Farming salmon in open net pens is killing wild salmon, not sparing them – Full, life-cycle analysis of the carbon footprint of anything is complex, so it’s no surprise that there are differing views on the relative footprints of farmed animals.
However, when John Fraser of the B.C. Salmon Farmers’ Association suggests as he did in a recent op-ed on this page that farmed salmon will help pave the way to a greener future, it’s Orwellian double-speak.
Fraser says it’s because “ocean-based salmon farms are powered largely by clean, limitless ocean currents rather than electricity and oil.” Largely, except for diesel generators running 24/7 to bubble oxygen into the nets because gill disease is so rampant that the fish can’t breathe and the diesel-powered boats and pumps used to suck the fish into toxic chemical baths to control the parasitic lice devouring their skin and blood.
There’s more, but you get the picture.
Karen Wristen – Vancouver Sun – December 13, 2018.