Cohen orders fish farms to submit health data back to 2000


Commissioner Bruce Cohen has ordered the B.C. Salmon Farmers’
Association to submit data on salmon health and mortality dating back as
far as the year 2000, and covering an additional 99 fish farms.

The decision was in the form of a 22-page Ruling Re: Rule 19 Application for Production of Aquaculture Health Records.
It stemmed from an “Initial Request,” made last July by the Aquaculture
Coalition and the Conservation Coalition, asking for documents from the
province, the federal government, and the British Columbia Salmon
Farmers’ Association. As Cohen put it:

The Initial Request sought documents relating to fish health,
pathogens and diseases, as well as stocking data in farmed salmon. The
applicants also requested fish health data for wild salmon. The
geographic and temporal scope of the Initial Request was for fish farms
and “wild salmon on the Fraser River migration route (including both
sides of Vancouver Island and north of Vancouver Island through Klemtu)
dating from 1980 to the present.”

The BCSFA wrote to commission counsel on July 30, 2010, advising that
it found the Initial Request “overreaching in its scope, both in terms
of the kinds of documents requested and the period of time which the
request covers.”

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About 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.