Canadian researchers have found fish farms to be a major source of sea lice and other marine pathogens that are infesting wild salmon off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The study reveals that while about five percent of juvenile salmon were affected in areas without fish farms, up to 40% were afflicted in areas with high concentrations of fish farms.
Lead author, Professor John Reynolds of Simon Fraser University, said: “Everyone thought before it was a Broughton-specific problem, and we are showing here that it is a problem in every region we investigated."
In fish farms, attempts are made to control sea lice with medication, but for wild fish, especially the vulnerable young, they can be lethal.
Our appreciation, Professor Reynolds and colleagues, for your efforts to highlight the grave dangers posed by fish farms on surrounding wildlife.
Let us strive to eliminate such life-threatening conditions to ensure the safety of the salmon and all other beings of the wild that grace our Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has long emphasized the need for humanity to act with greater consideration for our co-inhabitants, as during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand.