Re: Video - "Salmon Confidential"

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Posted by Phil Ewanicki on 2013-03-18 21:37:28 in reply to Re: Video - "Salmon Confidential" posted by jdub on 2013-03-18 12:38:50

The greatest decrease in Pacific and Atlantic salmon populations occurred before there were any salmon farms. Like salmon, shad are anadromous fish. There are no shad farms. Shad populations have plummeted on the east coast and they continue to decline.
I'm not a salmon farm apologist. I believe in prioritizing problems. The biggest contributors to the decline in wild salmon population have been dams, agricultural pollution, industrial pollution, metropolitan pollution, irrigation, and thermal pollution. Next to these factors the damage done by salmon farms amounts to diddly. Since fly anglers don't depend upon salmon farms or use their products but do enjoy the benefits of the other factors listed above the fish farms make for a clean conscience and a good scapegoat.
BTW: If you think hatchery fish are genetically inferior and have survival instincts bred out of them you should fish the Beaverkill or the West Branch in June and show those dumb hatchery browns your stuff.

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