Hi Seafood Watch
Giving an in-ocean fish farm in BC even a yellow rating is too high.
Even Norway stopped giving out in-ocean licences three years ago because it is so fed up with their environmental damage. They give out on-land fish farm licences for free, now, a $9- to $12-M subsidy based on the former in-ocean auction price.
And you obviously did not watch the video taken during the Sea Shepherd’s recent disease trip. The deformed, infected fish and the cloudiness of the fecal content of the water is clear at every place they filmed.
Here is a link: https://www.desmog.ca/2017/08/23/disturbing-new-footage-shows-diseased-deformed-salmon-b-c-fish-farms. It is to a short video of the problems, but you can easily search for the entire footage. Same issues everywhere. And Sooke, BC, as well as Tortel, Chile have just prohibited fish farms in their waters. See items 102 and 99 in this post: https://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/08/bad-news-bites-salmonseafood-industry.html.
And just so you know, in an industry the size of BC’s, fish farms kill 5.76 billion forage fish to bring in one harvest. Here is how to do the calculation: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/09/fish-farms-kill-billions-of-forage-fish.html.
And the sewage cost of the BC industry is a huge $10.4B. Here is how to do the calculation: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2017/02/fish-farm-sewage-huge-cost-to-bc.html.We don't want to pay.
And Alaska's salmon harvest was 213 million wild salmon this year, while BC's is non-existent this year. Alaska forbids fish farms. And protest in Washington by Our Sound Our Salmon is calling for an end to in-ocean fish farms after the Cooke Aquaculture Cypress farm collapse with more than 300,000 farmed salmon. Cooke fish farm salmon have been caught in Tofino and Campbell River, up to 250 km away.
Please put BC fish farms back to the Avoid category. Fish farms need to be on land.
DC (Dennis) Reid