Book of Cohen readings

Book of Cohen readings
 Grant Warkentin, Campbell River Mirror, Published: November 20, 2012
 Re: “I quote chapter and verse of the Cohen Commission scripture,” Nov. 16, Campbell River Mirror

While I am glad to see Ms. Adams providing sources for her anti-salmon farming claims, she also shows how easy it is to misquote “scripture.”

In constructing her sermon against aquaculture, which again ignores the “elephant in the room” of climate change identified by Justice Cohen, she has also ignored the context behind the “verses” she selects. In the same paragraphs she cherry-picks from, Justice Cohen makes it clear he is not suggesting salmon farms are doing harm, but that because of perceived risks, more research and a cautionary approach to future farm expansion is required:

“I accept the evidence that management practices taken within net pens are intended to reduce the risk of disease as much as possible and to keep both farmed and wild fish healthy. However, I cannot determine on the evidence before me whether those measures ensure that the risk of serious harm from disease and pathogen transfer is a minimal one. As described in the section above on the likelihood of harm, too little research has been done on the effects of salmon farms and related diseases and pathogens on Fraser River sockeye for me to reach a conclusion either way” (Cohen Commission Final Report, Volume 3, Chapter 2, Page 23).

“Data presented during this Inquiry did not show that salmon farms were having a significant negative impact on Fraser River sockeye. However, as noted above, the statistical power of the database (containing fish health data from 2004 to 2010) was too low to rule out significant negative impact. I accept the evidence of Dr. Korman and Dr. Dill that scientists need another 10 years of regulatory data (until at least mid-2020) before they can more confidently identify any relationships that may exist” (Cohen Commission Final Report, Volume 3, Chapter 2, Page 24).

But we could quote “scripture” at each other all day. I encourage readers to not take my word for it, or Ms. Adams, but to go online and read the recommendations for themselves if they are really interested. At 1,200 pages, the report is as long as a “holy book” but like any religion out there, it’s always best to read the source for yourself, lest ye be duped.

Grant Warkentin – Mainstream Canada
Communications Officer

Here is the letter Grant responded to:

I quote chapter and verse of the Cohen Commission scripture
Leona Adams,  Campbell River Mirror, November 15, 2012

In response to Grant Warkentin’s Nov. 9, 2012 letter in the Campbell River Mirror, regarding the Estuary Protection Group’s letter to Christy Clark, published in the C.R. Mirror Nov. 7, our Cohen Commission Report facts are taken directly from the wording of recommendations 15 and 18 on siting of net-pen fish farms, not myth, false or distortion.

If Grant of Mainstream Canada has a problem with the recommendations, I suggest he take it up with Judge Cohen.

Found at link pg. 17-26, In addition to the need for continuing research, Judge Cohen also said:

“I accept the evidence that the state of scientific research about sockeye–fish farm interactions is not sufficiently developed to rule out diseases on salmon farms as contributing to the decline of Fraser River sockeye and posing future risks.” pg 20.

“I therefore conclude that the potential harm posed to Fraser River sockeye salmon from salmon farms is serious or irreversible. Disease transfer occurs between wild and farmed fish, and I am satisfied that salmon farms along the sockeye migration route have the potential to introduce exotic diseases and to exacerbate endemic diseases that could have a negative impact on Fraser River sockeye.” pg 22

“In my view, the risk of serious harm that salmon farms pose to Fraser River sockeye along their entire migration route – not just 1 km from the mouth of the river – needs to be considered and reflected in siting criteria.” pg. 22

“In summary, I have concluded that net-pen salmon farming in the Discovery Islands poses a risk of serious harm to Fraser River sockeye through the transfer of diseases and pathogens.” pg.25

For the above reasons, The C.R. Estuary Protection Group have asked Premier Clark to follow Judge Cohen’s recommendations on siting of net-pen farms in the Discovery Islands.

Leona Adams
Campbell River

PAA Note: To read more on this conversation see:

Perennial aquaculture naysayers


Dr, Gary Marty advice: Read scientific papers thoroughly