Friday, December 18, 2009

DFO Refuses to Accept Fish Farming Impact


Canadian Federal Fisheries managers remains unconvinced that sea lice are leading to declines in populations of wild salmon. Despite numerous peer reviewed articles linking salmon farming and sea lice to massive declines in pink, and chum in the Georgia Strait, fisheries minister Gail Shea said at a recent stakeholder on wild salmon that,

"I don't think we can say unequivocally that sea lice kills salmon. We can say, sure, it's a factor but it's safe to say we have to do more research."

This after Shea recently attended an international aquaculture convention to promote the development of the fish farming industry in BCs coastal waters.

It is unfathomable why people charged with the management of wild salmonids can be such cheerleaders for the salmon farming industry. Sea lice, a parasitic copepod thrive in salmon farms where net pens confine fish at unnaturally high density. When outmigrating smolts and fry pass the net pens lice are transferred from adult fish to juveniles. Small fish infested with multiple sealice stand little chance of survival and many independent scientists believe the link between sockeye declines and salmon farming needs further exploration.

Despite the massive weight of the evidence, DFO continues to assert that fish farms are not the problem and that Fraser Sockeye are disappearing because of climate change.

See an article on Shea's statement in the Squamish Cheif:
http://www.squamishchief.com/article/20091218/SQUAMISH0101/312189958/-1/SQUAMISH/fisheries-minister-downplays-fish-farms-in-local-visit

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