Cohen Inquiry orders release of salmon farm data

VANCOUVER – The Conservation Coalition – a participant group in the federal sockeye inquiry – applauds Justice Bruce Cohen’s order instructing the salmon farming industry and the federal and provincial governments to release farming data from120 farms, dating back 10 years. The information requested includes disease, sea lice and stocking data that must be supplied to the Cohen Commission by…

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DFO study affirms viability of closed containment technology for salmon aquaculture

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 24, 2010VANCOUVER, BC – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has released a new report that affirms the economic viability of closed containment technology for salmon aquaculture. The department also recommends building a pilot scale or demonstration system as a next step. The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) is delighted that the federal government is finally recognizing the potential of closed containment technology…

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Elevated lice levels reported in the wake of new published science in Discovery Islands

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 12, 2010CAMPBELL RIVER, BC – New research published this week confirming salmon farms as a major source of sea lice on juvenile salmon migrating through the Discovery Islands comes at the same time CAAR campaigners have discovered salmon farming companies in this region are reporting elevated lice levels on their farms. The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform…

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New research suggests salmon farms & sea lice are main cause of 7-fold decrease in coho productivity in Broughton Archipelago

For Immediate Release October 7, 2010 VANCOUVER, BC – Two new sea lice papers published online in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggest that sea lice from salmon farms may be dramatically affecting the health of coho salmon populations in the Broughton Archipelago. The first paper, co-sponsored by Watershed Watch Salmon Society, indicates that sea lice transmitted from pink salmon prey…

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Participants in sockeye Judicial Inquiry demand salmon farm companies release critical disease, sea lice & stocking information

For Immediate Release:September 22, 2010VANCOUVER, BC – Two participant groups in the Judicial Inquiry into the decline of Fraser River sockeye – the Conservation and Aquaculture Coalitions – are pressing for critical fish health and stocking records from the salmon farming industry, the Province of B.C. and the Federal Government. The groups maintain that the data are needed by the…

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Wild salmon the losers as zoning for massive new salmon farm approved

June 25, 2009 Vancouver, Courtenay, Sointula, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today voiced their disappointment at the decision of the Strathcona Regional District to approve re-zoning that may allow a massive new salmon farm to operate in the wild salmon migratory bottleneck of Johnstone Strait. At 4,400 metric tonnes, the Gunner Point farm given the go-ahead by…

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Backgrounder: Salmon Farms Out of the Wild Salmon Narrows

BACKGROUNDER Salmon Farms Out of the Wild Salmon Narrows June 16, 2009 Years of scientific research has built a global body of evidence that clearly shows open net-cage salmon farms cause ecosystem harm everywhere they are located. CAAR is demanding the removal of the five active open net-cage salmon farms located in the Wild Salmon Narrows to the east and…

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Fraser River sockeye may be at risk of sea lice infection from salmon farms

  March 23, 2009 Vancouver, BC – Genetic analyses have confirmed the predominance of Fraser River populations in samples of juvenile sockeye salmon caught near salmon farms in northern Georgia Strait. Fraser sockeye populations include the world famous Adams River and highly threatened Cultus Lake salmon. Raincoast Conservation Foundation in partnership with the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) began…

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