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Jun 14 2011

WWF supports a dangerous farming industry

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Information on the number of fish on farms, fish diseases and drug use are largely hidden from public view.

AS far as I can see from all the work undertaken by the WWF to create a standard for farmed and GE fish is to provide the appearance of a safe and sustainable fishery.  All the standards are absolutely useless since the assumptions made in the standard of obligation for compliance are not based on any reliable fact.

for instance :
The following rationale  “unknown impact on wild populations” of transgenic  fish also applies to regular fish farms since fish farms are not required to “prove” their impact on wild salmon.

If the problem we want to minimize – being water pollution  – is to find ways to tolerate fish farm pollution – that to me is faulty logic. The farms need to be separated from public water.

It is useless to make the following demand:  Presence of documents demonstrating compliance with local and national regulations and requirements on land and water use.

Local authorities do not demand compliance – the requirement for compliance in BC water is self regulation.  Therefore the standard is useless in matters of pollution and fantastic for the promotion of Farmed Fish.  I am outraged at the blatant use of WWF’s NGO status to promote global consumption of farmed fish.

As we see in all areas in government regulation of “industry” – there is ample wriggle room for business as usual.  Even “if” the farms keep a list of documents – demonstrating that the farm has provided the buyer of farmed salmon a list of all therapeutics used in production. Buyers don’t want to know – if they knew that information they would have to reveal it.  If the Cohen Commission can’t get that information revealed to the public – WWF is involved in a scam to legitimize the corporate use of public water for private financial interests.

Counting sea lice is not acceptable since the fish farms have denied any connection between farmed sea lice as having any impact on wild salmon sustainability.  The farms can’t have it both ways. If they deny the allegation of creating problems for wild salmon from farmed sea lice but start counting the numbers of lice on their fish – then the farms and WWF are in fact admitting the connection and therefore ought to take responsibility and get farmed fish out of the ocean.  Clearly, the farms cannot prove the impact of sea lice to be negligible any more than Alex Morton can prove herbelief in dire impacts to wild salmon. from sea lice.

Why defend sea lice anyway? Wild salmon are far more important to the future of this planet than unsustainable farming practice that never has to account for losses to the public’s most precious resource – clean water.

There should be no interaction between farm practice and the commonly held public water bodies.  To present your study as legitimate is deceptive when you are clearly working for the interests of industry.

I am very disappointed in WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

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