Fish farms

By Administrator
Date: 
Thu, 2009-12-03 (All day)

Contrary to Tom Fletcher’s latest conspiracy theory (Sockeye go on witness stand, Nov. 10), the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) decides on upcoming campaign efforts, not U.S. funders. The science to be pursued, constructive work with government and industry to foster change, research, reports, and advocacy in the marketplace and with the public, are all decided by CAAR members. A proposal is then submitted to potential funders seeking their support for this work. What funders do not do is dictate to CAAR what the plan should be. The choice to pursue a constructive engagement with Marine Harvest was a CAAR decision. A key component of CAAR’s work with Marine Harvest is an agreement to a cap on the company’s total production in the Broughton Archipelago, not an expansion of net-cage aquaculture as suggested in Mr. Fletcher’s rant. CAAR continues to push for the total removal of open net-cage industrial salmon farms from B.C.’s coast and a transition of the industry to closed containment systems – with or without funding from U.S. foundations. More on our work and our approach can be seen at www.farmedanddangerous.org. Catherine Stewart Campaign Manager, Salmon Farming Living Oceans Society