"Once upon a
time, there was a happy kingdom, ruled by a wise king with a merciful
queen, and they had a beautiful daughter which usually sets the stage for
a story in which the kingdom is invaded by ruffians, the king and his
queen die, and the daughter is taken captive at least until the hero comes
and re-establishes harmony.
British Columbia has a successful, well-managed fishery for
blackcod. It is a fishery that is largely self managed, i.e., the fishers
are in charge, and though there is no king, there is harmony, at least as
far as such things go in the real world. Now there is talk of blackcod
farming. If successful, this would increase supply and hence reduce prices
but only Japanese buyers would benefit, not their Canadian suppliers. But
more importantly, farming blackcod would generate a high risk of parasite
infection, and disease, something that is not needed along the BC coast,
where salmon farming has already generated a parasite problem the extent
of which we are only beginning to uncover as it already did in
Europe and everywhere else they are
Hopefully this report
and the lessons it builds upon will help convince federal and provincial
officials that in this case progress is served by not doing something by
not encouraging the emergence of blackcod farming in British Columbia. So that, in our kingdom, there will
be, for once, a happy ending."
Director, Fisheries Centre UBC
Ecological and Economic Impact Assessment of
Sablefish Aquaculture in British
Factory Farmed Sablefish in Clayoquot Sound?
TOFINO, BC- The Government is discretely opening the
floodgates to farmed sablefish (also known as 'black cod') in BC. Salmon
farming companies challenged due to infectious diseases, mass escapes and
unpredictable market prices, are now preparing to switch from salmon to
Clayoquot Sound has already seen a secret "trial" of
farmed sablefish in 2001 and is under real threat from the expansion of
factory sablefish farming. Almost a third of B.C.'s planned sablefish
farming production - some 27,500 tonnes - could be in the Clayoquot Sound
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
If salmon farmers switched to sablefish tomorrow
they could produce an estimated 78,000 tonnes of farmed sablefish - 16
times more than the wild catch of sablefish (4,500 tonnes) and even more
than current farmed salmon production.
Figures compiled by the
Canadian Sablefish Association and Friends of Clayoquot Sound reveal that
since 2002 an estimated 26 sablefish farm licences have been issued in BC.
to companies already farming Atlantic and Pacific salmon. Since the first sablefish
farm licence was issued in 1995, the BC. Ministry of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food has issued at least 49 licences with an average farm
size of 1,600 tonnes each.
farm impacts on wild salmon are well dcumented. Pink runs exposed
for only a few weeks to farms have been completely wiped out. What
will happen when sablefish farms occupy the same inlets where
juvenille sablefish spend two to three years? With
closed-containment technology now both effective and
affordable, there is no
reason to risk the wild resource. So sablefish may well be an ideal
candidate for farming, but only if done in an environmentally
Eric Wickham, Executive Director, Canadian
Norwegian companies - Pan Fish (17), Cermaq (11) and Stolt (9) - already
have 37 out of 49 licences to farm sablefish in the sounds and pristine
waters of BC. Most of the sablefish farms slated for Clayoquot Sound - all
owned by Norwegian multinational Cermaq (Mainstream) - are huge factory
farms with the capacity of producing in excess of 2,500 metric
Take action now to stop sablefish farming from
doing to wild sablefish what salmon farming has already done to wild
Pacific salmon. Send
a letter to the B.C. and Canadian Government asking them to demand
proper environmental assessments before this experiment with nature is
allowed to proceed.
FOCS Investigate Interfor's Proposed Logging in
Sulphur Pass, Clayoquot Sound
TOFINO, BC - On August 1st, Friends of Clayoquot Sound
visited an intact wilderness valley in Sulphur Pass in northern Clayoquot Sound. The purpose of this
Forest Watch field trip was to investigate proposed cutblocks and logging
roads that Interfor had surveyed in this unnamed valley.
approved logging plan calls for 13 kilometres of roads and 4 large
cutblocks, spanning three intact (completely unlogged) valleys that drain
into Sulphur Passage.
Working for Solutions
After boating to the mouth of the creek, we
bushwhacked up to 350 metres elevation, to a slope covered with giant
cedar trees, located in the middle of one of the proposed cutblocks.
Although the road building permit was granted last October, we discovered
that Interfor's on-the-ground survey is still at a preliminary
temperate rainforest of Sulphur Pass lies at the interface between wilderness and
development to the south, clearcuts and logging roads; to the north an
unbroken sweep of intact forest, encompassing the Megin, Pretty Girl,
Sydney, Hesquiat Lake and Satchie Valleys.
In 1988, Friends of Clayoquot Sound
stopped a logging road from penetrating into Sulphur Pass and beyond. Today, 17 years later, we are equally
determined to stop Interfor from pushing logging into this wilderness
frontier. Interfor appears to be postponing activity for the time being,
but we remain vigilant. We'll keep you posted!
Help Keep Clayoquot Sound's
Salmon Forest Wild!
TOFINO, BC - As a grassroots organization, Friends of
Clayoquot Sound does not accept money from the government or
multi-national corporations. We depend on individuals like yourself for
support to run our campaigns, to educate, and to inspire people to action.
makes a difference!
With your donation to Friends of Clayoquot
Sound, you will join a dedicated and dynamic team working to protect the
landscapes and waters of Clayoquot Sound, encourage sustainable
environmental stewardship and green business
Friends of Clayoquot
Box 489, 331 Neill St, Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
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