Many people at the Victoria meeting of the Cohen Commission this weekend voiced warnings that the bumper sockeye run should not detract from analyzing the threats and concerns that the fish have been facing recently. Environmentalists and fishermen pointed out that this year’s run could be an anomaly that “demonstrate[s] the lack of understanding and the fallibility of predictions from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.”
Erik Hobson, president of SOS Marine Conservation Forum, said the run points to the need for precaution and, like several other speakers, pointed a finger at open-net pen salmon farms.
A made-in-Canada closed-containment aquaculture industry is needed, together with a workable farm management plan and independent sea lice monitoring program, he said. … [read full article]