In a letter titled “Column full or errors” (May 25), one would expect the letter not to contain errors. Unfortunately this is not the case for letter writer John Gibson. Mr. Gibson is quick to “correct” Trevor Taylor and suggest that Mr. Taylor did not “read up” on the subject of salmon farming. I would suggest that Mr. Gibson listen to his own advice.
It is incorrect for Mr. Gibson to state that sea lice from salmon farms in British Columbia “has been blamed as a major reason for the collapse of sockeye runs on the Fraser River in B.C.”
In fact, Justice Bruce Cohen, who headed the recent $26 million Fraser River sockeye inquiry, concluded that “I am satisfied that sea lice acting alone did not cause the decline of Fraser River sockeye, but sea lice acting in combination with factors such as other pathogens or increasing water temperature may have contributed to the decline.” (Final Report, Volume 2, page 114.)
Justice Cohen also stated “…data presented during this inquiry did not show that salmon farms were having a significant negative impact on Fraser River sockeye” (final report, Volume 3, page 24).
Perhaps Mr. Gibson has a different definition of “major reason” than the rest of us. His error is, however, a major reason why readers may want to think critically about the rest of Mr. Gibson’s “facts.”
Campbell River, B.C.