The rising tide against fish farms in B.C.
Editor's note: B.C. biologist and environmentalist Alexandra Morton shared this post with us. It originally appeared on her blog.
The news about the salmon farming industry suggests the world is becoming aware of how big a problem salmon farming is.
A remarkable new farmed salmon documentary ("Farmed and Dangerous?") has just come out. It will be online for just 30 days. These two young men really went the extra mile swimming inside a salmon farm, visiting a processing plant and the farmed salmon feed manufacturing plants. I highly recommend watching it. They are under attack by the industry and I hope they can take the pressure.
Norway just ordered the slaughter of two million farmed salmon, including some owned by their minister of fisheries, because the sea lice on these fish have become resistant to drugs. They have lost control; the industry has lost its arms race with the sea louse.
Also in Norway the people have had it with the pollution and are protesting (this is a Google translation).
In New Brunswick, farmed salmon in the rivers of the Bay of Fundy are seen as a threat to the wild salmon.
My crew that visited the north coast of B.C. Jody Erickson, Farlyn Campbell, and Tavish Campbell did an incredible job covering the Skeena and Fraser watersheds.
What they documented really scared me: the sockeye of the Skeena are dying by the thousands before spawning—just like the Fraser sockeye.
In 2010, tons of Fraser sockeye were taken north to Prince Rupert for processing just as wild salmon were passing through this effluent and entering the Skeena. The generation of juvenile sockeye that were in the system rearing are the generation that crashed this year and are now dying before spawning in unprecedented numbers.
Please consider helping me pay the lab bills to process these samples and communicate the results. Thank you to all who have stepped up and realize that if we want wild salmon it is up to us, and that is the way it should be. We are the ones that want these fish and know them. It would be careless of us to expect governments negotiating international trade deals can do a better job than we can.
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