisburgUSA
AnonymousSalmon Feed Lots, referred to as farms, containing non-native species, are a serious threat to our Native Wild Salmon already, with known sea lice infestations spreading to wild fish, particularly young migrating wild salmon with lethal results. Also young salmon are tempted by available food in the net pens and are small enough to swim into them where they become food for the bigger feed lot fish. Add to this the diseases caused by overcrowding, the chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones used to make such overcrowding possible, and the fact that because these are open net pens in our BC coastal public waters these substances flow out into the environment unrestricted. One of the most beneficial organic foods for humans is Wild Pacific Salmon, but how can it be organic when the water they have to swim through on their normal historic migration route is contaminated with these substances, plus the effluent from the open net pens? Also there are escapes of the non-native feed lot fish into the environment as has recently happened in Norway with tragic results. The impact on and contamination of our Native Wild Salmon by these fish in the ocean and more importantly in spawning streams is a serious threat to precious habitat and the success of Wild Salmon reproduction.
Our Wild Pacific Salmon are a National Treasure that has nourished this coast for thousands, maybe millions of years, feeding birds, animals, Orcas, sea mammals, other fish, people, and the forest itself as these fish returned faithfully at maturity to the streams where they were born.
Why does Norway charge a Million Dollars for an open net fish farm license but Canada gives the license away Free of Charge? No wonder the Norwegians would rather put their fish farms in BC coastal waters.
To risk all this for the profit of foreign exploiters, particularly in light of the Cohan Report findings and recommendations is truly irresponsible. And why do the proposed salmon farms (feed lots) no longer go through an Environmental Assessment ? This is an added risk to the survival of our Wild Pacific Salmon.
The action Norway is finally taking to have only closed containment salmon farms is tragically too late to save their own wild fish and spawning streams. Canada should move now to implement and enforce the Cohan Commission recommendations, and no new open net pen fish farms should be allowed before this is done. Closed containment only on this coast has already been proved successful and should be the only license issued by our government.
Salt Spring Island Stream and Salmon Enhancement soc.Salt Spring Island, BC.Canada
AnonymousBramptonCanada
AnonymousI believe that we should not allow any more fish farms to be built in the waters of British Columbia and that existing fish farms should be moved on land if they are to continue,noneCanada
AnonymousWe dont need any more salmon farms in BC we need NONE. They violate everything sensible being parked right in the migratory path of our precious wild salmon. I will never ever ever buy farmed salmon because they cannot produce disease free fish and they pollute and poison wild fish. We the taxpayers of BC spent 30 million of our hard earned tax dollars on the Coehn commission inquiry and we want Justice Cohens recomendations implemented and that includes removing salmon farms from all open BC waters. We the people of BC want this and we will get it sooner or later and if we have to elect another party to represent us we will do that. Norway has now at last oprdered all of its salmon farms removed from open waters because the risks are real and devastating. I do not approve any new licenses of salmon farms being placed in any BC waters period.VanocuverCanada
christinepowellWith the recent problems in Norway with escaped fish from farms and the ongoing problems here in BC as reported in the Cohen report I implore our Government to end fish farming on the ocean and deny any further licenses to farms.
Enough is enough.
BC citizens have spoken.
The Cohen report was crystal clear.
No more fish farms.
Take the exisiting ones off our waters.
I want future generations to take pride in decisions made today, not cringe and ask why did our government not listen to their citizens.
saanichCanada
AnonymousThe Canadian and British Columbia governments have show the greatest arrogance and lack of concern for the general public troubled by recent proof of overwhelming disasters arising from fish farm non-management. They are demonstrating a singe mindedness in advancing the schemes of Norwegian corporations, the corporations who have created havoc in Norway, Brirish Columbia, Chile, and other places wherever their fish farms have been inserted. To increase this havoc by approving two new farms, against all sound advice, is a crime against the environment and our children who will be the biggest losers. It is evident that the Alaskans simple policy to protect their wild salmon is the most profitable and sustainable way to go. Let us copy them.retired Canadian and life-long BC residentVictoriaCanada
AnonymousI have grave concerns about the safety of farming salmon in the ocean. Safety for us as consumers and safety for the wild stock of salmon. If you look at the current debate of salmon farming in Norway, you would see that salmon farms are harmful to the environment in many different ways and that they are calling for salmon farms to be made land-based to deal with these negative environmental impacts. Salmon farms breed diseases and parasites that wash out into the wild populations, diseased fish escape into the wild populations, and eating fish that are highly treated with anitbiotics is bad for our health as consumers. Fish dont thrive in pens, they are stressed and sick and I , for one, wont eat them. I do not support farmed fish and i would rather not eat ANY salmon than wreck the natural beauty of the pacific coast and decimate the wild stock of salmon with disease. I truely hope you can take the long view and not approve the applications by Grieg Seafood to have more Salmon farms in knight inlet.Canada
AnonymousGet all the salmon farms out of our waterways and stop the pollution from killing our wild salmon ! . stop lying to to the public ; by not addressing the situation "say something" , to earn your salary ! . I will make a prediction : you will not ever be reelected if you keep hiding from the public !!! . Don't you see whats happening in SWEDEN ? Are the Grieg s financing YOU ?CoquitlamCanada
LindaHeeseI am shocked to hear that more open pen fish farms are trying to establish themselves on our BC Coast. Does anyone in our government read what is happening right now in Norway? Did nobody in government read the Cohen Commission Report?
Stop this insanity now before we lose all our wild salmon. The real shame is there is no need to have open pens in our ocean. Farmed salmon can be grown on land without risk to wild salmon.
STOP NOW!!
North Vancouver, BCCanada
GeorgeMilliganCriminal negligence or worse, treason. The science is clear, fish farming in the ocean is damaging our environment and threatening our own wild stocks. Norway is enacting laws against it, they have been lauded by our own as being the 'world leaders' in fish farming and now finally they are admitting the harm this style of farming is capable of. We Canadians on the other hand are a soft touch for a back hander and so our politicians find it easy to exploit our sovereignty as the apathetic masses look on, Oh Canada!!!!!
Give me your tired , your poor your huddled masses yearning to breath free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. And then let them exploit and destroy what is truly pure and free in the name of the almighty buck!!
Member of the human raceBowen IslandCanada
myna leejohnstoneThe govt of BC and the govt of Canada are not listening to the public.
For years we have demanded a moratorium on fish farms.
You know all the reasons why.
You are elected to represent the people and not these companies
Ialand Natual Gowerssaltspring islandCanada
SMiddletonSalmon farms in our precious coastal waters are just WRONG; create a better industry, more jobs AND protect our wild salmon by only allowing new farms if they are located on LAND!Canada
EleanorMontourTo protect our valuable wild salmon, new fish farms should ONLY be land-based. This is now being recognized in Norway, so why should we continue to allow Norwegian companies to have open-net salmon farms that endanger the health of our wild salmon and their environment?Canada
AnonymousIf new application for salmon farms are approved it will be in the face of indisputable evidence that salmon farms are damaging to the marine environment and a danger to wild salmon runs.

Land based farms are the only safe alternative.
New WestminsterCanada
AnonymousI am totally opposed to the proposed new salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago. These farms were not sited with full stakeholder consultation as recommended by the Cohen Commission. Fish farming has been devastating our wild salmon populations, which are they keystone species in coastal ecosystems. Norway has just recently acknowledged the huge negative environmental impact of fish farms in its own waters and is taking steps to remove its fish farms from the sea and relocating them on land where escaped fish cannot infect wild species with disease. B.C. should do the same right away before irreparable damage to our wild salmon is done.
I have just learned also that BC gives away fish farm licenses for free while Norway requires payment of $1 million for a license for sea pen farming. Why are we giving away these licenses especially when these farms are polluting our waters and spreading sea lice and disease to our wild fish?
VancouverCanada
AnonymousIn view of the problems fish-farming is creating in Norway, I truly believe the BC government should seriously reconsider any thought to allow more fish-farms on our coast. Why does it appear to me that government seems to cave in to large corporations despite current knowledge about the damage being done. Do we really want to have the problems Norway is facing? There seems little chance we can avoid it if more fish farms are permitted. I believe that even what we have now is causing disease and damage and still the governments close their eyes to it.FruitvaleCanada
DougAndersondisease, fecal waste.
fish farming can be done just as well on land and that avoids the risk of cross species contamination.
DurhamCLEARCanada
DeborahPutmanIt is time to take the recommendations seriously to protect our wild salmon. Adding more fish farms in BC waterways is adding harm to our natural ecosystems and wild salmon in particular.

It is known that wild salmon are critical to to the environment, the food chain and the interconnectedness of coastal life forms. Salmon farms in waterways where wild salmon swim is not compatible. Caged salmon create unnaturally high amounts of excrement in one area which affects bottom feeding sea life. Diseased and drugged salmon can and do escape creating a Pandora' s box of possibilities, including infecting our wild salmon population with lice and disease.
Canada
AnonymousPlease consider these facts:

- I have spent a lot of time in the Broughton Archipelago, and consider it one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring places in the world.
- Norway's wild salmon have been decimated by diseases brought on by fish farming.
- BC's fish farming industry has had major problems with sea lice and various pathogens.
- The Broughton Archipelago is one of the richest marine environments in the world, and supports iconic species such as wild salmon and orcas. It also supports very significant economic activity through tourism and commercial fishing.
- The local 'Namgis First Nation is running a successful land based closed containment fish farming operation nearby.
- The Cohen report clearly stated that open net fish farms may harm wild salmon.

I beg you to discourage open net fish farms, and to encourage closed containment fish farms. Considering the precious wild resources that are put in imminent danger by open net fish farms, continuing on your current course would be foolhardy and irresponsible in the extreme.

Thank you for considering my views.
LundCanada
JohnWinterWhat are my concerns, are you crazy. The whole fish farm is my concern and should be the governments as well. How long willl the government allow this crap to continue. Are you so uneducated that you can't understand the importance of wild salmon in the ocean. Salmon are a major part of the ecological cycle.
Read a book you dumbies. Figure it out. 10 year old kids can understand it. Why can't you.
John Winter
Canada
AnonymousSalmon raised on land in contained tanks pose no harm to the wild stocks or the ocean. The only draw back is to the fish frms themselves, as this would be more costly to develop and maintain that said it would protect the ocean and the sea life in it. Our government is only considering their own benefit from a political point. Harming the environment and ocean should not be allowed. Put the farms on land not in our oceans.NanaimoCanada
AnonymousStop allowing fish farms in the open waters! It's time to move them onto land and stop the devastation they cause. Thank christineWhite RockCanada
AnonymousPlease put efforts towards protecting the wild salmon and their wild habitats, not more farm raised salmon, thank you .USA
AnonymousI am very concerned about the effect salmon farms with Atlantic salmon are having on our native west coast salmon. Fish farms in the ocean should be fazed out and pens on land should be constructed for the salmon farms to prevent the diseases carried by the salmon farms from investing our waters and making our native fish sick. Salmon are very important to our west coast eco systems, they are important for many species and to endanger their health is very misguided an short sighted.
Please do not let two more farms be constructed in Knight Inlet.
Sincerely,
Polly Walter
Canada
WilliamBlewettI am very concerned that or Government is going sell the future of our province to the highest Bidder. I would love to see the removal of all salmon farms from BC waters. We boast about how magnificent our province is and yet Our government continues to help destroy all that we have to offer, simply by allowing these destructive industries to destroy the enviroment withwhich our wild fish, Bears, whales, Eagles......" the list goes on", rely on. One would think that someone in Government would stand up for the future of all our wild stocks of fish and all the wildlife that depend on them! pull all the salmon farms and put them in closed containment systems on land.
If the government is so set on having these farms maybe they should sign the pay cheques for all the other buisness' and residents which rely on Wild fish. What jobs will you have waiting for us when the Disease ridden farms,Louse ridden farms have destroyed our wild stocks. If the Government is willing to allow these farms Maybe they should also start paying every resident of Coastal communities in BC a annual salary for the rest of our working lives!
Wake up BC, Protect your people and their future, don't give everything away to foreign companies for short term gain!
Lower Dean River LodgeBella CoolaCanada
AnonymousJustice Cohen's recommendations have been ignored by our Governments.
At the very least we must put a hold on any new expansion of the farming in our waters. We must insist that all existing and any future farming be put in containment on the land with proper disposal of effluent. There is inexcusable risk to the wild salmon and the natural habitat by these disgusting farms. It is totally obvious even in Norway, the homeland of these businesses.
I call on my Government of B.C. to DO SOMETHING to stop this destructive industry in our waters.
w vanCanada
Ed.FergussonWhat are the BC and Canadian governments thinking about, regarding the OPEN NET fish farms ? Have you guys not heard of the Cohen Commission hearings; my god, even I have studied them (75 recommendations), and heard Cohen suggest that removing the farms to land may be too late for our wild salmon. Have seen and read about the destruction Norway is facing ? And yet, you let a FOREIGN company into our waters to pollute just like they have done at home, And what about some of the poisons that Norwegian doctors believe are being passed on to children and pregnant mothers, warning them to avoid the farmed fish ? And Harper fires and/or restricts any Canadian scientist who dares to report their findings about the three diseases in the NORWEGIAN fish farms here . My god, what is happening to us that we cannot even govern our own land and sea ?Ed.Fergusson Power TrainingParksville, BCCanada
DonEkrothI have seen film footage of the damage wrought by salmon farms in Norway and cannot, for the life of me, understand why the BC and Federal governments are siding with the interests of the salmon feedlot industry. Exporting their flawed technology into our pristine waters is an absolute travesty. What are you thinking???
The Cohen Inquiry was pretty explicit that industry needed to be reined in, certainly not expanded. BC already has far more salmon farms than we should have and adding more just exacerbates an already intolerable situation. Shame!!!
North VancouverCanada
AnonymousRe 2015 tenure allocations of shellfish farm to fin fish farms:The application should be rejected for the following reasons:
finfish aquaculture on the Crown lands in question goes against government policy
finfish aquaculture in the Broughton Archipelago will have a terrible impact on the wild salmon stocks
the granting of this application will set a terrible precedent
it's contrary to the North Vancouver Island Marine Plan draft
-Industrial salmon farming has proven to be incompatible with those uses that sustain our island economies
- Greig Seafoods is causing climate change by the presence of its fish farms in BC waters, which destroy the wild salmon stock. These wild salmon are our protection against climate change because of the huge impact they make on our ecosystems. We do not want it in BC

Pamela Fitzpatrick
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KarenZaborniakDo not allow more salmon farms in British Columbia waters and move the ones already here onto land.

When will our government stand up and do the responsible thing!
Salmon farms pollute our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed and feces into the water.
Escaped farm fish spread pathogens to the wild fish.

How ridiculous to imply that by eating farmed salmon , you are saving wild salmon!
Nanoose BayCanada
CulinGommCanada
AnonymousLook at the facts! Stop salmon farming if it isn't already too late.North Vancouver, BCCanada
daryleganThose proposed areas will impact my traditional shrimping areasCanada
AnonymousIt's sticking your head in the sand to allow even more salmon farms to set up shop here in BC. Isn't the Norwegian debacle enough or do you just not want to learn? It's setting the stage for catastrophe. Money does not trump the environment and the chain of life that depends on the wild salmon.

I, for one, never buy farmed fish and as others become educated in greater numbers, there will be no demand for consumption of farmed fish.

