Prime Minister of Canada opens door to more salmon farms in BC
On the heels of the Harper government giving the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the greenlight to expand in BC, the industry was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The wisdom of Justice Bruce Cohen tossed aside, BC is now a third-world region – just another place for Norway to raise “their” fish. This is a death sentence to the wild salmon of British Columbia. If we serious about preserving our way of life, democracy and our country we need to adapt to meet this challenge. If we don’t, it is clear where we are going – think Chile – massive salmon feedlots, disease outbreaks and a new social order wherever this industry bites down.
In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission. He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans.
A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow “their” fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell. Their press release states they plan to lead the blue revolution similar to 5000 years ago when we went from hunting to farming. They fail to mention salmon farming requires aggressive wild fisheries. Truth is a scarce commodity in this deal.
Marine Harvest – listed as a protein company to woo American investors,
“We want to grow even faster” says Marine Harvest Chief Executive Alf-Helge Aarskog.
This is a very dangerous situation for BC’s wild salmon. Wild salmon do not survive exposure to salmon feedlots. DFO shrunken, bent and abused – is no longer capable of defending wild salmon. British Columbians have made it clear they distrust this industry, but Harper is not listening to the people he rules.
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