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Alexandra Thu, Oct 15, 2009 - 1:01 PM     Subject: DFO Three Strikes you are out Quote
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The letter I have on my website www.adopt-a-fry.org to the Minister of Fisheries asks that she apply the laws of Canada to fish farm. 19,000 people have signed it, to date. I laid charges a month ago against Marine Harvest for illegal possession of wild salmon, I will have to see if the courts will allow me to proceed. Last week I followed up on a tip and Marine Harvest told me, a First Nation hereditary chief and a DFO enforcement officer that, yes, they had caught herring in their pens and disposed of them without a licence or any reporting and it remains to see if the DFO officer will do anything.

On October 14 Stephen Hume published an article in the Vancouver Sun that included the actual number of sockeye salmon in various areas of the Fraser River. There were many zeros. "Zero" means that run, that lineage, that generation of salmon perfectly adapted to those stretches of river are extinct. This would also include the Nechako river system sockeye with 374,000 forecast and only 71 counted.


On the same day, Barry Rosenberger, B.C. Interior area director for the DFO's Pacific region, is quoted:

there has not been a salmon collapse in the Fraser, while this year's sockeye return is the lowest in 50 years, Rosenberger said, they've rebuilt stocks from worse cases in the past.


1 -Rosenberger's assurances are misleading.

2 -On August 27 Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said there had been a coastwide collapse of all Pacific salmon species - misleading.

3- Paul Sprout, Pacific Region Director for DFO said the sea lice on these sockeye when they went to sea in 2007 were a different species than is normally found on the fish farms - misleading.

In a scientific paper written on how DFO mismanaged our North Atlantic cod to commercial extinction those ex-government scientists said one of the contributing factors was DFO misleading the public and no one was held accountable for destroying one of earths most generous natural food supplies for humans.

Three strikes you are out DFO - you are no longer credible. You are on a public relations campaign to avoid the problem, you are not actually seeking to remedy whatever befell our salmon.

Are there ANY Federal leaders with the backbone to do what it takes? We need DFO under oath, we need a Judicial Inquiry...not a summit, panel of experts, nor the closed door exchange that Minster Shea held on 9/11 this year when she had people physically barred from the meeting. These types of engagements only invite the groomed, trained, public relations-cleared bureaucrats. We need to hear from the folks in gumboots who are looking at the fish, not the inner halls of government. We need complete disease reporting on the millions of Atlantic salmon now on the Fraser migration route. We need to know why only the sockeye that migrate north out of the Fraser vanished, while the ones that migrated south flourished.

Trying to understand government's relationship to the Norwegian salmon farmers is like feeling around in the dark. But as the potential impacts of this industry emerge, be it sea lice, tons of herring caught and destroyed without license, possession of wild salmon, threat of ISA virus via continued egg imports, we see the skeleton of the monster being laid bare. We can't see the head, nor the tail but the scope is becoming visible and it is massive. There is absolutely no political will to deal with this industry. Some suggest this has to do with signaling Norway that their investments are safe in Canada because Canada needs Norwegian investment in the tar sands (Statoil). Some think wild salmon are in the way of damming the Fraser River. Whatever the reason, there is no interest evident in upholding the federal government's contract with the people to protect our fish.

When the sockeye failed in 2005 Stephen Harper called for a Judicial Inquiry, but when he became Prime Minister he went mute on this. The problems did not get fixed and we are in worse shape today.

If none of the party leaders can make a judicial inquiry happen we can only draw one conclusion - you are all on the same team when it comes to letting wild salmon vanish because they are too inconvenient to political careers.

I am coming to see it is very likely impossible to protect our salmon from the politicians we elect and pay. If you want to try and correct this sign the letter at www.adopt-a-fry.org
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