Sunday, March 29, 2009

Petition to the DFO Breaks 10,000

The "signatures are still rolling in unabated" says Alexandra Morton in her latest letter to Minister Shea and Premier Campbell, and the count currently stands at 10,465.

This is great news. It will be interesting to see how the DFO responds to the five demands of the petition, though you can expect the sort of PR mumble seen on their "Myths and Realities about Salmon Farming" page.

This DFO"reality" is my favourite: 'Habitat Officers routinely review sites in order to prevent harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of the oceans and freshwater habitat.'

Hmm... if DFO officers are not monitoring bycatch, disease outbreaks, ocean-bottom destruction, and the attraction of marine mammals and wild baitfish to the farming pens... what exactly are they doing in these salmon farm "reviews"?

Alex's letter, and the petition with the latest signatures, is now posted at her Adopt-a-Fry website.

If you haven't already, check out the six-minute "In a Nutshell" documentary above. It's one of several excellent videos by Twyla Roscovich, a young film-maker who has spent a lot of time (months? years?) with Alex in the Broughton.

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  1. There are two remarks made by Ms. Morton in her letter to Gail Shea that are false. First of all the vessels are in fact licensed and secondly they are NOT grow lights.

  2. What wasn't in that video is that there are few studies that have actually looked at cause and effect relationships between lice load and mortality of pacific salmon. I'm always surprised that researchers aren't focusing more on proving mortality!
    Simply showing a correlation between lice load of juveniles and number of spawners returning (years later) cannot prove anything. Correlations are interesting, but do little to show cause and effect.
    This means that there is very little research to actually say that lice from farms are responsible for killing juvenile pacific salmon.
    I'm not saying that it's not possible, just that the research still needs to be done.