Victory! Massive new net-cage salmon farm proposal denied

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Victory! Massive new net-cage salmon farm proposal denied

A proposal by Grieg Seafood to put in a massive new salmon farm along a migratory route at Gunner Point in the northern Georgia Strait has been denied! The Strathcona Regional District’s decision to restrict the proliferation of open net-cages on this important migration route has sent a clear message to industry that closed containment is the only acceptable direction for the aquaculture industry in BC.

During the lengthy application process conservation groups, along with hundreds of concerned citizens like you, participated in two public hearings and made numerous written submissions expressing serious concerns about the Gunner Point application. Those concerns were heard and while we work to get all net-cages out of the water, we won’t have to worry about an additional farm threatening wild salmon in the Wild Salmon Narrows.

Send a fax to Grieg Seafood urging them to recognize this decision to block a new net-cage salmon farm as a clear signal that it’s time for the company to begin planning their transition to closed containment technology.

British Columbians set to walk for wild salmon

The Get Out Migration Route & Events.

In the streams and rivers of BC, the wild salmon migration has begun and citizens across the province are gearing up for a migration of their own. Initiated by researcher and wild salmon activist Alexandra Morton, the Get Out Migration will focus on bringing widespread demand for change to open net-cage industrial fish farming out into the open at the same time as our vulnerable wild salmon are migrating to the ocean.

CAAR is very excited at the possibility that large-scale demonstrations of public support in communities across BC could help tip the balance toward the concrete actions CAAR has been fighting for.

The 500 kilometre walk will begin on Earth Day, April 22 in Sointula. Rallies will be held in several towns along the way from Quadra Island to Duncan, ending in Victoria with a large rally on May 8th and a waterfront blessing for the salmon fry’s safe passage on May 9th.

Hundreds of people are expected to join the ‘migration’ walk or attend rallies in their towns. If you live on the island, join your fellow concerned citizens when the ‘migration’ passes through your community. Raise your voice, wave your banners and demand that your federal and provincial representatives act now to support closed containment, invest in green technology and impose real, lasting change on the open net-cage salmon farming industry.

Residents of the mainland will also be holding events to coincide with efforts on the island, such as communities along the Fraser who are deeply concerned about the impacts of fish farms in the Wild Salmon Narrows (northern Georgia Strait) on Fraser salmon stocks.

Walk for wild salmon and support the campaign to get salmon farms out of the ocean and into closed containment. Go to www.salmonaresacred.org for the latest information on the Get Out Migration. Our wild salmon and our oceans need your support!

First Nations group wants net-cage farms out!

Photo: L. Renehan/Living Oceans Society

Over the past year, CAAR has been travelling in the Fraser and Thompson River Basins, meeting with representatives of a number of Indigenous Nations to share information about the potential danger to out-migrating juvenile salmon as they pass by open net-cage salmon farms in the northern Georgia Strait. We have been well received and heard grave concerns that net-cage farms may be partly responsible for the loss of wild salmon  - an essential part of the land and culture.

We are very excited that the Intertribal Treaty Organization (ITO) voted unanimously to support Indigenous Nations of the Broughton Archipelago and Georgia Straits for the immediate removal of fish farms from their territories for the protection of Fraser River fish stocks.

ITO’s member Chiefs also expressed their support of a transition from open net-cage practices to closed containment technology for the aquaculture industry in BC.

This sends a clear signal to the Federal government and Members of Parliament that support for action on open net-cage salmon farms is not just an issue for coastal communities, but an issue for communities throughout the province.

The ITO’s membership is comprised of all Indigenous Nations in the Fraser and Columbia watersheds and their mandate is to protect the wild salmon stocks, the lifeblood of the Indigenous Nations of the Fraser and Columbia ecosystems.

Read the ITO’s media release or visit their website for more information.

Weigh in on international standards for salmon farming

The Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue (SAD), a science-based forum initiated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2004 to engage NGOs and the world’s largest aquaculture companies, is working to set international standards for salmon farming. CAAR has been actively involved in this multi-stakeholder dialogue to help develop rigorous standards that minimize or eliminate the key environmental and social impacts of salmon farming.

Draft standards from this process are expected to be released in May 2010 and will be posted to the WWF website for a 60 day public comment period. (We will post a link on the Farmed and Dangerous website.) The public response period is a critical element in this process and will affect the overall outcome of the standards. Feedback from conservation groups and citizens concerned with the protection of wild salmon and marine ecosystems is essential to ensure that these standards as strong as possible.

Once the 60 day comment period begins, we’ll send you an alert and outline some of the key issues that you can speak up about. In the meantime, read more about the SAD process here.