This woman is doing environmental work, then this is at odds with that work in their own country. It seems to be alright to contaminate another country for the sake of business. It is not!
BurnabyCanada
AnonymousThere is no need to risk wild salmon populations. Looking after what we have is more important than a something that could potentially destroy the natural habitat...it's dumb.RichmondCanada
JoanSellI am very concerned about the two new fish farms proposed for Clio Channel File: #1411171 and
File: #1411170. Wild salmon (including Chinook and Fraser River sockeye) travelling up Knights Inlet rest in this area and the effluent from these farms will add to the wild salmon exposure to salmon farm pollution and diseases. This is also an important shrimp area. Farms are responsible for polluting our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed, feces into our oceans degrading habitat for many plants and animals. There are already too many fish farms in this area. It's time this industry moved onto land.
Canada
AnonymousStop degrading our environment. Put all fish farms on land where the impact is minimal.Canada
VicBoothIt seems that you as a government want to ignore all the scientific evidence that says that open pen fish farms are bad news for our oceans and our wild salmon.You seem to be willing to sacrifice our environment,our wild fish and our SUPERNATURAL BC for corporate profit.To get my vote you have to wake up and realize BC belongs to all of us and our children,grandchildren and great grandchildren.Our environment and all the that nature provides for us is threatened by the corporate greed that you facilitate.
NO MORE OPEN PEN FISH FARMS AND GET RID OF THE ONES WE GOT AND YOU WILL BE THE HEROES OF ALL THE VOTERS THAT TRULY LOVE OUR PROVINCE,OUR SUPERNATURAL BC.
Nanoose BayCanada
SheilaMcConnellIn the interests of wild salmon and the environment we should be removing salmon farms from out coast, not approving new ones.
Why is your head in the sand on this fital issue?
Canada
KathyClarkemy concerns are:
Fish farming is over-populating the water in which fish live. Fish need space to move freely & develop in a natural environment. It is like we humans thinking that living in Mumbai or Beijing might be a healthy place to live! Fish farms that are open to the ocean allow fish to sometimes escape...fish not natural to the west coast. All the feces, sludge, disease etc also escapes to our natural waters.

I will not eat farmed salmon. It is wild or nothing.
Canada
AnonymousFish farms with non-native species [Altantic Salomon] put our native salmon runs at risk due to disease that occurs within these fish farms. The pens are porous. The disease is rampant, despite DFO scientists being muzzled. Fish farms should be land based only. I want no new licenses for ocean pens to be issued and all current farms' licenses to expire and not be renewed unless they are moved to a land based pen system.WhistlerCanada
SteveBoothThere is plenty of evidence to suggest that these farms pose risks to wild salmon and the environment. Should we seriously wait until its too late to say 'no'? Why cant these farms be on land? Yes its more expensive but so what? As a taxpayer I'd be ok with providing low interest loans and cutting certain red tape to enable land based fish farming.

There are so many other environmental impacts these fish didn't have to deal with 50 years ago, why add another? Why risk it?

I am concerned that our governments hold these farms in higher regard than the wild stocks. For the sake of a handful of seasonal jobs. This is irresponsible.
Canada
AnonymousIt's past time for closed containment, land based salmon farming. Are we not going to learn from Chili and Norway until it's way too late? Come on, use common sense before we lose our wild salmon and all that they give us. This is beyond forgivable - we are smarter than this. How much more evidence do you need? No more fish farms unless they are on land. Consumers can choose to eat farmed salmon from these systems if they choose -- but with open net fish farms, the wild salmon and ocean eco-systems have no choice.Bowen IslandCanada
AnonymousIt has been proved, both in Norway and in B.C. that the only way that salmon farms should exist is when they are totally enclosed by land. The transfer of pollutants from farmed salmon to wild salmon is threatening the very existence of wild salmon. Very few knowledgeable people in B.C. are prepared to risk their health and that of their families by eating farmed salmon. The argument that salmon farms provide jobs is stupid - the same number of jobs, or probably more, would be provided by totally enclosed salmon farms.CourtenayCanada
AnonymousSalmon farms poison the fish and the environment. I became violently ill from eating farmed salmon bellies, once in a restaurant and once at home. The experience was like being on a bad drug. I firmly believe I was poisoned by the toxins/drugs that they feed the fish. These toxins and drugs are spread throughout the area of the open nets and absorbed by the environment and the other life forms that inhabit the area. Salmon farms spread disease that is imported from other countries/oceans and will eventually destroy our wild salmon populations.
Open pen salmon farms are a blight on the environment and should not be allowed in our waters, PERIOD!

I will never eat farmed salmon again and encourage everyone else do boycott farmed salmon as well.
BurnabyCanada
AnonymousI'm sorry we didn't know is not going to be a viable excuse. Please change this practice to on land closed farming.Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms have far too many problems to be unleashed in our waters. We need the government to protect the natural habitat for salmon and put the public and environmental needs ahead of industry for future generations to come. Short terms gains result in total losses and long term failure. It's time to put greed and exploitation aside.Syndicate DigitalVancouverCanada
AnonymousMy concerns are that open net salmon farms and salmon feed lots are too dangerous to the environment too be allowed. Open net salmon Farms should be phased out, and taken out of the ocean and not increased.VictoriaCanada
AnonymousMy concerns are the same as many others. The fish farms are not needed and pose health concerns to our native wild salmon. Why would you agree to these fish farms when it is proven that they have diseases that will affect our wild salmon? If the Grieg's want fish farms, they should keep them where they belong, in they're own country's oceans.N/ACherryvilleCanada
AnonymousNew farms will just make a bad situation worse and will inevitably preclude the recovery of BC wild salmon stocks which must swim in the water channels in which the farms are located. The problem is that the bulk of the water in Knight's Inlet, like the water in all the long deep inlets on the BC coast, and like the water between the top end of Georgia Strait and the Broughtons, where most farms are currently located, just sloshes back and forth with incoming or outgoing tides.

High density monocultures are characterized by disease outbreaks. Salmon farms are high density monocultures. Fish in the farms can pick up sea lice or other pathogens from our wild salmon and concentrate them then pass them back to the wild stocks as they swim by. Both the out migrating fry and smolts and the returning adults are at risk. All Georgia Strait stocks which don't migrate via Juan de Fuca Strait to their feeding grounds in the north east Pacific are at risk.

Alaska didn't allow salmon farms so their wild stocks are thriving while ours are not.

Please do not issue any more fish farm permits and plan to phase out all existing ones at the earliest opportunity. For the sake of future generations, the aboriginal peoples, the fish eating Orcas, and the wild pacific salmon themselves.
Hornby IslandCanada
Anonymousdo not allow any more fish farms in B.C. waters and ban all fish farming on the Canadian Pacific coast. If you have to allow any fish farming, ensure that they are landlocked and cannot further contaminate our wild fish stock. This issue is very important to me and millions of other Canadian voters.Horsefly B.C.Canada
AnonymousStop the Fish farms now, You know this can not be good for Canadian wild fish. Do the right thing for all Canadians.CanadianSurreyCanada
AnonymousTime for the Salmon farms to stop developing in open water. The only option is to develop on land. We do not need their diseased fish mixing in with healthy wild salmon.
What this Province needs is leadership in dealing with applications that are a negative to an existing species.
Farmed salmon is not sustainable. Wild BC salmon is the best in the planet!
Stop BC farmed salmon from growing . No more farms on the ocean. Stop the lice and spread of disease!
WhistlerCanada
AnonymousI have followed the development of salmon aquaculture industry for some years now and I'm very saddened by the inability of the industry to improve its negative impact on the environment that it operates in. The issues are well documented - pollution by fecal waste, chemicals and drugs used in sea lice control and the treatment of other diseases impacting on the wider environment, escapee fish endangering wild salmon etc. etc. Where ever this industry operates it has been protected by successive governments and given ample time to improve its environmental performance but this just hasn't happened.

I would urge that the proposal to convert two shellfish facilities on the Broughton archipelago to open net feedlot salmon aquaculture be rejected on the basis that the industry has not and will never be able to operate this form of aquaculture in a manner that has minimal environmental impact.

The future of salmon aquaculture must be in closed containment where problems, if they should occur, are contained within the system with no impact on the wider environment and wild salmon in particular.
CreweOther
R GPerssonIt is not necessary for me to reiterate the overwhelming scientific evidence that shows the continued farming of Atlantic Salmon in open net pens are heralding the end of the wild Pacific Salmon. It is incomprehensible that the BC Government cannot see how the devastation of the wild Pacific Salmon will also herald the end of eco-tourism in BC. Justice Cohen did an outstanding job evaluating the risks and concerns yet his report has, for all intents and purpose, been filed in the garbage. The Norwegians themselves are now screaming to have open net pens moved ashore yet the Harper and Clark governments choose to ignore it all in the misguided belief that a few jobs in salmon farming (that would be retained if the pens were on shore) are worth thousands upon thousands in the tourism industry. It is shameful, irresponsible and completely reprehensible what Harper and Clark are doing to our eco system. History will judge you both harshly and your legacy will be one of shame rather than success. A pox on both your houses unless you stop this madness now.Voter and TaxpayerCanada
AnonymousOur BC waters are already filled with diseased fish from fish farming. We need LESS farming. Not more! Please listen to the people. Not business that will inevitably put our remaining waters at risk.CourtenayCanada
AnonymousMy concern is for the health of our wild salmon stocks if these two new open net salmon farms are allowed. We lost the Atlantic cod. We are on the way to losing Pacific salmon if we continue expansion of the salmon farming industry.VictoriaCanada
AnonymousI think that there shouldn't be any more fish farms allowed in any of our BC waters. If the government thinks fish farms are okay then they should make the companies put them on land. The waters under the existing fish farms here in Nootka Sound area are polluted and dirty from the fallout from the fish food and feces. Our waters need to be cleaned up not given to companies to pollute even more! The companies should be made to shut down until the waters are cleaned and then they should only be allowed to open on land. Our native fish need to be taken care of and they aren't getting the attention from the government that they should be.noneGold RiverCanada
AnonymousThe Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has given the Norwegian salmon farming industry the green light to expand in British Columbia marine waters. Days later one of these companies was listed on the New York Stock Exchange announcing big plans to expand. This industry never shovels its manure - waste, viruses, drugs flow directly into the wild salmon migration routes of BC. This is a dirty industry that does not belong in our increasingly polluted oceans.

I strongly protest!
Private citizenVictoriaCanada
AnonymousThis form of marine agriculture is not viable in the long term due to environmental degradation, pollution, disease and parasite transfer to wild fish plus the production of fish with high levels of antibiotics in their flesh that lack texture and flavor of muscular wild salmon.private citizenVictoriaCanada
AnonymousI am appalled that the aquaculture industry is contaminating our wild salmon and destroying millions of healthy wild salmon. There are already far too many of these "fish farms" on the ocean which is causing so much illness to our wild salmon. To add a new farm ANYWHERE ON OUR BC Coast is absolutely outrageous and it is about time the government supported the BC wild fishing industry and protected its own fishing industry instead of just being a doormat to these foreign aquaculture corporations.Canada
AnonymousFish Farms are polluting our environment. Fish Farms are completely unnecessary on BC West Coast. No new farms and existing farms should be phased out.Canada
AnonymousThese farms produce an inferior product that is so chemical laden, it is not recommended for children or pregnant women. Why would anyone encourage the production of an inferior product when it puts our native salmon at risk? Short sighted at best, corrupt is more accurate.Canada
AnonymousThe Cohen Commission clearly stated that any more fish farm applications be open to input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review.
The approval of two new farms in Clio Channel could have a devastating impact on wild salmon and their habitat, on which the ecological balance of our environment depends.
The recent outbreak of disease in wild fish from Norwegian fish farms is an alarm bell to us here in BC if further steps are not taken to protect our wild salmon in BC waters.
VictoriaCanada
AnonymousThis totally unnatural intense farming method is completely unacceptable in our open waters. Please make the company move on land where the detritus can be handled correctly and the wild sea life left undisturbed and free from disease and pollution.CourtenayCanada
RossHicklingGET THOSE (BLANK BLANK) cursed Salmon Pens out of the NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
This part of the world is far too valuable to continue with this desecration and destruction of the Natural Order.
NO MORE.
RenaissanceMarineCanada
AnonymousPlease move all salmon farms to closed containment and on land.
We must preserve our wild salmon resource and the ecosystem they are such a critical part of.
British Columbians cannot allow foreign interests to destroy our heritage.
Please protect our future!
John Gray
Canada
AnonymousIt is hard to believe, that after the Cohen Commission findings, there are going to be more "farms" approved!
The problems of environmental pollution, escapees, and sea lice and disease killing off wild salmon persist. Why should I, as a member of the public, have to repeat the findings of the Cohen Commission (that represented the views of experts [of which I am not one!] and cost millions of dollars that I already contributed to with my tax dollars)?
Maple RidgeCanada
Anonymousthis type of farming is dangerous to wild salmon stocks and habitatsCanada
AnonymousWe need to protect the natural ecosystems on our coat and fish farms are destroying life. STOP THE MADNESS HARPER!!0Canada
AnonymousI find it reprehensible that the Government is ignoring the findings of the Cohen commission regarding the establishing of new farmed salmon only after allowing stakeholders to be consulted about criteria for granting approval.

Stop this process until the criteria for siting salmon farms have been agreed upon by all stakeholders.

The moving ahead with these salmon farm applications is another example of the Harper Government ignoring findings of commissions that don't meet with their ideology.
Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Fishing ClubCanada
AnonymousI find it quite disturbing that, after a $37 million federal inquiry that made recommendations with regard to the criteria to be developed for allowing salmon farms, more farms are being approved without those recommendations being completed.
Our elected representatives in both the federal and the provincial governments have to make sure that the recommendations are followed up on before any new farms are allowed, so that our wild salmon and our ecosystems can be protected.
Canada
Stacia LynnPeterCanada's salmon farms contain viruses and pollutants that are a great threat to our wild salmon. Steven Harper has been non compliant with environmental reviews and public disclosure of the damage these farms are causing to our ecosystem. BC salmon farms need to undergo an independent, environmental review before allowing them to continue to operate and especially create more farms.Gig HarborUSA
ArpadNagyImpact on Wild Stock and the health of the waters.OkotoksCanada
AnonymousWe lived next door to a salmon feedlot on the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia and saw all the infractions that take place to any feeble regulations these companies have been given and complaints go ignored. Here is a link to the videos we filmed of this site and these things were carried out while we were filming so imagine what takes place when no one is there to document what goes on.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiRBjd9wntJ_ixVWAbUmDaA/videos
Canada
AnonymousThere should never have been open net salmon farms anywhere in the world. Marine scientists agree that farming salmonids can never be sustainable or renewable. Something always suffers when ecologically bad practices are forced on the public commons. A good example is the wild west of 1866 to 1886, when there was open, unfenced grass range for everyone except Natives. More than 20 million cattle were driven on foot from Texas to Kansas in those 20 years. The previous millenial-old bison culture was eradicated, to make way for European sheep and cattle which destroyed much of the prairies, just as salmon farming is pollutng our seas with parasites, heavy metals, diseases, sewage and antibiotics, to name a few.Wilderness CommitteeVancouverCanada
IrinaTemnikovaWallerUSA
michaelcormierSea 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
Canada
Anonymousthey are destroying wild salmon get rid of them all move them on land or none at allLake CowichanCanada
AnonymousSamon farms have been clearly shown to be damaging to wild salmon populations.Canada
AnonymousThe difficulties of reversing already approved applications ...Canada
jenniferpoolI am not a scientist, but I follow scientific studies on salmon ecology in the Northwest. It is plain and clear that the sea lice, diseases, and eventual inevitable mixing of farm fish with wild fish is completely unsustainable and detrimental to long term and even short term wild fish populations.

Please focus on habitat protection and renewal for wild species instead of farming fish! We need your leadership in this.

Much gratitude.
Jennifer Pool
USA
JulierabeauLoads 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.AnchorageUSA
AnonymousDozens of concerns.

Widespread pollution from fecal waste including anoxic conditions, sulphide content that exceeds regulations, shoreline fouling, damage to other fisheries including lobster, escapes causing risk to wild salmon populations, waste food drawing other species to the pollution, cage breakups from storms, current carried pollution, farms in shallow waters incapable of sustaining the high populations in large cages.

Toxic pesticides lethal to lobsters being used to control sea lice. Cooke aquaculture has been caught twice using illegal pesticides, fined a paltry $500,000 after being caught the second time. The owner of the company in Maine that sold the pesticides sent to prison. Cooke aquaculture lobbying the federal government to legalize the pesticides. Residual toxins may be damaging to unborn babies.

