Today we are delivering 108,842 signatures to the Premier of British Columbia
Dear Premier Christy Clark:
Please do not issue Licences of Occupation to the salmon farms trying to expand in British Columbia. Wild salmon are much too important to the world to risk for a dirty industry that refuses to contain its waste and pollutes our oceans.
Living Oceans, David Suzuki Foundation, Watershed Watch and Clayoquot Action have joined me in putting out a press release on this petition. Another letter is being sent from businesses, a municipality and environmental organizations throughout British Columbia, signatories continue to flow in for this letter: Download Letter
The damage salmon farms are doing to British Columbia has become a mainstream issue.
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MLA Andrew Weaver, has kindly agreed to table the petition at 1:30pm. You can watch live here.
Numerous government salmon farm reviews since 1989, culminating in the Cohen Inquiry have all told government the same thing. Get this industry away from the wild salmon.
Government has never listened to its own advice.
A recent Federal Court decision says the Minister of Fisheries unlawfully gave the industry permission to transfer diseased farmed salmon into pens in our oceans.
Canadians are loosing a generation of wild salmon in the Broughton Archipelago to sea lice from salmon farms right now. I asked DFO yesterday what the ramifications will this have on the companies involved. I was answered with silence! Here we go again, starving bears, lost tourism, failure of nutrients to feed the forests, loss of a valuable stock of fish... How could this industry possibly be so worthy of government's undying love and servitude? What other industry gets to wipe out generations of salmon in broad daylight and no one responds?
Someday perhaps we will get to learn about how the dirty politics of this dirty industry work - but today we are a democratic society trying to keep our world alive.
The salmon farming industry has stated its plans to expand in BC by 40% to remain profitable. The Harper government seems willing to allow the BC coast to be used in this way and so it is up to the Premier of BC. Will Christy Clark grant more and bigger Licences of Occupation giving the industry access to this coast?
The first fish farm licences in the wave of expansion are two off Northern Vancouver Island on the Fraser salmon migration route. Marine Harvest has partnered with a tiny Tlatlasikwala First Nation http://www.returningtohope.com/economic-opportunity/
I understand this nation wants Marine Harvest's business, but if has to be recognized that they are making a decision for all nations south of them, especially the Fraser River First Nations, who have never been given any respect and consultation even as all their salmon are now running through the salmon farm effluent in territories that have made deals with the salmon farmers.
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On Wednesday, this petition is being tabled in the BC Legislature by MLA Andrew Weaver on our behlaf.
You can watch live at 1:30 pm Wednesday May 27, 2015
On May 8, 2010, I helped lead the final steps of the GET OUT Migration, a 6 -day walk down Vancouver Island to Victoria, into the capital of British Columbia to inform the Provincial Government that we want salmon farms out of the ocean to protect wild salmon. There were 6000 people with us as we ended the journey - you can see us in this slide show. Premier Clark did not respond.