May 27 2010

my e-mail to Mr. Eric Foster, MLA and his reply

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—–Original Message—–
From: contact at priscillajudd.ca
Sent: May-19-10 9:00 PM
To: Foster.MLA, Eric
Subject: Lumby salmon trails

Dear Mr.Foster,
I expect you are aware of the problems for wild salmon in Lumby since you used to be the Mayor here.  I expect that you know that the Interior Coho are “endangered” since that is what’s stated on one of the Lumby Salmon Trail signs.  Recently we walked the Lumby Salmon Trails in support of Alexandra Morton who is asking the BC Government to remove fish farms from BC coastal waters. I was amazed that the Salmon Trail signs list BC Government Agencies and DFO as sponsors. One sign said  “…open net fish farms pose life threatening challenges to wild salmon…”  Those signs indicate an awareness by DFO and Provincial agencies that fish farms threaten the survival of wild salmon.

Last month I drove from Lumby to Revelstoke and every river had a salmon sign asking the reader to “protect our heritage”. “Heritage” implies something intended to be passed on to future generations. One might think that putting information on signs means that the message is important or that it’s Government policy.  So, I am asking you to ask all our Government members to adhere to those signs. Please explain to the legislature about the salmon signs and encourage rescinding Fish Farm Licenses to protect our wild salmon heritage from facing any further life threatening “challenges” by open net pen fish farms.

You can view all the Lumby Salmon Trails signs at
you can view my blog where I have posted e-mails on this matter and you can see the video we made of the Lumby salmon trail walk.

I have recently become aware of closed container fish farms that operate in BC and Washington State. Please move Fish Farms out of the BC wild salmon ocean water and into closed containment – it can be done – BC can lead the world in farming fish without polluting the ocean.
Priscilla Judd

Subject: RE: Lumby salmon trails Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 11:01:09 -0700
From: Foster.MLA,

Dear Ms. Judd,

Thank you for your e-mail dated May 19, 2010 regarding salmon farming.

Upon my contact with the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, I have obtained some information on the matter.

I would like to assure you that a sustainable, stable aquaculture industry remains a top priority for government.

There have been some encouraging developments in closed containment systems but to date it is not yet possible to apply this technology at an industry-wide scale and government does support the evaluation of new technologies like closed containment to determine their viability. Our support to date has been in processes such as the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat review which summarized the state of knowledge on closed containment and salmon farming and the viability of closed containment systems has been part of our discussions with the federal government as we transition regulation to their jurisdiction.

I want to reiterate that government is well informed on the latest science related to this industry, which to date demonstrates that wild salmon and salmon farming can coexist. I also feel it is important to emphasize the value salmon farming brings to British Columbia’s coastal communities. The aquaculture industry provides an estimated 6,000 jobs and over $224 million in wages for British Columbians, with over half these jobs being filled by women and First Nations.

Government is committed to an effective, science-based regulation of fish farming practices in British Columbia and understands the importance that salmon bring to our communities all across the province.

Thank you for taking the time to inform me of your concerns.



Mr. Eric Foster, MLA

Thank you

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