Infectious salmon anemia is lethal to the salmon. The federal government has compensated operators for mass mortality up to $120 million over several years. Scientists have been muzzled, fired or demoted for siding with independent scientists and citizens who identify the disease. Labs have been discredited for identifying the virus. Cooke aquaculture was approved to process 240,000 salmon from a farm in Nova Scotia confirmed to have the virus, before they would have all died of the disease. These fish were on the shelves of marketplaces with no requirement to distinguish from healthy fish.

Cooke aquaculture in Nova Scotia persuaded a weak new government in 2012 into a $25 million loan grant combo to build a processing plant in turn for approval for major expansion in the province. They had already helped to destroy wild salmon populatolions in New Brunswick, and now attempting to do the same in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Both of the latter two provinces are fighting hard for the environment and wild salmon populations. The whereabouts of the $25 million has never been disclosed and there is no fish processing plant.

Operators in this industry, particularly Cooke aquaculture use intimidating and bullying tactics in the communities where they operate, and always believe they can ignore provincial objections and lean on a federal government that has demonstrated a lack of concern for the pollution, poison and destruction of wild fish populations. These problems were identified in British Columbia as much as 25 years ago and have been ignored by both levels of government for all those years.

In Nova Scotia, two conferences, one in 2012, and another in January of this year drew 300 and 400 people, representing tens of thousands of people and more than 100 organizations expressing concerns over widespread environmental and health concerns. A review of regulations by Doelle/Lahey calling for widespread changes to the regulations, was given very little publicity and essentially no comment from government.

IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE.CAGE FISH FARMING INDUSTRY TO RECOVER WASTE, STOP USING PESTICIDES, AND DISCONTINUE COMPENSATION FOR MASS MORTALITY, IT IS A DEMONSTRATION OF WEAKNESS AND TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. The industry will claim that they could not operate if these requirements were met which only proves the obvious : The cage fish farming industry is not sustainable. Research, development and government assistance for clean land based operations is the alternative.
Fred Giffin, BSc. ChemistryHantsport Nova ScotiaCanada
AnonymousContamination of wild salmon stocks.
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
nonePowell RiverCanada
SusannaKaljurI am the daughter of a 92 year old commercial fisherman. Wild salmon is a keystone species unique to our coast upon which several other species including humans, depend. Wild salmon is in serious decline for several reasons including the impact of open net salmon farms.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.

There is 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. I am outraged that the recommendations of a publicly paid for Cohen Commission are blatantly disregarded. I ask that you reject these proposals and only consider approval of closed containment systems. The 'Namgis First Nations's Kuterra land based salmon farm is one such example.

Proposed salmon farms no longer go through an Environmental Assessment, therefore the public consultation process has been severely weakened
Canada
AnonymousOur ocean's are in big trouble already.Although I helped bring fish farming to B.C..The science has proven it takes 5 lbs of feeder fish to = 1 lbs of salmon,their for it is unsustainable, not to mention the de valuation of private land.Port alberniCanada
NadineAuSea 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

And now you want to increase this? I am ashamed of this government!
Canada
KimPloughmanSalmon should not be farmed in open nets at all cost to our wild fishery and our environment. SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE! Both coasts in our country are at risk from industries (aided by governments) practising profits & pollution over people and pristine waters.Portugal Cove-St. PhilipsCanada
AnonymousStop this disaster agianst evioerment.MoOther
lhalmeI am in favour of contained on land fish farming, if done responsibly.
I am not in favour of more in-ocean fish farming, especially in close proximity to native salmon runs. It is simply not worth the gamble that no harm will come to our salmon, they are far too important to our existing eco system.
chemainusCanada
AnonymousAn enormous amount 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 behavior on multiple levels:

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


My family does not and will never purchase farmed salmon and we discourage everyone else to do the same!
Port OrchardUSA
AnonymousWith their many polluting consequences --sea lice and other pathogens infecting wild fish and the dumping of farming chemicals and waste into our waters -- SEA FARMS URGENTLY NEED TO BE CONVERTED INTO CLOSED CONTAINMENT SYSTEMS. As it is, any proposal to continue with salmon farm applications in our coastal waters constitute yet another reckless assault on Nature and our endangered environment.VictoriaCanada
AnonymousFarmed fish escapes around the world and most recently the spectacular damages seen in Norway should be a call to action to remove these pens to land as the only safe option to protect wild stocks

Sea lice and other disease pathogens are amplified by farms and can be spread to wild salmon and other species like herring.

Salmon farms have been implicated as the cause of wild salmon declines in the same area where these two farms are being proposed.

Please stand up and do more than just deny these licenses but work to remove these farms from our precious coast and put them on land.

Land based containment can be the only course if wild salmon are to be saved. It can and must be done
Canada
Dianavan EykPlease do not move 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. Please complete these recommendations before doing anything.

Proposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat. There is much scientific evidence indicating that open-net salmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems. You have a responsibility to protect our wild salmon and the ecosystems they support.
NelsonCanada
AnonymousThe Cohen inquiry has had no impact on politicians. It was a waste of $26 million. What are these people thinking? Don't they read the news out of Norway, Ireland and Scotland? What a shame!Canada
Anonymouswe want NO more fish farms period. The farmed fish are destroying our natural salmon and that just will not do. BC has a reputation for being one of the few places on this earth to fish for wild salmon. That industry was here first.SookeCanada
RobertHaslettExpansion must cease as per the Cohen report and fish farms must be moved to dry land.Canada
AnonymousI hsve seen first hand the underwater enviroment before a fish farm and 1 year after a fish farm. Nothing else csn live in the ares. The bottom is mothered. Quite horrifying in our very best and most important waterways.quslicum beachCanada
AnonymousIt's a well known fact that open-net salmon farms have a deleterious effect on wild fish populations. Thompson River Steelhead parr, a provincial species of concern, are impacted greatly. Hundreds of volunteers have been spending thousands of hours over the last twenty or more years, doing on the ground habitat restoration and lobbying for smaller commercial interception and other safeguards. Is this how we are repaid for our dedication to the natural and wild health of our province ? Open net pens should be a thing of the past. We can have both - sustainable industry and a healthy ecosystem. It is time our elected representatives took a lead in the direction that the vast majority of the country want them to go.Spences Bridge Steelhead Advocate AssociationSpences BridgeCanada
AnonymousThis is outrageous to even consider such a ridiculous idea especially since the evidence is in that this technology is faulty and is being rejected in Norway where it was developed. Stephen Harper has ignored the solid science of how these net pens will impact the wild salmon stocks and wasted 37 million dollars of Canadian tax payers money. As a BC resident I request a moratorium on fish farming licenses in open waters Many of these negative effects can be solved by switching to closed containment systems.Lake CowichanCanada
AnonymousOpen-net salmon "farm" can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems. Allowing two new "farms" in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat. This is irresponsible. Salmon feedlots have many negative effects. Disease pathogens are amplified by salmon feedlots and can be spread to wild salmon and other species, eg herring. Salmon feedlots pollute our oceans by dumping chemicals, feed, and feces into the marine environment, degrading 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.VictoriaCanada
GeoffJordanopen net pen are too risky and more research needs to be done before more fish farms are built. What is better for bc coast farmed fish that is only sold to the poor, uneducated, pet food or the 7kg of wild fish used as feed? Closed containment or land based farm must be looked at and open net pens can't work in salmon migration routes. The ocean farming is something that should increase the over all food production not turn a wild fish into a farmed at a cost of 7kg to 1kg? Bc wild salmon bring in big dollars for the people of bc and fish farm have few full time work and the money go else where. What is the benefit to the people of bc for more farms???????????Canada
AnonymousAny government permitting this to go ahead is
pathologiclly and criminally insane and
must be institutionalized to protect society.

Justice was an early victim and law soon followed
all victim to fascist criminal interests disguised
as future policy for the good of all.
Get sober and reverse these insane trends stop destroying
everything in site and giving away our wealth and
our future for a pittance and a song.
selfCanada
AnonymousFarmed salmon is extremely dangerous for our wild salmon populations. Please reconsider and do not allow any new salmon farms to be introduced to our oceans. Thank you for your time.MrsEnderbyCanada
DCReidMy site summarizes 15,000 pages of science on the environmental damage caused by fish farms around the world: www.fishfarmnews.blogspot.com.

More than 100,000 British Columbians hav signed a petitio against fish farm expansions and for getting the entire industry out of our pristine ocean that they use as a free open sewer. My estimate is that fish farms put out more sewage than the entire human population in BC. The cost we shoulder is $10.4 Billion. We don't want to pay.

In Norway, where the BC industry is from, Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood have come under intense scrutiny for their lice, chemicals, escapes, sewage, disease passage. In 2014 the big news was scientists and doctors telling Norwegians not to eat farmed fish because of its toxic chemicals including dioxins and PCBS

British Columbians don't want any expansions in our ocean. We want fish farms put on land or they can go back to Norway. Their actual employment is so low, at 795, it won't affect the economy of BC to take the farms out, and the GPP effect of all aquculture is a small $61.9Million. The sport/commercial/processing side is ten times larger at over $600 Million.

Don't allow expansion. Close current leases in 60 days.
Canada
HollyArntzenI am vehemently opposed to any new salmon farms being approved. I respectfully demand that our governments protect wild salmon and the ocean habitats necessary to sustain them.Canada
AnonymousWe do not need salmon farms in our waters in BC. We need to protect our natural waters and land with natural bearing fish, animals and plants. This government is promoting and encouraging so many industrial developments on our waters already i.e. LNG, etc.
Leave our waters free of these types of farms.
Good lord, promote Natural. Past BC slogans glorified Beautiful British Columbia, or, Natural BC.
What's happening in our society BC? Listen to the people who live here! You can't go wrong there.
TerraceCanada
AnonymousNo more salmon farms on British Culumbia shores. No more!
They are killing our oceans and our fish. The Atlantic salmon
The product from fish farms is inedible.
Canada
AnthonyFulkerOpen net salmon farms, and indeed all open net aquaculture around the world, have never improved the environment, in fact they always result in its degradation, often disastrously. The indigenous flora and fauna always come out worse than prior to these fish farms being installed. It will be no different with these ventures.

It is time for this sort of industry to stop, not to be expanded. Those who make it possible for open net salmon farming to expand are directly responsible for the environmental damage caused.
Canada
johntriboletThe ecosystems and their inhabitants are already clinging on by a thread, on the brink of total devastation... these salmon farms do irreparable damage and must be stopped NOW!NBIVenetaUSA
FREDVETURSEMCanada
Anonymousplease stop the proliferation of fish farms on our coast. They do tremendous damage to the sea bottom and all sea life around them. Our own wild salmon are the life blood for all life on this coast and that's terrible farms are putting it all in jeopardy.

They have recognized the dangers in Norway and acted immediately there but have no problem doing it here. Out of sight out of mind so put it all in remote locations hoping no one will see or care. Well we do care and we do see.

It's time to stop putting a dollar sign on everything and recognize that the environment need protection and caring.
Canada
heathergeeMy concerns are about the fact that scientific studies repeatedly advise us that closed-pen farming is safer for our environment.
Is there a reason you don't understand or accept this?
Is there a reason you want to continue to pollute the ocean and actively encourage viruses on fish?

Please act responsibly and protect our wild salmon !
Canada
Anonymousas a commercial shrimp fisherman in area 12 i am concerned about losing more tow able shrimp ground cleo channel is one of the most productive area's in area 12 the new farm site and the existing site will cut off half of the fishing area we lost shrimp ground to the rock fish conservation zones a few years ago now if we lose cleo channel it leaves us with basically one little area left in retreat passself employed fishermansointula bcCanada
AnonymousFish farms threaten outmigrating wild salmon by increasing exposure to sea lice and desiese. Open net penning fish farming is a ill advised practise that has already led to the demise of wild stocks in europe. Why not protect wild pacific salmon stocks instead which are far more vital to our economyCanada
AnonymousWhy is the BC Government 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? As a BC resident I request a moratorium on fish farming licenses in open waters.Canada
Anonymous(1) The irrefutable presence of denied viral diseases in these open-net-cage regimes, that should alone preclude any expansion of the industry in our waters, and especially in Clio Channel, a migration route for wild salmon heading out to sea and coming home again. (2) That these factory- farmed fish contain so many toxins including POPs abd PCBs as to be dangerous to eat, and that mothers-to-be, babies and still-developing youth should not eat farmed salmon, period-- further removing their right to exist in our waters. (3) The enormous aggregate of wild foodfish of other species being used for fishfeed, with any constraints on this creating fish raised on cornmeal, chicken feathers, and other slaugherhouse parts of little integrity--ergo, either extinction of aquatic ocean life to feed the farms, or diseased and unsavory fish forced upon us; (4) The knowledge that continuing expansion in our waters will enevitably send our wild salmon heritage into darkness, and likely over time our ground fisheries as well. (5) The coverup and protection of the farms from the consequences of their behaviour by all levels of Agencies and Ministries across the Provincies and Territories--- confirming that a covert national, perhaps internationl decision has been made that these dangerous open-net-cage regimes shall "succeed" in our waters to dominate on the world stage--and that not all its viral diseases now killing wild salmon as confirmed by the best and only two OIE (epizootic) labs in the world are to crimp this covert agenda gradually splitting at the seams. It is as if a dangerous viral disease has spread within all levels of governement in Canada, and time is ripe to put an end to it while we still have resources that will go on serving us freely and gloriously into the future.nonePort HardyCanada
AnonymousThese should not be approved. The Conservatives have ignored the recommendations of the Cohen inquiry and thereby have wasted $37 million of our money. The scientific evidence clearly showed that open-net fish farms
are polluting the oceans as well as seriously endangering the survival of our wild salmon and negatively affecting the survival of other marine animals whose lives depend on wild salmon. Other aspects of our economy are also threatened by fish farms, fishermen's revenue, tourism, our own ability to consume wild salmon all at a time when marine wild life is also in jeopardy from radiation, ocean acidification and global warming.
To allow these is tantamount to ecocide.
Salt Spring IslandCanada
AnonymousIt is absolutely outrageous that these open net farms should proceed, especially since the public success of the Kuterra project. The Norwegians have destroyed the UK wild salmon fishing industry, and even in Norway the body of opinion is that land based contained farms are the way of the future. Why are we letting the Norwegians ruin our wild salmon resource?Canada
AnonymousI am against open-net salmon farms. I believe that farmed salmon should be in inland ponds, possibly fed with sea water with used water being filtered/cleaned before returning to the sea. That is the only kind of salmon farming which should be allowed. It would eliminate escapes and disease sharing with wild salmon.Canada
AnonymousPlease stop turning a blind eye to the reprecusions of putting these open ocean farms on our wild salmons migratory path. It is CLEARLY documented by scientists that they put our oceans ecosystems at risk. Why would we want to put such a renewable natural resource at risk?

Common sense is not so common sometimes.

Secondly the revenue to the province is next to nothing from these multinational companies coming in and dumping there disease and affluent on our oceans and running back home with revenues. Its time our government moves this industry on land where we can be the leaders in this soon to be global boom of raising fish on land. We already do it in our back yard why not put our resources behind it and create revenue to the province and jobs for our people?

Time to start making the right decisions for the people, government and most inportantly our massive revenue generarting oceans so they continue to supply food, revenue and clean air.

Thanks for taking the time and please make the right decision for all parties.


Willie Mitchell
VancouverCanada
AnonymousIn "The Uncertain Future of Fraser River Sockeye", Justice Cohen's Final report, Oct 2012, there were 75 recommendations for improving the management of wild salmon, including recommendations related to the negative impacts of open-pen salmon farms on the marine environment. Justice Cohen writes: “I therefore conclude that the potential harm posed to Fraser River sockeye from salmon farms is serious or irreversible. Disease transfer occurs between wild and farmed fish, and I am satisfied that salmon farms along the sockeye migration route have the potential to introduce exotic diseases and to exacerbate endemic diseases that could have a negative impact on Fraser”.

That DFO has recently authorized two new open-pen farmed salmon operations in the Broughton archipelago can only mean narrow interpretation of Justice Cohen's report, aquaculture/economic interests are at play and that DFO, after 10 years, has still not fully implemented its Wild Salmon Policy.

