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Wild Fish Conservancy returns from Broughton Archipelago

Wild Fish Conservancy employees Kurt Beardslee and Micah Wait return from Broughton Archipelago for aquaculture meeting hosted by Alexandra Morton of the Raincoast Research Society.

Wild Fish Conservancy’s Executive Director, Kurt Beardslee, and Conservation Ecologist, Micah Wait, recently returned from a trip to British Columbia’s Broughton Archipelago, where they participated in a planning meeting intended to map out a future course of action for the recovery of wild salmon in the region. The meeting was called together by Alexandra Morton, the Director of the Raincoast Research Society, and was attended by First Nations representatives, research biologists, and local business owners who have a stake in seeing healthy returns of wild salmon to the region’s rivers.

At the meeting, it was decided that habitat issues in both the marine nearshore and in the river floodplain needed to be addressed, and that the group would forge a plan of action in the coming months. One aspect of the problem that continued to come up within the group was that of salmon farms and their impacts to the wild salmon runs of the Broughton. Salmon farms have been identified as the largest natural resource controversy in British Columbia, and at this meeting, Wild Fish Conservancy received a copy of DVD compendium of new reports regarding the issue, which we wanted to share with our members, and have linked to here. It is an important reminder to the damage these large-scale ocean feedlots can have on otherwise pristine ecosystems, and a warning regarding the salmon farms right here in Puget Sound, which currently do not monitor for sea lice transmission into wild stocks, the mechanism associated with the decline of salmon runs in BC. For more information about the current state of Puget Sound aquaculture please read the NPDES comments, available here.

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