The Common Sense Canadian: Caught on camera: More blood water from Tofino farmed salmon processing plant

A live camera this morning captured more blood water spilling from the outfall pipe of a farmed salmon processing plant in downtown Tofino. The footage, obtained by investigative diver and filmmaker Tavish Campbell, was posted to facebook with realtime commentary from Campbell and independent biologist and salmon farm critic Alexandra Morton. The blood water comes from ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Teen stands her ground after being booted off soccer team for criticizing fish farming sponsor

Check out this Nov. 2 story from CTV.ca on a Comox teen’s criticism team sponsor Marine Harvest’s open net pen salmon farms – a move that got her booted off the team. Regardless, 14-year-old Freyja Reed is standing her ground in what has proved a PR disaster for the company. After her vocal opposition got ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Liberal govt issues 4 new salmon farm tenures on eve of BC Day

An existing BC salmon farm (Damien Gillis) It was an unwelcome surprise on the eve of BC Day for critics of open net pen salmon farms: the Liberal government’s quiet doling out of four new tenures to the big three Norwegian aquaculture giants – Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafoods. While some local First Nations are partners ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Federal court ruling threatens bottom line for salmon farms

On May 6th, Justice Donald J. Rennie of the Federal Court ruled against Marine Harvest Canada and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, confirming that the transfer of young salmon infected with piscine reovirus into ocean net-pens was illegal. This victory by Alexandra Morton and her Ecojustice lawyers was dismissed by aquaculture giant Marine Harvest ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Alexandra Morton explains her court win over salmon farm industry

Independent biologist Alexandra Morton explains her recent federal court victory over the salmon farming industry. The ruling prohibits salmon farmers from transferring diseased smolts to their open net pen operations – which could severely impact their financial health and limit their growth potential. Morton spoke to The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis via google video hangout from ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Proposed new BC salmon farms net strong public opposition

  Public meeting in Port McNeill, BC re: Greig’s proposed salmon farms (Twyla Roscovich) On February 10, 2015, Grieg Seafood held an open house in Port McNeill on two new salmon farm applications it is proposing – a requirement of the application process to the Province of BC. It was a small room in a Port ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Norway’s fjords flooded with escaped, diseased farmed fish

An escaped steelhead caught near Bergen, Norway, showing serious symptoms of disease On January 10, 2015 a hurricane of wind and snow hit the coast of Norway. They called it extreme weather Nina. When the winds finally calmed, the first sport fishermen to venture out on the fjords near Bergen got a big surprise. Shoals ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon Farmers’ ads more full of crap than seabed beneath their pens

Norwegian salmon farm (Karin Beate Nøsterud/norden.org) The BC Salmon Farmers’ Association continues to make assertions about open-net fish farms that don’t agree with the science, as a recent ad in the Globe and Mail demonstrates. It is surprising the industry, lead companies including the Norwegian Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood, uses the same spin they ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper’s new fish farm laws would open floodgates to waste dumping

The following is a letter by salmon farming critic and Common Sense Canadian contributor DC Reid to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his government’s proposed gutting of aquaculture regulations, which would enable virtually unrestricted dumping of fish farm waste into our oceans. The public can comment on the proposed changes until October 22 by emailing: fpptr-rtppp@dfo-mpo.gc.ca  Dear Stephen ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Pristine Coast doc reveals surprising, untold history of salmon farms

My first brush with the fish farming industry on our coast came around 2000 when I was broadcasting for CKNW. At that point, this was considered to be a “good” industry because their product would ease the pressure on the wild salmon. The big issue became the escape of Atlantic salmon from the farms which ...

The Common Sense Canadian: New laws would enable fish farms to dump more waste, chemicals

Yardstick standing upright in waste layer below fish farm, up to 32 inch mark (Friends of Port Mouton Bay) Read this Aug. 27 story from CBC.ca on changes to aquaculture regulations that would enable the dumping of debris by fish farms, such as unused feed, feces, chemicals and anti-fouling agents. The Common Sense Canadian has ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Farmed salmon escapes far more common than industry admits: study

Farmed Atlantic salmon (Photo: World Wildlife Federation) A new study published in ICES Journal of Marine Science estimates that that up to 1.5 million farmed Atlantic salmon escape from Norwegian netpens into the wild every year – far more than acknowledged by the industry.  The study was led by Ove T. Skilbrei of the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway, assisted by ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Morton seeks answers from Grieg over farmed salmon die-off

