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Oh, where do I start…
Well, after years of using local media to try to get Tofino to come up with a safer and more appropriate earthquake/tsunami emergency plan, to no avail, I finally went to bigger, out-of-town media, hoping to get some reaction.
And it’s finally worked! Our mayor, John Fraser, spoke on CBC Radio’s show On the Island this morning, in response to my concerns. (You can read about my concerns in yesterday’s blog post, or you can listen to them on my own CBC On the Island interview of two days ago).
From the article in Friday’s Westcoaster: Salmon Farm Reports Tear In Net, No Escapes, about Mainstream Canada’s fish farm at Saranac, behind Meares Island.
A good example of industry spokespersons using clever double-speak to make things sound fine:
Jessica McLachlin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, said in an email to the Westcoaster.ca the incident is under investigation by ministry staff.
“At this point there is no evidence that any fish escaped,” she said.
“No evidence” of them escaping is not the same as “no escapes”. It could just mean that no one looked. (For years, fish farm spokespersons said there was “no evidence” of Atlantic salmon (a) surviving if they escaped, or (b) ascending spawning streams… but once people started looking, it turns the escaped Atlantics were doing both).
Does anyone have any more info about this incident? If so, please either post it here as a comment or, if you’d prefer to write an update article about it, then email me.