On March 1st, “March for Wild Salmon” began, with letters and a “United Declaration for Wild Salmon” delivered to the Canadian Embassy in Norway, the King of Norway, Norwegian Parliament and Cermaq in Oslo, Norway, and an “Idle No More~March for Wild Salmon” in Vancouver. On March 2nd people united in Galway Bay, Ireland, by the thousands to oppose the expansion of salmon farms.
As the month of March continues, there will be further events and actions planned globally as people continue to unite against the Norwegian salmon farming industries and the governments that endorse it.
Be part of taking action and send in letters to those who are promoting and endorsing salmon farming.
To show solidarity across the board, wherever you are, all who want to help protect wild salmon are asked to help flood the inboxes of those who are compromising wild salmon to death throughout the month of March!
Email addresses to send to are as follows;
Members of Norwegian Parliament who came to B.C. March, 2012;
Minister of Trade -Tronde Gisk
Norwegian Salmon Farming Industries operating in Canada, Scotland & Ireland:
Wild Salmon Offenders in Canada:
It will take a united effort to drive the salmon farming industry out of the oceans and away from wild salmon.
Think of the way hundreds of mosquitoes can send a grown man running, or how small birds work together to drive away large predator birds from the nests.
One email may not have an impact, but hundreds, thousands of emails cannot be ignored.
No Compromise in the Defense of Wild Salmon!
You can do as much as you commit yourself to doing!
Consider taking action for wild salmon with some of these steps (click on the links for more info):
Don't let wild salmon be compromised to death!
Take action now and for future generations!
Writing letters and blogs cannot be underestimated. It is a tool by which you can take time to form your thoughts and points and send them out to others in a creative, informative and factual way.
Who to write:
- politicians (find your local MLA here)
- newspapers (keep letters to the editor down to 300 words in order to get published)
- Store managers
In a time when mainstream media often fails to cover issues that are important to the environment, writing letters to the newspapers is one way to engage the public as well as call out matters that are otherwise kept out of the public eye. When writing letters to the editor keep the letters under 300 words for the best chance at getting published.
Rather than depend on someone else to publish your writing, get your own blog going to get your documentations, observations, activism, strategies, pictures and more out to others.
Set up your own blog here;
Example Letters to the Editor:
To BC Salmon Farmers Association:
A few weeks ago I saw you respond negatively to a letter asking for independent testing of your farmed salmon. Now two of your farms have tested positive for the highly contagious IHN virus, resulting in the ordered killing of your stocks. Without any proof you place the blame of your outbreaks entirely on wild fish, while deceptively proclaiming IHN won't harm wild salmon. Those studies you quote were done on adult salmon, yet you don't mention numerous studies showing IHN to be deadly to juvenile wild salmon, you know, the innocent ones now swimming past your filthy infected farms. While world leading labs are confirming a myriad of "European strain" diseases from store bought BC farmed salmon, you not only deny those findings as well, but arrogantly still refuse independent testing! This has many of us questioning your ethics or lack thereof. Since your main argument with independent lab results is about "foul play" or "contamination" why don't you accompany your fish to the lab, just to make sure there's no hanky panky going on? If your fish are as squeaky clean as you claim then there should be no problem. The public and wild salmon deserve to know!
To the Editor,
Dear Mary Ellen Walling for the BC Salmon Farmers Association & DFO,
This is a request and challenge issued to you on behalf of public citizens. We are deeply concerned that your industry and DFO are not utilizing the precautionary principle in protecting wild salmon from the seriousness of viruses that are known to have devastating effects on wild salmon stocks. The unknown effects on human health from consuming diseased salmon is equally concerning.
Given that importation of Atlantic salmon eggs used for your salmon farms are subject to regulations that are not infallible, the risk that comes with such foreign importation due to possible viral infection puts upon you a failure to exercise due diligence in protecting wild salmon stocks from diseases associated with open-net aquaculture.
Following that, your association has not been transparent as to the sources of the rendered animal by-products that are used in the feed pellets. It is known that the industries of swine, poultry and bovine feedlots struggle with disease as does any mass industrial feedlot practice. Feeding carnivorous salmon swine, poultry and bovine from farms that may have undetected viruses runs a very real risk of bringing about a disease as serious as Mad Cow disease to salmon and possibly humans. This manipulation of nature could be catastrophic.
Your industry continues to deny any issues emanating from your salmon farms in spite of global concern from experts, wild salmon conservationists and independent tests that have confirmed the detection of the piscine reo virus (PRV), which researchers have associated with the highly contagious heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) in fish.
The response to positive test results for the piscine reo virus in BC farmed salmon at the supermarket was to say, “The actions that returned these positive tests are highly unscientific and the information released alongside them is considerably speculative." Such response indicates denial, not the concern one might expect.
We, who care for the wild salmon, request & challenge you, the BCSFA, to allow Dr. Alex Morton and Dr. Kristi Miller to work alongside the BCSFA vet Dr. Gary Marty to test salmon from your farms and to finally confirm or deny the presence of the viruses that you dispute. If there is nothing to hide, then this should not be a problem.
It is good to send letters to numerous newspapers rather than just one, as there is a better chance of the story getting picked up. The above story elicited a response letter from provincial vet BC Salmon Farmers;
In an Apr. 25 letter to the editor, Elena Edwards expressed concern about the “unknown effects on human health from consuming diseased salmon.”
I am the fish pathologist mentioned in Ms. Edwards’ letter. I can assure you that viruses commonly occur in all living things, including wild salmon, but no fish viruses are known to affect humans. It would be unethical for a medical professional to suggest otherwise.
Ms. Edwards also challenged the salmon farmers “to allow Dr. Alex Morton and Dr. Kristi Miller to work alongside…Dr. Gary Marty to test salmon from your farms and to finally confirm or deny the presence of the viruses…”
Actually, some salmon farmers are already working with DFO’s Dr. Miller. Creative Salmon wanted to learn the cause of jaundice syndrome affecting some of their farmed Chinook salmon. Their veterinarian sent samples to me for validated diagnostic testing and to Dr. Miller for experimental testing. Some of the fish had piscine reovirus (PRV), but none of the fish had heart disease. We are now working together to report our results.
Alexandra Morton (who is not a veterinarian) sent supermarket samples of BC farmed Atlantic salmon to veterinary microbiologist Dr. Fred Kibenge at UPEI. His test results included an important disclaimer: “the presence of PRV sequences in the tissue samples does not imply that the subject fish had HSMI [heart and skeletal muscle inflammation].”
Contrary to Dr. Kibenge’s disclaimer, Alexandra Morton reported to the public that the “lab also reports that we had piscine reovirus, heart and skeletal muscle inflammation…”, “it’s a nasty heart virus”, and the fish “had heart and skeletal inflammation virus…” (Apr. 21 speech at U. Vic.).
To avoid misinterpretation of test results, I do not recommend that anyone—including salmon farmers—provide samples from their pets or livestock to people that are not veterinarians.
BC Ministry of Agriculture,
There is much to be done and people are always needed to help out, be it to make phone calls, distribute information, or participate on the ground at rallies or for campaigns.
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If you knew something was really bad for someone, would you let them know?
If you knew that a friend was unknowingly consuming a product full of cancer causing agents, a product that kills other species and could cause diseases as serious as mad cow disease, would you let them eat it?
Farmed salmon is just such a product. Raised through measures that are entirely unnatural, farmed salmon is harmful to wild salmon, the oceans, and to human health. Studies have shown farmed salmon to be the most PCB contaminated protein source in the food supply.
Even worse than the effects farmed salmon can have on human health (humans can at least choose to avoid farmed salmon) are the effects they are having on wild salmon who cannot escape the diseases, parasites and toxic waste salmon farms spread into the marine environment.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Daniel Pauly, professor of fisheries at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said "They're like floating pig farms.They consume a tremendous amount of highly concentrated protein pellets and they make a terrific mess. "
Among the many other problems with salmon farming there are diseases such as infectious salmon anemia (ISA), heart & skeletal muscle inflamation (HSMI) and salmon leukemia virus (SLV) spreading to wild salmon. All three viruses have been found in BC farmed salmon and all pose a lethal threat to wild salmon.