A “mort-sucker” removes dead farmed salmon from a Grieg pen in Nootka Sound (Alexandra Morton) The following is an open letter from independent salmon biologist Alexandra Morton to the Norwegian owner of Greig Seafood. Dear Mr. Per Grieg Jr. owner Grieg Seafood (per.grieg@grieg.no): Several weeks ago I received reports that salmon in your Skuna Bay ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Bloomberg: Farmed salmon a risky bet for environment, investment

A series of reports from the world’s leading business publication, Bloomberg, show the environmental, financial, and health challenges facing the farmed salmon industry are increasingly bubbling up to the surface. The three stories – dealing with the impacts of farmed fish on their wild counterparts, the risks of investing in the industry, and health impacts from eating ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon Inquiry: First Nations angry at Harper’s lack of action

Chief Bob Chamberlin is one of many First Nations leaders frustrated with the lack of action of saving wild salmon Read this May 28 Globe and Mail story by Mark Hume on the increasing exasperation of many First Nations fisheries groups at the Harper Government’s lack of action on the $26 million Cohen Inquiry into disappearing Fraser River salmon. Instead, the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: 60 Minutes grills BC salmon farmers, government

Top-rated American TV newsmagazine program 60 Minutes sunk its teeth into BC’s longstanding salmon farming controversy last night. While the program – hosted by renowned health commentator Dr. Sanjay Gupta – stopped short of passing judgement on the aquaculture industry, it left viewers with some real food for thought on everything from the risk of ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon farms: Has anything changed after a decade of controversy?

The David Suzuki Foundation and others have run ads over the past decade decrying British Columbia’s open net-cage salmon farm industry. With significant expansion planned for the West Coast, the question remains: Has B.C.’s salmon farm industry improved? Salmon farming threatens some of the planet’s last remaining viable wild salmon — a keystone species that ...

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nations show Nancy Greene, Harper govt positive alternative to open net fish farms

Namgis First Nation-grown closed-containment salmon ready for market (Photo: Kuterra.com) Part 2 of DC Reid’s appeal to Canadian Senator and Olympic hero Nancy Greene Raine, who recently came out in support of a massive increase to open net pen salmon farms on BC’s coast. Read part 1 here.  While Nancy Greene Raine has taken a ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Nancy Greene Raine: Fish Farms? What About Wild BC Salmon?

Senator Nancy Greene at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (Photo: Wikipedia) I almost fell off my chair when I read that former Olypmic ski champion and Canadian Senator Nancy Greene Raine wants to triple the size of fish farming in BC. Taking such a position is badly out of step with what British Columbians want. We ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fisheries Minister’s weak response to Cohen Commission petition

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea thinks everything is A-ok with DFO (Chris Wattie/Reuters) I registered the first Environmental Petition (a protocol, not list of names) on the Cohen Report with the federal Auditor General late last fall, and have received the first reply from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). My request was specific, technical, and DFO ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fish farm sewage: DFO expansions cost you money

Yardstick standing upright in waste layer below a Nova Scotia fish farm – up to 32 inch mark.   (Photo:Kathy and Dave Brush – Friends of Port Mouton Bay) The response to the Cohen Report in DFO’s Ottawa is zero, but in BC it is huge. The petition against allowing any new fish farms or ...

The Common Sense Canadian: European Commission wades into war over Galway salmon farm

Anti-salmon farming activist Don Staniford presents to the European Commission last week (courtesy of Don Staniford) Read this Feb. 26 story from the Irish Examiner on the battle over open net pen salmon farms that has now reached the European Commission, with allegations of a buried report highlighting serious risks to wild fish from industrial feed lots. A ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Group calls on Harper govt to implement Salmon Inquiry’s recommendations

Watch this video produced by Watershed Watch Conservation Society on the largest investigation into missing salmon in Canadian history – the $26 million Cohen Commission – and the groups and individuals battling to hold the Harper government to account on addressing the Judicial Inquiry’s findings. Watershed Watch, along with SOS Marine Conservation, recently petitioned the Auditor ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon farm solidarity rally – Feb 17, Vancouver

Chief Bob Chamberlin of the Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwaw-ah-mish First Nation in BC’s Broughton Archipelago. The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw people are fighting Fish Farm expansion on their territories on BC’s Coast. Come show solidarity and support to fight the proliferation of these damaging practices. Fish farms affect all nations who depend on salmon runs for subsistence — let’s stand ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon farms net more tax dollars from Harper Govt to grow exports

CAMPBELL RIVER, Canada – The federal government is giving $21,000 to British Columbia salmon farmers to research best practices around the world, more than a year after a $26-million public inquiry made a litany of recommendations. Conservative MP John Duncan says the funds will allow the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association to review international standards and ...