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  • Sean Graham
    July 10, 2012 - 09:23

    ISA did not exist in the wild until Aquaculture came along. Check it out. They are too quick to blame the Wild Fish. Isn't it interesting that every river that counts returning Wild fish in Newfoundland saw an increase in their runs last year EXCEPT the one that had aquaculture in its estuary. It is no coincedence that their runs were down as the outgoing salmon smolt cannot survive the gauntlet of sea lice around the pens. Don't let current aquaculture practices ruin Newfoundland's Wild salmon like the Bay of Fundy.

    July 07, 2012 - 22:53

    Very well stated Joyce.

  • Eli
    July 07, 2012 - 15:47

    Unless it's "wild" I don't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

  • Joyce Morrell
    July 07, 2012 - 15:04

    It is not a matter of” idealism” or “reality”. It is not a matter of politics, or even of employment. The processes that made our earth have been around since the beginning. They have been refined over millions of years and they work beautifully, cleanly and naturally. They keep genetic mutations at bay because any living thing that does not survive naturally to reproduce, or is a bit less adapted to its environment will die, or get eaten. They keep disease at bay for much the same reason, plus the fact that wild beings are mostly free to move and escape locations that are bad for them. The natural world is unbelievably interconnected and is designed to function as a whole, with a great deal of built in flexibility. It is a proven design that works, a design that is basic to all living creatures. Salmon farms are unnatural. They are the crowded feedlots of the sea, hiding their filth, disease and waste in the generous tides. But you cannot keep pouring disease and pollution into the sea without affecting the balance that protects all surrounding sea life. When stakeholders complain that feedlot salmon have caught disease from wild fish, they are either ignorant of these processes or intentionally blind to them. The dollar signs in the eyes get in the way. This kind of arrogant spin is contemptuous of the environment and of the ecology of the sea. The wild living world has no man made peer, and it never will. What is more, we are part of that world, regardless of how much we try to deny it, escape it, circumvent it. We are subject to it’s ancient laws. Sooner or later we will come hard up against them. Humans have erected elaborate defenses against the natural world and we forget that we, despite this mindset, are no less a part of this earth. How long will it take us to realize that it is far better, far more productive to work with the natural world, than to deny it? Mere profit margin is not something upon which you can base life- any life, anywhere.