Be a good friend to wild salmon and don't let your friends eat farmed salmon!
Get those damn things labeled!
Many retailers do not properly label farmed salmon, leaving unsuspecting consumers to buy "fresh Atlantic salmon" without knowing they are the about to buy controversial farmed salmon which carry various viruses, parasites and toxins.
This can be changed!It IS posiible for consumers to make a diffference! Responsibly labeled salmon will indicate that it is farmed:
Every time you go to a grocery store, make a point of going to the sea food section to see how the salmon are labeled. If not labeled farmed (remember, if it doesn't say wild it's farmed!):
1) Ask the seafood person who to speak to about the salmon not being properly labeled.
2) Explain the following to whomever is there:
- consumers have a right to know that they are purchasing a product that is controversial.
- it is deceptive to the public to not have farmed salmon labeled as "farmed".
- CTV news reported on consumers buying farmed salmon that was infested with Kudoa parasite.
- no one wants their friends and family to consume something without knowing that it comes from a farm that may have a viral or parasitic outbreak.
- the only responsible thing to do is to properly label farmed salmon as "farmed".
- if wild salmon is labeled "wild" farmed salmon should be labeled "farmed".
Ask to leave a note (borrow pen and paper from the employee) for the manager of the seafood deptartment with your name and number on it and let them know that you will keep coming back to inquire about proper labeling as it is a very serious breach of consumer rights.
Read an example of how this has already made a difference here.
Take it a Step Further!
There are many retailers out there who have seen the light and stopped selling farmed salmon.
and many who are still in the dark about the terrible impacts salmon farms are having on wild salmon.
In the US, Target pulled all farmed salmon off it's shelves with the recognition that the environmental damage caused by salmon farming is not worth the sales.
Save on Foods in Canada is moving to closed containment only farmed salmon, but Costco, Safeway, Superstore (Loblaws), T&T Supermarket are some of the large chains that still sell farmed salmon.
Farmed salmon from T&T Supermarket, Superstore and other markets are testing positive for European strain viruses (salmon flu virus, salmon Alpavirus and the salmon heart virus) which are known to originate in salmon farms globally and spread quickly through wild salmon stocks if passed from farmed to wild salmon.
It is unethical to sell a product which spreads viruses to wild salmon and carries viruses that have unknown health effects on humans that consume them!
If enough people routinely tell the managers of the seafood department that selling farmed salmon is unethical and contributing to the decline of wild salmon, environmental degradation and risks to human health, eventually the message will make it's way to the CEO's of the markets and they will have to take the implications seriously.
Remember : rule #1 in marketing is that it's customer demands that keeps business going!
An unfortunate example of consumer power:
Be part of the solution and join thousands of others in signing the petition telling supermarkets to stop selling unethical diseased farmed salmon.
Tell all of your friends to tell of all their friends and their friends' friends: "Don't eat (or buy) farmed salmon!"
Tell your supermarket seafood managers how sad it is that they are selling a product that is killing the iconic wild salmon of B.C.
Spread this message before the spread of salmon farm viruses wipe out wild salmon!
Dining Out? Go Wild or Go Home!
Restaurants have a choice as to what they serve customers, but it will take customers making it clear that serving farm salmon is unethical and unhealthy to stop farmed salmon from being served.
Suggestions for dining out:
1) Ask if they serve wild or farmed salmon. If they say farmed or "fresh Atlantic" WALK OUT!!! But before you do be sure to let them know why you will not dine there.
2) Call around to different restaurants that serve farmed salmon and say you are looking to book a reservation for a large party but won't book where farmed salmon is served. Do that regularly so that they understand that they lose business for serving farmed salmon!
*** Rule of thumb: If it does not say "Wild" it is farmed! ***
Go to http://www.farmedanddangerous.org/make-a-difference/ to help make a difference!
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No Compromise in the Defense of Wild Salmon!