Apparent conflicts of interest between Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s science advisory process must be resolved to save endangered wild salmon stocks.
Does Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFOs) science advisory process have integrity when tasked with answering questions on salmon farming? If there is any hope of changing the trajectory of many iconic but endangered wild salmon stocks, there must be a resolution to political and industrial interference that continues to influence fisheries science advice at the federal level.
Since 2001, a scientific debate has been active in British Columbia around parasitic salmon lice from open-net salmon farms and their impacts on wild fish. Two “camps” of scientific opinion have been obvious. On one side, academics and NGO scientists have published articles in peer-reviewed journals detailing the negative effects parasites from salmon farms can have on migrating wild salmon. On the other, government and industry-supported scientists have published papers that cast doubt on these conclusions, thereby fuelling the debate and encouraging the continued operation of salmon farms on wild fish migration routes.
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(Business in Vancouver, February 27, 2017)
A new study by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans suggests a link between the Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) and a disease of the heart in farmed Atlantic salmon from B.C. fish farms. The study, led by DFO scientist Kristina Miller, confirmed heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) disease in Atlantic salmon at a fish farm where the study was conducted over one entire production cycle.
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Fisheries and Oceans is hosting a Public Open House on the development of a Wild Salmon Policy implementation plan between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in the Gallery Room at UBC Robson Square.
The MCC has expressed concerns with the proposed approach that are detailed in our December 22, 2016 letter to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc.
Letter to Minster LeBlanc from MCC regarding Wild Salmon Policy
At this session you will have the opportunity to:
1. Learn about highlights of progress on Wild Salmon Policy implementation and DFO’s approach to changing the Wild Salmon Policy and developing an implementation plan.
2. Share your experiences and activities with stewardship and conservation of wild salmon.
Please attend to voice your opinion on changes to the Wild Salmon Policy.
Public Open House
March 16, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
UBC Robson Square, Gallery Room (1.15), 800 Robson St., Vancouver
Wild Salmon Policy Vancouver Open House March 16, 2017
After public consultation in the Fall of 2016, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has released their review report on changes to the Fisheries Act that were made in 2012.
In this report, the Standing Committee makes 32 recommendations to the federal government based on the testimony and submissions of study participants.
The full report can be downloaded below.
Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.