While this is a hot topic right now in the pacific north west, this topic is something that we all feel very strong about here at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. It has been said over and over - NO MORE FISH FARMS in Clayoquot Sound. Clayoquot is a delicate ecosystem and many do not want to disrupt the already delicate life cycle any more than it already has been.
I sat down with John Caton, Managing Director, of Clayoquot Wilderness Resort to discuss this hot topic and was pleasantly surprised to hear that we stood the same ground: It’s not that fish farms are evil or bad and that wild salmon is good, it’s a matter of open containment farming vs. closed containment farming that is the more important topic. Farms bring employment to communities on so many levels - farmers, scientists, divers, mechanics and so many more and lets not forget the worlds want for this delectable fish. If it weren’t for the farms, our wild salmon might be in the same plight as the worlds shark population! If you haven’t already watched Sharkwater, it’s a must! Although the decline of these species is for different reasons, decline from human hand remains the same.
Some points to note when considering farmed vs. wild salmon is that both fish carry disease that is detrimental to the other. With this alone, does it not make sense to have each fish protected from the other that can harm it? There are a few farms, Marine Harvest, that have caught on to this way of thinking and for that, we salute you!
Until the day comes where true sustainable farming happens with all involved, we will stand by the petitions to help the voice that stands for no more farms. We will help fight the fight for sustainable fishing practices and will always stand behind the fight for wild salmon.