The Wild Salmon Policy (2005) promised:

"The Wild Salmon Policy will transform our approach to managing Pacific salmon, their habitat, and dependent ecosystems. It is intended to foster a more robust resource that supports sustainable fisheries and recognizes the intrinsic value of salmon to society and to ecosystem functioning. Key elements of the policy recognize that:

1. Protection of the genetic and geographic diversity of salmon is a prerequisite to their future evolutionary adaptation and long-term well-being.
2. Habitat requires effective protection and rehabilitation if salmon are to prosper.
3. Ecosystem integrity needs to be considered in management decision-making to foster the conservation of salmon in an increasingly uncertain future.
4. Management must be based on good scientific information and consider biological, social, and economic consequences.
5. Decisions have to be made using open and accountable public processes so that they reflect society’s values.

The goal, objectives, principles, and strategies that underpin the WSP represent a new way of doing business."

Justice Cohen, from the evidence presented him in 2012, concludes there's been little progress on the Wild Salmon Policy:

"Every indication from the DFO witnesses who testified before me, and from ministerial statements in evidence before me, is that Canada is committed to the Wild Salmon Policy. However, after seven years, DFO has not implemented the policy. It is being implemented at a much slower pace than DFO, First Nations, and stakeholders anticipated in 2005. The policy requires DFO to undertake some challenging new activities, particularly gathering new, Conservation Unit–specific information about biological status, habitats, and ecosystems and commencing new integrated planning processes. Some required WSP activities, such as habitat assessment and monitoring, have not even been started. DFO senior management witnesses maintain that DFO is complying with the spirit and intent of the policy. However, it is difficult to accept that there is compliance when the evidence is that critical biological assessment work remains incomplete, in particular in relation to habitat, and that the heart of the policy, Strategy 4, remains unfulfilled. Without implementing the integrated planning component so critical to the policy, I do not agree that its intent is being realized. Instead, significant decisions have been made on a relatively uninformed basis."

"Decisions have been made on a relatively uninformed basis"—characteristic of DFO and the Government of Canada.

Canadians care about wild salmon stocks. This is urgent: get fish farms out of the marine environment. Situate them on land where disease and effluent can be managed. Also urgent: implement all 5 key elements of the Wild Salmon Policy. Make transparent decisions based on good scientific information. Consult with stakeholders! Canadians are watching.
Canadian CitizenGaliano IslandCanada
AnonymousNorway, Scotland , Ireland, the Maritimes.. The story is the same: floating feedlots kill wild salmon and trout!Canada
AnonymousIn light of all the evidence around the world,, especially Norway's waters, of the destruction to native species fish farms are creating, this government continues to press forward with these pig pens. Shame on the whole lot of them for continuing to desecrate our environment. My guess is if they are successful in destroying our wild salmon stocks they will start to dam up the rest of our river systems since the salmon stocks are gone.Canada
CarolSchlosserWith the negative effects of open pen fish farming already "rearing its head and taking its toll" with the sea lice, disease, pollution, etc, it is just not acceptable to even think about adding more fish farms. Approving new fish farms is totally irresponsible of any government that is only focused on short term economics at the expense of sustainability. Always the dollar put first in this life!!! Where is there any thought to the future generations - i.e., children, grandkids, great grandkids. We are the "caretakers" of God's creations in this world in which we live - why do we continue to take advantage of our positions in life to destroy rather than preserve!!!KelownaCanada
AnonymousIt is more than depressing that despite all the evidence coming from all over the world that open net salmon farming has a devasting effect on the wild salmon. In some areas there has been a huge decline in stocks in other areas the escaped farm salmon, that are genetically different from wild salmon are now replacing the latter. The chemicals, antibiotics, waste and disease from the fish farms pollute the rivers and all wildlife, habitat and local communities are detrimentally affected by these (mostly Norwegian owned) fish farms. The authorities who allow these enterprises should hang their heads in shame.CalgaryCanada
AnonymousTo continue this practice is criminal and insane. The science (other than government and corporate lies) is conclusive. this practice will destroy our wild salmon and all the species that depend on them.

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).
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AnonymousI am concerned that we will continue the slow kill off of our wild salmon through farmed salmon escape, disease and pollution of shallow water wild salmon migration paths. These farms are a mistake and an insult to our first nations and culture.
I am also concerned that this government does not listen to the commission reports and has no concern for environmental studies or science.
CitizenQualicum BeachCanada
Anonymouswe cannot keep allowing fish farms in the ocean until we are certain there is no negative effect to the wild salmon species. its very clear to me that fish farms have something to do with the decline of our wild salmon populations and we dont need to be scientists to see this.

the fish farms need to be moved inland to saltwater man made lakes where diseases can be contained and controlled.

I can only imagine the reason we are stupid enough to line our coast with fish farms is because some company is lining soneone elses pockets with cash to ignore what is happening.

please do what is right and stop the fish farrms on the coastal water ways. these are the migratory paths of wild salmon.
Canada
AnonymousEnough is enough. We know these farms cause damage to our ecosystem. Do not approve anymore farms on the bc coast!Canada
Anonymous1. farmed salmon poses several critical threats to wild salmon: (1) exotic diseases (ISA prevalent in E. coast net pens, whole-scale culls required); (2) lice proliferation - not only highly elevated levels, but also in locations exposing immature wild salmon when not yet able to repel the lice threat; (3) destruction of benthic zones below and around open-net pens.

Wild Salmon MUST be Canada's priority!
Protect it, not only by rejecting new applications like THESE but also by removing existing net-pens located in wild salmon migratory routes.
Farmed Salmon BoycottCanada
AnonymousWe should not allow any new open net fish farms from the coast until they can be proved not to harm wild fish. The Cohen report is being ignored, this at a time when the Norwegian government is moving to ban all open cage fish farms from its waters and move the industry to closed containment. I am a board member volunteer for the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society. We work hard on riparian restoration in order to help our struggling salmon runs. We need help in the ocean from all levels of government and we are not getting it.Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship SocietyDuncanCanada
AnonymousThe Norwegian government has recently announced a Cdn $32M grant to develop closed containment farming of salmon:
http://nofima.no/en/nyhet/2014/11/nofima-to-host-centre-for-research-based-innovation/
This is significant as Norwegian companies are some of the world's largest open net pen salmon producers and they own and operate many of the net pens facilities in Canada.
Should Canada allow investment in with old technology that has serious environmental repercussions or should it lead the charge with land-based aquaculture systems for salmon? I believe the answer is simple.
OttawaCanada
ColleenMooreLoads 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. Please stop putting profit above environmental responsibility. Save our wild salmon.

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).
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AnonymousPlease respect nature and preserve whT little we have left!! Don't be bought out by large corporations
.these farms are large syspools infecting the ecosystems and them people are ingesting the degenerated nutritional filth!! Please don't allow our wild Solomon are struggling and our resident orcas are struggling!
Canada
AnonymousWild Salmon fishing in B.C is a massive revenue builder. People come from all over the world to fish the rivers of B.C , including thousands of British anglers. Why? Because Salmon farming has decimated the wild Salmon and Sea trout (equivalent to your steelhead).
I spend about 5,000 GBP on each trip and average one trip per year, the only reason I and many of my fellow anglers will abandon B.C if the fishing or fish quality is compromised.
ChesterOther
M.MacPhersonI think the one hand of the Government of BC should listwn to the scientific arguments posed by the other in the Cohen report!
Our wild fish stocks and marine habitat of the area is not to be treated as a commercial dumping ground for aquaculture! Reject the farm proposals in favor of more environmentally-friendly closed fish farming.
Canada
ShariTarantinoThis is absolutely unacceptable. For thousands of years the wild salmon has helped nourish the plant and animal life of BC. The long-term effects will be damaging to the ecosystem, and ultimately the population of Northern Resident killer whales that rely on salmon for their dietary needs.

Based on the natural history and behavior of the Northern Resident killer whales it is imperative that prey species, specifically Chinook salmon, are of sufficient quality and quantity are available to support not only individual growth, reproduction, and development, but to further encourage the overall growth of this population.

Despite large amounts of scientific evidence of harm to British Columbia’s wild salmon runs, including severe threats to wild salmon, Canada has permitted more than 100 commercial salmon feedlots to operate in the narrow migration routes used by wild salmon of British Columbia, therefore, exposing wild salmon to amplified levels of parasites such as sea lice, toxic chemicals, concentrated waste, viral and bacterial diseases. Currently the BC government has called for more drug use to control lice. This is a band-aid solution, which only creates further concerns for environmental and human health.

Additionally, 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. Herring are vital to the survival of salmon, which in turn are vital to the survival of the resident killer whales. 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

It is clear that the motivation is all about profit, and unfortunately at the expense of our resource and ultimately our future.

Please mandate federal inquiries that recommended farm-siting criteria be developed with input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review.

Thank you,

Shari Tarantino
President, Board of Directors,
Orca Conservancy
Seattle, Washington
Orca ConservancySeattleCanada
AnonymousWe know fish farms are killing our wild salmon. Stop all fish farms now.Canada
AnonymousOpen net farming is irresponsible. Waste goes into the ocean. Canada is not supporting scientific ecological sustainability.Canada
AnonymousWe already know that fish farms can be detrimental to the ecosystems we serve to protect, but not allowing the public to decide what's best is detrimental to society.USA
AnonymousListen, you cannot do this!
All evidence shows how dangerous this is to wild salmon and the sites the farms occupy.
Sea lice, ISA, contamination of the sea floor to name a few.
These salmon farms use considerably more feed from the oceans than they produce pound for pound.
You can't take out more than you put in!
Do not do this!
Get rid of all open net ponds!
If they can find markets for this inferior and environmentally disasterous product put it in closed pens on the beach and do not recycle any waste water back into the natural environment!
Canada
AnonymousThese sites are on wild salmon migration routes. Cohen said NO! Obey Cohen. Further more the science that disease transfer from farmed to wild is not clear but is presently under study (Genome BC study)
NO MORE EXPANSION TILL THE SCIENCE IS COMPLETE! There is too much to risk!
Paul Dean
Canada
JackRobertsEvidence that open net salmon farms have some degree of danger to wild fish and local ecology is undeniable unless you willfully ignore the data. We should not allow the future of our treasured wild salmon to be endangered for the profit of any company.LantzvilleCanada
AnonymousMy main concern with salmon farms in general is the protection of wild salmon, they are the LIFEBLOOD of British Columbias ecosystem! Farmed salmon are like brewing a net of contagious disease that pollutes the ocean and puts at risk other fish in the surrounding habitat.

And on top of anything, a farmed salmon doesn't even come remotely close to the taste of wild salmon (that's what happens when you feed them pellets).

And do we want to give BC salmon a bad rep ?!?

It's a long term disaster, in every way you look at it.
Canada
AnonymousSalmon farms have been PROVEN to put wild salmon at risk through the spread of disease by means of (however accidentally) farmed salmon into rivers and lakes inhabited by wild fish. Farmed salmon are kept under conditions of overcrowding and dirty water which leads to the rapid proliferation of various viruses and bacteria which can and do contaminate wild fish. This causes the wild fish, which have adjusted to natural processes over thousands of years, to be weaker than a healthy sustainable population should be. It puts the environment, the fish, and the economy at great risk. In the last few days the Fisheries Minister in Norway, who had been defending salmon farms, has had to resign over this issue because the population (a great deal more aware and concerned than Canadians whose federal and provincial governments have tried to prevent information being disseminated publicly) has demanded his resignation. He at least is acting honourably, and our Fisheries Minister is a 'know-little and do-less' under the direction of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, who are supported by industry including the fish farming industry. Canada is going down the tubes and our government is responsible...or should one say 'irresponsible'? Both statements fit the facts.none (private citizen)St. John's, NLCanada
AnonymousWe are tourists operators on the North Island and are extremely concerned about the impact on our wild salmon,sea lice, pesticides,and the fact that a marine biologist is not on sight to monitor what is going on when pesticides are used,our oceans cannot afford the risk of the negative impact fish farms produce,damage to our wild salmon effects our business and our personal lives,we have marine protected areas for a reason and under no circumstances do we or our overseas guests support this.An Ocean Storm bed and breakfastPort hardyCanada
SolangeValiquetteThis farm project will destroy our already challenged ecosystem.Golden Rods and ReelsNorth SaanichCanada
Richard HGILBERTKAMLOOPSCanada
AnonymousAs a British Columbian who in the words of Justice Cohen, "will not tolerate more than a minimal risk of serious harm to Fraser River sockeye from salmon farming." Lacking expertise and access to evidence on this issue must adhere to the wisdom of Justice Cohen when he found that "the evidence that the state of scientific research about sockeye–fish farm interactions is not sufficiently developed to rule out diseases on salmon farms as contributing to the decline of Fraser River sockeye and posing future risks." and "that the potential harm posed to Fraser River sockeye salmon from salmon farms is serious or irreversible." Given that only 2 years ago the commission found "that this limitation in the data should disappear with another 10 years of data collection." I cannot understand how the government is now considering enhancing the risk to Fraser sockeye with the acceptance of these two new farms. All resources being spent by the government of Canada on the topic of pacific fish farms should be directed to the full implementation of the Cohen Commission recommendations so that I, as a British Columbian and Canadian, can be assured that this important species is no longer at risk from open net fish farms.Canada
JohnGibsonBye-bye wild fish. What else can we expect from our present federal regime!Retired scientist.St. John's.Canada
AnonymousI have always liked wild salmon and I believe that farmed salmon is not, and will not be as healthy for people as the wild version. I am also very much against risking the health and vitality of our wild salmon (and all marine life for that matter). Farmed salmon would most definitely endanger the health of our wild population and it's environment.

When anything is farmed, there are consequences - it will always lead to ways to make the product "multiply quicker" and that means anti-biotics, growth hormones etc - just as it is with cattle, poultry and the like.

We as a society have used so many of these "enhancement" vehicles that we are all paying the price now. Our water is polluted, our ground is not safe and we have to use more and more chemicals on our vegetables in order to make them grow to our satisfaction. We need pesticides and herbicides. We need fertilizers because we've depleted the soil.

The same type of thing will happen to the farmed fish, with detrimental effects for humans. Wild is best - we need to protect nature and it's pure abundance. Please don't pollute our resources any more than they already are.

Soon, "Beautiful BC" will no longer be.
New Westminster, BCCanada
AnonymousFish farms have a negative impact on wild salmon populations.

Fish farms should be kept out of the ocean and placed on land, thus limiting the transfer of disease, parasites and pollutants from the fish farms to the ocean environment.
BamfieldCanada
JohnPrenticeWhy are you allowing the destruction of our fragile marine ecosystem by promoting new fish farms.?

I hope the Conservative lose power, as this is the only hope to have Fish farms banned from the Marine environment and to transition them to closed containment on land.

It is ignorant and very selfish that our Conservative govt does not heed warning and advice from our highly trained Scientists in the Marine field. Instead they silence them and and go ahead with their Aquaculture industry without first looking at how this industry has destroyed other countries marine ecology, like in Ireland.


Points to consider:

* 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


Canada is losing it's healthy marine ecosystem and the wild species will become extinct, along with our wild salmon.

SHAME on you all, for acting on your own without listening to the citizen's and Scientists views.
Citizen for the EnvironmentWhite Rock, BCCanada
AnonymousI have voted for the Conservative Government (James Moore) in all of the recent elections. No more.
The Conservative Government's attitude towards the scientific community, the environment, tar sands, oil pipelines, the fisheries on both coasts, and support for veterans are all opposed to my view of how a government should act on these matters.

The simplistic "How do you feel about .... flyers that constantly enter my mailbox are also annoying.

We have NO NEED for open net fish farms ... better support for wild fish hatcheries and spawning channels, salmon research, and open water fisheries would bring bigger benefits to all over the long term. Fish farms are short term, operate until the problems make it uneconomical and then move on, leaving behind a mess is NOT good government !!!
Port Coquitlam, BCCanada
AnonymousOpen-net salmon farms have been scientifically-proven to devastate wild salmon and their critical ecosystems having further negative implications to the ocean and lifecycle of other dependent species.

Proposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon populations and this critical habitat. These actions are both irresponsible and irrefutably of poor judgment. The federal government has spent $37 million of taxpayers money to have a report produced, which provided countless recommendations to which you have taken no action for to date. This also is irresponsible, unaccountable and ethically embarrassing. Not to mention information previously provided on the Salmon Commission's website is not longer accessible. This is a huge step backwards in providing public transparency and accountability.

The fact that salmon farms no longer go through an environmental review process is absurd and must be reconsidered. How can you say you have given complete consideration to such proposed activities without taking into account the vast negative implications to the local/larger environment, society and local economy when you have not considered the matter as part of a fulsome review.

Have we not learned form Norway? Have you read the "Report on Environmental Impact of farming of North Atlantic Salmon in Norway"? Short-term economic gains may have very long-term economic, social and environmental impacts on communities. Consideration must be given to what is in the best interest of communities. Decisions should be made with complete and open/transparent consultation with people and those they elect to local government who represent community perspectives.

Of particular concern is the potential for negative impacts to the lifecycle requirements of wild salmon and the many species which depend upon health salmon populations as part of lifecycle requirements. Ocean temperatures and climate change are already having negative effects on salmon and other marine species. Adding salmon farms will only compound the stresses and impacts to these delicate ecosystems.

When will this government take a long-term approach and prioritize conservation and protection over offshore investments which are of little or no benefit to the communities that are negatively impacted by these activities. Our communities do NOT want salmon farms. We want healthy food to feed our families and health environments in which to raise them. I urge you deny these applications and revisit your environmental review process.
Canada
AnonymousNot okay! The evidence shows they are not good for our wild salmon or the ecosystems & habits. No thorough consultation with ALL parties and and no good evidence reviews here? Disgraceful. This should not come to fruition.

WG
Canada
AnonymousIt has been shown time and time again the devastation that these farms are creating. I have seen the farms myself and know that they are placed in critical Pacific Salmon smolt areas. Stop doing this. The drive behind all of this is the dollar and profits, For once government should take into account natural fish species. I object stronly to the latest placement in Clio Channel.
Regards L. Head, Victoria
VictoriaCanada
Anonymousi am concerned that the concentration of fish farms in the area where these latest farms are potentially to be located already has a dangerous concentration of fish farms. One of the things that became painfully obvious to the Norwegians were the disease implications of too many fish farms in an area. This area is already showing that there are problems with disease and parasites. It is time for fewer farms in this area not more. This is a very bad idea and we need better leadership to protect our wild salmon from the impacts of foreign corporations in our waters.LadysmithCanada
RolandAlcockRE: New Salmon Feed Lot proposals for Clio Channel
I am writing to urge you to take urgent action to protect our iconic wild salmon runs and all of the commercial and recreational economy that depends on them.
For too long open net pen fish feedlots ("fish farms") have had a “free ride” at the expense of all British Columbians by using public ocean and inlet waterways as waste disposal vectors for their industry. These wastes include not only pesticide chemicals like SLICE which is used to combat sea lice infestations, but also antibiotics and dyes. New and more dangerous chemicals are now being applied all the time, in one recent case illegally, because sea-lice are now often already resistant to SLICE. Resistance is an inevitable unintended consequence of using drugs and chemicals in large quantities, so elimination of pests is a race that can never be won. Yet the cumulative and collateral effect of all these compounds entering our waterways and channels is unknown, and puts the entire ocean ecosystem, of which our wild salmon are part, at risk.
Even worse, the densely packed unnatural conditions the feed lot salmon are contained within are fertile breeding grounds for viruses. And viruses can and do mutate very, very quickly.
Owing to these virus emissions, the Cohen Commission clearly stated that many existing salmon feed lots are a serious risk to the Fraser sockeye salmon migratory routes.
The proponents of industrial feedlots claim these sites can be operated safely and responsibly, yet they are experiencing disease outbreaks and performing culls at unprecedented rates (close to 1 million salmon were culled by Mainstream Canada in Clayoquot Sound in the spring of 2012 alone). It is only a matter of time before one of these virus borne diseases seriously decimates one or more of our wild salmon species.
For all these reasons it is irresponsible and dangerous to allow salmon feed lots to continue to expand and operate on our wild salmon migration routes and other coastal waterways. Our wild salmon resources and ocean ecosystems are simply too precious to risk in this reckless manner.
I therefore earnestly request that you do not approve the salmon feed lots licenses for Clio Channel. Myself and thousands of voters are carefully watching the Government agency decisions on proposals like these.
SookeCanada
PatPsailaThere is much scientific evidence concerning the negative effects of open pen fish farming. I am dead against all open pen fish farms and would like to see the existing ones shut down. I love our beautiful BC ecosystems & I get ill just thinking about how they are being destroyed by ignorant politicians. Our oceans cannot handle all the pollution from open pen fish farms. Our children and grandchildren will have one huge mess to clean up when this generation is finally finished degrading the environment. Let's keep our wild salmon safe & healthy for ourselves & for future generations. No open pen fish farming!!! There are alternatives. Learn from Kuterra.Canada
Val & DickBradshawit is absolutely inconceivable that the government would consider approving two new open pen salmon farms on Clio Channel, a wild salmon migratory route. The Cohen Commission was very specific: no new salmon farm locations should be approved, or existing ones expanded until further research had been completed. There is significant scientific evidence that open pen Atlantic salmon farms can have a devastating affect on wild salmon.

Please follow the Cohen Report recommendations until scientific evidence supports the expansion of open pen Atlantic salmon farms.
VancouverCanada
JannePerrinThe science is clear. Farmed salmon harbour a myriad of diseases. Case in point retail fish have been purchased & found diseased by reputable scientists. Wild salmon coming through the inside passage on their way to spawning rivers have high levels of sea lice. Escaped Atlantic salmon were found in a local river a few years back. Whole councils exist against invasive species here in BC! It is time to put money into protecting our declining wild salmon runs not into salmon farming.Private citizenHarrison Hot Springs, BCCanada
LaurieMartinHow they cause problems for wild salmon . Please save our wild salmonCanada
DavidFraserIt would be completely irresponsible of government to approve these fish farms. The well-documented negative effects on wild fish and the environment should be enough to deny these applications, but I suspect that there won't even be a net economic benefit either. The governments of BC and Canada should be encouraging investment in closed-containment fish farm systems if they want this industry as opposed to giving licence for waste (drug-laden feces, feed) disposal in the ocean and downloading the costs on the environment.VancouverCanada
AnonymousFarmed fish spread disease killing off the wild salmon because Canada has allowed farm fish along the migration path of wild salmon. Norway knew this years ago and moved all fish farms off the migration path of wild salmon..LaSalleCanada
AnonymousSurely we've done enough damage to the environment with the existing fish farms, to know we should not open even more. We don't NEED to more. What we really DO NEED is a clean environment and soon!Private citizenCanada
PatJacobsonI think there is overwhelming evidence that the precautionary principle should be applied to this situation.
If we treasure our wild salmon, there is no way that they should be subjected to the probability of sea lice, disease pathogens, and the habitat contamination of byproducts from fish farming. Closed containment should be the only way to go until such time as there is irrefutable evidence that wild salmon stocks are not impacted by open- net salmon farming.
Qualicum BeachCanada
SorenHenrichHow can the government even consider more fish feedlots in our waters, when it should be shutting down the existing ones? Is the idea to move through BC waters, infecting and polluting new sites? Approving these farms can only be described as willful blindness, at best. When will the government act on the Cohen Commission recommendations? I am appealing to you in your position of authority to be strong – act on conscience and a will to do good, to protect wild salmon, their habitat and migration routes, rather than grabbing at financial gain.Watershed MomentVictoriaCanada
AnonymousI am copying and pasting the info below as it covers my concerns and offers solutions already being found to be more sustainable. Please consider these issues and re-think these new operations.

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).
MissionCanada
GrahamScholesThere is ample evidence and concern that fish farms on the coastal waters of British Columbia are detrimental to wild fish stocks. Why on earth are they still being considered ? There are examples of the environmentally friendly "closed containment systems”, which should be enough evidence for the government to wise up to the facts and reality. There must be conclusive evidence that fish farms are safe, before the Government allows anymore to be established on our coast. This evidence is not conclusive so therefore fish farms must not be allowed. It's all quite simple to me.
Graham Scholes. Director - Haig Brown Fly Fishing Assoc.
North SaanichCanada
gregklemFish farms are failures worldwide, why is BC clinging to failure and stupidity.Port RenfrewCanada
AnonymousNo government that is aware of the scientific evidence about the negative effects of open pen fish farming can justify adding more farms. Approving new fish farms is totally irresponsible and symptomatic of a government that is only focused on short term economics at the expense of sustainability. Absolutely shameful to ignore the Cohen Report. I look forward to the next election.Canada
TeresaPhillipsThere is significant controversy surrounding the environmental destruction caused from fish farms not only to the native salmon but to other life in the surrounding areas. The Cohen commission recommended a moratorium on any further development in this area because of this. I was sent a letter from the Honorable John Duncan, the conservative MP for this area and he assured me that the government has every intention of following the recommendations of the Cohen commission....so why are new applications ever being considered?
We cannot risk the future of our oceans to the profits of a few today. Please stop the development of fish farms in our wild seas!! The bio diversity of these waters is far too delicate and precious!!!
ComoxCanada
AnonymousWe know that these farms are very harmful to wild fish populations. Please open your eyes to the real science and stop the spread of these harmful farms. We we need our wild fish to ensure the future of all salmon.Fly Water TravelAshlandUSA
BonnieHanmoreThat they will disturb Wild Salmon population and destroy the ecosystem.MidlandCanada
AnonymousI am concerned about fish farms on our coastline because the report that the BC government paid $ 26 million for stated that we should all be concerned about the effects fish farms have on our ocean and wild fish. I think we should follow the 75 recommendations of the Cohen Report. We must ensure a healthy habitat for wild salmon. 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.Canada
CorSmitsIn view of the great risks that ocean salmon feedlots pose to our great wild salmon resource there should be no such salmon farms. Let's stop the reckless exploitation of our wilderness heritage!Canada
DarwinWebberWhy do you want to continually ignore the people of BC. Why does the government want to ruin our environment. Stick one of these farms in your front yard. Maybe then you'd see why we don't want them. How much farmed does the government eat per month? Who does fish farming benefit?Canada
AnonymousWith all the scientific information and data that shows the injury open net systems inflict on the surrounding natural waterways I would think decision makers that advocate continuing this kind of process should hang their heads in shame.naKetch HarbourCanada
AnonymousI am opposed to further expansion of open salmon farms in our pacific ocean. The risk is too high for our wild salmon, especially impacts of disease and pathogens. As well juvenile being harmed by sea lice from these net pens.

I want to see land based aquaculture or container based, like floating pen, that has no direct contact with our oceans..

I also want to our Federal Government act the recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry.
Whistler, BCCanada
AnonymousThis is very disappointing. Just as the Kuterra project is on the verge of showing that closed containment is an economically viable solution to the net pens, the government takes a step backward. Transparency as to why the government continues to support net pens would be helpful, given that SDTC, which is federal funds, is supporting Kuterra.SDTCOttawaCanada
DarlenePlastow-BruceWhy are these open net operations even being considered when closed container farming is superior for both the environment and the species.Canada
AnonymousWe only effectively do Ad Hoc disease control. We do NOT know enough about salmon ecology and epidemiology and parasitology to be using open net pens. Industrial monocultures do NOT work in a natural environment and can only responsibly exist in a fake environment whereby the are isolated.LumdenCanada
AnonymousOffshore salmon farms - bad for ecosystems; bad for wild fish populations!CambridgeUSA
AnonymousI do not think that more salmon farms are a productive way to feed the growing masses. Surely there are other ways to make profit than polluting the waterways with toxic waste from these farms and starving the other wildlife. If consumers desperately need salmon, it is wild they need, not farmed. Farmed salmon has proven so toxic that it should not be consumed more than once a week; not the case for wild salmon. Nobody wants cancer. Let the wild salmon live. If we need Omega 3's, we can eat flax seeds.MissionCanada
AnonymousI am concerned about any increase in fish farming along the BC coast due to the threats it brings to our wild stock.

I have very fond memories of watching the salmon return to the Capilano hatchery, Weaver Creek and the Adams river. I have taken my family to these places and I hope that my children will be able to enjoy this marvel of nature when they get older and have families of their own.

From the reading that I've done, salmon normally swim in deep water but in fish farms, they are confined to the warmer surface water. These farms become breeding grounds for pathogens and sea lice. Salmon Anemia Virus is likely already in our waters due to fish farming.
The high concentration of fish in these farms create pollution. The ocean floor gets covered in feces and kills the plants and animals living there.

The Cohen Commission also highlights these and other dangers that fish farming poses to our wild salmon. The report recommends restrictions on fish farming and in some areas that fish farming be discontinued. It appears that we haven't acted on this well researched report yet.

I understand the need to grow industries and salmon fish farming can likely succeed on land. Tilapia is being successfully farmed on land.

Our sport fishing industry can and does bring people from all over the world but we need to help improve the population of the wild stocks to keep this industry strong. No one talks about the farmed fish they picked up at the supermarket but the person who caught "the big one" on a fishing tour will talk about that one fish for years. If we lose the wild salmon, the effects will be felt far and wide. Those employed in commercial fishing will suffer as will those in sport fishing. Boat rental and sales, sporting good stores etc. will all feel the impacts. Those animals that feed on the salmon and even the forest plants that feed on the decomposing spawned salmon will also notice the impacts.

Please do not approve any increase in salmon farms. Let’s reduce them!

The BC salmon are a keystone species. Let's keep them alive and not just in our memories.

Thanks.
Canada
AnonymousI am very concerned about the current Liberal Provincial government of 2015 under the leadership of Christy Clark. It is setting numerous precedences of ignorance when it comes to protecting the future of British Columbia.

Why would this government choose to eradicate wild salmon, ignore federal inquiry recommendations of siting criteria development from stakeholders and invalidate environmental assessment ?
Only lacklustre leadership continuously answers to corporations more than citizens.It is an embarrassment in BC history.

Do not allow the approvals for any more fish farms. The science is evident, what more do you want?????
Canada
PamelaFitzpatrickIt is beyond time to wake up to the stupidity of having any fish farms. These farms are producing “food” which is heavily polluted from the antibiotics, chemicals, and crowded conditions used in the production of growing the fish: farmed salmon are not nourishment; they are nasty.
Salmon farming results in a net loss of protein due to the large volume of wild fish used to feed the farm fish. That’s no way to provide food for the world. In addition, this industry is causing wild salmon stocks to dwindle. We will be left with no salmon as the salmon farm industry will fail, and the wild stocks will be destroyed in the process. This experiment is a failure and it’s time for government to admit it. Eliminate the existing fish farms, and do not grant any further fish farm licenses.
Canada
PriscillaJuddNorwegian politicians, care about the people of Norway and their wild salmon heritage. Deputy Ola Borten Moe, leader of the Center Party, said it's time move the salmon farming industry on to land. Furthermore he is asking Norway to to waive the high cost of a salmon farm licence ($11.5 million) for any salmon farm established on land. He points out that this is the only way that Norway will remain competitive and furthermore that this would protect Norway's environment, stimulate innovation and finally solve the industry's escalating disease, sea lice and drug dependency, while increasing jobs.

Kristin Mørch (from the Norwegian Green Party) made a strong statement aimed directly at the industry "Aquaculture is causing massive destruction and operates large-scale animal cruelty. Change can no longer be refused, restructure is going to push forward whether you want to or not... yes, to farming, but not at the expense of the environment and animal welfare."

