Déposant : Chelsea Keays
Communauté : Vancouver
Déposé le : Juin 24, 2010
La salmoniculture dans des cages à filets dans l’archipel de Broughton, sur les îles Discovery et le long de la côte ouest de l’île de Vancouver contribue à l’épuisement des stocks de saumon sauvage. Le pou du poisson, en particulier, diminue les chances de survie des alevins sauvages. La seule solution viable à long terme consiste à passer à la salmoniculture en enclos fermé sur la terre ferme.
Open net salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago, Discovery Islands and along the West coast of Vancouver Island are one factor that is contributing to the depletion of wild salmon stocks. I have been in the Broughton Archipelago on numerous occasions, have seen wild fry with lice on them and have also seen the decreased number of lice on runs where the farms were left fallow or where they applied Slice at a strategic time. Slice, however, is not a viable long-term solution and the only long-term solution is to move towards closed containment land-based farming of salmon. I think that to stall, demand more research or question the existing research at this point is ridiculous. There is no denying that lice on wild fry decrease their chances of survival and that in every country in the world where open net farms have been placed near wild salmon runs there are no longer wild salmon or their numbers are a shadow of what they once were.
Lice on wild fry is, of course, only one of the ways in which open net pens are harmful to the marine ecosystems in which they are placed; lights, noise makers, fallout of antibiotics, feed and waste all harm every level of the foodchain and the marine environment.
Thank you for your consideration.