Thanks to all for taking the time to respond to my post; I haven't posted here for some time and I know I've ruffled a few feathers here in the past.
My days of duking-it-out on forums with the salmon-farmer apologists (like folkboat) have long since passed. People like him are becoming very nervous these days as the tide of both public and scientific opinion turns against this menace called the net-pen business.
In the nearly 10 years I have been reading and writing about this environmental-holocaust it never failed to amaze me how, at every turn in the road of the learning process, the same pointed question came up, 'What's in it for BC and all the wild critters that depend on Pacific Salmon?'
As the same answer invariably revealed itself - nothing!
- it became clear to me early on that people (government) in high places had been bought by the industry. That really pisses me; the idea that the money/greed flowing - like effluent - from this industry has actually contributed to pushing Pacific Salmon precipitously close to extinction and my children and grandchildren may never experience the joy of catching a salmon because of it.
The WSA was born on a sport-fishing website (SFBC) and I am, first and foremost, a sport-fisherman. Four of the five Directors of the WSA are sport-fisherman and one is a commercial fisherman. I am actively seeking First Nations representation to sit with us as a Director. Our organization will be all-embracing of all peoples who have a vested interest in the welfare of Pacific Salmon. These principles are entrenched in our Constitution. I have little to no confidence in my governments capacity to ensure to long-term health and viability of Pacific Salmon populations; that is why I formed this organization and that is why we (the WSA) will not rest until the salmon-farmers are out of our waters.
All I can ask is that all of you try to see through what I call the - '3-D' tactics of industry advocates: Deflect/Deny/Destroy!
If any of you need any more information about the WSA, please don't hesitate to email your questions to me; our website is currently being revamped.Standing for Wild Salmon,