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Salmon farm secrecy: Industry still hiding jobs report

Friday, April 29th, 2011

How many jobs rely on salmon farming in BC? An independent, government commissioned report says 2,945. The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) claims double that. One set of numbers and methodology is transparent, the other secret. Whose numbers do you trust?

The 6,000 jobs figure comes from a 2006 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) study that was commissioned by the salmon farming industry association. The study has still not been publicly released. In 2007, the BC Government’s Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture released an economic report done by an independent firm (MMK Consulting). The total jobs in salmon farming were pegged by MMK at 2,945. That included direct, indirect and induced jobs. The MMK report is freely available to any citizen and the methodology used is transparent.

A transparent, readily available report commissioned by the Province says approximately 3,000 jobs are attributable to salmon farming in BC. A secret, unreleased report commissioned by industry doubles the number. Whose figures will you believe?

The BCSFA has released a three page ‘summary’ of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report, referred to as an ‘industry snapshot’. Repeated requests to release the full report eventually led to the sharing of a power point presentation that again, simply summarizes the findings.

How did PWC calculate the multipliers that led to this doubling of the MMK totals? What were the multipliers based on? Were adjustments made to the BC Input/Output Model to count harvesting and processing as direct jobs – as was the case with the MMK study? How did PWC manage to double the number of jobs and why won’t the salmon farmers release the full report and validate their seemingly inflated claims?

How could these two reports possibly come up with such conflicting numbers? The easiest way to determine where the discrepancies lie would be for the BCSFA to heed repeated calls for transparency and release the full report to the public. It’s been four years – and we’re still waiting.

Do you want answers? Ask all candidates vying to be your Member of Parliament if they will commit to greater transparency in the aquaculture industry – an industry operating in our common, shared seas.

CAAR declines DFO invitation to consult on federal plan to expand net-cage salmon farming in BC

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Finally! Canada’s federal government is developing a plan to deal with aquaculture! The National Aquaculture Strategic Action Plan Initiative (NASAPI) will be on the agenda of the joint federal and provincial fisheries ministers meeting in November.

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? A federal ‘action’ plan for aquaculture – and a ‘strategic’ one at that! So is the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) finally coming to grips with the impact of open net-cages on our marine ecosystems and the harm being visited on our wild salmon, fishing communities, rockfish, lobsters and sea lions?

Net pen in the Broughton Archipelago

Sadly, no. (more…)

Evidence continues to mount linking net pen salmon farms to declines in wild fish

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Coho salmon with louse infection by Stan Proboszcz

Two new sea lice papers published online in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggest that sea lice from salmon farms may be dramatically affecting the health of coho salmon populations in the Broughton Archipelago. (more…)

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…)

A report from the “epicentre” of the sea louse controversy in Canada

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I recently spent a week in the Broughton Archipelago monitoring wild juvenile salmon as part of a collaborative endeavor between CAAR, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, independent scientists and all the salmon farming companies operating in the Broughton Archipelago. It’s a very unique project, bringing government, NGOs, scientists and corporations together to assess recent farm management changes on the incidence of lice on wild juvenile salmon. (more…)

Another fish farm casualty? Waiatt Bay traditional clam gardens dying

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Whenever you hear about salmon farm impacts, inevitably it is about sea lice infecting wild juvenile salmon, or maybe diseases. However, there is another issue that is very concerning…the potential that the waste from salmon farms are contaminating and killing off shellfish beds. (more…)