It's time for Canada to do something different!! Put fish farms on land!!! Keep farmed and wild salmon apart.
citizenLumbyCanada
AnonymousSalmon farms are threatening the health of the wild salmon stocks. No new farms should be approved unless they are fully contained on land and have a detailed waste management plan that avoids dumping effluent into the ocean.VancouverCanada
AnonymousMy concerns are that the government is ignoring the Cohen enquiry and instead choosing to mismanage the west coast fisheries. Open pen farming has been proven to be problematic around the world and has assisted in the extinction and decline in wild fish stocks from Norway to Chile.V The federal government is pro farming at any cost rather than going to a land based system. Even simply listening to its own scientists has become impossible. We will soon see the bc salmon go the way of the grand banks cod and collapse in favor of a farmed, dyed, fatty, low quality engineered Atlantic salmon.Canada
AnonymousNo environmental assessment; sea lice; unimplemented Cohen Commission recommendations.Canada
AnonymousIt is clear that open-net salmon farming is a danger to marine ecosystems, fish populations, and potentially human health. There ARE alternatives: close-net systems are proven to reduce the incidence of diseases, lice, escape, etc. It is time that the provincial government took not of the clear evidence that open-net farming is detrimental to the ecological and economic future of BC's salmon and the salmon industry. The proposed farms will be located on a major salmon migration route, thereby places millions of returning salmon at risk. If these were not real issues, if there was no evidence to suggest that BC's salmon populations are suffering due to poor regulations and a lack of enforcement in the fisheries, why would the Cohen Commission have been necessary. Open-net farming continues to be a huge risk - it is time that the government of BC took a stand against the large commercial interests of salmon farming, and started to protect valuable ecosystems and the livelihoods of those who rely on wild, sustainably caught salmon.Canada
JimWhitworthI am very concerned about the critical damage being done to all wild fish stocks by industrial grade fish farms and and the destruction to aquatic habitat surrounding their operations. It would be absurd in the extreme to expect either of the upper levels of government to do anything to protect or enhance wild fish stocks as it would interfere with their duties as the handmaidens of the corporations. I have no doubt these new frankenfarms will be approved and I also doubt that the citizens of British Columbia will idly stand by and allow one of our greatest resources to be destroyed. I hope I am not being naive. The recent anti farm protests are encouraging.UclueletCanada
AnonymousI have great concern even though I do not fish in that area.The report on the Columbia fish farms, where the lice from the concentration of fish on the fish farms was killing the young salmon because their scales were not developed.Licenced fishermanCalgary ABCanada
DavidMcRaeBecause of the polluting nature of open net fish farms and the glaring lack of publicly transparent studies of their fate and behavior on all marine life, no further open net fish farms should be permitted without a full and honest environmental evaluation!!! I feel that there is more than just a little bit of deceit being dished out by this pillage and plunder industry. At the rate these open pen " farmers" keep submitting applications there won't be any place left on the coast to anchor even a small boat, let alone safe, unfettered passage for an endangered salmon!Canada
AnonymousA large amount 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 and very ill advised.Canada
AnonymousAs a 40 plus year salmon enhancement and fisheries management volunteer, former director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Sport Fish Institute and current director of West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Society and member of the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association and the Barkley Salmon Working Group, I am opposed to any further increase in open net fish farming activities anywhere in B.C.
I have personally witnessed the debilitation and crippling of Chinook and Coho fry after having lice attached to them when passing West Coast Vancouver Island open net fish farms.
Although the fry may not die in static tests with a lice load of one or two, they often become crippled and never develop well enough to escape predation or live to reproduce.
Why should offshore corporate greed trump science and logic where our precious natural resources are concerned and threatened?
West Coast AquaticPort Alberni, B.C.Canada
Anonymous1) Our environment is already under threat from these farmed salmon escaping into the wild. Why can't the government at least give Canadians a semblance that they care about what happens to our fisheries/environment?

2) Let me put it into ECONOMIC perspective. I NO LONGER buy salmon unless it is WILD, from a SUSTAINABLE fishery. I have BOYCOTTED farmed salmon and other farmed fish because of the hazards they present to the wild populations and because of the CRAP + antibiotics + genetic modifications etc. used in farmed salmon. How many other people out there won't buy farmed fish because of known hazards? Multiply THAT by enough people and down the line you'll find that the fishery farms collapse and that there are NO wild salmon left for fishers to harvest. The entire damned farmed fish industry will implode and the wild environment destroyed and Canadians will have NOTHING.
Canada
AnonymousWhy are you still allowing these farms to be put in place when we know that they pass on parasites and diseases to our wild salmon? A far more precious resource than these disgusting atlantic salmon. Please don't approve another one of these harmful farms!MissionCanada
AnonymousTo submit juvenile wild salmon and wild adult salmon to the diseases which proliferate in open net pens is ludicrous. Now we are thinking of having more open net farms? This defies common sense.
move towards closed containment as seen at the Nimpkish River Namgis operation.
qualicumCanada
AnonymousTo whom it may concern:

I am writing to express my concern with the application for two open net-pen aquaculture facilities in the Broughton Archipelago, specifically Clio channel. As a biologist and former resident of the area, I know this to be important migratory habitat for juvenile salmon when they emerge from Johnstone Strait. We know net pens to amplify and spread marine pathogens to juvenile salmon. Given that the Cohen Commission made strict recommendations that no new farms be established in this region, and that farms are not subject to Environmental Assessment, we are looking to the government to take leadership on the issue and not allow these applications to be successful.

I take commissions such as Cohen very seriously, as they represent a huge amount of taxpayers dollars in addition to time and energy of experts. Please, heed your own report and abide by its recommendations.
University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
DouglasBrownI do not believe that any new open-net salmon farms should be approved until Justice Cohen's recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River have been adequately addressed. Siting criteria with input from stakeholders have not yet been developed. Given the extensive amount of scientific evidence that open-net salmon farms pose significant risks to wild salmon (pathogens, escapes, sea lice, etc. - much of which was provided as testimony during the Cohen Commission hearings), I feel that it is irresponsible to approve two new farm tenures in Clio Channel.Canada
AnonymousI am not convinced that wild stocks are not adversely affected by fish farms. I think that the industry should have to prove that it is safe, rather than the environment and it's stewards having to prove that farming is harming wild fish.VictoriaCanada
JulesODonnellAs responsible citizens salmon farms should be eliminated entirely from British Columbia's coast. Studies and the commissioned inquiry have already proven that salmon farms are destructive and detremental to this natural resource. Its time our government not only listens but acts to protect our precious fishery and the impact on our ecosystem. Money cant do the talking here. Moral and ethical positions need to be at the forfront of any decision involving our environment and sustainable future. SHUT THEM DOWN!GabriolaCanada
DavidPrytulathere are too many diseases and seal lice that go with these farms.Even the Norwegians are putting restrictions on the salmon farms and looking closer at them.Take them on land where they cannot cause any harm to wild salmon!kamloopsCanada
DavidPrytulathere are too many diseases and seal lice that go with these farms.Even the Norwegians are putting restrictions on the salmon farms and looking closer at them.Take them on land where they cannot cause any harm to wild salmon!kamloopsCanada
AnonymousWhen are we going to see some real, personal ACCOUNTABILITY from those who approve these farms for the damage they do and cause. We spent 30+ million dollars on a report which has been blatantly ignored. When someone puts their savings, career, and pension on the line to support their committment to these disgraceful farms, we will begin to see some significant changes. So long as it remains that lobbyists ( i.e. Legalized bribery and corruption) can influence these decisions in the name of sheer profit, devoid of ANY accountability, then our coastline and ecosystems will continue to be raped, pillaged, and devastated by the greedy few at the expense of the many.Canada
NeilFrazerDear Decision Maker,

With regard to the proposed addition of two more farm sites in the Broughton, please see my research paper with Martin Krkosek and Alexandra Morton published in "Proceedings of the Royal Academy, Biology" (reference below) concerning critical stocking levels and their role in sea lice epidemics. The critical stocking level for a region is the stocking level above which a sea lice epidemic is nearly inevitable.

Our paper uses the Broughton as an example, and estimates the critical stocking level for the Broughton as a whole. Adding two more sites in the Broughton, even if production is reduced by the same amount at other Broughton sites, is a dangerous game because it increases the inter-farm transmission coefficient of infection, and thus lowers the critical stocking level toward the actual stocking level.

If production is not reduced at other sites, the increase in total stocking due to the new sites pushes the actual stocking level upward toward the critical stocking level. More frequent treatments with SLICE will be required to avert epidemics, thus increasing the probability that resistance will develop.

It may be appropriate to add here that Proceedings B, is a highly regarded peer-review scientific journal, and that our paper also analyzed the Quoddy salmon farming region of New Brunswick, which suffered a sea lice epidemic in 1994 analogous to the one that occurred in the Broughton in 2001.

We should learn from our mistakes, right?

Sincerely,
Neil Frazer
Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 9682 USA
neilfrazer@icloud.com
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Reference
Frazer, L.N., Krkosek, M. and Morton, A. (2012) Critical thresholds in sea lice epidemics: evidence, sensitivity and subcritical estimation, Proceedings of the Royal Society, B., Published online Jan 4, 2012. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2210
Kailua, HawaiiUSA
EddieGardnerSalmon 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). Expansion of fish farms on the BC coast is irresponsible as the Cohen Commission report has not yet been implemented. There is enough information to justify the precautionary measure to remove fish farms out of the migration routes of wild salmon. The ocean is already polluted enough and we don't need anymore untreated feces flowing into the marine environment.
Ocean Farmed Salmon BoycottChilliwackCanada
AnonymousMuch research has been published documenting the risk of farm derived sea lice to wild salmon, especially in the Broughton Archipelago. Considering additional finfish farms here is irresponsible. We recently saw 75 thoughtful recommendations arise from a $37 million publicly funded federal inquiry, yet we have heard no official account of the implementation of these, many dealt with salmon farming. Several recommendations specifically dealt with developing new siting criteria for farms, yet these haven't been completed. Given this, these farms should not be granted licen to operate.Roger Renne ToxPath ConsultingSumnerUSA
AnonymousThe Legislative Assembly of BC Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture Final Report
2007 stated "While there is no consensus amongst the scientific community about the potential harm incurred by open-net pen technology, the overwhelming majority of scientists, as well as a preponderance of
evidence, suggests that from a public policy point of view we must act, and act immediately. The
Committee agrees that more study needs to be done, however we cannot wait for total consensus.
We are the guardians and trustees of the environment and therefore cannot place at risk our wild
salmon population nor the overall marine environment, both of which are still the envy of the world."

It recommended "A rapid, phased transition to ocean-based closed containment begin immediately. Within three years ocean-based closed containment must be developed. Once developed, industry must transition to this technology within the subsequent two years."

Furthermore, the report said "While ocean-based closed containment technology is developed, we must exercise the Precautionary Principle in order to protect other regions of the BC coast from potential impacts of open net pen salmon farming." and recommended that "There be no increase in production levels per site or per tenure."

Among the Cohen Commission recommendations was "The Government of Canada should remove from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ mandate the promotion of salmon farming as an industry and farmed salmon as a product." and Cohen found that "I therefore conclude that the potential harm posed by salmon farms to Fraser River sockeye salmon is serious or irreversible."

It is disgraceful that any new or expanded open-net salmon farms are being considered in light of the studies that have been carried out. Wlid Salmon are too vital to th ecology, economy and cultures of BC.
ChilliwackCanada
AnonymousI do not support any form of open pen fish farming especially when close to wild fish resources. Alaska won't have it! Why does the BC government support this dirty practice? Support our wild fishery instead!
Pollution
Disease
Cross breeding
Canada
AnonymousIt has been proven that open-net pen fish farms are a net loss to the natural world they end up destroying.

As there have been many scientific journals that have been advocating the end of open-net fish farms for years, further elaboration is not necessary.

In fact I am shocked that there is still even a need to renounce their use.
Canada
AnonymousAgain concerned and caring citizens are being neglected by our government. It's terribly sad to see Canadian democracy falter to such a stste. Even a frederal inquiry - which cost $37 Million - is being blatantly ignored to the detriment of all Canadian and benefit the few who don't care about our pristine and unique environment here in BC. It's been well documented for years now how farmed fish net destroy the local eco-system. It's a short term issue that doesn't solve the long term problem of declining fish stocks. That is what needs to be looked into, not farmed fishing. Follow the recommendations on the federal inquiry and we can all work towards a better furture for fish, human and nature.Canada
AnonymousI can't believe that 2 new proposals for salmon fish farms have come forward and are even considered
at this time and age. Alexandra Morton has done enough research on fish farms to show that they are
polluting the ocean, a virus is getting spread around from farm to the wild ocean, Norway has trouble
with their own fish farms in their own country and are owners of salmon fish farms in the North of BC
happily polluting the area that does not even belong to them.
Our First Nation People are managing a land based salmon farm successfully, if they can do it, we should
learn from them. Get all Salmon Farms out of the ocean and raise them on land.
North VancouverCanada
GaryFlagelLand based farms like the Namgis First Nation fish farm Kutara are the future as seen by its success. So in my opinion the Federal and Provincial Governments tax payers money that they spend backing open net fish farming would and should be spent on promoting land based fish farming.
Watering down and removing environmental laws that science and the public has spent years in making to protect our environment is not the answer to building a better economy.
CitizenPrince GeorgeCanada
DaneChauvelThe jury remains out on the environmental impact of open net pen salmon farming. Let's wait until we have conclusive evidence that there is no environmental impact or better yet, let's encourage land-based aquaculture to address the risk altogether.Organic Ocean Seafood Inc.VancouverCanada
AnonymousThe impact on wild salmon is devastating.
Please stop the open net farming when safer technology is available.
Loss of natural fish stock due to the parasites from these polluting open net farms results in loss of bears birds and our indigenous peoples who depend on them.
I strongly object to these 2 new licenses.
CalgaryCanada
BudLoganAll fish farms should be land based. Our Provincial Liberals seem determined to proceed with actions that could wipe out our wild stocks, this is bad news. Why did we spend 37 million on the Cohen report and then just ignore its findings.askbud.caCampbell RiverCanada
AnonymousIt is time to end disease causing, unnatural fish farms because it threatens the health and abundance of natural life on the coast.Canada
AnonymousThere are already too many fish farms in the Broughtons. I have my business and life in the Broughtons for the past 35 years and I have seen first hand what damage has been done to the wild salmon in this area. We have seen rivers once filled with salmon with no salmon in them. We have witnessed sea lice on baby wild salmon just out of the rivers and this is certain death as they have no scales. Governments are paving the way for corporations to come into the sensitive environmental regions of our coast by allowing fish farms, logging of river sheds, mining and oil and gas to go where they should not tread. Ours is an area where you can breath the air and drink the water. Please keep it like this. Remove salmon farms from the waters of the Broughton and elsewhere. Put them on land where they can control the disease and sea lice that comes with these farms.
Do not allow more fish farms into the Broughton Archipelago.
Nimmo Bay ResortPt. McNeillCanada
HeleneHarrisonI am completely against all fish farms, but the pens in oceans and waterways are the worst. Atlantic salmon are not indigenous and they are fed a toxic cocktail of drugs and feed which includes ground up wild salmon. They spread infections and disease and interfere with the genetic makeup of wild salmon, other animals who eat salmon are sickened by them, the process of allowing fish farms is absolutely ridiculous, scientists have lost their positions and the DFO is practially useless. This entire industry is an abomination and the country of Norway, who sicked this on us in the first place, is about to abolish fish farms there -- so if they can recognize the damage they've done and do something about it, why can't Canada? I don't know anyone who eats any farmed fish. Fish farms are disgusting.ShirleyCanada
TeresaPorterFish farms, unless they have closed containment systems, are a hazard to wild salmon because they spread disease and pollution into the waters where they will negatively impact wild salmon.

It should be obvious that it is irresponsible to site these open net 'farms' on ocean routes where they will affect the health of wild salmon, and the salmon fishery.

I oppose any and all open net fish farms, whether established or new, and will continue to support a boycott of all farmed salmon from such farms.




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NewmarketCanada
JillSchroderA large amount of scientific evidence indicates that open-net salmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems. We know this from countless examples around the world.

Proposing two new farms in Clio Channel will negatively impact wild salmon and their habitat. This is irresponsible.

