The government is considering shutting down fisheries for the next salmon cycle in order to #savethesalmon and in turn #savetheorcas. As I believe whole heartedly in upstream thinking and planning for the future I think that 5-7 years of closure vs a lifetime of no salmon is totally worthwhile.
I recognize that my small town is going to be severely impacted by these closures. Commercial, sport and personal fishing will all be closed, this means thousands of jobs lost to multiple industries of which this town relies for its livelihood.
It baffles me completely that the government is so quick to shut down an industry that effects thousands of Canadians and impacts money brought into the Canadian economy but does not for one second consider shutting down or even relocated fish farms to land. Fish farms contain Atlantic salmon from Norway, owned by a Norwegian company in which only a handful of
Canadians are employed and this money is going back to Norway.
The salmon are full of disease: pisine reovirus (PRV), heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) and sea lice. These diseases are causing mutations in salmon spines, organ failure and fish being eaten from the outside in. These disease are not only found in the Atlantic salmon, they have now spread to the wild pacific salmon and have even been found in rock fish. These diseases are debilitating the wild salmon and preventing them from reaching maturity or being able to swim up stream to spawn.
No research as been done on the effects of salmon diseases on humans. Will this be a repeat of mad cow? I certainty don’t want to find out.
Each year the numbers of salmon returning to spawn are dropping, this year 50 have returned to Tofino. 50. From past numbers of millions. It’s no wonder the orcas are starving, are expanding their feeding territories and are seeing diminishing numbers.
What can you do? • say no to salmon. Especially farmed salmon. •stop taking fish oil omegas, these often contain farmed salmon. Need a vegan omega? I can hook you up •donate to salmon hatchery projects, there is lack of funding
•share knowledge, together we can vote with our dollars and make a difference