Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cohen Demands Salmon Disease Records

For the first time disease records from 120 salmon farms in British Columbia will be made public. The industry has long fought against transparency, but a ruling yesterday by BC supreme court Justice Bruce Cohen found that the disease records were of great relevance to the inquiry into declining productivity of Fraser Sockeye. So for the first time the records dating back to 2000 will be made public. Salmon advocates have long argued that disease is a missing piece of the puzzle and hope that this ruling will improve the ability of inquiry to fully understand factors which have contributed to declines in Fraser Sockeye. Furthermore the ruling should serve as a wake up call to fish farming companies that they do not operate in with impunity British Columiba. and that they will finally be getting long overdue scrutiny from government. Parasites from salmon farms have been linked to major declines in populations of wild salmon in the Broughton Archipelago and the Northern Georgia Strait and are likely contributing to the collapse of wild salmon in some areas along Vancouver Islands West Coast. Now with disease records from all over the province being made public scientists and policy makers will have access to an under appreciated and crucial part of the story of how salmon farming is affecting wild salmon. More information in the Victoria Times Colonist:

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