NAFTA oversight group calls for investigation into B.C. fish farms

NAFTA - Vancouver Sun
OTTAWA — A Montreal body set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement to monitor environmental stewardship in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico is calling for an investigation into federal enforcement of the Fisheries Act in relation to B.C. fish farms.

The decision, announced Thursday, is in response to a formal complaint from a small U.S.-Canada coalition of environmentalists, fishermen and a West Coast First Nation…

The complaint was filed in 2012 by the San Francisco-based Center for Biological Diversity, the University of Denver’s environmental law clinic, Chief Bob Chamberlain of the Kwikwasu’tinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation near Alert Bay, the San Francisco-based Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and Alexandra Morton of the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society in B.C.

read news article: NAFTA oversight group calls for investigation
– May 22, 2014 – Vancouver Sun

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– July 2, 2014

60 Minutes: Saving The Wild Salmon

60 Minutes

May 11, 2014, 7:40 PM | Do salmon farms help or hurt the declining wild salmon population? Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the controversy surrounding the multibillion dollar industry.

60 Minutes has certified the issue of impact of salmon farms on wild salmon. They took BC salmon farming practices into the homes of North Americans who are eating farmed salmon and thus paying this industry to continue. They made some interesting points – the most disturbing is in the final interview, which is with Brian Wallace – senior lawyer for the Cohen Commission. Normally a very self-assured, well spoken man, Wallace stutters through the question from Sanjay Gupta refering to my work:

“She makes a claim that ISA virus has been found in the waters and the fish of British Columbia. Is that true?”

He seems unable to find an answer. When Gupta asks if it is too late, Wallace says, “I hope not.”

“Hope” is not enough given what these salmon mean to us and do for us.

– Alexandra Morton: 60 Minutes Airs Show on BC Salmon Farming