Anyone seen 9 million missing Sockeye salmon?
It seems that 90% of the Fraser River’s sockeye have vanished in a single season, with locals completely mystified as to the cause.
Salmon farms and their sea lice infestations are among the explanations – but no one suspected an issue until the meager return.
Alexandra Morton, who several years ago correctly predicted a collapse of pink salmon runs in the Broughton Archipelago because of sea lice infestations, in March warned the same thing could happen to Fraser sockeye.
If true, then farming operations will take on the aspect of the Exxon Valdez, sinister – responsible for an ecological disaster of enormous magnitude.
It’s much too soon to point fingers, but an international summit is being called with the US and Canadian governments to hash out issues and identify potential causes (if any).
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