Occupy Vancouver participant Jay Peachy begins the Installation/Occupation at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Pacific Region Office (Burrard and Pender St). It started on December 15th 2011, to coincide with the final 3 days of testimony of the federal inquiry (Cohen Commission) looking into the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye. The last three days of testimony at the commission explores the ISA virus affecting Pacific Wild Salmon stocks. ISA which is associated with Corporate Atlantic Farmed Salmon has destroyed Wild Salmon Populations in Europe.
From the official press release:
Salmon advocates across British Columbia are taking action to demand protection of wild salmon, coinciding with the re-start of Cohen Commission and hearings on the Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus.
“Around the world, our oceans are threatened because of irresponsible practices of industry and government, solely for the motivation of profit for a few foreign owned companies,” states Tria Donaldson, Pacific Coast Campaigner, Wilderness Committee.
“Now in BC, the discovery of the deadly ISA virus associated with industrial open-net fish farming is forcing us to examine our priorities as a nation. Are we going to choose corporate interests, or are we going to take immediate steps to protect pacific wild salmon and our oceans?”
Follow the action and learn more at Occupy Wild Salmon.
Here’s another vid sharing the effects of fish farming: