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I was just reading about this. Don't they cloud the net pen fish with antibiotics to fight off parasites that are unavoidable with the crowded pens? With all the residual antibiotics continuing on with the current?

Not as bad as the shrimp farms I've seen, but sounds like the last thing we need in the already beat to hell Salish Sea/Puget Sound.

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"We have all these different things which prescribe that when we do something in the ocean, we check all those boxes. The issue of it being a significant risk to endangered salmon runs just isn't there," Rust said.

Worthy of repeating here on thread.
 

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"We have all these different things which prescribe that when we do something in the ocean, we check all those boxes. The issue of it being a significant risk to endangered salmon runs just isn't there," Rust said.

Worthy of repeating here on thread.
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This is a trainwreck on a number of different levels. BC has a number of advocates that have gone into detail on the damage they do to the marine environment. Alexandra Morton is one of the leading voices. Cut and paste this link into your browser.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

Do a bit of reading and you'll get the idea of why they pose a significant risk to our native salmonids.

What really pisses me off is that we finally got the dams out of the Elwha and the wild fish are beginning to repopulate the river.

Putting a salmon farm in Port Angeles where it will affect those populations that are just beginning to recover is one of the most counterproductive things we could do.

Bob - do you know if the North Olympic Salmon Coalition is aware of this proposal? I hope we can get all the Wild and Native fish advocacy groups to combine their voices against this.
 

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This must be the seafood industry's response to the recent, epidemic sea lice outbreaks at all their established farms in Norway, Chile, BC.... start a farm in a new area, where it will take a while for the same problem to resurface.

Speaking of the farms in Norway and Chile... up until now, those farms were deemed highly sustainable. For that reason, that's where Costco was getting its farmed Atlantics. We now know those farms were no more sustainable or less ill-advised than the notorious operations on the Inside Passage. Put simply, farmed fish are not a sustainable industry. Time to start 3D printing salmon fillets for the world market; nature can no longer keep up with the demand.

Finally, don't you kind of know you're doing something wrong when you start farming Atlantic species in the Pacific? Talk about intentionally screwing up an ecosystem...
 

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Discussion Starter · #16 · (Edited)
This is a trainwreck on a number of different levels. BC has a number of advocates that have gone into detail on the damage they do to the marine environment. Alexandra Morton is one of the leading voices. Cut and paste this link into your browser.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

Do a bit of reading and you'll get the idea of why they pose a significant risk to our native salmonids.

What really pisses me off is that we finally got the dams out of the Elwha and the wild fish are beginning to repopulate the river.

Putting a salmon farm in Port Angeles where it will affect those populations that are just beginning to recover is one of the most counterproductive things we could do.

Bob - do you know if the North Olympic Salmon Coalition is aware of this proposal? I hope we can get all the Wild and Native fish advocacy groups to combine their voices against this.
I have forwarded the link to the NOSC director. I should add here that they would be precluded, by law, from getting involved in any legal or political statements about this.
 

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Here is a link to the propaganda from Icicle SeaFoods: http://wsg.washington.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/outreach/nwwws/E1/E1-Cook.pdf. There have been net pen operations in Washington for decades. If you know where to look, you can see the operation on the east side of Cypress Island when you take the San Juan ferries out of Anacortes.
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And there are numerous examples of those Farms having farmed fish escaping into the wild fish environs, disease outbreaks, etc.
 

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Here's an interesting article on Faeroe Island farmed Atlantic Salmon. http://primeseafood.com/farm_raised_salmon.html

Some interesting points:
  1. The islands have no native Atlantic Salmon fisheries, so they are not immediately endangering native stocks. I am sure that salmon from other northern European nations pass by, though.
  2. No antibiotics used at all.
  3. No dyes used
  4. pens moved each generation to allow the seabed to recover
  5. highly ethical slaughter of the fish.
  6. No mention of sea lice, if it is a problem or not.
Generally speaking, this is often cited as the best case scenario for farmed salmon. That is NOT to say it's acceptable practice, just better than most other farmed salmon operations; I am not qualified to make that judgement. I just thought I'd post it.
 

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Now every outgoing salmon and steelhead will have to pass through the cloud of bazillions of sea lice that farm will produce which will probably kill most of them. Terrible idea.
 

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Just say NO to net pens!!

After decades of ocean net pen fish farming the result is a disaster everywhere.
It is not a predictable science or industry.
The experiments are just beginning with closed container land based production. Let the industry focus their efforts on that method and prove that they can control the pollution and still produce a marketable product.

I refuse to eat net pen raised fish!
 
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