This video is my visual "letter to the editor" about my concern with the Baynes Sound prolific Shellfish Aquaculture Applications. There is no clear Government policy that protects the public, their families and their homes from this industry's push into Baynes Sound, near residential areas, public parks and marine parks.

"These applications for geoduck and/or sea cucumber cultivation are for unprecedentedly large areas off Kye Bay, the Comox Bluffs, Denman Island, and Henry Bay, some of the prime recreational areas in and around Baynes Sound" (BY ED VARNEY, COMOX VALLEY ECHO NOVEMBER 29, 2013

Where is the evidence-based/peer reviewed literature that is unbiased and distinct from the industry-set self-promotion and their marketing program that supports this industry?

Most recent challenges are unprecedented large tenure applications. There has been no independent critical reviews nor adequate education provided to the public about the risks vs benefits.

If the BC government approves more Shellfish Aquaculture tenures it will be defying the public's voice per the results on the VIU Survey completed on this subject.

Note: The Citizen's Voices in the video are from an Open House hosted by the proponents which was held in Union Bay in June 2012, a meeting held after much pressure from the public. I am unaware of any other public meetings being held to date by the proponents with respect to the 6 tenure applications referred to in this video. There has been a request placed for a public hearing by a member of the public.

Please watch another video at on how geoducks are harvested.


Transcription of Eric Gant Segment of Video:

[Oh goodie, thank you. Well believe it or not, thank you all for coming. It is going to save us some work in trying to give you the proper information. This is just a start, for those of you who are concerned about not been]... given the proper information I agree with you 100 per cent. I think the lesson to be learned from this meeting is first of all when the application goes in, not only should there be a lot more information but I think you should also get background articles even if we have to take out a full page (unclear) so you get as many of the concerns and questions answered as possible. [the entire transcript of original comments can be found on the FOBSS website scroll down to Eric Gant Video]

Transcription of Citizen’s Voices heard on this video

1st Speaker:

I am really tired of the way of unresponsive governments sell off public estates and public land for personal gain. CLAPPING FROM AUDIENCE

2nd Speaker:

It seems to me there are a heck of a pot of questions about this development and I can’t see how you are going to approve an application on this basis. There is very little real modeling being offered to us. Most of the questions like density and productivity and carrying capacity they seem to be pretty open……..we don’t want it [aquaculture]

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