Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Canadians Don't Want In-Ocean Fish Farms - Fake Eco Labels

Hi Gail Shea
I object to your looking at ‘eco’ labels for farmed salmon with representatives at the Boston conference from other parts of the world. There is no such thing as ‘eco’ farmed salmon from in-ocean pens. They need to be on land, or they can go back to Norway.
As I have pointed out, the people in the jurisdictions who have to live with these in-ocean ‘farms’ are overwhelmingly against them. That is in Atlantic Canada, and even more so in BC where more than 100,000 British Columbians have signed a petition to stop expansion and to get them out of the water. See: https://www.change.org/p/restore-wild-salmon-ban-salmon-feedlots-in-bc.
You are simply making British Columbians angry by ignoring what we want. You are elected to work on our behalf and we pay your and your civil servants salaries to do our business. We don’t want you acting against our wishes.
Fish farms are in the ocean to use it as a free, open sewer. We want them out. Here is my list of 75 on-land, mostly recirculating fish farm systems from around the world, comprising more than 10,000 actual fish farms on land right now: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2012/01/key-document-34-mostly-on-land-closed.html.
Please act as citizens want and take these open sewage containers out of our pristine oceans.
DC Reid
US, Norway, Iceland, Canada Fisheries Regulators Meet in Boston Regarding Normalizing Eco-Label Practices
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - March 17, 2015
A high level meeting involving the top fisheries officials in the US, Norway, Iceland, and Canada took place at the Boston Seafood Show yesterday to address the issue of regularizing or normalizing use of seafood ecolabels based on FAO criteria.
Attending were Russell Smith, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at NOAA, Eileen Sobeck, Adminstrator of NMFS, Iceland's Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, the Deputy Fisheries Minister of Norway, and in place of Gail Shea, the Canadian deputy minister, along with some US state officials, including Mike Cerne from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Damon Morris from the ...

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