Don’t be a guinea pig

Editor, The News:

Re: Salmon mystery needs complete answer (mapleridgenews.com).

“It would be tragic if an eco-war succeeds in stamping out fish farms, only to see B.C.’s wild sockeye continue to decline because we weren’t vigilant enough in uncovering other threats and trying to address them.”

I understand that the fish farms in B.C.’s ocean waters contain Atlantic salmon. Couldn’t these Atlantic salmon be re-established if they were ‘stamped out’?  If fish farms were removed from our oceans and established in inland tanks to see if their absence from the ocean would positively affect our wild salmon, no one would lose – except perhaps the corporations who own the farms; they would have to cover the expenses of establishing inland farms.

Since there is some concern about the health effects of farmed salmon, it would be tragic if farmed salmon destroyed our wild salmon and we were left with fish that were not as healthy as the corporations were telling us they were.  I’m not interested in seeing friends and family be guinea pigs for the farmed salmon industry.

Sheila Pratt

Maple Ridge

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