Salmon Farming can coexist with Wild Salmon - Cohen Commission Salmon Farm Reports

Cohen Commission Backgrounder: Technical Report Project 5 Impacts of salmon farms on Fraser River sockeye salmon

Project 5A – Summary of Information for Evaluating Impacts of Salmon Farms on Survival of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon
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Project 5B – Examination of relationships between salmon aquaculture and sockeye salmon population dynamics
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Project 5C – Impacts of salmon farms on Fraser River sockeye salmon: Results of the Noakes investigation
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Project 5D – Impacts of salmon farms on Fraser River sockeye salmon: Results of the Dill investigation
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CROSS-EXAMINATION BY MR. KELLIHER:
Evidentiary Hearing Transcript August, 28, 2011
Pages 105 to 109

Q And so do I -- I have a sense that there's  agreement that aquaculture can coexist with the continued survival and growth of the wild stocks. Is that your view?

DR. KORMAN: I guess -- sorry, we can go right to left this time. I mean, I'm more of an evidence-based person, so I haven't seen much in this hearing that suggests a major impact, although I do think there's a lot of things we don't know about and that we should be cautious but that there hasn't been very much evidence to show direct impact. So therefore, the next step to that would be, you know, a modest amount of expansion, should therefore not lead to any major conflicts with wild stocks, based on the evidence we've seen to date. So, yes, I think, is a long-winded answer to you.

Q All right. Dr. Connors?
 
DR. CONNORS: I'd encourage continued examination of the evidence and to move forward cautiously, but I don't think that there's anything to say that if done properly, aquaculture and wild fish populations can't coexist here in B.C.

Q Thank you. Dr. Noakes?
DR. NOAKES: I would agree that they can coexist both the wild and the aquaculture industries.

And Dr. Dill?

DR. DILL: I would agree. If managed properly, and steps are taken to reduce the interaction between them or the harmful interaction between them, I see no reason why they can't coexist but I do want to broaden our consideration from just Fraser sockeye to other parts of the coast where there  are other species and other circumstances and we know in the Broughton there have been some  problems. These are being successfully addressed  through the coordinated program there which shows  that you can improve their situation with goodwill  and, of course, funding and proper management.
 
MR. KELLIHER: Thank you very much, gentlemen. Mr. Commissioner, those are my questions.

Evidentiary Hearing Transcript August, 28, 2011
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