Monday, July 15, 2013
Removing farmed salmon from store shelves doesn't stop in Chilliwack
Released by Eddie Gardner, Chilliwack
wenty-five people participated in the Open Net Feedlot Salmon Boycott at the Eagle Landing Wal-Mart outlet in Chilliwack, BC.
The event was successful in raising awareness about the high levels of contaminants in open net feedlot salmon sold in your chain of stores across Canada.
Flyers were passed out to your customers on the science that does show this product is hazardous to human health and we informed them that we are putting forward persuasive information to you on why Atlantic farmed salmon grown in open net cages on the coastal waters of BC need to be removed from Wal-Mart shelves across Canada.
We let the people know that you said Wal-Mart policies and measures to ensure food Wal-Mart sells the public is safe to eat and produced in an environmentally, sustainable manner. In this light, we are hopeful the information being sent to you will be shared with Wal-Mart’s team for consideration.
People at the rally criticized Wal-Mart’s faith in Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification given to aquaculture corporations using open net feedlots along the migration routes of wild salmon. They saw a number of shortcomings including:
· It did not take into account warnings and dangers of consuming no more than two or, in some cases, one serving of farmed salmon per month. The Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendation does not take into account the neurological, immune, and endocrine system effects that have been associated with contaminants such as PCBs dioxins, dieldrin and toxaphene.
· The irresponsible use of flawed technology (open net feedlots) creates a breeding ground for parasites and viruses, and has no barrier between farmed salmon and wild salmon.
· Open net feedlots have been placed along the migration routes of wild salmon, exactly where they were warned not to put them in the early 1990s when the aquaculture industry began their operations on the BC coast.
· Chemicals and antibiotics used in a losing battle to protect farmed salmon produce a soup of contaminants, making farmed salmon unhealthy for human consumption.
· Open net feedlot salmon are much fatter that wild salmon, indicated by the wide fat bars, which absorb toxins like Polychlorinated Byphenyls (PCBs) that are cancer causing according to health specialists around the world.
· The oceans are subject to high levels of human-caused pollution. The aquaculture industry adds to this by expecting ocean currents to flush the huge amounts of effluent and uneaten food pellets into the ocean.
· Levels of waste sedimentation approved by government are questionable for the safety of life forms beneath open net cages.
· The aquaculture industry using open net cages deplete food fish in one ocean to feed their cultured salmon.
· BAP standards are supposed to be developed through a transparent process by a committee of technical experts and representatives of those interested in or affected by the standards. First Nations people along the river systems are adversely affected by the standards. Wild salmon have been a main staple of their diet for thousands of years. Today, First Nations find in their catch many fish that have unusual symptoms of viruses such as soft flesh, open sores and yellow/green jaundice colors. In addition, over the past few years, there have been many pre-spawn deaths. Viruses and parasites, very likely stemming from open net cages, could very well be the last nail in the coffin of wild salmon. Therefore, the “People of the River” need to be properly consulted and involved with all decisions concerning open net feedlot operations, including BAP certification. To date, this has not been done.
· Proper labeling of open net feedlot salmon. One of the people at the rally bought a package of “Atlantic Salmon” and one of “Wild Sockeye Salmon.” The proper labeling of Atlantic salmon should be “Atlantic Open Net Feedlot-Salmon.” In addition, labeling needs to include the types of antibiotics and chemicals used to fight parasites and viruses.
· Furthermore, it is important for you and Wal-Mart Public Relations Department to review the following document:
For these reasons, it is felt that the predominantly Norwegian-owned aquaculture industry warrants a Worst Aquaculture Practices (WAP) certification. They need to be “WAPed” out of the migration routes of Fraser River sockeye salmon. We encourage Wal-Mart to consider land-based aquaculture products that are grown in containment. Please review the following alternative: http://www.sustainableblue.com/contact.php . We also encourage you to watch:
Please be advised that we are generating more consumer educational tools and information pamphlets that will be shared with all food outlets that are selling open net feedlot salmon products.
We look forward to your response to our request to remove open net feedlot fish products from Wal-Mart shelves across Canada based on the information we have provided to you.
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