GAIANetwork’s “Save the Wild Salmon” campaign will focus internationally on local activism by individuals and groups united for wild oceans. We will bring their actions together into an international movement.
WORLD SALMON CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATION: Canada
SUMMARY: Goal to organize world co-ordination against OPEN-PEN Salmon farming focusing on British Columbia/ Washington state summer 2018.
Campaign Leader: Peter Brown
I began research into the industrial aquaculture business in 2014.
The assignment was to organize grassroots activists around the world to participate in an international conference on Industrial Aquaculture planned for spring 2016. A donor wanted me to listen and learn so that we could ultimately mount a successful campaign in 2016 and beyond…
I did just that. I have travelled to over a dozen countries enlisting grassroots activists worldwide to form a sort of professional association of individuals and groups united for wild oceans. Global Association of Industrial Aquaculture Network, or GAIANetwork for short, was to be launched at the conference but no one turned down the offer to join.
GAIANetwork has already helped Alexandra Morton win her lawsuit against the DFO in Canada. We helped set up monitors for sea lion kills and have been writing PSAs to help publicize the issue in Canada. In 2015 one Canadian Fish Farm was removed and another not approved for development thanks to the opposition. In 2017 First Nations warriors took over an illegal farm in BC that we hope will be the beginning of the end.
2018 Wild Oceans Salmon Campaign
We have purchased and are presently prepping a trawler to headquarter our summer campaign and add a real presence and focus for First Nations actions… Hopefully going viral and removing these destructive practices from the oceans once and for all.
There are many great on-site activists, and GAIANetwork will supply the platform to run a first class media campaign in support of local efforts up and down the coast.
After the huge escape of non-indigenous farmed salmon in Washington State, there are bill in the legislature today to ban the practice all together.
WE NEED TO SUPPORT THAT.
CANADA can be next and we need to take the fight there next summer. A well equipped boat will do that. We will provide the little extra expertise and talent and platform to push the issue over the top.
We were also planning a Internet media campaign and Public PSAs in California as much of the exported Canadian salmon is consumed in California. I have been trying to find a local AD agency to help. I will line up celebrities. We were hoping to make the Canadian-US campaign co-ordinate with International campaigns already in various stages of development.
GAIANetwork supported, and helped fund Don Staniford’s campaign in Scotland last month that received fairly good press in the UK. We helped with some funding and I directly asked for help through social media. My 35+ years record with Sea Shepherd and other groups helped tremendously. Don is extremely active and needs support.
We have secretly been researching the introduction of marine mammal products into Norwegian salmon feed. We think it is happening in Canada with seals, and we suspect it is happening in Norway. We have a scientist following the scientific papers on the subject published over the internet, and an ex-EPA investigator is helping follow what evidence we discover. I feel that if we can prove our suspicions, farmed fish will have a black eye forever, not to mention all the broken import/export laws the industry will have to contend with. Americans will not eat whale fed salmon, but sources for Omega 3 are running out and they need to get it somewhere.
In 2017 I was instrumental in helping to organize Sea Shepherd’s effort in Canada before I was removed from my position due to politics. “I was being too aggressive…”
My hope that First Nation’s actions would create an international issue were correct, and this summer we will sail our own vessel and press home the point!
Salmon 2018 Budget:
Trawler purchase: PURCHASED 2018
We are seeking an artist to paint it up so it attracts attention where ever she sails. I’ll put enough tech gear on board to be able to stream live video from remote areas. We will remain at sea all summer and fall allowing the research/tech ship MV/Wee Seeks to make a difference.
Captain: Peter Brown
Talent: Entire GAIANetwork Team
Basic Equipment donated
TIME FRAME: June to October 2018
Trawler : purchased, being prepped in Oxnard , Ca.
BUDGET: We are looking for a total of $50,000. To run the entire campaign for the entire summer! Every dollar will be well spent wisely.
We are working with local activists toward a wild future by being a useful part of the solution to Salmon Farming in North West.
Let’s not learn the lessons of Norway and Scotland where their wild stocks went extinct as their National exports of farmed meat flourished.. Poof gone! There was little or no thought of the future.
Working budget: break down available, but all donations will be accepted, and if you wish to volunteer, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salmon Campaign Donation
Tax Deductible Contribution
Video links – 2017 the proof is in the water
Millie discovers dead fish
Our leaders have spoken
Discover Dying Salmon in DI
Awahoo Eviction letter
Fish farm Eviction Notice MD
Police enter U’Kwanalis
Farmed salmon deaths exposed