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Howdy,

My name is Terry Anderson. I am a Sportfisherman. I just dropped in from the 'SportfishingBC/Forum' to let you all know I've started an new initiative against the net-pen fishfarmers.

If any of you out there perceive this industry as I do - an ecological disaster in the works - please join with me as I endeavor to - 'sink-the-fishfarmers'.

The singular intention of this post is: TO GATHER NAMES (A REGISTRY) AND BUILD A MEMBERSHIP/ALLIANCE OF FELLOW SPORTFISHERMEN(WOMAN) WHO WILL UNITE AND BRING FORCE TO BEAR WITH THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF ENDING NET-PEN FISHFARMING ON THE PACIFIC COAST OF CANADA.

IN THE NAME OF CONSERVATION AND THE KNOWN DIRECT-THREATS THAT NET-PEN FISHFARMING POSES TO OUR 'WILD' PACIFIC SALMON - I IMPLORE THE STAFF/MODERATORS OF THIS WEBSITE TO EMBED THIS POST AT (OR NEAR) THE TOP OF BOTH THE SALT-WATER FORUM AND THE OPEN-FORUM SO AS TO ATTRACT AS GREAT A RESPONSE TO THIS PLIGHT AS POSSIBLE IN THE NEAR TERM.

Note: Fishfarming - herein, refers to the net-pen version practiced in the ocean off the West Coast of Canada.


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Are you tired of listening to the never-ending stream of rhetoric from our elected officials concerning the state of net-pen fishfarming in British Columbia?

Have you had enough of hearing those same elected officials sing the praises of an industry so despicable, so destructive and threatening to our coastal ecology and Wild Pacific Salmon, that it, rightfully so, should be classed accordingly alongside habitat-destruction and over-fishing as a primary contributing factor to the rampant decline in wild Pacific salmon populations?

Are you, my fellow Sportfisherman, so incensed by this whole fiasco that you are now sufficiently motivated to do whatever it takes to rid our pristine Coastline of this menace - once and for all - in order to help ensure that there ARE WILD-FISH LEFT FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDCHILDREN?

If you are ready to go to WAR with our Government and the Foreigners' who control about 90% of the industry, rest assured you are not alone my friend. Ironically, same as it is the 'Hunters' who are the primary contributors ensuring the long-term survivability of big-game populations in BC, so too, it will be the 'BC Sportfishermen' - the men, women and children - who chase these great-fish with rod in hand that will unite to drive the final nail in the fishfarmers-coffin on the Coast of BC.

None before us, nor after us, will be more passionate or fiercly resolute in our drive to save these magnificent fish from the hands of incompetence and greed. The passion to do something about it, has always been there; sadly ORGANIZATION hasn't.

NOW, IT'S TIME WE GET ORGANIZED!

WARNING: As I have previously been actively involved in the opposition to net-pen fishfarming I can assure you that:

a) It will not be an easy battle to win. There are big offshore corporations with big money to throw at defending their dispicable practices. I suspect also that money has changed-hands under the table. I'm of the firm belief that people of power and political clout have been paid to act in support of this industry, or, at the very least - to turn a blind eye to its destructive practices.

b) After being confronted by their most worthy opponent to date - the fishfarmers will respond in kind with a heavily financed media blitz touting the usual BS about how many jobs the industry creates, how environmentally-sensitive the industry is etc.; ad nausea.

c) We will have to be prepared to impliment and embrace new ideas, to walk on previously untried ground by previous opposition movements.

d) We will need to attract into our ranks the support of influential people, people of political rapport, and celebrity. Although it will be the 'little-people' - the Sportfishermen like you and me - that comprise the driving-force behind this movement, I believe any and all help from people of elevated scientific or social status should be welcomed to the cause.

Do not join this movement if all you can contribute is the occasional 'point-and-click of a mouse'. I'm calling upon those of you who, like myself, are ready to committ both time and energy in a concerted - well organized - effort to rid British Columbia's coastline of all net-pen fishfarming operations. If you are not 'truly-passionate' about doing all that you can to ensure that there ARE WILD-FISH LEFT FOR OUR KIDS, take a seat on the sidelines and watch the fireworks. If you are still 'on the fence' on the issue, I encourage you to do as I did - research the Industry then take a stance. We could sure use your help, or, on the other hand, the Fishfarmers' will certainly need your support while they fight for their very existance.

My appeal here is a 'grass-roots' plea to my fellow Sportfishermen.
I have never formed an organization like this before and I need all the help I can get.

OBJECTIVES & ITINERARY:

Objective: To organize the powerful, expansive, and passionate Sportfishing community of BC to bring immediate force to bear on Government and the Industry to end net-pen fishfarming on the Pacific Coast of Canada.


ITINERARY:

a) Create a registry: Done. I have created an email directory on my laptop for the purpose of assembling names and email addresses of those individuals who wish to join this scrape with the fishfarmers and Government.(I realize that fishfarmers themselves could easily infiltrate this organization and or, wreak havock with my email. I am prepared to deal with this if it happens and am prepared to move ahead... "We shall defend our Wild Fishes - whatever the cost may be - we shall never surrender!")

b) Once sufficient membership numbers have been amassed, I will call an inaugural meeting here in Victoria to establish an executive or management team and plot the direction of the organization. I think all opposed to fishfarming should be welcomed to this organization; we fishermen are not the only ones passionately opposed to it. (I am adamant that this new organization remain strictly 'NON-PROFIT'.)

c) In the next two weeks or so I will commence the drafting of a new article (hopefully a feature article) on the state of fishfarming in BC (now, as compared to five-yrs. ago when my previous article was published in BC Outdoors/Sportfishing Magazine). This would also be - with a subscriber circulation of around 70,000 - an excellent platform to alert other perspective members to our organization/cause.

I urge you - my fellow Sportfishermen - to join with me and charge ahead with fishing rods in hand - clutched like a sword - as we endeavor to liberate both our Coastal Waterways and our Beloved Pacific Salmon of this environmentally filthy menace.

TO JOIN THE 'WILD SALMON ALLIANCE': WAR ON FISHFARMING

SEND ME A BRIEF EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND AN EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS

[email protected]

Out of respect for the SFBC Organization, all future contact with members concerning the state or activities of this new organization will be done through my email. This is not to discourage anyone from posting future fishfarming topics.

Cheers,
Terry Anderson
Victoria, BC.

WILD SALMON ALLIANCE
 

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Howdy,

Where are you guy's?

If you are not sufficiently moved to join this initiative against the net-pen fishfarmers you are:

a) nieve and think the problem will go away on its own.

b) misinformed as to just 'how-bad' the problem really is, as it relates to sportfishing.

c) don't care. In which case you should be ashamed to call yourself a sportfisherman or a West-Coaster. Your kids and your grandkids will ask you one day, "Why didn't you do something to stop the fishfarming?"

We - the Wild Salmon Alliance - are going to bat for our precious 'Wild-Salmon' and a way of life - 'Sportfishing' that are both on the cusp of evaporation thanks to our inept Government and this filthy industry.

If you feel the same way I do about it - join this movement to sink the fishfarmers.
If you don't feel it's any significant threat - continue to sit on your duff and do nothing, then, one day, five, ten, twenty years from now when there are no Wild-fish left - look in the mirror and tell yourself that it's okay that you did nothing to stop it from happening.

Today, we stand at: 51


Terry Anderson

Wild Salmon Alliance
 

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We have a debate going down here on the Gulf Coast of Texas/La/Mexico now on the approval for these fish farms in our very fragile Gulf. Various Gov agencies were ready to approve 6 months ago applications from money backed fish farms, now the public is getting the issue to our attention and opposition is getting recognized. Our opposition uses information from B.C. in all our informative objections.

Sorry you have them in B.C. , maybe we can stop them in the Gulf here. Salt.
 

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Howdy,

South Texas Salt;

Keep your eye's and ears open. Maybe you folks down there can stop the 'closed-door' deals that happened here in BC and dropped this menace in our back-yard.

The money in this business goes to the foreign operator's; Texas will see a few rank-and-file pay checks and a 'big-footprint' on your environment that will bring the Gulf's ecology to its knees - same as it has here in BC.

Thanks for the post.

The 'Alliance' stands at: 52

Cheers,
Terry Anderson

Wild Salmon Alliance

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Howdy,

It has been brought to my attention - thanks Prof! - that my choice of words on a previous post, words aimed solely at motivating my fellow Sportfishermen were perhaps - offensive.

The last thing I want to do is 'piss-off' my Sportfishing brothers & sisters. If I have offended anyone one this forum - allow me to apologize here and now. I'm sorry. Peace.

