In July 2012, a controversial American businessman and 'rogue geo-engineer' dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada near the islands of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. It was soon confirmed that a newly-formed company, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC) â�� George, the CEO of Planktos, as both its Chief Scientist and Chair of the Board â�� had been granted funding (totaling more than $2.5 million) for a project to fertilize the ocean, with the intent of selling carbon credits and increasing the wild Pacific salmon population, by the council of Old Massett on Haida Gwaii. According to the Council of the Haida Nation â�� the de facto government of the Haida people â��a dump of iron had indeed allegedly taken place and had reportedly given rise to a plankton bloom, but that the Haida communities had been misled as to the risks and international legal status of such activities. The communities had been told they would earn carbon credits from the dump yet this was a highly unlikely outcome since commercial ocean fertilization is prohibited under international agreements. The dump contravenes the UN convention on biological diversity (CBD) and London convention on the dumping of wastes at sea, which both prohibit for-profit ocean fertilisation activities.