Farmed and Dangerous Blog

Archive for August, 2010

Time for DFO to stand up and deliver

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The way the B.C. government and the province’s fish farm industry do business you’d expect them to be guarding nuclear secrets, not salmon tissue samples. Yet, time and time again, they break out the cloak and dagger routine, twisting themselves up in knots to prevent industry information – specifically about disease and sea lice infestations on farms – from being made public. The question is why? (more…)

Government not making it easy for concerned citizens to weigh in on wild salmon issues

Friday, August 20th, 2010

When it rains it pours! This summer has seen a deluge of public comment periods concerning wild salmon in BC. (See the list below.) While this suggests that government wants to hear from us on these issues – many of the people who are most affected by the impacts of fish farms are extremely busy this time of year and unavailable to participate in public consultation processes. (more…)

Draft standards for organic aquaculture contain a lot of bull sediment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

When faced with managing serious impacts of important oceans industries, the Canadian government sometimes pulls out their weaksaurus. Unlike a normal thesaurus, the weaksaurus doesn’t give you synonyms. Instead, it kind of gives you words that vaguely convey a weaker version of the original word. We’ll call them weakonyms. The recently released Draft Standards for Organic Aquaculture, put out by the government of Canada (the Canadian General Standards Board and DFO), have some great weakonyms, most of which serve to weaken the language in the standards for fish aquaculture. (more…)