February 16, 2012
Saving our salmon: Issues to watch in 2012
Hello wild salmon supporters! As this is our first newsletter of the year, we would like to thank you for your support and contributions in 2011 and hope that you’re excited to keep the momentum going in 2012. More »
November 29, 2011
Leaks reveal ISA may have been detected in wild BC salmon in 2002
While the Canadian government continues to drag its feet with regards to ISA, and the media is reporting that ISA may have been present in BC waters since the early 2000s, American senators are working quickly to commence an independent investigation into the presence of ISA stating “We should not rely on another government — particularly one that may have a motive to misrepresent its findings — to determine how we assess the risk ISA may pose to American fishery jobs.” A regional approach, led by people on both sides of the border in the Pacific Northwest and far removed from Ottawa, is our best hope in legitimately assessing the presence of ISA in BC, and preventing a potential catastrophe. More »
October 27, 2011
Appearance of ISA in BC must lead to immediate action by DFO
Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), a highly contagious virus that resulted in the 2007/08 collapse of the Chilean salmon farming industry, as well as problems in other salmon farming regions, has been detected for the first time in the North Pacific. More »
September 30, 2011
Cohen Inquiry: Outcome of the disease & aquaculture hearings
The disease and aquaculture hearings at the Cohen Inquiry have come to a close. While it wasn’t expected that a “smoking gun” would emerge during the hearings with headlines splashed all over the news, the victories for those working to protect BC’s wild salmon from the impacts of net-cage salmon farming were in the quality of information submitted as evidence that is now in the public domain, and available on the Cohen Commission website. More »
August 30, 2011
Cohen Commission concludes first week of disease and aquaculture hearings
The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon began hearing evidence on disease and aquaculture last week. CAAR members will be on the stand next week between September 6th and 8th. More »
July 29, 2011
Cohen Inquiry turns focus to aquaculture in August
The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River will begin evidentiary hearings on the issue of aquaculture next month. Evidentiary hearings began in October 2010 and have already covered such issues as the Fraser sockeye life cycle, perspectives on conservation, sustainability and stewardship, enforcement, Aboriginal law as it relates to the sockeye fishery as well as the organizational structure, science and funding of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. More »
June 24, 2011
Mainstream Canada’s bid for a new salmon farm meets strong opposition
Please help stop this farm and make it clear to the salmon farming industry that closed containment is the only future for aquaculture in BC. More »
May 27, 2011
Mainstream Canada applies for new farm tenure, CAAR calls for moratorium
Mainstream Canada has submitted a tenure application to the provincial government for a new open net-cage salmon farm located in Clayoquot Sound. If approved, and then licensed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the site would add about 600,000 more farmed salmon to the area that is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More »
April 28, 2011
Vote for wild salmon this election!
On May 2nd, help make sure we elect a government that will protect wild salmon and support the transition from destructive net-cage salmon farming to more sustainable closed containment technology. More »
March 30, 2011
Sockeye inquiry reveals potential virus that may be linked to sockeye deaths
A large number of Fraser sockeye salmon are dying en-route to their spawning grounds, and stresses induced from warmer water temperatures are a factor. Salmon do well in temperatures around 16 degrees but over the past 20 years, the temperature of the Fraser River has increased by about 2 degrees resulting in warmer waters at migration time. However, another piece to this puzzle was revealed in the inquiry: a purported virus linked to the en-route deaths. More »