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IWMC eNews J?une/July eNewsletter

IWMC eNews J?une/July eNewsletter

J?une/July eNewsletter 

Aquaculture is a global necessity; facilitating its
expansion is imperative.

By Ken Sumanik, MSc. Zoology

Salmon: Wild or Farmed? The World Food Organization (WFO) continues with warnings of ever decreasing global fish stocks but is confident that fish farming (aquaculture) will offset the losses. This will require a 40% increase over present production and maintaining it in relation to increasing human populations. The most common fish that are farmed: Carp, Tilapia and Atlantic Salmon.


According to the WWF, salmon aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, accounting for 70% (2.5 million metric tones) of the market. Typically meddlesome, the WWF contends on, ??leading the way to ensure that the key environmental impacts associated with open-pen salmon farming are significantly and measurably reduced?. Not to be outdone, the Canadian Federal Government proposes getting rid of them altogether in British Columbia, contending that BC salmon farms pose a threat to migrating stocks of Fraser River sockeye and regional pink salmon. During their migrations, these species travel near enough to the penned fish, and possibly become infected with parasitic copepods, Lepeopherius salmonis that exist on some the penned fish. Infections are considered a threat to survival.

State of Emergency for
Atlantic Whales

By Jim Lovgren A retired commercial fisherman, and ex-fishery manager

The National Resources Defense Council [NRDC] in a press release has declared a state of emergency for Atlantic Whales. Here are some excerpts from a piece written by Francine Kershaw, NRDC??s leading east coast Marine mammal expert. ??Something is happening off our Atlantic coast. Unprecedented numbers of great Whales are washing up dead on our shores.? After a paragraph noting the recent Whale strandings and The National Marine Fishery Service announcement of three different unusual mortality events {UME] in the past year, the release states, ??The North Atlantic Right Whale has suffered serious losses since 2010. Scientists recently estimated that, at this rate of decline, they may become functionally extinct in less than twenty years, [meaning there would be no individuals capable of reproducing left in the population]. The loss of a young female therefore represents a particularly devastating blow.?


The Project 475,465 km2

This is the area of marine park that Australia plans to create remote islands off its southeast coast. The protected area, as large as Spain, will be "completely closed to fishing, mining and other extractive activities". (IWMC English translation) (Source: on Monday, 5 June 2023)

Fisheries minister "on the warpath"... 
... to close down fishery, says First Nations leader. View on YouTube...

Threatened or Endangered Wildlife, 90-day petition finding? Visit web site...

A food supply for Killer whales (Orcas) and other pinnipeds is more important than for humans. This behaviour exists in the countries, for the same reason; the species may be different but the people are the same. Visit web site...

Lobster vs Whales Visit web site...

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