Tofino – B.C. New video footage
released today casts serious doubts on claims that a proposed 3,000 tonne salmon farm in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
will not have an impact on marine life. Mainstream Canada
(owned by the Norwegian Government-owned company Cermaq
) claims that “there is limited life on this section of ocean floor
” and “the farm is not expected to have an impact”. They say the farm would take up 1.25 hectares, when the application is actually for 55.69 hectares. In the full application Mainstream reports finding large areas covered in a bacteria called Beggiatoa associated with pollution.
shot over the weekend with an underwater camera reveals an abundance of life including prawns, shrimp, flounders, Dungeness crab, plumose anemone, white sea pens, rockfish, eelpouts, tube dwelling anemones and coral. The yellowish/white mats of Beggiatoa bacteria
were only found at an existing Cermaq-operated salmon farm in Bedwell Sound.
“The camera never lies,” said Jody Eriksson who led the surveillance operation. “Cermaq have been caught hook, line and stinker. Salmon Are Sacred and the people of BC stand ready to ground-truth every new salmon feedlot application, we have learned not to trust government or the industry.”
“Cermaq’s claim that there is limited life under the proposed location does not hold water,” said Farlyn Campbell who operated the video camera. “The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a healthy marine ecosystem rich in spot prawns, eel grass, crabs and coral and not the marine desert suggested by the application. How could Cermaq get it so wrong?”
“Cermaq has turned Clayoquot Sound into a crime scene
,” said Anissa Reed of Salmon Are Sacred. “A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is clearly no place to allow one salmon feedlot let alone over twenty.”
The Cermaq application to use Plover Point to dump waste from another salmon feedlot in Clayoquot Sound will be presented at an open house public meeting in Tofino today from 4-8pm, 634 Campbell St. and in Port Alberni, 3555 5th
Ave 4-8pm on Thursday (16 June). Although the application is posted on the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands website and public submissions can be made online until 18th June
the links to the full 380-page application say “file not found” leaving the public unable read Mainstream’s application. Calls to the Ministry failed to produce the files.
Friends of Clayoquot Sound
say the Plover Point area is “rich with marine life,” “frequented by sea lions, porpoises, sea birds, and orcas” with a seal haul-out at Plover Point. Stream assessments found cutthroat trout and salmon nearby. There are also productive clam beds along the shores of the Meares Island Tribal Park, as well as eelgrass and kelp beds and herring spawning areas.
“What gives a Norwegian-owned corporation the right to pollute BC waters and put whole ecosystems at risk?” says Friends of Clayoquot Sound
Salmon Are Sacred would like to know how Mainstream could make the mistake of suggesting Plover Point is a polluted seafloor.
Later this afternoon, Salmon Are Sacred will be delivering fish farm manure back to Cermaq in Tofino. In April, Salmon Are Sacred’s ‘Cut the Crap’ campaign first revealed video footage
of salmon farm waste smothering the sea floor near Cermaq and Marine Harvest farms in the Broughton Archipelago and returned fish farm manure
to their offices in Campbell River. In May, more fish farm manure was delivered to the BC Parliament in Victoria
Salmon Are Sacred will be reporting on tonight’s meeting in Tofino and will be posting a video on the battle to protect Plover Point. Watch more videos on this as they come online via: http://vimeo.com/user3586150
New videos released today include:
“Life on the seafloor of the proposed salmon feedlot at Plover Point, Clayoquot Sound”: http://vimeo.com/25046718
“Beggiatoa seen under Mainstream's salmon feedlot 'West Side' in Bedwell Sound, Clayoquot Sound”: http://vimeo.com/25054991
“The location where Mainstream says there is 75% Beggiatoa coverage”: http://vimeo.com/25051103
Other videos include:
“Dead reef-building glass sponges dying under Norwegian salmon feedlot in BC”: http://vimeo.com/22311297
“Bacteria growing under salmon feedlot in BC”: http://vimeo.com/21948800
“Under a fish farm in BC”: http://vimeo.com/21948258