Three years after the first Atlantic salmon harvest taking place at the closed-containment fish farming facility in British Columbia belonging to the Namgis First Nation, members of the tribe and conservationists insist fish must be farmed in this way and not in the sea.
These land aquaculture supporters argue that on the one hand, it is possible to avoid causing a huge environmental footprint and on the other hand, they are convinced that fish farms in the open sea are a real breeding ground for sea lice, Times Colonistreported.
“And when the chum salmon leave the river, they’re just little fish. If they’re attacked by sea lice, they don’t survive,” pointed out Bill Cranmer, one of the hereditary chiefs of the Namgis First Nation.
In his view, fish farms in open water spread viruses and antibiotic resistance, issues that worsen if there are fish escapes.