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Teen stands her ground after being booted off soccer team for criticizing fish farming sponsor

PostedNovember 2, 2015 by in Western Canada
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Check out this Nov. 2 story from CTV.ca on a Comox teen’s criticism team sponsor Marine Harvest’s open net pen salmon farms – a move that got her booted off the team. Regardless, 14-year-old Freyja Reed is standing her ground in what has proved a PR disaster for the company.

After her vocal opposition got her kicked off an elite soccer team, B.C. teen Freyja Reed says she is not sorry for speaking out against its sponsor Marine Harvest.

“I’m not going to apologize for standing up for what I believe in,” Reed told CTV’s Canada AM Monday.

Reed, who moved to Comox, B.C., to play with Vancouver Island’s Upper island Riptide soccer team last year, opposes Marine Harvest’s open-net salmon farms because, she says, they threaten wild salmon populations in the area.

“It’s a breeding ground for disease,” she said. “Everywhere that salmon farms go, wild salmon goes into decline—and I love wild salmon. And I don’t like salmon farms.”

On its website, Marine Harvest says it produces 40,000 tonnes of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon each year.

“Our salmon are four-star certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices and we are the first company in North America to have a farm certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council salmon standard,” it states.

In addition, the company says it does not seek to influence its donation recipients: “Marine Harvest’s donations to community groups have not, and will not, and will never, restrict a recipient’s right to voice their opinions or their ability to speak freely.”

While Reed wasn’t forced to wear corporate logos, or attend fundraising events, she says the team was told not to discuss their opinions about the sponsor.

The stern warning didn’t stop Reed from voicing her opinion. She has been a long-time opponent of fish farming and her advocacy for the preservation of wild salmon started well before she became a member of the team.

See more at CTV.ca: http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/booted-b-c-teen-not-going-to-apologize-for-opposing-team-sponsor-1.2638379

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  1.  
    Yvon A Moreault

    Our generation was trained to be lambs, behold, we raised tigers!

    All my admiration and respect for those who make such a stand.




  2.  
    Freespirit

    Freyja Reed is RIGHT to speak her mind, whether she is right or wrong.

    To not express ones opinion, is to live a lie. If, in this case, the Salmon Farm company did not agree with her, THAT is their RIGHT also BUT it is NOT their right to cause, directly or indirectly, her being removed from the sport or any other activity, she loves.

    The CORRECT and MORAL action the Sport Directors and/or the Salmon Farm Directors should have taken should have been to discuss the issue with her and PROVE her WRONG in her belief. Failing that and thus possibly proving her RIGHT, the Salmon Farm could have taken action to IMPROVE their farming practices or just “move on” and tolerate her objections and allow the CUSTOMER/Public to decide.

    I am definitely on the side of Freyja, a young girl of COURAGE




  3.  
    mot

    CTV has killed all video of this report..
    Power of Mitubishi…
    Weakness of CTV/ Canada in general.




  4.  
    John's Aghast

    40,000 tonnes! That’s almost 90 million pounds! That’s an awful lot of fish shit!!




  5.  
    Don F.

    In addition, to further insult, Marine Harvest makes the statement “Marine Harvest’s donations to community groups have not, and will not, and will never, restrict a recipients right to voice their opinions or their ability to speak freely”
    What this statement does not disclose is what consequences will be imposed if one observes their right to speak freely.
    Their statement is put forward on the assumption that the public is somehow stupid or dimwitted enough to accept it without question. The facts are that it is those very consequences, those enacted by them, that bring us to where this girl is punished.
    It is a huge injustice to punish this young girl and take away her right to play for this team. Marine Harvest, and any sporting association accepting this type of sponsorship, should look no further than their own board rooms to find out where the stupid and dimwitted truly exist!




  6.  
    Don F.

    I am so proud of this young girl standing up of her, and our, rights and for the health and welfare of our wild salmon. What an incredibly courageous soul she is!
    In response Marine Harvest beats it’s chest with, “WE are farm certified by the Aquaculture Stewardships council”. So what?? and who the hell are they????
    This is a case of Corporate bullying that exposes the conditions of it’s sponsorships and should fall under the same category as child pornography or child labor. They are removing these kid’s rights and using them to promote their corporate image! Disgusting!!
    The soccer organization who promotes this behaviour should be held accountable also.
    We shall see Marine Harvest where public opinion and emotion leads here.
    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!




  7.  
    dan

    While it could be the first experience with discrimination in her young life I am confident it will not be her last;

    This is the essence of discrimination – formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics.

    Second to last para;

    “While Reed wasn’t forced to wear corporate logos, or attend fundraising events, she says the team was told not to discuss their opinions about the sponsor.”

    Who? Who told the team this? Could only be one of two groups. The administration of the soccer league or the sponsor demanded this through the league administration.




    •  
      nonconfidencevote

      “While it could be the first experience with discrimination in her young life I am confident it will not be her last;”

      Truer words that deserve repeating.




  8.  
    ron

    I am sure they produce a quality product “sustainable” at the expense of the environment yes,which already has wild salmon that have been a sustainable industry and food source for people of BC for thousands of years.One only needs to look at Alaska they banned open pen fish farming due to the decline of wild stocks. The stocks bounced back and they now have the largest wild salmon fishing industry in the world!! Its already been scientifically proven open pen fish farming causes disease in wild stocks…. This industry should be banned on the West Coast period !!!




  9.  
    Bill Malcolm

    Marine Harvest is a Norwegian outfit as well, now happily ruining BC coastal waters. See their Wikipedia page and the entry on Criticism – they imported infested Atlantic salmon eggs from Norway and did a number on Chilean waters, among other ruinations.

    These people have not one ethical leg to stand on. You thought all Norwegians were wonderful folk, saving their North Sea oil bonanza for their future eco-conscious offspring? Think again. Just like big oil waves its magic wand over the tarsands and all is sweetness and light unless you criticize them and their free money pit, Marine Harvest won’t allow pesky criticism from a teen – off with her head instead or no free soccer uniforms for her teammates. Fourteen is quite old enough to read and form an opinion, I did so myself decades ago.

    I applaud Ms Reid’s ethical stance.

    Here in the Maritimes we are ruining our coastal waters all by ourselves with an outfit called Cooke Aquaculture out of New Brunswick, aided and abetted by Liberal provincial governments. Despite research from Dalhousie University. There is some hope because of this company Sustainable Blue raising Atlantic salmon on dry land. A bunch of engineers got together to design fish holding tanks. No more polluting our bays and inlets, and raising salmon that tastes nothing like the real thing. More here: http://sustainableblue.com




    •  
      mot

      Mitsubishi is the owner after the Nor gov’t divested.
      PS: Who/what killed the vid?
      Looks like Corporate “muscle”.
      Reply.





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