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From: Farmed and Dangerous [mailto:info@farmedanddangerous.org]
July 29, 2005 9:13 AM
To: Donna Martin
Subject: July E-NEWS


July 29, 2005

Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform 



Corporate Control Of Our Coast - Big Three in B.C

In 1989 there were more than 100 small family-owned salmon farming companies operating in B.C. Today there are only 12 left with three factory farming corporations dominating the industry. The multinationals Marine Harvest (75% owned by the Dutch multinational and 25% by the Norwegian multinational Stolt), Pan Fish (Norwegianowned) and Cermaq (80% owned by the Norwegian Government) now controlover 80% of B.C.'s sea cage sites (104 of 129 sites).

The 'Big Three' multinational companies, farming predominantly alien Atlantic salmon, want to encroach yet further into wild Pacific salmon habitat. In July, Cermaq took over George Weston's subsidiary Heritage intent on expanding into the Broughton Archipelago. Pan Fish already has two farms approved at the mouth of the
Skeena River with a further 15 proposed.


Catherine Stewart of the Living Oceans Society had this to say about the expansion of Cermaq into the Broughton:

"Cermaq's operational track record in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is appalling, said Catherine Stewart, Living Oceans Aquaculture Campaign Coordinator. The company, and its' subsidiaries EWOS and Mainstream Canada, have amassed a shoddy record of Fisheries Act violations, escapes, disease outbreaks and mass mortalities in their Clayoquot operations"

The salmon farming industry is expanding north into one of B.C.'s most productive salmon rivers, the Skeena. Help us prevent another Broughton sea lice epidemic and stop the salmon farming industry from spoiling this wild salmon ecosystem.

Act now to save wild salmon on the Skeena River
please sign Friends of Wild Salmon's Declaration.

Heiltsuk First Nation Say Zero Tolerance

The Heiltsuk First Nation of B.C.'s central mainland coast has along-standing policy of zero-tolerance towards open net-cage fishfarms in their traditional territory. In early July, Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt took that message directly to theBoard and CEO of Pan Fish, the Norwegian salmon farming multinational. Humchitt traveled to Stavanger, Norway to attend an extraordinary meeting of Pan Fish (Omega) shareholders and directors. The corporation operates a farmed salmon hatchery in Heiltsuk territory despite protest flotillas, written objections and court challenges by the Heiltsuk Nation. Presenting before the Board in traditional regalia, Humchitt invited PanFish's CEO to visit coastal B.C. and hear first-hand the Nation's concerns about the impact of fish farms on wild salmon and ocean ecosystems and the failure of the company to address Heiltsuk interests. Pan Fish (Omega) has yet to accept the invitation.

Visit www.farmedanddangerous.org to find out more reasons why you should think twice about eating farmed salmon!

DFO Spin Doctors Failing!

An internal Department of Fisheries and Oceans document, obtained by Member of Parliament John Cummins reveals thatthe federal government is losing the public relations battle with environmental groups on the issue of whether Ottawa is protecting wild salmon and properly regulating the fish farm industry. Members of theCoastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) are named as effective communicators on the issue of sea lice from fish farms infecting and killing juvenile wild salmon populations.
John Cummins provided the reason for CAAR's success. He said "The environmental groups are winning the public relations war because they are telling the truth about the dangers fish farms pose to wild stocks".
When government fails to protect wild salmon from sea lice, you can do something about it. Tell major retailers like Safeway to stop buying farmed salmon and make a commitment to sustainability and ecosystem health. 


Get Involved!

If you would like to learn more about what you can do in your neighbourhood, send us an email

Who is CAAR?

David Suzuki Foundation
Friends of Clayoquot Sound
Georgia Strait Alliance
Living Oceans Society
Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council (MTTC)
Raincoast Conservation Society
Raincoast Research
T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
Watershed Watch Salmon Society

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