Today’s announcement from the CFIA, DFO and the BC government declared ‘no ISA in BC’ while at the same time Dr. Con Kiley, Director of National Aquatic Animal Health with CFIA noted that “these supplementary results must be considered inconclusive because of the poor quality of the samples.” Bottom line: the presence of ISA in BC has not been ruled out and further testing is urgently required.
Farmed and Dangerous Blog
Over the years, I have attended a number of workshops/seminars about closed containment. I am continually struck by how the conversation and language has changed. Far from being a figment of our solution-seeking imaginations, we are now witnessing the growth of a new industry and a viable alternative to open net pen salmon farms.
Our government must stop wasting time and taxpayers’ money attempting to ‘message’ net-cage farmed salmon into public acceptance and instead take real action to create a modern, more sustainable salmon aquaculture industry.
During the Cohen Commission I expected the mountains of evidence documenting lax enforcement of the open net-cage salmon farms by both levels of government. I expected records of disease outbreaks in the pens would, despite entrenched opposition from industry and government, eventually make their way into the public record – and they have. What has surprised me, however, is how the process is set up to minimize the amount of evidence that can be entered into the public record, forestalling attempts to dig for truth.
Citizens gathered in Halifax last week to protest the Nova Scotia government’s approval of two huge new industrial-scale farms in St. Mary’s Bay, bringing with them foul-smelling bags of sludge collected from other salmon farms in the province. It’s come to this! Citizens hauling bags of sludge to the government’s door to try to get them to see – and smell – the unsustainability of net-cage salmon farms.
What is DFO doing to protect juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon from sea lice infestations during this migration season?Posted by: Michelle Young | June 28th, 2011 | Comments Off
Many of the juvenile salmon now migrating through the Discovery Islands are the offspring of the Fraser River sockeye that collapsed in 2009. This subgroup of fish with a troubled past are faced with myriad hazards as they struggle for survival, but adding to their peril (and of course the peril of all wild juvenile salmon) are the rising lice levels on salmon farms.
Closed containment salmon farms require an energy input for the circulation of fresh water and dissolved oxygen as well the removal of waste. In the media, the salmon farming industry claims this energy use creates an “extensive” environmental footprint. However, what they leave out of the equation is that while net-cages use tidal power to perform circulation and waste removal functions (at no cost to the industry) this practice in the open ocean creates a significant environmental footprint.