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Friday, May 23, 2014

Atlantic Salmon farm - it's enough to make you sick

UPDATE: We got rid of the Dexter NDP government and we will not give up until we get rid of Cooke Aquaculture and their open-net feedlots in our ocean ecosystems. 

Fish farming is like a science experiment that has been allowed to take place in our open oceans with no way of regulating what actually takes place on these sites. This company was charged with dumping an illegal pesticide into the ocean trying to kill off an infestation of sea lice and in the process killed thousands of lobster. If they were caught once how many times have they committed that same illegal act without getting caught?

Why doesn't behaviour like that leave a company that would do that without a license to operate rather than a fine that amounts to business as usual? Why do we allow that to take place in our oceans? Why is that not in a laboratory on land where life threatening experiments belong? Alexandra's Echo

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rare yellow sockeye salmon. July 8, 2011

A bright yellow sockeye salmon caught by Tseshaht First Nation at Papermill Dam.
A rare find.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Nova Scotia atlantic salmon feedlots, sea lice? Maybe

When Premier Dexter tells Nova Scotians that we haven't had an "outbreak" of sea lice here in a decade is that just a weasel word for "pesticides take care of them"?


We have been watching the Cooke health person picking sea lice off fish each time she examines them so if Nova Scotia does find itself with sea lice infestations we can guess how they got here. Thanks Cooke Aquaculture of New Brunswick sea lice fame!

Escapes from these farms are also polluting the rivers that spawn the wild salmon threatening their already at risk status. Alexandra's Echo

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cooke Aquaculture Atlantic salmon feedlot, seagull farm and butcher shop

There was a quarantine on this site put in place by the CFIA while this was going on. They had collected dead and live samples of the fish for ISA testing. This is what a quarantine looks like on a fish feedlot.

I would expect that some violation to work safety took place here with workers not wearing their life preservers. Who covers that cost if someone loses their life under those circumstances? Taxpayers as well? Alexandra's Echo

Monday, May 19, 2014

Atlantic Salmon Farms - we're all collatoral damage

I feel like I want to report this environmental crime to the appropriate authorities. But, the very people I would turn to for support are not just part of the crime they have funded it with taxpayers money. UPDATE: THE DEXTER NDP GOVERNMENT IS NO MORE! We expect the next government of Nova Scotia to take some responsibility for what is happening in our oceans, admit these sites cannot be regulated unless they staff it with salmon police 24/7 or alternately get them out of our ocean waters. 

Escapes are polluting the genes of the wild salmon and threatening their lives.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ~Ansel Adams Alexandra's Echo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Atlantic salmon farms: Medicate, medicate, medicate

Are there any industrially concentrated animal feeding operations that can get their animals to the supermarket without medicating them? It's hard to believe this is considered food.

Why taxpayers that are subsidizing these industries have to resort to doing freedom of information requests for this information and then it comes redacted is criminal in our opinion. If corporations want privacy and governments give them secrecy what are they doing giving them our money and then saying we can't know what is going on at these businesses? Go to a bank if you want those kinds of privileges! Stop the secrecy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cooke Aquaculture's atlantic salmon feedlot, St. Mary's Bay Nova Scotia Feb.21, 2013

This footage was taken Feb. 21 ,2013 four days after the storm. 
Most of the above water nets that keep the birds out are gone. Many of the ropes that keep the bottom nets in place appear to be gone. But, according to Glenn Cooke from Cooke Aquaculture:

"There is no such thing as open pen salmon farming. Our ocean farms, where our salmon spend the latter half of their lives in their natural habitat, are not open. Farms are securely moored on the ocean floor with systems that are designed and built to withstand local conditions by experts right here in Atlantic Canada. A multiple system of durable nets keep the salmon on the farm and the predators out, and our track record of containing our fish has been exemplary."

Quote taken from an opinion piece written by Glenn Cooke titled: "Why we need to farm the oceans"

After most storms in St. Mary's Bay these feedlots are twisted and compromised. This is just another day in the life of NOT open pen feedlots in our oceans. If the fish in these pens didn't have an opportunity to swim away - they floated away. Local fishermen reported seals feasting in the area and many dead sea birds. I would guess the birds were going into the compromised pens, were trapped in them and drowned.

Get these threats to wild salmon out of our oceans! Putting fish feedlots in our oceans is irresponsible and a crime against nature.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Farmed Atlantic Salmon, from bad to worse

After no consultation by government and Cooke Aquaculture with the people that live in this community we have become privy to this atlantic salmon feedlot and we would like to share it with anyone that's interested in the day to day activity that goes on at this site. These are not scenes you will see when you visit the Nova Scotia government website on aquaculture nor will you see it on the Cooke Aquaculture promos. (By the way it turns out they are pretty much one in the same thing). This is what's left of the industry in Nova Scotia since overfishing cod and halibut has put them at risk. These pens hold upwards of 50 thousands atlantic salmon in each pen and are now a threat to what's left of the wild salmon due to the diseases and viruses they grow under these living conditions. These feedlots are placed in our oceans among ecosystems that have to endure heavy pollution, pesticides and medications abnormal to their natural existence. Why would any of us consume or support such a thing?

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