Cohen Commission Evidence Available – Net Cage Salmon

Farmed & Dangerous posts net-cage salmon aquaculture information re British Columbia:

Sept. 30, 2011 – Cohen Inquiry: Outcome of the disease & aquaculture hearings –

“The disease and aquaculture hearings at the Cohen Inquiry have come to a close. While it wasn’t expected that a “smoking gun” would emerge during the hearings with headlines splashed all over the news, the victories for those working to protect BC’s wild salmon from the impacts of net-cage salmon farming were in the quality of information submitted as evidence that is now in the public domain, and available on the Cohen Commission website. ” 

Groundswell remains concerned about “kinship selection” should farmed salmon escape and find its way into Alaskan rivers to outcompete wild salmon in reproduction – as we discussed on a 1999 WTO Seattle fisheries NGO event panel.  It is nice to see Farmed and Dangerous (The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform effort) giving the public continual access in one place to this serious issue.  Enjoy their website… 

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One Response to “Cohen Commission Evidence Available – Net Cage Salmon”
  1. Dan Swecker says:

    Speaking of “Red Herrings” this comment has no basis in fact. In spite of many efforts to the contrary, Atlantic Salmon have never established a breeding population outside of their natural range. During the first half of the 20th century, millions were released on the west coast of North America attempting to do exactly that without success. In the more than 30 year history of Atlantic salmon farming on the west coast, no example of a second generation of Atlantics in the wild has ever been detected. It is hard to believe how many times I have seen this argument repeated by the anti-aquaculture crowd. Check out your facts before you repeat bad information.
    GROUNDSWELL REPLIES – Eat the red herring! I hear it’s pretty good if you pickle it…
    Dearest Dan – long time no see – but I probably should have known you’d be reading. Checking what facts, Dan – Did I say “Atlantic salmon”? Or might I have been referring to coho and king “net cage” salmon? You are correct in that Atlantics haven’t been successfully established, except in net cages where they consume any passing fry etc. and create a sewer pile where located. But hey, what about “kudoa” enzymatic action and low quality issues, pesticides, insecticides, and other problems – like the magnitude of four times’ waste of edible fish to feed the carnivorous little slime netdogs – that might lead one to be anti-aquaculture for salmon? You are, by all appearances so far, a reliable spokesperson for the pro-aqua industry that likes to exteriorize social and environmental costs in order to sponsor profiteers – many that intend to take the money and run. Do you want to choke Puget Sound with NIMBY farms? Hey, in public waterways, using public broodstocks, consuming public resources etc. commands you to stop protecting government-subsidized aqua-monopolists from having open books, transparency, and accountability and to model benefits AND costs, incl. lost tax revenues from globalisation’s culprits.

    The real question is, were you once part of the stupidity of when Washington State was selling a few hundreds of thousands of dollars of USA coho eggs for Chilean fish farms to create tens of millions of pounds of “glut” (a hoax PR term) competition against our wild stocks’ own market prices – harming regional economics? Or how about disclosing that the site you now blog from is the Washington Fish Growers’ own? How much do you get paid for such harassments? Aren’t you still in the WA legislature? Isn’t there a rather negative conflict-of-interest therein?

    If you check the federal records (NOAA hearings) re Aquaculture, you’ll find Groundswell’s primary issue is that of Accountability and Transparency and appropriate regulation of the ways illicit accounting is going to be used re new oil-rig platform connected fish farms and other scenarios, whereby foreign corporations (and even US lawbreakers) can export the majority of the profits intercompany, through Abusive Transfer Pricing, and avoid USA taxes while leaving us with costs and harms. Please step off the pathological political group-think and start doing the job of protecting United States citizen-taxpayers and our regional economy, de-colonize the USA fisheries, and end the economic terrorism of the kleptocrats.

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