Letters to the Editor

Discuss farmed salmon all in good time

To the editor:

David Suzuki always has had critical advise for all governments, in some cases, for good reason.

But his musings about Kristi Miller of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who was forbidden to comment to the media about her investigation into the possibility of an ocean-born virus killing large numbers of Pacific salmon, is simply wrong.

Ms. Miller was told not to comment. And she didn’t. The Cohen Commission has very strict rules about any advance release of data that is to be officially presented before its hearings.

Commission head Cohen has stated that he will not allow the arguments about salmon aquaculture to be fought in the press before all submissions are dealt with.…

It is worth remembering that Suzuki said on CBC Radio: “Farmed Atlantic salmon are packed with poisons.” The foundation in his name distributed cards saying “Don’t buy farmed salmon anywhere. Phone your local hospital and find out if farmed salmon is served to patients.” Is this his idea “of putting the public interest above political concerns”?

Suzuki’s claims are political. They are designed to frighten people; it makes collecting “donations” much easier.

And it works.

According to published reports of data from the U.S., the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, with the Betty Moore Foundation have granted more than $130 million (US) to B.C. organizations, including The David Suzuki Foundation, that are not friendly to salmon farming in B.C. If they are successful in eradicating the industry in B.C., the Alaskan salmon fishing industry will benefit. They will be able to raise even more than nine billion salmon in their hatcheries every year, dump them into the Pacific and label them “wild.”

If that’s not political, I don’t know what is.

Stuart Morrison,

Kelowna

 

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