Déposant : Ivan Askgaard
Communauté : Powell River
Déposé le : Novembre 11, 2010
Le MPO devrait investir davantage dans la recherche scientifique pour cerner les effets exacts du pou du poisson sur le saumon sauvage et déterminer les voies de migration du saumoneau rouge. Il est possible que la vigueur du retour de 2010 s’explique par la migration des smolts par le détroit de Juan de Fuca plutôt que près de piscicultures. Le MPO devrait adopter des principes de précaution pour l’aquaculture, comme il l’a fait pour les autres pêches. Si les conséquences des piscicultures sont inconnues, elles devraient être fermées ou installées sur la terre ferme jusqu’à ce que l’information soit disponible.
I have water front property in Powell River.
In the fall I have been fly fishing for Sea Run Cutthroat trout from the beach for the last ten years. I'd say gradually the fishing has declined. People who have live here longer agree. This year, I caught about 20 trout. 2 of these trout, in the 14 inch range, were heavily infested with sea lice. They had over 1 large mature sealice/inch in my estimation. I can't remember seeing any more than one or two on a fish before. Unfortunately, because DFO science is so weak in this area, I think you can justify take this annecdotal evidense to be significant.
Where do these rare trout range? Maybe their range makes them particularly suseptible to the lice broadcast from the farms through the Okissolo passage. It is proven that trout stocks in Ireland and Scottland were decimated by sealice from fish farms.
One more thing I wonder about is claims that the 35 m fish that returned this year means that there are no problems from the sealice. Maybe the smolts that produced the 2010 sockeye migrated through Juan de Fuca Straight and were unaffected by sealice?
It makes one wonder what DFO knows about juvenile sockeye migration routes.
Cutting to the chase, DFO science is weak.
If we are going to conserve salmon for the future generations, first nations, bears and eagles we are going to have to invest in more science.
In the meantime, DFO should adopt the precautionary principle to aquaculture as has been applied to other fisheries. So, that means, if it is not known what the effects of the sealice, or the use of slice, or any of their other poor practice, the farms should be moved, contained and moved onto land over 5 years. Profitable and often foreign owned fish farms should be invited to provide at least some funding for DFO. An incentive to invest in science should be given to the fish farm industry by providing warning of what needs to be determined and of the restrictions on fish farming that will be ratched up in a void of the needed information.
Fish farming is an uncontrolled experiment with an upside that does not justify the adverse consequences to our natural heritage.