The farmed fish stocks in B.C. have proven to be a disaster for the wild stocks. As locals will note, the Fraser River was somewhat of an anomally this past season & is an exception to the state of the fisheries along the coast & intercoastalway. Both commercial
& sport fishing
industries, as well as the suppliers to these industries, have suffered greatly. Having lived in Taiwan
, where much fish/crab/shrimp/etc. farming is land-based, and observed the industry as it is operated, I believe that we would be better off in Canada
without in-water pens. Sadly, I believe that the Philippines
is heading toward making the same mistake that B.C. made. I intend to bend every ear I can to the consideration of ensuring that farming in The RP is land-based. Unfortunately, limited capital investment makes in-water farming very attractive to those who place earning a buck over the consideration of environmental damage.