The precautionary principle is the obvious approach in this situation.
Vancouver, BCCanada
NicoleLewisI am concerned about salmon farm development going ahead without meeting the recommendations of the federal inquiry, and without input from stakeholders. Sea lice, disease and pollution threatening our wild salmon and other species living in our ocean are unacceptable risks, and these projects should not be approved until there is proof that they will not damage our marine ecosystem.Campbell River, BCCanada
AnonymousThe constant expansion of open-pen salmon farming on the West Coast poses a growing threat each year to migrating wild salmon. This was clearly noted in Justice Cohen's report that gathers dust under the desk of the Harper Government PMO. Proud citizens of BC and all of Canada need to stand up and make their voices heard on this hugely important ecological issue. Please put a moratorium on open-pen salmon farm expansions until the Cohen report recommendations have been taken serioulsy by both the Federal and BC Provincial governments.SaanichtonCanada
AlanJamesWe must stop open-pen farms to protect our wild salmon.Canada
AnonymousOcean based fish farms are detrimental to the health of our wild salmon stocks. Please do not approve more ocean based fish farms. Our government should be protecting our wild fish stocks, not endangering them by approving and allowing these farms to operate. I do NOT eat or purchase farmed fish. Please change regulations to require land based fish farms.DeltaCanada
AnonymousAs is now being revealed in Norway, the wild fish are being seriously infected by the escaped farmed fish. Until all farm activities are relocated to land-based containment, any fish farms in BC and on Canada's East coast must be restricted and no new licenses approved until the companies in this industry agree to protect our wild fish.NepeanCanada
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AnonymousBritish Columbia has the biggest and most famous wild salmon runs in the world. We need to promote our native fishermen and return the jobs to those fishing families that have worked on boats for generations. The Cohen Inquiry and many studies out of Norway have shown us scientific proof that farmed salmon has negative effects on our environment, our drinking water, and on our wild fish species. There are more jobs to be had restoring the wild salmon to prominence then there are allowing Norwegian fish farms to pollute our habitat.Slow Fish CanadaCanada
JosephineFletcherAre you not understanding that fish farms are deadly to our pristine environment off the British Columbia Coast. These fish farms plunk themselves down on the richest marine waterways of the planet. They dump their refuse into these waters that surge with enormous tidal activity. They are in the long term scheme of things quickly destroying species and habitat and contribute to an acidity in the oceans make up . The marine sea systems are extremely sensitive and may be utterly destroyed in so few years, that the planet will plunge into a death one never would want to live through. Get the fish farms out. The viruses incurred for the wild stock are deadly and unnecessary if this government would make the right choice and retract from letting any more fish farms impose themselves on the waterways.Hornby Island, British ColumbiaCanada
AnonymousIn January of 2015 alone, over 100,000 farmed fish escaped from open-net pens in Norway. Some of the escaped farmded fish were fully mature steelhead, a foreign species to the N. Atlantic and to Norway. With 8 out of 10 of these fish determined to be carrying a lethal virus (PD virus) to wild salmonids (trout and salmon), the spread of disease has now also been confirmed by fish disease experts such as Dr. Are Nylund from the University of Bergen in Norway. The escaped fish are now moving upstream and it is feared they will disrupt the native Atlantic salmon spawning beds and try to spawn themselves as they are not sterile.

The scenario in BC Canada is much the same with respect to the treat of farmed fish on wild Pacific salmon migration routes. We cannot ignore the science behind viral disease and current events in Norway on what the risks are to the environment and the future of wild salmon. If it is demonstrated in Norway that infected farmed fish can spread potentially lethal viruses to wild fish, than the model is also true for everywhere else. This includes the waters around the farms as well as the rivers the escaped fish roam into.

I hope to government of BC Canada will respect the hard won scientific risk assessments as well as Justice Cohen's 26 million dollar inquiry and suspend any further placement of open-net pen fish farms where they may impact wild Pacific salmon. We and our children depend on wild Salmon for a healthy ecosystem and future.
Dr.CarlsbadUSA
TylerJonesCanada
MaureenFossThe disease, effluent, escapes, the questionable feed, the medications, the peroxide bath to kill pathogens but then you already have this information. Fish farms are wrong and should be banned.Lac la HacheCanada
AnonymousPlease don't start any more ocean fish farms. Please do them in containment on land. The farmed fish are spreading pathogens and lice to wild salmon.DuncanCanada
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DavidCrosbyFebruary 01, 2015
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations
Province of British Columbia
Land Tenures Branch

I am opposed to the applications by Grieg Seafood’s seeking to amend the existing permitted use to operate Open Net Pen Fish Farms at the Minstrel Island site and the West Cracroft Island site for the following reasons:
"Not only are Pacific salmon integral to the culture, well-being and livelihood of B.C.'s First Nations, they are often seen as indicators of overall ecosystem and wildlife health, and important to environmental sustainability” (BC Environment Minister, Terry Lake- March 2013). Given the words of the Minister I believe that it is inherent on the Government of the Province of British Columbia to prevent the potential of any harm that may occur directly or indirectly to the chosen emblem and species that is representative of our Province through the continued introduction of a species that is not native to our Provincial waters. A species that, given varied studies and as well as anecdotal evidence can be deemed “invasive” as upon escape into open waters it does compete for survival and dominance over existing territory.

The proponent’s expressed intent to use open net-pen systems for both these sites is in my opinion, use of a technology which is obsolete and can at best be described as an extremely poor containment structure subject to rips and tears through varied methods which can include human error, inclement weather impacts as well as interactions through predatory species.

Such openings, as well as what the Industry itself terms as “leakage”, allow for escape and once these farmed Atlantic salmon are in our coastal waters they can and will compete with our wild salmon stocks for available food source and for spawning habitat. Not only is this species impacting wild stocks through competition for space but of equal importance is a real potential for parasitic and / or diseases being transferred between the differing species.

This simple description with respect to the impacts of invasive species is probably the easiest to understand as it really says it all. "It's kind of like oil and water. Once it gets in, it's really tough to get it out. And that's been the history with aquatic nuisance species or invasive species all over the world.... Once they get established, it's extremely difficult to get rid of them."

Definition from the United Nations - Invasive species are organisms (usually transported by humans) which successfully establish themselves in, and then overcome, otherwise intact, pre-existing native ecosystems. Invasive species constitute a global-scale problem affecting inter alia health, agricultural potential, and biodiversity.

The Federal Government and various Provincial Governments in Canada, including BC are fully aware of the impacts of “invasive species” and by right should neither allow nor be supportive of the introduction of any species alien to our Province as well as provide such with direct access to coastal waters.

Another reason for my opposition to these applications is Fish Farm waste, the potential impacts of accumulation of this material to the health and wellbeing of the area and I am truly hopeful that there is some agreement with the parties responsible for approvals that the solution to pollution is not dilution.

Untreated fish farm waste accumulates on the sea floor below the farm, literally smothering the area below the farms. This waste is not solely fecal matter as there likely are other residual organic and inorganic compounds used over the lifespan of the operation that may have impact to shellfish and other bottom-dwelling sea creatures which are a distinct part of a food chain which is integral to the overall health of our natural species, ecosystem, for human consumption as well as potential economic opportunities through harvesting.

An additional problem associated with the waste from these farms is that the waste does not automatically go away once the operation ceases as the huge accumulation left behind can leave the seabed unlivable for other marine life for a period of up to five years.

I understand that some salmon farms have been located in areas with tidal currents that flush the farm waste but this in reality does not resolve concerns as it just moves the issue around waste to another area where impacts are virtually the same.

My last comments in opposition to the approval of the applications made have more to do with a concern with regulatory authority and the conflicting role that does not bring any degree of confidence to this process. The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River concluded that salmon farms have the potential for “serious or irreversible” harm to wild salmon through disease transfer. The Commission recommended a freeze on farmed salmon production along part of the Fraser sockeye migration route until 2020, at which time all farms should be removed unless Canada produces hard evidence that the farms are doing no more than minimal harm. The Commission called for what is termed a Precautionary Approach to further expansion of Fish Farms.

A Precautionary Approach is, in general, about being cautious when scientific information is uncertain, unreliable or inadequate and not using the absence of adequate scientific information as a reason to postpone or fail to take action to avoid serious harm to the resource.

One may take a position that the application for these two particular tenures may not be directly on the migration route of the Fraser sockeye but I would ask that the Precautionary Principle be applied as there are a myriad of salmon spawning streams and rearing areas that serve the variety of wild stocks which are generic to this area.

The Commission also recommended that Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO’s) mandate must focus on the protection of wild stocks, and the government must drop its mandate for the promotion of salmon farming, due to the possible conflict of mandates. I will always maintain that, as the Federal Government has placed the promotion of Aquaculture under the DFO that this does place them in a direct conflict of their mandate and prime responsibility to protect our wild species.

How does one expect them to reconcile the basic challenges of allowing the dumping of deleterious matter, waste into coastal waterways, of allowing for the deliberate and continued introduction of a species (Atlantic Salmon) that is not natural to this coast and by all definitions qualifies to be listed as invasive as it will attempt to displace natural wild species by directly competing for the feed and spawning grounds of our native species.

I would say that given the changes to the variety of statutes governing the protection of habitat, cuts to staffing levels at DFO, a silencing of people directly involved with providing crucial information that there is no confidence in the system and would ask that these applications be denied until there is a more transparent, open process which truly involves all stakeholders.

Sincerely,


David Crosby
10B – 951 Cedar Street
Campbell River, V9W 2W1
individualCampbell RiverCanada
Anonymous37 million dollars has been spent on a Federal enquiry and you are not listening? This is a repeat of the National Energy Board that only pays lip service to Canadians, while spending big bucks doing so!

How many ways do you need to be told that we cannot continue to manipulate our environment in ways that affect larger ecosystems and expect that the environment will continue to support humankind?

Canada deserves a government that listens to its people!
LangleyCanada
AnonymousFish farms need to be moved out of the sea and on to the land. This is a viable alternative to the fish farms in the sea. Scientific evidence is piling up against fish farms in the water, especially on salmon migration routes. The salmon are a cornerstone of the ecosystem of our coast; if they fail, much will follow. Do not allow these fish farms, and take all current farms out of our waters. The recent disaster in Norway ( http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2015/01/farmed-steelhead-threaten-norwegian-wild-salmon.html ) demonstrates clearly that farm fish are a danger to wild fish. The science is there. The alternative is there (land pens). Take action as is your governmental responsibilityCanada
GaiCotterJustice Cohen's recommendations have been completely ignored as our politicians blindly continue on a destructive course allowing fish farming with it's sea lice, diseases, effluent, chemicals and anti-biotics fouling the waters and endangering our wild salmon which are LIFE to B.C. and it's ecosystems..

Instead of allowing more of these farms into the waterways, there is an urgency to put them in containment on land as they will be doing in Norway after their latest disaster.

I am outraged that those who govern us are fouling our environment and it's systems for so-called "economic" reasons, and seem to care not for the lasting consequences. Shame!

Please visit this site for the latest fish farm disaster in Norway:
http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2015/01/farmed-steelhead-threaten-norwegian-wild-salmon.html
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ScottRogersInumerable studies around the world, combined with logic and common sense, make it abundantly clear that open pen salmon farming is not worth the risk to wild salmon and human health. It is irresponsible and unacceptable to have any open-net salmon farms, let alone two additional tenures, active in the ocean, and in particular the Broughton. I am an ecologist and have witnessed first hand the detrimental effects of this form of aquaculture. I have also witnessed the complete lack of respect of both industry and the canadian government to many First Nations who have unequivocally rejected, and stood against open-net aquaculture operating in their unceded traditional territory.

Specifically in regards to these two proposed site, they are on important shrimping grounds and in a narrow channel where salmon headed up Knights Inlet rest. Ocean currents can move a particle 10 km in 6 hours here and so what comes out of all these farms wafts out into areas where many south coast salmon migrate. Though some First Nations are accepting of the farm industry, virus and disease, carried by currents know no territory boundaries. Wild salmon know no territory boundaries.

There is a host of reasons that these two tenures should not be accepted, some of which are site specific, but most are universal to any sites close to the migration route of wild salmon, in particular the Fraser River sockeye migration route. Many of which are described ad-nauseum in the reputable Cohen Commission.
SookeCanada
AnonymousFrom everything I've studied, fish farms hurt wild salmon. Please stop fish farming.Canada
KristaJorgensenWild salmon come first.Canada
LawnaBourassaWrong is just wrong. When does it end sea lice, disease.Canada
MichaelNennMy concerns are with open net salmon farms in general and as such I want to voice my opposition to allowing any new applications. We need to move to a closed pen or on land configuration.

Thank you.
Canada
AnonymousAs noted these locations are in migration route and are deteremental to wild salmon smolts.
These net pens cannot be allowed to be located there.
Commercial FishermanSointula. BCCanada
EoghanMoriartyThere are six species of Pacific salmon (sockeye, pink, chum, coho, Chinook and steelhead) that have evolved over millions of years into hundreds of distinct genetic stocks in British Columbia, occupying a tremendously diverse mosaic of salmon habitats, from the coastal rainforests, to the boreal plateau, to the Rocky Mountains. Each of these stocks has developed unique behaviours and unique physical traits to best survive under the unique set of environmental conditions it encounters throughout its life cycle. Scientists have shown that maintaining this remarkable biological diversity helps to ensure that there will always be salmon populations that can thrive under the environmental conditions of the day. This biological diversity can be likened to a diverse financial investment portfolio which protects against market fluctuations. Overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, inappropriate use of salmon hatcheries, and climate change are the major threats to maintaining and restoring biological diversity of salmon in BC.Real Hearings.orgDeltaCanada
PollyHalickiThese fish farms are detrimental to our wild salmon stocks. Escapee fish dilute the gene pool or compete with our natal salmon for food. In addition the farms are polluters on a huge scale; the feed and medications given to these captive salmon change the seabed habitat for miles around one of these farms, raising the sea lice population and choking out bottom plants. As many people are giving up eating farm-raised salmon, so what is the point of flooding the market with a product that the aware consumer will not buy?GabriolaCanada
BrianWalkerClio Channel is a restricted passage that would force close encounters between wild and farmed stocks. Disease would more easily be spread from one population to the other.CourtenayCanada
KyleDavidsonThey have figured out how to do land based fish farming. So lets proceed in that direction now and abandon this foolish, greedy and dangerous open net farming.AbbotsfordCanada
CeliaNordI am very concerned that the government has chosen to skip the federal assessments (EA) for open net salmon farms in our Pacific region and there appears not to be any rigorous assessments on the provincial level either. The multi-million dollar federal inquiry (Cohen Commission) made many recommendations that have not been implemented to date, particularly that fish farm siting criteria be developed with input from stakeholders, First Nations and a scientific peer-review. It is clear to me that if these recommendations are not being implemented, and if we (the public) leave the decisions about open net fish farms to the government, the protection of wild salmon will be diminished and likely lead to collapse, like it has on the east coast with Atlantic salmon and other fish species. Observers of that east coast collapse of wild fish stocks have cited government apathy and a lack of response to the crisis in any meaningful way until it was too late as the reason for the extirpation of wild Atlantic fish species. An increase of sea lice and disease pathogens in wild salmon, as well as the huge amounts of pollution created by the industry have impacted our icon wild Pacific salmon species. There are peer reviewed articles that confirm this.

Even though some of the sockeye run years in the Adams River appear to have strong returns, it is clear that the year midway between the dominant ones (2012, 2008 etc) are threatened, having returns of only 100 or so sockeye, down from the typical return in the thousands for that cycle. Devastating events such as the Mount Polley tailings breach only add to the potential for dramatic decreases in Fraser River wild sockeye salmon stock. I personally observed what Horsefly locals referred to as 'apathy' on the part of returning spawning sockeye salmon this last fall, that normally vigorously tried to breach the gate at the end of one of the man-made spawning channels off the Horsefly River. These sockeye had just swam through the aftermath of the spill that had happened about a month before. We all know that sockeye salmon is a cornerstone species that animals, humans and plant-life in our province depend upon unequivocally. Ignoring the inevitable devastation of wild salmon fish stocks by the introduction of open-net fish farms and all of the issues that go along with them.

