Monday December 12, 2011
Rally For The Salmon
Fish Farm Fight To The Finish
USA worried as DFO waffles
Submitted by Eddie Gardiner, Skwah Elder/Voice file photo
almon Are Sacred! Please find attached a Media Advisory for the Wild Salmon Rally to take place at Bldg #10 at Coqualeetza on Thursday at 11:00 A.M.
A most menacing threat to wild salmon survival are open-net used to
farm Atlantic salmon. They are mostly situated on Fraser River sockeye
migration routes. They are prone to having diseases, including the deadly
Infection Salmon Anemia virus (ISAv), they are a breeding ground for harmful
sea lice and they pollute the waters from thousands of tons of Atlantic
salmon concentrated in small quarters along the narrow straights where
juvenile salmon must pass on their way out to the ocean.
About the Issue
The seven-year-old DFO report recently leaked revealed that a dangerous Infectious Salmon Anemia virus exists in BC waters, and is known to travel in Atlantic salmon eggs and mutate into highly lethal strains. Many of the tests have been done in Stó:lő territory. Particularly alarming is that 64 of 64 samples in Cultus Lake sockeye were tested positive.
"This is outrageous and why was Stó:lő Tribal council not informed and involved in an emergency response? Could this explain why Cultus Lake Sockeye are doing so poorly?" asks Chief Otis Jasper of the Soowahlie First Nation.
"I find it both appalling and disturbing that DFO did not even table this report to the Cohen Commission,” said Ernie Crey of the Stó:lő Tribal Council.
“This only confirms DFO appears to support the aquaculture industry over wild salmon, and this is an obvious conflict of interest that needs to be corrected," added Ernie Victor, Stó:lő Nation Fisheries Officer.
Steps are demanded by First Nations and wild salmon advocates to eliminate the threat of salmon aquaculture sites on the BC coast, most of them directly in wild salmon migration routes:
· Immediate independent and transparent ISAv testing of all salmon farming facilities, enhancement hatcheries, and wild salmon and trout populations, with duplicate samples sent to independent labs certified by the World Animal Health Organization
· Suspension of DFO’s mandate to promote salmon aquaculture in open-net cage industrial feedlots on the BC coast
· Removal of fish from salmon farms along the Fraser sockeye migration routes before the March out-migration of juvenile salmon
· No new salmon farms or expansions
· No imports of Atlantic salmon eggs to BC
· DFO scientists must be free to investigate the condition of wild pacific salmon and farmed salmon without interference by business-motivated political powers
· Salmon disease cannot be a federal secret
· Begin consultations with First Nations negatively impacted by open-net feedlots to determine the extent of loss and damages suffered as well as appropriate reparations to these First Nations
· Boycott open-net pen farmed salmon until the Norwegian-owned fish farms are removed from the Pacific coast and moved into containment on land
For more information contact: Ernie Victor – 604-997-9907 or Eddie Gardner – 604-792-0867
This Rally is cooperative effort of Stó:lő Nation, Stó:lő Tribal Council and Stó:lő Research and Resource Management Centre
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