Video by @PaulNicklen, with @sea_legacy //When it’s gone, it’s gone forever. The biodiversity in this pristine ecosystem is unlike any other in the world and worth protecting. Yet, the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada continue to put it at risk by allowing open-net Atlantic fish farms to operate across critical marine habitat. Diseases from these open-net containment pens spread to the local wild salmon, and their populations are declining. Salmon are a bio-rich nutrient delivery mechanism that feeds the entire ecosystem – from orcas and seals – to eagles and spirit bears. After these predators feast, the leftover fish carcasses, packed with nitrogen, act as a fertilizer for the rainforest, allowing the trees to grow to an impressive size. Nitrogen from these leftovers can be traced to the top of Sitka trees. Without wild Pacific salmon, this entire ecosystem will suffer.
My friends at @Sea-Legacy are working on a campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut, a call to the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada to do the right thing. They campaigned on a promise to ensure the salmon farming industry does not endanger wild Pacific salmon. Yet, this is exactly what is happening. Check the link in at @Sea_Legacy to join us in the campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut.