I’m writing to correct the grossly inaccurate information provided to this newspaper by Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Among the many unsubstantiated assertions Taylor made about salmon farming, one in particular cannot go unchallenged.
He claimed that 750,000 farmed salmon have escaped from net pens in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past 10 years.
This is simply not true.
In fact, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture report escapes of 21,600 salmon, 88,878 trout and 69,827 char over the past 10 years.
Less than one per cent
The salmon escapes represent less than one per cent of the total number of salmon in the water at any one time.
Taylor did not cite any source for his inaccurate number, yet unfortunately, it was published nonetheless.
I invite the media to contact me if you have questions about our industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
I am more than happy to provide sourced and accurate information.