Take a stand for wild fish

AquacultureThe Harper Government does not promote responsible fish farming.  We feel that the same environmental standards should be applied to aquaculture that apply to industrial and agricultural pollution.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) plans to use this regulation to give blanket-authorization to fish farms to dump aquatic drugs, pesticides and waste into marine habitat.

The proposed regulations would drastically reduce government oversight.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) wants to use this regulation to avoid cases where an veterinary or pesticide treatment could be disallowed by Environment Canada because of its adverse effect on other marine life.  Once DFO adopts such a regulation, aquaculture treatments will be exempt from the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

We must insist that under normal conditions of use, no substance be deposited to the marine environment or approved for use that will persist, bioaccumulate or be toxic to other marine organisms.

In addition the effects of these substances on the reproduction, growth, behaviour, and survival of forage fish and other organisms that are important to the marine food chain must be assessed.

Fish are our livelihoods, our food, our heritage and the legacy we leave to our children.

Digby Fish Farm_20141015211905337DFO has asked to hear from you. It is inviting public comments on the proposed regulations until October 23rd.

We have a narrow window to oppose the Harper Government giving fish farms a license to pollute, and to send the government a strong message that we do not accept the weakening of Canada’s environmental laws to accommodate particular industries.

We urge you to add your voice to ours and tell the government we need more, not less, protection for our fisheries.

Please take a moment to send a letter to the Canadian government telling it not to enact regulations that come at the expense of Canada’s wild fish.

Send a letter or email directly to:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea
Room 556, Confederation Building
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Ed Porter, Manager Aquaculture Policy and Regulatory Initiatives
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street, Room 8N187
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6

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