Overwhelmingly positive reaction to www.bcsalmonfacts.ca and television and print advertising campaign as salmon farmers deliver
requested data to the Cohen Commission.
VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - As the Cohen Commission Inquiry into the
Decline of the Sockeye Salmon resumes hearings today, members of the
British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association report their new campaign
to set the record straight is an overwhelming success.
"There has been a lot of misinformation muddying the waters so we're
glad the Commission is back looking at the facts surrounding this
critical issue," said Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the
BCSFA. "This story is about the facts and the facts speak for
themselves at BCSalmonFacts.ca."
Walling also said requested fish farm data back to 2000 is being
delivered to the Cohen Commission to meet Friday's deadline.
"The Commission asked for and we are delivering all of the data covering
120 farm sites from 2000 to 2010," said Walling. "We will also work
with Commission staff to ensure they have the context of the data."
Data from 2000 to 2002 - before the BCSFA fish health database was
established is actively being collected and organized, said Walling,
though it is more challenging to collect because records were not
maintained in the same way at that time.
"Some of those companies are no longer in existence so it presents a
challenge but we are determined to do everything we can to find that
data as requested," she said.
Meanwhile, BCSalmonFacts.ca, which launched last week, continues to engage a growing audience on
the facts and dispel the myths around salmon farms. The moderated forum
is responding to questions and postings while also cross-posting other
BCSalmonFacts.ca is an initiative of five major salmon farming companies and feed
suppliers: Marine Harvest Canada, Mainstream Canada, Grieg Seafood,
Ewos and Skretting, all members of the BCSFA . The BCSFA is the voice
of British Columbia's environmentally sustainable farmed salmon
Farmed salmon is the province's largest agricultural export and is
recognized around the world as a naturally healthy and environmentally
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