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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Groups Condemn Province’s Failure to Act on Aquaculture Solutions

Absence of closed containment funding missed opportunity in Budget 2009 February 17, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs…

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BC Supreme Court Delivers Ruling in Fish Farming Case

ONE FOR THE WILD SALMON! February 9, 2009 Vancouver, B.C. – Today BC Supreme Court ruled that the BC government does not have the right to regulate salmon farms – the BC regulation of fish farms has become unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.  The fish inside the farm are now considered a fishery, not agriculture and thus the federal government has exclusive…

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