LETTER: Are salmon farms part of a government agenda to destroy and replace wild salmon?

Dear editor,

Whether or not our Canadian government may have deliberately created an agenda to destroy and replace our wild salmon with salmon farms, the disaster before us is clear. Our fish, all of the ecology that surrounds these fish, and the coastal communities that once thrived because of these fish are all at the point of extinction today.

Fish farm activist Alexandra Morton believes the Canadian Government may well be complicit.

Her blog, Salmon feedlots – this was not a mistake,covers the issue extensively (see http://bit.ly/2zQwNyC)

It is clear to me, open net salmon farms are destroying all of the world’s incredible wild salmon; each tearing down a massive riparian ecology with it.

To date, Scotland’s and Ireland’s salmon have never returned. Norway’s salmon, South America’s salmon, Our East Coast salmon and our West Coast salmon are all not returning.

Activists and scientists around the world agree, uncontrollable sea lice, disease and a huge array of other issues from these farms are the reason. They know it, and hopefully we all will know it. How can our Department of Fisheries be so completely blind toward our ecology and people?

Infant wild salmon smolts attracted to fish farms get poisoned by lice and infectious disease just prior to making it out to wild ocean to grow. Drugs, disease, and sea lice is changing everything about Mother Nature’s path, destroying millions of years of natural oceanic balance with it.

The devastation in Norway has evolved to the point where they had to think of extreme plans such as to pour a poison called rotenone, that kills everything in its path into their ocean. Is this what Canadians want? Or should we simply look north.

Alaskans never allowed salmon farms. A great many are natural, some enhanced, some ranched, some hatchery, most of which are the creation of Alaska fish and game and the coastal peoples of Alaska. They are now witness to massive historic wild salmon returns today.

The destruction of our wild salmon populations and our once massive commercial salmon fishing industry has already happened, causing the redistribution of salmon from the people of B.C. to global offshore corporations. This is crystal clear.

The salmon farming industry in Canada has had 30 years to try.

Canada’s wild stocks continue to dwindle faster than ever before; Alaska’s natural methods are more successful than ever before.

Is it not time for all of B.C. to stand up for our wild salmon ecology, realize this massive mistake, and make our way back to nature?

Scott Fennell, Jr.

Comox

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