Please ensure us that third party, First Nations and peer reviewed scientific findings are included in the criteria for assessment of open net salmon farm applications.
Canada
valerieshoreHow much scientific evidence do you need that open-net salmon farms are harmful to wild salmon. What are you thinking? NO to two new farms in these locations or anywhere on the BC coast. Protect our wild salmon!!!Canada
AnonymousThe question regarding my concerns is quite redundant! Science has well documented the harmful effects of fish farms on healthy, wild fish stock. I cannot believe that the provincial government of British Columbia is actually considering additional destruction to wildlife and our valuable wild fish food sources with two more fish farms. Where is the concern for the environment and the future for your citizens, in B.C. and beyond? This must not happen!Thunder BayCanada
DebManeryWe need to build land based growing ponds for these fish. Our natural environment cannot take anymore pollution.Canada
AnonymousI am concerned about the impact of net pens and their impact on the marine environment. This proposal, in particular, is in a location critical to wild salmon. Do not allow this to happen.Canada
DarrenBlaneyTake the farms out of our waters and put them on land. Addresses the Sea lice Issues , Escapes , Pollution issues(feces), Antibiotics,and Pesticides. Less Travel costs to the remote sites and weather conditions, Anchoring Etc Etc EtcHomalco First NationCampbell River BCCanada
MichelleBrokenshireAs the Cohen Commission stated, the science presented did not show any impacts to wild salmon or other fishes. I feel comfortable supporting these two salmon aquaculture sites as I believe the benefits (relief to commercial catch, healthy food, jobs) outweighs the potential for impact. Thanks for allowing my voice to be added to your list.IndependentUSA
AnonymousI'm not a scientist, but I trust the science on this one and wonder why you don't too. NO SALMON FARMS, GET RID OF WHAT'S THERE AND NO, NO NO NEW LICENSES. It's a complete no brainer.Canada
Anonymoussalmon farms should be inland not where the viruses and parasites of farmed salmon can infect wild salmon stocks.
Please!
Gabriola IslandCanada
Anonymousno salmon farms. They devastate the environment and more studies are needed.
The 2 worst scourges of our generation are fish farms along migration routes and fracking.
I say no non no!
Marquis Safety SystemsvancouverCanada
AnonymousStop this. There are problems with farmed salmon contaminating the wild salmon. You would be aware of the studies if the scientists funding for that hadn't been cut. So you want to have the factory farm right in the middle of the migratory path? What makes sense about that? Fools, quit wrecking our country.Canada
AnonymousThere is ample evidence to support the theory that open net salmon farms are wreaking havoc with wild stocks up and down the BC coast.

If you must farm salmon - which tastes disgusting anyway - do closed container farms and use the waste water to fertilize crops.

I will NEVER buy or eat farmed salmon, and as a resident of coastal BC, I object to this polluting, destructive, industrialized method of farming.
myselfGabriola IslandCanada
AnonymousWe know now beyond a doubt that salmon feedlots are detrimental to wild salmon stocks, and MUST be kept off the migrations routes. Yes I understand that new applications on these wild routes are being considered. They must NOT be approved.Canada
Anonymousmy concern is that this doesnt go thrugabriolaCanada
AnonymousResearch has clearly shown that open net fish farming can harm wild populations. Do not allow this kind of farming in Canada!Canada
Anonymousas a commercial shrimp fisherman in area 12 for the last 15 years i am concerned about losing more tow able ground Cleo channel is one of the most productive area's we have the proposed farm will limit are towing ground even more we as license holders gave up substantial shrimp ground to the rock fish conservation zones a few years ago we can't lose any more ground i would estimate that 75%of the shrimp landed in area 12 comes from cleo channelbreezefishingCanada
Anonymoussalmon farms can be devastating to our wild salmon and ecosystems.WienOther
GerriBaierOpen net farms can devastate wild salmon ecosystems.Sea lice and disease can spread to wild salmon also degrading their natural habitat. Please protect our oceans and our salmon.Condor ab.Canada
AnonymousYou already know this is wrong...do the right thing...we know you will!Paul PudwellSookeCanada
AnonymousJust say NO to farmed salmon! They not only cause pollution and ecosystem changes and a threat to native fish runs, they taste like cardboard and contain less nutrients and omega 3 fat.
Screw the commercial net fisheries, make a change to long line fishing only!
USA
JACKIECAMPBELLWill it never end when is enough enough save the remaining wild salmon population.Canada
AnonymousI hope. The salmon is that to grow as much as possible close to nature state And, I hope that the fish is not a Franken fish.Iwaki River fishery cooperativeshirosaki aomori JAPANOther
AnonymousThe salmon are not the only wildlife affected. The entire ecology is adversely affected. No wild fish, no raptors, no bears and on and on. A tragedy caused by callousness and greed.150 Mile HouseCanada
MarcieCallewaertThere are many devastating effects that salmon farms have on the environment and the wildlife in the surrounding waters. Not only do they negatively impact local wild salmon stocks, but these impacts echo up the food chain to orcas and even impact smaller fish like herring. Sea lice, disease and fish escapees are a real threat to wild salmon stocks, the very salmon that northern and southern resident orcas rely on. Please stop expanding the number of farms in our waters, especially in the middle of wild salmon migration routes. It is completely unacceptable, in this day and age, with our modern science to continue this practice. Move to contained, on land farms before the damage we do becomes completely irreparable.VictoriaCanada
AnonymousThe goverent of British Columbia needs to stop lying to it's people and ignoring science. Wild salmon are the underpinning of the coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem. The seriousness of the diseases spread by this dirty and destructive form of aquaculture can be compared to mad cows disease. (ISA) Infectious salmon anemia is an internationally reportable disease and the people of British Columbia deserve to be told the truth.
BC's salmon are so special - Without these magnificent fish other species will not survive and First Nations communities will lose a traditional source of food.
Cowichan bay seafood at the HudsonVictoriaCanada
AnonymousI'm really concerned about the new farm applications because my preference is for us humans not to interfere with the resources of the existing wild salmon. The wild salmon will know that something is amiss when farmed salmon move into the neighbourhood and they will suffer. Salmon farming does not and can not have no impact on what naturally exists now. Furthermore as a human that eats salmon, farming salmon isn't preferable to wild salmon. So I don't support salmon farming initiatives that would diminish the type and quality of food stock that I prefer to purchase. If there was only farmed salmon in the world, I just wouldn't eat salmon. The look in their eyes in the grocery store compared to their wild counterparts is stark. How something lives and dies before I consume it matters to me and I care about what other people eat too. Food is medicine. Medicine is our food.

I realize that people need to make a living, but when what someone wants to do for a living ignores other possibilities - ignores creativity, I think to myself that there are a myriad of ways to make a living. We don't live in cave man times, we don't live in the industrial age where we don't know better how to re-think the notion of a livelihood. We are far more creative than this.

Farm stories. Farm knowledge. Farm labours of love. There is no need to farm salmon. Farming salmon hides a problem related to wild salmon and our interconnectedness to life. I don't want that problem and it's connection to our deeper human wounds to continue to hide.

Please re-consider and decline this request/application so that people can be more creative about how they live and evolve our planet and treat the living things that nourish us as our food.
Nanoose BayCanada
AnonymousWe do not need anymore open net fish farms, Do the right thing, put them on land and filter the water. Save wild salmon, do BC a favour and start listening to the science behind this. Stop this before its to late. We have an amazing Province that prides itself on being super natural, do not destroy what we have, enhance it!VictoriaCanada
GillianDarling KovanicSalmon farms on wild salmon migration routes will be the death of our wild salmon who will go the same way as wild Atlantic salmon. We absolutely do not want any more salmon farms in these BC waters. It is not rocket science. I am totally opposed to these applications being approved.Canada
AnonymousThe wild stocks are at riskThe wild stockCanada
AnonymousWhy does our government continue to ignore recommendations so solidly given to it? Our government sadly does not seem to give a hoot about our environment our its inhabitants. Salmon are a keystone species that we should not be messing around with. The negative impact on them will impact so many. Before moving ahead on any salmon proposals please listen to the results of the federal inquiry and get the suggested input.VancouverCanada
AnonymousMy concerns are global. Two more filthy fish farms will sound the death knell for our dwindling wild salmon stocks. Disease, antibiotics, questionable practises, food not fit for consumption..Lax La HacheCanada
AnonymousI'm concerned that these open net pen farms are being proposed in wild salmon migration routes, when the Canada's Policy for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon (WSP) has not been implemented, the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River Recommendations have not been implemented, the BC Pacific Salmon Forum Final Report & Recommendations have not been implemented,The Queen's Privy Council for Canada use of the Precautionary Approach in the absence of science or fact to guide decisions test needs to be applied, the new Fisheries Act 2013 Fisheries Protection Program contains a new prohibition to manage threats to fish that are part of or support commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fisheries with the goal of ensuring their productivity and ongoing sustainability test needs to be applied, the Public Interest does not want this. The production of farmed salmon is not to feed the hungry and protein deprived populations of the planet but for affluent cultures with abundant menu alternatives . The destruction of wild animals and their ecosystems to feed farmed carnivores for elite cultures is amoral.Canada
AnonymousI do not endorse further expansion of fish farms in BC waters, especially without meaningful and significant consultation with all stakeholders. Please don't gamble our long-term resource viability on strategies that are, at best, questionable under independent scientific scrutiny. Your record on this will be a key issue for me at voting time.Canada
LaurieHrdlickaNo more polluting the environmentLaguna HillsUSA
Sarah MichelleJohnsonMy concerns are a great many, but I'll start with the well documented, negative effect on wild salmon populations- already under stress from warming oceans, climate change and streams destroyed by years of unsustainable logging practices.

Sea lice, antibiotics- not to mention escaped, non native salmon species- open net salmon farms are a blight on wild salmon populations. Reliant upon wild populations several communities- including First Nations, forest ecosystems and their fellow wild inhabitants- bears, wolves and eagles- this reckless practice needs to stop. Really- we've known about this for decades and there is a better way to farm salmon-inland and away from wild populations.

I'm not against progress, I am for the wild- let's think of ways to profit that don't come at the expense of wild populations already under stress, yeah?
Canada
AnonymousThis is a clear contradiction to the Cohen report which continues to be ignored by our governments. We are sacrificing the future of wild salmon for the sake of a paltry few tax dollars from a fish farm. There is little cost to being cautious here and giving the recommendations of the Cohen report a fair chance. There is HUGE cost to allowing these farms to continue to proliferate.

At a VERY minimum, fish farms MUST be emptied completely during wild Salmon migration periods.

It's time for our governments to be responsible for WILD salmon first, and above all.
VictoriaCanada
AnonymousWhile government biologists may dispute the lice and disease issues with locating open net cages close to salmon migration routes, surely the cautionary principle should apply and no more pens be allowed until we have clear and definitive evidence.Canada
AnonymousSalmon Farms have already destroyed BC's Wild Salmon Stocks, adding more Salmon Farms in the ocean is the last thing BC wild salmon needs. If we are going to have Salmon Farms they should be constructed on land in secure facilities.Mr.VictoriaCanada
MichaelCarmanTo the BC Liberals,

Regarding the two new salmon farms proposed in Clio Channel along wild salmon migration routes; as British Columbians, my family and I are outraged about this. It's clear your government does not give a fig about our wild Pacific salmon, and that the BC Liberals are bound and determined to do your utmost to wipe them out by allowing sea lice and disease pathogens from fish farms to do so. Fish farms also cause damage by dumping chemicals, feed, feces and other things into the marine environment. But, you know this. We urge you to reject this proposal AND any further fish farm proposals along British Columbia's coast line.

Sincerely,
Michael Carman & Family (six registered voters)
SurreyCanada
DavidGibsonThe new farm locations are located along salmon migration routes, and have not been approved by First Nations and other stakeholders. They will continue to put native salmon species at risk, while contributing little to the Coastal economy.Canada
RyanEnnsAll fish farms should be land based. Get them out of the migratory routes and waters of our wild salmon.Canada
LisaBrownSalmon farms should be eliminated entirely from the British Columbia coast and the wild salmon migrating paths need to be pristine with no farms polluting our coastlines. Science already backs up that sea lice, other diseases including easily transmittable viruses and the ridiculous pollution levels from farms have plummeted wild salmon populations ever since the existing farms were allowed to be set up years ago along migration routes. Salmon farms are a FAILED experiment and science proves this. Do not allow any more salmon farms and the existing farms need to be shut down right away.Canada
AdeleHollingsworthI am appalled that government is even considering new fish farms!! especially on the wild salmon migration routes! I am born and raised in BC-pay taxes and am disgusted that over 37 MILLION DOLLARS has been wasted on the Cohen Commission. Government needs to take a long hard look to what is happening in other countries that are open net feedlot "farming"
I am NOT an environmentalist-am a retired Registered Nurse-cannot express enough how distressing this is to me. IT IS SO SO SO WRONG AND I AM NOT OK WITH IT AT ALL!!!!
HOW DARE YOU ENDANGER OUR COAST AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT? DISGUSTING!
My poem, my words, why don't you (government) take a moment or 2 and really read it-digest it-look at all the people of BC who are against open net feedlots!!! GET THEM OUT OF OUR WATERS!! East coast too!

Sacred salmon swimming slow,
beneath the waves of tidal flow.
The sun and eagles high above
Dear sacred salmon please hear my love.

You start your lives brave and small,
creeks soon turn into rivers.
Urged on each day by ocean's call,
silvery, pink life givers.

The whale, the bear, the cedar tree,
rely on you for survival
Dear sacred salmon swimming free,
ancient eternal revival.

Casting nets into the waters,
a time for elders to teach.
come near my sons, watch close my daughters,
gifts from the Gods we can reach.

Red and orange, yellow and green,
colours that contrast the rocks.
Thrashing tails waterdrop sheen,
spawning new life into stocks.

Sacred salmon dying slow,
force within transferring flow.
Your precious eggs silently wait,
tales old as time, pre-ordained fates.

The spirit of salmon echoes all through B.C.,
generations are built from your bones.
strong future for salmon my vision to see
a keystone like no other has shown.

Dear sacred salmon please hear my cry,
I vow to be your voice.
There is no need to wonder why
for my heart has made the choice.

thanks for your time and consideration. AH
Retired Registered NurseCampbell RiverCanada
RobertHaslettThe results of permitting these developments to proceed flies in the face of the Cohen Report recommendations which called for a five year ban ton further open net fish farm expansion. Diseased eggs imported from Norway, with the resultant fry to be deposited in B.C. waters , constitute an unforgivable assault on our wild salmon populations.SmithersCanada
AlexandraMortonSalmon farms are feedlots and as such incubate disease and sea lice and then release them back into the ocean. This creates far more disease in the ocean than wild salmon are equipped to handle. These farms are on migration routes for important Knight Inlet wild salmon and because a particle can travel 10km in 6 hours in this region, they will expose salmon from the Fraser River to more farmed salmon effluent. I understand the First Nations of this territory have signed off on these farms, but what about all the Nations south of them? Who consulted them? Salmon from throughout the Fraser River will be exposed to these sites and all the other farmed salmon sites that block their path to the ocean. The salmon farming industry is pushing for new legislation and regulations that will allow them to finally own their fish, and for wild salmon to be killed to protect the farms from disease. These are changes that will alter life as we know it on this coast. It is time for this industry to get out of the ocean, clean up and behave like good corporate citizens they claim to be.AlexandraMorton.caCanada
StanProboszczMuch research has been published documenting the risk of farm derived sea lice to wild salmon, especially in the Broughton Archipelago. Considering additional finfish farms here is irresponsible. We recently saw 75 thoughtful recommendations arise from a $37 million publicly funded federal inquiry, yet we have heard no official account of the implementation of these, many dealt with salmon farming. Several recommendations specifically dealt with developing new siting criteria for farms, yet these haven't been completed. Given this, these farms should not be granted licences to operate.Watershed WatchVancouverCanada
TrishaHallI do not believe that any new open-net salmon farms should be approved until Justice Cohen's recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River have been adequately addressed. Siting criteria with input from stakeholders have not yet been developed. Given the extensive amount of scientific evidence that open-net salmon farms pose significant risks to wild salmon (pathogens, escapes, sea lice, etc. - much of which was provided as testimony during the Cohen Commission hearings), I feel that it is irresponsible to approve two new farm tenures in Clio Channel.Watershed WatchVancouverCanada