Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cohen Commission Takes on Aquaculture

On Tuesday, hearings resumed in the Cohen Commissions inquiry into the decline of Fraser River Sockeye. With this round of hears slated to review the impact of aquaculture and disease, many hope it will be a critical turning point in the fight against open net pen salmon farms. Among those giving testimony is Kristi Miller, the DFO researcher who last winter published a paper in science documenting the presence of a viral pathogen in Fraser Sockeye and was subsequently muzzled by the agency. The potential link between aquaculture and disease is only now coming to light and the timing couldn't be more interesting. To date government agencies and the fish farming industry have refused to allow comprehensive testing of salmon farms to determine the origin and prevalence of the disease. More information in the Vancouver Sun:

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