A recent British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigation evaluating Scottish Environmental Protection Agency records revealed a dramatic increase in potentially harmful pesticide use in salmon farming. Although the salmon farming industry grew 11.3% since 2005, the range of toxic chemicals used to control sea lice increased 163% during the same time period, raising concern among environmental groups over the threat to both human and marine life.
The use of pesticides also indicates the industry's struggle to control infestation levels, foreshadowing the spread of sea lice to wild fish. This in turn would lead to further declines in salmon and sea trout populations, with scientists having already expressed concern for the threat of their extinction.
Association of Salmon Boards' spokesperson Andrew Wallace stated, “... If you have a million farmed fish in a cage on the migratory route of those fish, then suddenly you're encountering an entirely different scale of problem. And the numbers of lice coming off of these farms is horrendous at times.”
Moreover, these findings come just as the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) launched the worldwide campaign “Salmon Farming Kills,” hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of the industry and its adverse health effects on humans, oceans, and wild fish. As stated by Don Staniford, global coordinator for GAAIA in British Columbia, Canada, “Salmon farming kills around the world and should carry a global health warning.”
Our thanks, British Broadcasting Corporation and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture, for raising awareness of the increasing harms posed by salmon and other fish farming to all life. May our expanded understanding speed the elimination of fish consumption altogether, for the health and sustainability of the Earth's waterways and all interrelated beings.
Speaking with concern during a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the detrimental impacts and the need to halt the practice of fish farming for the protection of our co-inhabitants as well as humans and the planet as a whole.