Topic

fish farms

3 petitions

Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to george.heyman.MLA@leg.bc.ca , premier@gov.bc.ca, min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca , andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca

DEMAND OUR GOVT PROTECT OUR WILD PACIFIC SALMON FROM HSMI AND PRV.

Since the Cohen Report on the decline of salmon in 2012, it is reported that 18 out of 20 recommendations and deadlines have lapsed without meaningful and transparent government action, including the action of the Department of Ocean and Fisheries (DFO) of revising salmon farm siting criteria to reflect new scientific information. A newly published scientific publication shows the occurrence of heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) lesions in one of four Atlantic farm salmon farms, while another new publication's results suggest that the piscine reo-virus (PRV) transfer is occurring from farmed Atlantic salmon to wild pacific salmon, and that infection in farmed salmon may be influencing infection rates in wild salmon.Salmon is a keystone species on the West Coast and has a vast impact on our coastal ecosystems, including a variety of organisms in freshwater, terrestrial ecosystems, including wildlife such as bears, river otters, ringed kingfishers, wolves, bald eagles, whales and harbour seals. Various interest groups, biologists and activists in BC have already provided extensive research and necessary detailed action plans to protect our wild Pacific salmon, including the immediate end to any salmon farm tenures and the removal of open ocean farms from our coast. As a citizen of British Columbia, I am asking both the federal and provincial government to take IMMEDIATE action to the above requests and implementation of the Cohen report recommendations to protect and to prevent the further spread of HSMI and PRV in our wild pacific salmon. These actions must occur to ensure we have a productive, healthy ecosystem and ocean that includes wild pacific salmon for future generations. Various references:- http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/deadly-disease-diagnosed-in-b-c-salmon- https://vimeo.com/238445419- http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0171471-http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188793

Tyna McNair
892 supporters
Update posted 6 years ago

Petition to Steven Burd, Craig Jeliniek, Galen Weston

COSTCO, Safeway & Loblaws: Please stop selling diseased farm salmon!

Is your dinner diseased? Tell supermarkets to stop selling diseased farm salmon. Since last October I am doing the government's job - testing British Columbia farm salmon in supermarkets for viruses. To date I have found 3 quite nasty European salmon viruses that government tells us are not here -  salmon flu virus, salmon Alpavirus and the salmon heart virus.  These viruses are following the industrial Atlantic salmon farming industry wherever it operates around the world.  It is dangerous to wild salmon, the oceans and our health to allow viruses to mutate and escape into new environments and infect new species. People deserve the right to make informed choices about their food. The BC goverment plans to introduce a law that would make it illegal to publicly report viruses in farm fish and other farm animals.  We were sucessful in delaying BC Bill 37 Animal Health Act, but that could change as soon as the BC Parliament sits again this summer. My work will be silenced if that happens. So I am asking you to consider signing this petition now. Supermarket chain Overwaitea has stopped selling netpen farm salmon, but Costco, Loblaws, and Safeway continue. If government is going to ignore this, it is up to us: 1) Sign my petition asking these large grocery chains to refuse to sell salmon that have tested positive for disease. 2) Then ask everyone you know to sign on as well.    Brief background I have studied the impact of industrial salmon farms since 1995, publishing many papers, featured in the New York Times, Seattle Times and documentaries for this work.   It is clear that hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon crowded into pens in the ocean are breeding grounds for sea lice, bacteria and viruses.  Crowded feedlots do cause pathogens to become more lethal. In the wild,  predators remove contagious fish as soon as they get sick and so wild salmon population stay healthy. In salmon farms, the sick fish keep shedding disease until they are dead.  This is extremely dangerous to the wild salmon and we have to learn not to allow disease to mutate in farm animals - we only need look at the recent swine and avian flu viruses. In 2007 the European salmon flu (ISA virus) went 'viral’ in Chile, causing $2 billion in damages. We have strong scientific evidence to suggest that farm salmon viruses have led to the loss of millions, if not tens of millions, of wild salmon in British Columbia, Canada. If you were buying infected salmon, you would want to know, right?  We have the power to protect wild salmon and ourselves from farm salmon viruses.  There is much more on my blog: www.alexandramorton.typepad.com   Alexandra Morton  

Alexandra Morton
16,507 supporters