This isn’t the first time the salmon farming industry killed hundreds of thousands of herring. In 2012, two salmon farms were diagnosed with a disease known as Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) and had to cull their farm fish. When they did this, over 400,000 herring were also killed. The kicker was Mainstream, the company responsible, received taxpayer-funded compensation to the tune of more than $4 million.
It’s clear factory fish farms have had years to solve these problems, but they still appear to operate with total disregard for our coastal waters and wild fish. To top it off, they face no penalties.
This continues while the prime minister’s promise to remove open net-pen salmon farms from our coastal waters languishes. The federal government delayed delivery of a transition plan promised last summer, with no future date for its release.