A letter published in the Coast Reporter ("Whistleblowers", Feb. 7) included a serious and false allegation.
It is untrue that "wild salmon are ill and dying from diseases spread by farmed salmon."
Regular and recent testing of wild, hatchery-raised, and farm-raised salmon in B.C., Washington, and Alaska does not support such a claim. The excellent fish health results and high fish survival rates at B.C. salmon farms were also confirmed at the recent Fraser River sockeye Inquiry. Even the documentary film that is used in the letter to support this allegation offers no evidence, just speculation.
It's unfortunate that these statements -not based on science - continue to be published in our local papers. Salmon farmers certainly encourage people to have their own opinions, but would kindly ask that opinions be based on fact.
We encourage constructive dialogue about B.C. salmon farming as aquaculture is an important reality in B.C., and worldwide. After all, as our population continues to grow and demand for healthy seafood increases, aquaculture will become increasingly vital in conserving our oceans, while also providing a healthy, sustainable and affordable food choice.
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