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Posts Tagged ‘wild salmon declines’

New study suggesting sea lice not to blame for harming wild salmon inconclusive, unconvincing

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Dead juvenile pink salmon with lice

A new paper published this week suggesting that sea lice do not harm wild Pacific salmon does not provide conclusive evidence and fails to convince when weighed against the full scope of previous science on the subject. (more…)

Evidence continues to mount linking net pen salmon farms to declines in wild fish

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Coho salmon with louse infection by Stan Proboszcz

Two new sea lice papers published online in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggest that sea lice from salmon farms may be dramatically affecting the health of coho salmon populations in the Broughton Archipelago. (more…)

Canadian scientist exposes DFO sea lice research biases

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Neil Frazer, a science professor at the University of Hawaii who has been carefully following the BC salmon farming issue for many years, was recently part of a delegation to Norway to meet with top management at Cermaq, the parent company for Mainstream Canada. Mainstream is the second largest salmon farm company operating in BC. (more…)

Open net-cage farms don’t follow the rules of responsible behaviour in the wilderness

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

All level-headed Canadians know leaving food out while camping isn’t smart. Not only will you lose your dinner, but you’ll encourage animals to return for easy meals, and by doing so you endanger them and yourself. Provincial and National wilderness parks across Canada provide steel containers in order to prevent wildlife from accessing food and waste for the good of all—problem solved. The ocean too, is an underwater wilderness filled with a wealth of animals—all looking for a free lunch. Hence, sticking tonnes of free food (in the form of farmed salmon and fish feed) in some of our most remote wild areas will likely cause problems, and I think everyone will agree open-net salmon farms have problems. (more…)

Thousands rally for wild salmon in Victoria

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Nearly 5,000 people followed Alexandra Morton on the final length of her 500 kilometre ‘Get Out Migration’ to the BC Legislature buildings in Victoria Saturday – demanding that the government get net-cages out of the water and onto land in closed containment systems in order to save wild salmon. Local MP Denise Savoie declared the rally “the largest environmental protest in BC history.” (more…)

DFO’s slick language in parliament illustrates how to side-step the weight of scientific evidence

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Trevor Swerdfager, Director General of Aquaculture for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently spoke to the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans about salmon aquaculture. It’s an interesting read for anyone who wants to learn more about exactly what our government is being told about salmon farming from one of DFO’s head honchos. Certain passages also illustrate the precise manner in which DFO dances around incoming projectiles and flying shrapnel. (more…)

First Nations group wants net-cage farms out!

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Over the past year, CAAR members have been travelling in the Fraser and Thompson River Basins, meeting with representatives of a number of Indigenous Nations to share information about the potential danger to out-migrating juvenile salmon as they pass by open net-cage salmon farms in the northern Georgia Strait. These groups voiced grave concerns that net-cage farms may be partly responsible for the loss of wild salmon – an essential part of the land and culture. (more…)