General · 15th May 2009
Gordon Campbell locked the doors when I tried to deliver our letter and left us on the street. Campbell has been re-elected and at first I thought this meant BC does not actually want wild salmon, nor their rivers. I began to make plans to give up and get my own life back in order, but then someone forwarded me this map. The ridings with wild salmon and wild salmon rivers did not actually elect Campbell.
Thousands of people have told me they want wild salmon and have wished me success in this, but at every BC election a handicap is laid on us who are trying to do this. I am writing to say people cannot wave from the sidelines any longer, because we are not succeeding. Wild salmon are going extinct on our watch. Yes, yes climate change will be a factor, but wild salmon are built to survive cataclysmic change in their environment and if we allow their genetic warehouse to rebuild right now, we stand a far better chance of receiving the food and energy this fish brings to us in the years to come.
Grieg Seafood is trying to build two of the biggest fish farms on the coast, on the juvenile salmon migration route for Fraser River and East Vancouver Island stocks, at York Island. Marine Harvest is trying to increase the size of their “farms” coastwide. They are taking me back to court this summer to resolve whether they own their fish in the Canadian Ocean. Atlantic salmon eggs are still being imported into BC, despite the Infectious Salmon Anemia virus popping up everywhere the Norwegian salmon farmers operate. Emamectin benzoate (Slice) is being used in our waters....with no warnings posted during usage...even though the U.S. Food and Drug Agency apparently has a ban on any food products “exposed” to this neurotoxin (Pacific Fishing current issue). This means all of us who are fishing, and harvesting seafood near fish farms have no way to make sure we are not “exposed” to the drug. And the fish feedlots are in violation of many sections of the Fisheries Act.
Not only is there no progress, we are moving backwards.
I am headed to Norway next week, but doubt anyone is listening there either.
I can only see two ways forward.... The courts..... And for us all to step up and say “no more.”
The solution is so simple: Apply the laws of Canada, The Fisheries Act. If the Norwegians can’t comply they should leave. Give the Canadian fish farmers who want to revamp their industry in closed tanks a break in getting set up. Market wild and farm fish to raise the value of both. And restore wild salmon in a way that has never been tried.....adhering to their biology, the natural laws that have caused them to thrive in the first place.
And we need everyone who wants wild salmon to sign this letter. Currently we are at 14,000.....and we are still on the street, this was not enough to even get in the door.
It is up to you guys.
A Great Salmon Primer
Comment by Robyn Budd on 15th May 2009
Check out the trailer for the upcoming film about Rachel Carson. It's a bit circuitous, but eventually you get to David Suzuki talking about how salmon support the entire coastal temperate rainforest. It's worth a listen. Put aside his stance on IPPs for a moment, and check this out:
Go to http://www.asenseofwonderfilm.com/
Then select "Trailer and Extras".
At the bottom of the mini-screen there's a gallery of enviro mug shots. Click on Suzuki's picture, far right, and grab your note pad! This is why we need to wake up about wild salmon... while we still have some. Silent Spring indeed!
PS: Thanks, Alex, for your tireless work on this.
PPS: The movie, A Sense of Wonder, looks cool!