02-09-2003, 09:07 PM
Looks like BC is headed for problems on this subject or already there.
No wonder Jim Teeney mentioned to Smolt and I that on his March trip to Chile for big andramous browns we also had a chance at Atlantic Salmon now I see why. Chile is a large salmon fish farm country. Must be strays into the rivers.
Learn something every day.
02-09-2003, 10:53 PM
Good evening, IMHO,
For an industry that has been having it's share of problems for the last 20+ years, it is frustrating to keep reading the same storys over and over! Surley you would have thought that by now, these issues would have been addressed, but as Mr. Teeney mentioned, Salmon are still escaping, and, as mentioned in the related article, lice are still a big problem.
It seems that with multiple countrys in the "Farm" mode, that a multi-national fish farming coalition is in order. Is there one? If so what the $%^&* are they doing, sleeping?
Best info I saw from this article, is the idea of "Fallowing". It seems that this might be a good option, similar to "land" fallowing, allowing the said area to "come back". Placement of pens seems to be key as well, but I wonder how much thought goes into this. My 2 cents worth;
1- Gov. intervention, inspections, regs., etc. seem to be no help.
2- Local/International coalition for farm produced fish? one now?
3- Someone needs to data-base all fish farm info, pro and con, say for the last 20 years, that is available and list and address the problem areas. This could be used by an existing, or new coalition to help this industry to be more viable.
Admitidly, I am not to "up" on this subject, but what I read is disturbing. Thank's P M.
02-10-2003, 06:41 PM
If there is $$$ to be made man will exploit it to the fullest.
Only one real answer, stop eating farm raised fish. Next time you go out to eat select beef instaed of that farm raised salmon or catfish.
Think all of mankind can do that? I doubt it.
02-10-2003, 08:13 PM
Salmon and Halibut from Alaska is certified by many enviromental groups as being correctly managed and is a whole lot healthier for you than farm raised anythings. There are over 100 million salmon alone harvested in Alaska each year for your consumption and it is obviously the best alternative to farmed fish.
02-10-2003, 11:24 PM
WOW! 500,000 tons of farmed salmon. Up to 300 farming operations envisioned. Move to B.C. from Scottland so he can continue doing this. Something doesn't add up.
Save the coastal communities with fish farming. How can they do this when fish farming requires far fewer workers than going fishing. That's a lot of fish in a 12 meter x 12 meter x 12 meter space. Where is the B.C. ministry of fisheries on regulating this industry?