General · 17th October 2014
Robyn B for Sierra Quadra
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has unveiled new regulations that would give blanket-authorization to fish farms to dump aquatic drugs, pesticides and waste into wild fish habitat.The proposed regulations are the latest in a series of laws from the federal government that favour industry at the expense of fish and our environment.
The proposed regulations would drastically reduce government oversight of deposits by aquaculture companies into fish habitat anything from the emamectin benzoate (SLICE), a pesticide widely used in the aquaculture industry to kill sea lice, to fish food and excrement. According to DFO’s own research, SLICE builds up in ocean floor sediments and is believed could be harming other, non-target species, like Pacific spot prawns.
Fish are our livelihoods, our food, our heritage and the legacy we leave our children. In 2010, commercial fisheries were valued at over $11 billion and generated 82,646 jobs. Almost 3.3 million adult anglers fished recreationally in Canada, contributing $8.3 billion to local economies. In British Columbia alone, over 400,000 residents sport fish in their home province every year.2 Strong environmental laws are essential to protecting this valuable asset.
DFO has asked to hear from you. It is inviting public comments on the proposed regulations until October 23rd. We have written to DFO expressing our concerns and urging it to uphold its responsibility for safeguarding our wild fish. We have a narrow window to oppose this give-away to the fish farming industry, and to send the government a strong message that we do not accept the weakening of Canada’s environmental laws to accommodate particular industries.
We urge you to add your voice to ours and tell the government we need more, not less, legal protection for our wild fish.
Please take a moment to send a letter to the Canadian government telling it to enact regulations that ensure the aquaculture industry does not come at a cost to Canada’s wild fish. Send a letter directly, or email your own letter to:
• Prime Minister Stephen Harper
• Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea
• Ed Porter, Fisheries and Oceans
Here are the contacts:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Ed Porter, Manager Aquaculture Policy and Regulatory Initiatives
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street, Room 8N187
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6