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Global news did a report on it on todays news. I tried to find the link but they posted the wrong video with the caption. Liberals of course said they know nothing of this report. Typical Liberal BS. :wallbash: :wallbash:
 

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So after writing some letters to the local federal and provincial politicians before christmas I finally got a response from Mr Randy Kamp. Here is the letter that he had sent to me.

Thank you for your email and I apologize for the delay in getting back to you over the Christmas period. I appreciate the concerns you raise in your letter regarding the news article you read in December.

It is certainly tempting to view the “sea lice issue” as entirely straight-forward, but how sea lice truly affect wild and farmed salmon is actually fairly complicated and still not conclusive. Just as an example, while one purportedly authoritative report takes one position, another equally authoritative report will take an opposite view (e.g. released by the Fraser Institute: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/commerce.web/publication_details.aspx?pubID=3168).

To be clear, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) clearly respects the efforts of other independent scientists dedicated to clarifying the science around sea lice. DFO wishes to ensure the conservation of wild salmon and will continue to collaborate with others in these efforts. During 2007, significant efforts in collaborative research were supported by the B.C. Pacific Salmon Forum. This research is currently being reviewed in preparation for the 2008 collaborative research program.

I would however like to point out that the Science Magazine article from December 13, 2007, to which I believe you are referring, appears to be somewhat presumptuous on a couple of fronts. For example, it is the view of DFO that the report overstates the risk to pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago and that the estimated trend in escapements is not consistent with those actually observed since 2002. It is also DFO’s view that the authors’ model, when applied to past salmon runs, has not been accurate for predicting actual runs.

Should you like to read more about the department position on this matter, please take a look at the following backgrounders pertaining to sea lice. http://www-sci.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sealice/statement_e.htm and http://www-sci.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sealice/findings_e.htm.

Thanks again for taking the time to write about your concerns on this matter – it is certainly an issue I have been following closely as well. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Regards,



Randy Kamp, MP
Pitt Meadows--Maple Ridge--Mission
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
 
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