The “Watershed Watch” environmental group has announced today that because of their “broad interest in salmon conservation” they have put together a “Synopsis of Key Evidence from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye” to aid people in understanding the evidence presented at the commission.
Watershed Watch and several other environmental groups were part of the “Conservation Coalition” which did little more than hammer on salmon farming throughout the commission.
So not surprisingly, their 70-page synopsis contains 31 pages of aquaculture-related evidence and quotes from the hearings, versus 21 pages for EVERYTHING ELSE. Commercial and recreational fishing? One page. Climate change? Not even one page. Pulp mills, gravel extraction, aboriginal fisheries and logging? Barely three pages for all of them.
And even in the 21 pages of “other” they still manage to throw in aquaculture-related comments and evidence.
If they’re trying to hide how much they hate aquaculture, and believe it’s responsible for the Fraser sockeye decline, they’re not doing a good job.
If you are really interested in the evidence presented at the commission, do yourself a favour. Don’t read someone else’s opinion or skewed version of events, not even ours.
Go read the transcripts for yourself. Use “Ctrl-F” to search for keywords you are interested in. Read it in context. Get the big picture.
All the transcripts are available here. Pick a date in the calendar, the transcript will show up below along with all the exhibits presented that day.
And don’t take our word for it, look for yourself.