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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved a devastating plan to permit industrial ocean fish farms in U.S. waters. Advertised as a blueprint for ocean waters nationwide, it's now headed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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Judy Cross (83)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 3:13 pm
Every year the "Dead Zone" gets bigger. How are they going to avoid adding to that? Fish farms are a disaster here in B.C. NOAA is headed by a biologist and I do hope she says "no".

Kathy W (299)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 3:27 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Tom.

Carolyn T (234)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 3:27 pm
Noted; previously signed. Good on ya, Tom!

liz c (827)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 3:51 pm
Noted and gladly signed. Thank you.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 3:56 pm
already signed, Thank you,Tom!

Tierney G (381)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:05 pm
Signed already,this is like factory farming in water not a healthy thing to be doing at all. Thanks Tom

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:15 pm
Signed !

Dee C (23)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:26 pm
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 4:33 pm PDT, Apr 29, 2009.
Thank you Tom..
and noted..

Michael Owens (1647)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:39 pm
Vera thanks singed

Evelyn Z (300)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 4:49 pm
Signed. Thanks Tom

sue M (184)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 5:08 pm
Soon there will be no more fish! Signed.

Jackie W (31)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 5:27 pm
Noted & Signed. Thank you, Tom.

Mandi T (367)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 5:57 pm
Tx Tom,,
Signed May 1st

CherAway C (1424)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 6:28 pm

# 6,084: 6:27 pm PDT, May 9, Cher Clarke, Canada

Thnx hun!!


Joycey B (750)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 6:30 pm
Signed,#6,083 and noted with thanks Tom.

Leigh B (211)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 6:34 pm
Leigh, thank you for signing "Protect Our Oceans, Coastal Communities and Consumers" thanks Tom

Gemma H (48)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 6:34 pm
Thanks Tom for the opportunity to sign this petition. .... " ...when the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money ..."

BernadetteP P (72)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
noted and signed

Alejandra Vega (139)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 8:34 pm
Signed and noted with sadness

Polly pagan (82)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 8:54 pm
signed thankyou

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 9:47 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Tom for sharing.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 1:37 am
Noted & signed, Tom Up here in British Columbia our wild salmon is under siege by the sea lice concentration engendered by the industrial open net fish farms. I can only pray that the wild salmon will survive, the fish farm will vanish and someone has the sense to say no to industrial fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico!

Cheree M (46)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 4:12 am
Noted & signed, Thanks

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 5:22 am
# 6,118: 5:21 am PDT, May 10.
Thanks Tom

Samantha R (41)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 9:00 am
fish farms in british columbia, as per Elainna's post, fight the sea lice infestations with pesticides such as Slice. You can also choose the colour of fish from fish farms because they dye the flesh to make it lovely shades of pink or red. these farms are placed directly on the wild salmon runs from the rivers to the sea, where the sea lice attach themselves to the wild baby salmon and suck the life from them. if fish farms are to be tolerated at all, they must be on the land so as not to further contaminate our oceans. In BC fish farms use net guards that deter predators. Some farmers coat the nets in a highly toxic solution to prevent naturally occurring marine organisms from growing on them. This toxic solution contaminates our waters.

Salmon farmers are granted licenses to kill predators such as Sea lions and Seals to stop them from eating their fish. In the spring of 2001 a mass grave containing at least 15 Sea lions killed by a farm operator was discovered in Clayoquot Sound. Since then, more pits of dead Sea lions have been found in the same area. BC salmon farmers reported having killed at least 5,000 Seals and Sea lions in the last decade. The real figure could be much higher as some kills, according to fish farm employees, go unreported.
: Farmed salmon are raised in floating netcages, the marine equivalent of factory farms. There are over 85 open netcages currently operating in British Columbia (BC) waters and another 35 farms that are dormant and could be started up at any time. This number does not include the many new farms that the industry and provincial governments hope to see along their coastline over the next few years. At the current level alone, collectively these Canadian fish farms discharge waste into the ocean, which is roughly equivalent, in terms of pollution, to the raw sewage from a city with 500,000 inhabitants. There are additional open netcage fish farms located in countries all along the coast of South America. The intense accumulation of wastes from these operations can spoil the local marine environment and spread disease.

In addition to natural wastes, farmed salmon are given antibiotics (more than any other livestock by weight) as well as other drugs that may compromise human health and harm near-shore ecosystems.
A study released in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found much higher levels of some chemical flame retardants in farmed salmon compared to most wild salmon. The study concluded that, in spite of the heart healthy benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in all salmon, frequent consumption of farmed salmon is more likely than wild to boost levels of chemicals that researchers have found to be increasing rapidly in people's bodies.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 10:34 am

. (0)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 10:57 am
Crikey how much more do they want... there has to be a limit....thanxx

ivona P (145)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 11:24 am
Signed and noted.Thank you Tom.

. (0)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 11:55 am
Claudia, thank you for signing "Protect Our Oceans, Coastal Communities and Consumers"

Amena Andersson (187)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 11:59 am
Already signed. Thanks, Tom.

Lily K (49)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 12:27 pm
noted & signed 6142 thanks Tom.

Cathi Hartline (248)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 1:28 pm
noted and signed, thank You Tom!

Kari D (192)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 2:12 pm
noted & signer # 6,155

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 3:58 pm
noted and signed , thanks !!!

Valerie H (133)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 7:42 pm
Thank you, just signed # 6170.

Annie Cowling (116)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 8:27 pm

Linda F (16)
Monday May 11, 2009, 5:55 am
signed and noted we have one fish agri. farm off the coast near where I live, it is for salmon. It is a major discussion in this part if it is harmful or not to the surrounding waters. I must check more into this to find out more info on this subject.

Mary Halwa (119)
Monday May 11, 2009, 9:32 am
Signed, sealed and delivered!

Helen Rose (30)
Monday May 11, 2009, 12:51 pm
Signed, Thanks Tom

Ester Hellen (213)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 4:10 am
signed # 6,248:
4:09 am PDT, May 13

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 8:22 pm
Appreciated Tom, thank you >
# 6,260: 8:16 pm PDT, May 13, Rosemary Rannes, New Hampshire
Please Dr. Lubchenco do not allow industrial ocean fish farming in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Reject this proposed plan until further studies have been done. Thank you.
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