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ACT4 OpenNet Fish Farms Are Spoiling Our Waters

After following Alexandra Morton, my hero who I've been shadowing lately as part of Act1 exercise to find a mentor, I found the more I learned about what she was doing about the issues faced with wildlife and water quality due to the abundance of open-net fish farms being allowed on salmon migration routes, and the way they pump the salmon with drugs to kill off the lice. The more I understand now why she is so passionate about doing something to get the fish farms out of our waters and on to land.

There's a growing concern the lice from the fish farms are increasing in our waters and killing off the young wild salmon. Of course the industry says there's no problem, but why then did the largest company from Norway prohibit fish farming in two of their areas popular for recreational fishing when they also have a lice problem and their fish are dwindling?

Why did our government allow foreign companies to set up their farms in areas they themselves designated as out of bounds (Red Zones)?

Why did our government study the data for a proposed Norwegian fish farm expansion (making it the largest in British Columbia) for 10 months only to back down on the approval when threatened with a lawsuit from an environmental group? Turns out they didn't include the projection numbers for the expansion in their a****sment, and were actually going to approve it 2 days before they put a hold on all fish farm license applications. That's like adding a floor on an apartment building and not taking into account the weight of it. I know my government and somebody pushed that approval through to get it in before the deadline I just know it.

For my action, I have blogged and tweeted and written letters. I have participated in the gathering when Alexandra visited my island including listening to her presentation at the community hall. I marched along side her during her final walk to the Parliament Buildings in Victoria with the busload from here who drove for 3.5 hours one way just to be there.

Our waters here are not being safeguarded as well as they can be, Alexandra knows it and so do I now. I will continue to do what I can from my little island in the wilds to get the fish farms out of our wild salmon migration routes and out of our waters and out of our country. To feed the Atlantic fish they bring in to grow, they're robbing our water of the smaller fish. Norway, go find some other country to suck on. Careful Chili, Scotland and Ireland watch you don't get taken over by the lice.

http://www.salmonaresacred.org - sign the petition or your country could be next.

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