Expert findings Confirm Fish Farm Concerns

Mar. 20, 1997 (Nanaimo) After seven months of meetings, public submissions, scientific research and review of the available evidence, the final version of the technical papers produced for BC’s Salmon Aquaculture Review (SAR) validate the concerns of the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA), First Nations, fishers, and others who have spoken out about environmental and other problems of salmon farming. “We…

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Hundreds call for Fish Farm Moratorium

Continued moratorium on salmon farms needed (Nanaimo, July 22, 1997) – In an unprecedented act of citizen opposition to salmon netcage expansion in British Columbia, hundreds of organizations and individuals today signed on to a letter calling upon Premier Glen Clark and the provincial Cabinet to retain the moratorium on fish farm development until a lengthy list of environmental and…

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Alliance recommends solutions to salmon farming problems

(Vancouver) A new alliance between B.C. First Nations, coastal community individuals, and Environmental organizations has been formed to address the dangers posed by salmon aquaculture operations. On August 26, 1997 the Environmental Assessment Office delivered the results of its Review on Salmon Aquaculture, along with its recommendations to the Ministers. In response to that report, the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council…

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Alliance supports First Nations’ opposition to Fish Farms

NANAIMO, 28 AUGUST 1997: Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) today endorsed the strong stand taken by First Nations against the possibility of the provincial government lifting a moratorium on the expansion of salmon farming in BC. The final Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) report from the $1 million Salmon Aquaculture Review (SAR) released Tuesday ignored the majority view of participants that the…

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Alliance Condemns DFO’s FishFarm Policy

(Vancouver, BC, 27 June 1999) – . DFO must stop promoting netcage salmon farming when so many wild salmon stocks are in crisis, an alliance of concerned West Coast First Nations and conservation organizations said today. Officials from the federal Department of Fisheries Oceans are expected to advocate more netcage salmon aquaculture at a meeting of provincial fisheries ministers to…

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Land-Based Salmon Farm Applauded

March 5, 2001 Environmental groups are applauding the approval of a land-based salmon farm south of Nanaimo that should have zero impacts on wild salmon and marine mammals. The Georgia Strait Alliance and the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation have campaigned for years to stop the environmental impacts caused by open netpen salmon farms and to convert the entire industry…

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Farmed Fish Parasites Devastate Wild Salmon

Media Release For Immediate Release: June 26, 2001 Fish farms are likely the cause of a devastating outbreak of sea lice that threatens millions of juvenile wild salmon around northern Vancouver Island, according to local experts. Principal spokesperson Chief Bill Cranmer, with Billy Proctor. First Nation chiefs and fisheries experts held a news conference in Victoria today to declare their…

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Environmentalists quit salmon farm advisory body

February 1, 2002 For immediate release Environmental representatives appointed two years ago to the provincial Salmon Aquaculture Implementation Advisory Committee (SAIAC) have quit today in protest after a government decision yesterday to lift the moratorium on new salmon farm sites. Groups are outraged that the letter informing SAIAC members of the lifting of the moratorium was dated January 10, 2002,…

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Ending ban on new salmon farms short-sighted, groups say

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release April 29, 2002 VANCOUVER – The provincial government is ignoring new science and the effects of disease outbreaks at salmon farms by lifting the seven-year ban on establishing new farms off the BC coast, say groups representing First Nations, sports and commercial fishermen and conservationists. The government cites the 1997 Salmon Aquaculture Review (SAR) as…

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Government Ignores Science in Decision to Expand Salmon Farming

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2002 NANAIMO – Minister John Van Dongen’s announcement today concerning the government’s decision to lift the moratorium of salmon farming is based on ideology not science, said Laurie MacBride, Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance. “The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ own scientists concluded in a recently published peer-reviewed paper that…

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