An initial examination of the available evidence indicates that the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC) ocean fertilization experiment conducted off the coast of British Columbia last July did constitute violations of both the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) on ocean dumping. Specifically, CBD Decision IX/16 explicitly prohibits research "used for generating and selling carbon offsets or any other commercial purposes." Likewise, Resolution LC/LP.1 (2008) prohibits research that has not "been assessed and found acceptable under the assessment framework," a formal evaluation mechanism that must be used by member governments to determine the legitimacy of any proposed experiment. Neither HSRC nor Russ George has disputed allegations that the Haida experiment was intended to generate and sell offset credits, nor have they provided any evidence that their scheme was approved by the Canadian government under the LC/LP Assessment Framework. Given this, it is incumbent upon all supporters of geoengineering research to disavow and condemn the work of HSRC and Russ George, and indeed this has been the constant refrain from leading researchers since the story first broke.
Note: Text was updated on 10/24 to clarify responsible parties under Resolution LC/LP.1 (2008).