Several months after the Cohen Commission hearings, the CFIA would indeed order an audit of his lab. Then, in November 2012, the agency would
request the OIE to strip Dr. Kibenge's lab's status as an international reference lab for the Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) virus.
The reason Kibenge’s finding was so controversial is that it meant that the salmon farming industry was possibly responsible for importing a reportable virus from Europe into BC via Atlantic salmon egg imports. Read article here...
Documentary filmmaker Twyla Roscovich thought she was just going to make a short 10 minute video on diseased salmon for a marine biologist she knew. She ended up producing a gripping 70 minute eye-opening feature documentary. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Infected fish at centre of lawsuit against Ottawa -The Globe and Mail
Environmental group says the transfer of farmed salmon to open pens illegal -The Vancouver Sun
Salmon farm accused of putting diseased fish in oceans pens -Victoria Times Colonist
"Scientists have for years been on the lookout in the Pacific Northwest for signs that a dreaded salmon-killing disease, scourge to farmed salmon in other parts of the world, has arrived here, threatening some of the world’s richest wild salmon habitats…. There is no doubt that the disease can wreak havoc. First described in Norway in the mid-1980s, it has flared on fish farms from Maine and the eastern coast of Canada to Scotland and Chile, which reported a new outbreak last month. The virus is also capable of mutating rapidly, which scientists on all sides of the issue say increases the need to keep an eye on it."
The debate, focus of international attention, is front and centre this election.
Asked about the role of the provincial government, Morton told The Tyee: "They're the landlord of the salmon farms. They get money from every tenure on this coast. They can remove farm licences if it's in the public interest. No other feedlot is allowed to threaten wild animals."
"Salmon Confidential is a fascinating documentary that draws back the curtain to reveal how the Canadian government is covering up the cause behind British Columbia’s rapidly dwindling wild salmon population.
If you think watching a documentary about wild fish sounds boring, this film may well change your mind. It provides sobering insight into the inner workings of government agencies, and includes rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with food and environmental safety.
The film reveals how the very agencies tasked with protecting wild salmon are actually working to protect the commercial aquaculture industry, to devastating effect." Read article on world's largest health website
Make changes this election in BC!
Elect MLAs who care about wild salmon
Watch this film then contact (letters, emails, phone, etc) MLA candidates in your riding and party leaders and tell them in order to get your vote you want them to stand up for the wild salmon economy (which includes wilderness tourism, first nations food fishing, sports fishing and commercial fishing) and remove fish farms from the migration routes of wild salmon. The Province of BC is the landlord to this industry. It holds the Licences of Occupation required by each site and these licences can be terminated in 60 days, with no compensation if it is in the public interest. The candidates need to know the BC public is indeed interested in terminating the release of European viruses over our wild salmon.
"Wild salmon have gone into steep decline everywhere salmon feedlots appear worldwide and BC is no different. The decline of the Fraser sockeye began exactly when salmon farms were put on their migration routes in 1990. Commercial fishing jobs crashed with the wild salmon to half of what they were pre-industrial aquaculture. Despite this, sport and commercial fishing still employ 9,800 people, compared to aquaculture’s 1,700 jobs. Wild fisheries and tourism are largely independent Canadian businesses, benefitting Canada and Canadians...
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) testified at the Cohen Commission into the Decline of the Fraser Sockeye that salmon farms can release 65 billion infectious viral particles per hour.
...wilderness tourism based on wild salmon is worth $2.2 billion to the BC economy. This is four times bigger than industrial aquaculture, worth only $536.7 million. Tourism operators see salmon feedlots as a threat to the wild salmon essential to their businesses and they are asking BC to “close or fallow the salmon farms on BC’s key salmon migratory routes.”
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