Déposant : Dave Porter
Communauté : Nanaimo
Déposé le : Juin 17, 2010
La Commission devrait enquêter sur la mesure dans laquelle la salmoniculture en mer pratiquée en Alaska, en Russie, au Japon et en Corée fait concurrence au saumon rouge sauvage du Pacifique Nord et celui-ci en est victime.
Dear Cohen Commission,As a Fisheries/Aqauculture Student at VIU, I feel a major factor is missing in your investigation, that being 'Salmon Ranching' aka 'Ocean Ranching'. Up to 5 Billion pink, coho and Chinook smolt are hatchery raised in Alaska, Russia, Japan and Korea each year and then released into the North Pacific to augment those country's fisheries. This obviously has an effect on all Oncorhynchus species, including O. nerka/sockeye while at sea. Although this is not done in Canada, wild Pacific Salmon know no international boundaries and compete with ocean farmed salmon in the same feeding areas. Ocean ranched salmon could well be preying on wild salmon smolts, as ocean ranched smolts can be much larger than wild smolts when released.
I hope this important though largely unknown practise can be included in the Cohen Commission. Kind Regards, Dave Porter.