Bad For Our Oceans
Why salmon farms must go
When we hold millions of salmon in net pens in the ocean, the natural laws that kept disease under control are broken. Salmon farms cause disease levels to rise to beyond those wild salmon are built to survive. The industry cannot fix this as long as it uses net pens...
Sea lice are a natural, benign, parasitic crustacean that ride on salmon,
grazing on the mucous layer covering the skin. Salmon feedlots make it easy for lice to thrive, multiply and mutate. When young wild salmon swim past these feedlots as they go to sea, they are attacked and eaten by clouds...
Harbour seals have learned how to catch farmed salmon. The large
fatty fish can be spooked into diving to the bottom of the net pens. With tons of
fish pressed heavily against the net floor, seals bite and suck the soft,
farmed flesh through the net without even tearing the net. Despite the...
Salmon farmers are one of the few farmers that never shovel their manure. As salmon farms use roughly 7 tons of feed daily for the approximate 600,000 fish per farm, tons of waste spews daily per farm in a free flush. Canada does not generally allow industrial farms to pour raw...
PoliticsThe Norwegian salmon farmers are powerful companies that form relationships with environmental organizations.
The industry trades employees back and forth with government so that the industry and government become the same people. The reputation of scientists who have done the research to measure the impact
of this industry is attacked. It is a very difficult...
in Canada, there is no evidence that salmon farmers own the salmon in the pens.
When Canada began looking into salmon farming in the early 1980s, the lawyers could not reconcile the Constitution of Canada and salmon "farming," because it is unlawful to own a fish in the oceans of Canada.
Salmon farms can release a blizzard of viruses, shedding 65 billion infectious particles per hour. Like walking your child through the infectious disease ward of the hospital on the way to school, this is a risk to the lives of young wild salmon. I am tracking three European salmon viruses in in British Columbia that government insists on ignoring.
How did this happen to British Columbia?
In 1984, the Science Council of Canada unveiled their industrial aquaculture plan. Encouraged by weaker restrictions, Norwegian companies began claiming sites to raise their salmon in British Columbia waters, lured by close proximity to the US market. Norwegian politicians warned Canada there were high risks. Canada knew ownership of salmon...