PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

January 14, 2009

Media Watch

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:53 pm

This article, recently published by The Tyee, I thought was of interest to Pender Islanders:

Should You Stop Eating Salmon?

Could be your last (sockeye) meal.

Yes, says a top UBC scientist. ‘Smart shopping’ isn’t saving wild stocks.

By Colleen Kimmett
Published: January 13, 2009

One of the big movers this holiday season was a President’s Choice frozen appetizer: salmon wellingtons, little puff pastries stuffed with Marine Stewardship Council certified wild pacific salmon.

Great to know harried holiday hosts could feel good about what they were serving, right?

Sorry to ruin the party. Although certification programs and awareness campaigns have succeeded in stigmatizing farmed salmon, some say this market-based approach to fisheries management is not only ineffective, but also misguided.

The bottom line, say researchers, is that all salmon species are in decline, with some stocks sinking to unrecoverable levels. The iconic wild animal of the Pacific Northwest is facing total extinction.

Which raises a very hard question here in British Columbia — a question that strikes deep into our economy, our cultural pride, our very identity in this part of the world.

Is it time to stop eating salmon?  …continued.   (To read the entire story, visit Salmon at The Tyee)

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