Fish farms decimate wild salmon

Fish farms should be outlawed and removed from any waters used by wild salmon for migration to the ocean and return.

To the Editor,

Now that the three-year, $26-million Cohen Report has been released, we are finally told science shows salmon farms spread diseases and parasites that decimate wild salmon populations. Not to mention that salmon farmers kill thousands of sea lions and seals that protect wild stocks by eating sharks, mackeral and other species that prey on salmon or compete with them for habitat.

These are obvious actions from an industry that sees wild salmon stocks as competition, and should have been obvious to the government when these Norwegian corporations were allowed here. They had already trashed wild stocks in Norway and Scotland, and are destroying those of Chile and Peru.

They should be outlawed and removed from any waters used by wild salmon for migration to the ocean and return. Will the NDP do this, or are they still as enamoured with Norwegian ecocide as the Liberals are?

Jim Erkiletian

Nanaimo