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Cohen Commission Gets Tough on Fish Farms

PostedOctober 31, 2012 by in Canada

Justice Bruce Cohen focused much of his attention on salmon farms at the brief press conference he gave on the release of the final report from the Inquiry he’s led into disappearing sockeye over the past two years.

  1. Cohen highlighted several key recommendations to protect wild salmon from open net pen aquaculture operations, including: Removing the promotion of aquaculture from DFO’s mandate, which he found conflicts with the department’s responsibility to protect wild salmon
  2. Prioritizing the health of wild salmon over suitability for aquaculture when siting farms
  3. Conducting more research into diseases that may be impacting wild salmon
  4.  Properly implementing the Precautionary Principle and removing farms in the Discovery Islands region (noted as particularly dangerous to migrating salmon runs) should more definitive evidence come to bear demonstrating they can safely coexist with wild fish.

The full commission report can be downloaded here.


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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.



    Based on the historic record of the BC Liberals- they have shown no clue or predispositions to principles of any kind so it would be safe to conclude that “The Precautionary Principle” would be totally foreign to them.

    They hold profits (for their friends) over principles(for us plebe).

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