Food Protection Branch
Oct. 17, 2012
Ministry of Agriculture
2500 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, BC Canada V9N 5M6
Ph: (250) 897-7545
Fax: (250) 334-1410
Dear Mr. Caine: Re license granted to harvest seaweed between Deep Bay and Qualicum
I am extremely disappointed in the recent approval by your ministry to harvest 1,000 tonnes of seaweed and wonder if you have any idea of the damage to the marine ecosystem that will result? Seaweeds are the cornerstone of the marine food chain and in these days of collapsing salmon stocks, this will contribute to their demise.
Are you also aware that this area is the jurisdiction of the Denman Island Trust which according to the Trust Act extends to the high water mark on Vancouver Island? Were they consulted before making this decision and are you aware that this would contravene the Denman Island marine section of the Official Community Plan?
Are you also aware that allowing vehicles to drive on the beach (as part of the harvesting process) destroys fish habitat by compacting the shore which makes it impossible for forage fish to spawn?
Please let me know if you would like any research materials on the above mentioned issues.
Denman Island Forage Fish Group