I am trying to run this recruitment initiative on 3 separate Sportfishing forums; getting the word out to as many like-minded people as I can. The problem is, on these 'forums' the flow of thought is sometimes a little too spontaneous and people like me say stuff without taking enough time to think about it. Having recruited thus far nearly 50 of my fellow forum-members from the SportfishingBC.com/forum, I guess it was just my frustration getting the best of me here.

I'm not nieve either, to think I'm the only one whose put in time to battle the fishfarmers. In the big-picture, my contribution towards the welfare of our Wild Pacific Salmon is but a drop in the bucket compared to many.

But I am passionate about orchestrating the demise of the net-pen industry and I will not rest until that end.

Again, thank you to all of you for your support.

Cheers,
Terry
 

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Thanks agin for doing this Terry.
However i am appalled at the lack of interest shown on the different fishing forums.
Come on people ,this industry is wiping out runs of fish while our premiers stock portfolio grows.
Send the darn email and join the force.
 

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Howdy,

Thanks for posting that Jap'er...

Indeed, Campbell's head is WAY up his arse on this one.

He'll be lucky to still be at the Legislature when the 'Alliance' gets done with him. Maybe we'll
keep him on to run inter-office mail or something...

"Gordy...here Gordy! Run this down to Legal immedately!"

We'll need lots of voices and lots of NOISE to get through to these goofs.

'Sink-the-fishfarms!'

Cheers,
Terry
 

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Email sent! Any thing i can do to help as well as other members on this site i'm sure they will! This has been a problem for way to long now and it has to be stopped! Count me in! I think it would be better to be a part of the soloution rather than be a part of the problem!

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Howdy,

Finally heard back from Sheila Fraser. Didn't think I would.

Things are coming together... I can feel it.

The 'Alliance' stands at: 69

Cheers,
Terry

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Dear Mr. Anderson,

Thank you for your email of 2 January 2008, regarding the audit of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

I have forwarded a copy of your letter to the audit team responsible for Fisheries and Oceans Canada for their information. Please note, however, that we are not committing to audit the issues you have raised. Even if we can look into these issues, we do not have the power to force DFO to change their practices. We could only recommend some changes to them.

I should also clarify that we audit the federal government on behalf of Parliament. Therefore, we present our audit plans and reports directly to Parliament, and our reports become public only after they have been tabled in the House of Commons.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

Sincerely,

Sheila Fraser, FCA
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Office of the Auditor General of Canada | Bureau du vérificateur général du Canada
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Little Hawk said:
Howdy,

Finally heard back from Sheila Fraser. Didn't think I would.

Things are coming together... I can feel it.

The 'Alliance' stands at: 69

Cheers,
Terry
Couple questions! Have you approched the First Nations Groups in BC? Have you approched the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association to come aboard? The alliance of 69, is that member number regular everyday fisherpeople? We are going to need to get everyone on board that uses the resource in order fight the fish farms/Government/Jimmy Paterson! Us as fisherman can certianly make a stink but if we don't get everyone on board it might be alot of effort for nothing? What do you think, am I off here?
 

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Howdy Rick,

No, you're not at all off-base with your thoughts.

And yes, the 'Alliance' people are indeed passionate about Sportfishing as they are about 'punting' the fishfarmers. You'd only need to read but a few of the emails I've recieved from all over the Provinc and south of the border to get the gist of what I'm saying.

People are livid about this - same as me.

Indeed it will take a great weight to sink this filthy business. I haven't stepped outside the fishing forums yet to get this thing going.

I'm going to call a meeting here in Victoria soon. Perhaps one will follow in Vancouver. I need to build a team to formulate and execute a successful strategy to achieve the end of this madness.

I'll certainly be wide open to idea's from people like you. I'm not Superman and though I will if I have to, I'd rather not go this alone.

I'll be in touch.

Thanks for your post.

Cheers,
Terry
 

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CKNW 980 just did a segment on the John Lacomb show about the study that was released last week showing that fish farms are at fault for the devastation of our fish stocks.

What recommendations are there to make thinks right again?
 

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Howdy,

Due the great possibility that the name - BC Sportfisherman's Alliance - is already in use, I am changing the name of our 'Alliance'.

From this day forward we will be known as the: Wild Salmon Alliance. Thanks to Kevin Canning for the suggestion.

Sorry if this creates any confusion.

Cheers,
Terry Anderson
 
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