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chris gadsden

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Re: Get your facts straight?
« Reply #3060 on: May 09, 2018, 01:55:09 PM »

The PSF has enough clout to actually force changes in fish farming, and along with the anti FN groups, I think this will play into Horgan's decision to not renew a few contentious farm licences.
Interesting times ahead for the salmon farming industry in BC.  Any bets a few get involved in chinook recovery programs?
When I was in Victoria 2 weeks ago I got the indication when talking to a NDP Cabinet minister what you are saying could happen but we will see in June to confirm that the NDP will not renew some licenses. The opposition continues to mount. ;D

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« Reply #3061 on: May 09, 2018, 02:29:14 PM »

The PSF has enough clout to actually force changes in fish farming, and along with the anti FN groups, I think this will play into Horgan's decision to not renew a few contentious farm licences.
Interesting times ahead for the salmon farming industry in BC.  Any bets a few get involved in chinook recovery programs?

Funny you say that I just emailed seawest news and basically outlined that if they want to change the PR picture

That salmon farms need to put some of their budget into net pen projects and salmon enhancement to offset their impacts.
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« Reply #3063 on: May 10, 2018, 01:32:50 PM »

https://seawestnews.com/british-columbia-salmon-farming-and-viruses/

Seawestnews is starting to piss me off, They need to rethink their PR campaign.  Attacking the science with other science is clearly not working and with the PSF now on the side of removing fish farms the PR campaign needs to take a drastic shift.  PSF has to much clout as a neutral body to fight against.

Seawestnews needs to get together with the salmon farming industry and come up with some sort of wild stock enhancement program.  If land based fish farms cost 10 times is much then Fish farms must have some decent profits that can go into wild /hatchery/net pen enhancement.

They need to have some sort of positive PR that they can sell to fishermen and the public.

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« Reply #3064 on: May 17, 2018, 09:37:30 PM »

NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
May 17, 2018
Contact: Ken Warheit, 360-902-2595

WDFW denies permit for company to place
800,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens

OLYMPIA – Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon from its hatchery into pens in Kitsap County to replace adult fish that were recently harvested. Washington lawmakers enacted a bill earlier this year that will phase out Atlantic salmon net-pen aquaculture by 2022, but Cooke plans to continue to operate until then.

WDFW officials cited two factors in denying the permit that they said would increase the risk of disease transmission within the net pens and possibly to wild and hatchery-raised Pacific salmon outside the pens:

The population of Atlantic salmon that would have been transported from Cooke’s hatchery near Rochester tested positive for a form of the fish virus PRV (piscine orthoreovirus) that is essentially the same as the PRV that occurs at the Iceland hatchery from which Cooke receives Atlantic salmon eggs. The Icelandic form of PRV is not known to occur in the eastern Pacific Ocean or Puget Sound, so WDFW classifies it as “exotic” in Washington.

Cooke proposed to place fish into pens that have not been empty (or “fallow”) for at least 30 days after the most recent harvest of adult fish, and within a farm that still contains adult Atlantic salmon. These actions would contradict the company’s own management plan.

“Each of these factors raised an unacceptable risk of introducing an exotic strain of PRV into Washington marine waters,” said Ken Warheit, WDFW fish health manager. “This would represent an unknown and therefore unacceptable risk of disease transmission.”

Warheit said samples of the juvenile fish that would have been transported were collected by an independent licensed veterinarian under contract with Cooke. The samples were tested for PRV at the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Washington State University. Test results were confirmed at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Washington Fisheries Research Center.

Until recently, Cooke operated up to nine net pens in Puget Sound, including one at Cypress Island in Skagit County that collapsed last August and allowed approximately 250,000 Atlantic salmon to escape. The company’s latest permit application is not related to the Cypress Island operation or the August mishap.