Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced on Jan. 15 that she was going to open the door to fish farm expansion on B.C.ís coast. This goes against the recommendations of Justice Bruce Cohen in his Cohen Inquiry Report into the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye.
Itís a real blow to the future of wild salmon in B.C. and an extreme disappointment to the work of the Sea to Sky Fisheries Roundtable, who worked with local MP John Weston to get Prime Minister Harper to call the Cohen Inquiry in the fall of 2009.
Itís a clear message that Prime Minister Harper and Fisheries Minister Gail Shea have no interest whatsoever in following the recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry into protecting wild B.C. salmon.
ďThe decision to expand destructive aquaculture practices anywhere along B.C.ís coast is a huge betrayal of the concerns raised in the Cohen inquiry,Ē said Watershed Watch Salmon Society executive director Craig Orr.
I personally urge all British Columbians to contact their local MP to voice their concerns over this issue. Please do not buy farmed salmon and let your local grocer know that you oppose the sale of it in their stores.