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e-270 (Aquaculture)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Ronald Neufeld from Sable River, Nova Scotia, on March 29, 2016, at 7:40 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Atlantic salmon
Retaining ponds
Water quality
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Containing Atlantic salmon in open-net cages in our oceans has serious consequences;
  • Adding antibiotics to fish feed which is then sprayed directly into the ocean is reckless and dangerous, considering the rapid development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the detrimental effects it is having on human health;
  • Pesticides released into the ocean to kill sea lice on salmon are killing lobsters, and detailed studies on the effects of pesticides on the environment need to be done before allowing their use in our oceans, otherwise it could be argued that this industry and government are using a food source, the environment and consumers in an industrial experiment;
  • Millions of caged salmon in the Maritimes are being killed by super-chill, which is inhumane and abusive, and this practice of keeping caged fish in an area where the water can freeze should be considered unacceptable;
  • The number of wild fish destroyed to feed farmed fish and the number of farmed fish destroyed due to the growing conditions on these sites is a testament to the unsustainable nature of this industry; and
  • The industry's claim that escapes do not occur is unfounded, and after storms there are often buoys, nets, plastic pipes and ropes littering the shoreline adjacent to leased areas.
We, the undersigned, citizens (or residents) of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to Legislate the removal of caged salmon from our oceans.
South Shore—St. Margarets
Liberal
Nova Scotia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on September 22, 2016
Government response tabled on November 14, 2016
Open for signature : March 29, 2016, at 7:40 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : July 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
333
British Columbia
4969
Manitoba
60
New Brunswick
160
Newfoundland and Labrador
645
Northwest Territories
8
Nova Scotia
542
Nunavut
3
Ontario
645
Prince Edward Island
21
Quebec
173
Saskatchewan
37
Yukon
26
Other Countries
128
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