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The Last 10 Per Cent from Comox Valley Voice

Expressing my concern by pictures. Aquaculture has been growing in Baynes Sound. Only 10 per cent is left for nature and recreation, free from aquaculture tenures. However right now applications for shellfish operations are being applied for between Gartley Point and Union Bay, in the face of Comox Valley residents and adjacent to the Courtenay Estuary. Sandy Island and Henry Bay, in the Marine Park, may not be protected now either.

This video is a plead for action to preserve the last 10 per cent of Baynes Sound for recreation and nature. A green space/buffer zone for people to relax and aquatic creature to live in harmony, apart from the aquaculture industry.

2 responses to “The Last 10 Per Cent from Comox Valley Voice

  1. evelyn May 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    DFO advises shellfish industry to avoid establishing new leases in waters known to be high in Cadmium, such as Baynes Sound, and to harvest in low Cd level seasons. Failure to follow this advice by expanding shellfish aquaculture in waters confirmed by independent credible science to be excessively high in Cd , then, represents putting economics before public health. The suppression of Health Canada warning for high risk groups (FN individuals, lactating women, smokers, children, people with renal issues) does little to add to the credibility of the BC shellfish growers. If the BCSGA were to follow DFO’s advice by not expanding in Baynes Sound and by harvesting existing leases in low Cd level seasons, their credibility would be enhanced as they would be perceived as making every attempt to reduce high Cd levels. Thus by limiting production and expansion in Baynes Sound, the industry would be contributing, in the words of DFO scientists, to the long term viability of the industry.

    The present breach of LTC zoning by a scallop company in Henry Bay, therefore, can be interpreted as a clear intention to ignore DFO advice that puts public health and industry long term viability and credibility at significant risk.

    Pasted below is a summary of DFO research on Cd levels in BC shellfish and advice to the industry on how to reduce Cd levels in harvested shellfish. (Credible peer reviewed research reports Baynes Sound shellfish have average Cd levels of 3.67 ppm which means some shellfish would exceed the 1.0 – 3.7 levels set by importing countries. (WHO was lobbied heavily by Canadian government and industry to increase level from 1.0 to 2.0.) See also the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warning to consumers to limit Cd high shellfish to 12 PER YEAR. Health Canada has yet to add a list of groups at highest risk (FN, smokers, lactating women, children, individuals w/ renal issues) or to place this warning in places where it can be read by consumers.
    Aquaculture Collaborative Research and
    Development Program (ACRDP) Fact Sheet
    Issue 7
    May, 2010
    Cadmium in Deepwater-Cultured Pacific Oysters
    British Columbia (BC) shellfish growers are interested in expanding their sales in international markets, which would
    increase demand for their products and allow the industry to further mature. However, in the past, concentrations of the
    toxic metal cadmium (Cd) in BC Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) (at times exceeding the importing country’s standards)
    have limited this opportunity. The allowable limit of Cd in bivalve molluscs for export varies between 1.0 and 3.7 μg g-1
    wet weight, depending on the importing country. The presence of Cd in shellfish poses a significant challenge to the
    BC shellfish export trade, as certain human activities and natural coastal geology affect Cd levels in the environment
    and, ultimately, the animals. This research sought to determine the variables that affect the accumulation of Cd in BC
    cultured oysters. The results of the project will help growers understand, and potentially mitigate, high levels of Cd in
    their shellfish, thereby contributing to the long-term sustainability of oyster culture in British Columbia.

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