WhereWiseMenFish – Causes – Help Protect Our Sport, The Environment, The Fish!!!
Picture courtesy of Mark Wengler - Author of Pool 32 and ardent supporter of Causes
Over the last decade at WhereWiseMenFish we have had the chance to fish and promote some of the most remarkable and exotic game-fishing locations on the planet. Salmon, Tarpon, Mahseer, Bonefish, Steelhead, Sea-Trout… One thing above all that has struck me on my travels is quite how far one has to go to seek out the best, wildest and most pristine fishing environments. But even in the furthest flung corners of the globe, on the remotest tracts of land and water, signs of decline are increasingly evident.
The bitter truth is that the reason one has to travel so far from our native waters is that typically these have declined or in extreme cases have been decimated beyond recovery. It is now almost unimaginable to think that Atlantic Salmon were once as prolific in almost all European waterways as are Pacific Salmon in Alaska. Some of this can be attributable to an expanding population and human advancement but in other areas the age-old culprit is simply human greed. Localised profit regardless of economic or cultural impact.
It is hoped that this page will be used to draw awareness to some of the key issues that, unless they are addressed, will result in the further destruction of once prolific fishing areas and in some cases the potential loss of a run, population or even an entire species of fish!
If you would like a cause highlighted WhereWiseMenFish will welcome any contributions to this page.
Salmon Confidential - The Canadian Government cover up threatening runs of wild salmon, the collapse of an eco-syestem and endangering the human food chain
Salmon Confidential is a fascinating documentary that draws back the curtain to reveal how the Canadian government is covering up the cause behind British Columbia’s rapidly dwindling wild salmon population. A summary of the film reads:
"When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon."
Petition to Stop Renewal of Fish Farm Licenses in British Columbia
The reasons behind this petition are simple in that the highly infectious ISA VIRUS (Infectious Salmon Anemia), increasingly prevalent in salmon fish farms is at risk of creating an endemic amongst populations of wild fish in our oceans. ISA was first detected in Norwegian farmed Atlantic Salmon in 1984. Since then it has spread to New Brunswick in Canada, Scotland, Skye, Newfoundland, Labrador and Chile and British Columbia. There is a chance to apprehend the development of this virus before it emerges in a truly catastrophic form amidst populations of wild fish.
Alexandra Morton-Update - Follow This issue in more depth
View Petition –Sign in to help fight the spread of ISA to wild Fish
Ireland - No Salmon Farms at Sea Petition
New plans are being proposed for circular salmon net pens at Inis Oírr in Galway Bay, Ireland. This will make it the biggest in operation in Europe! Anglers and Angling Clubs voluntarily spend thousands of man-hours every year as well as millions of euros trying to enhance our rivers and improve runs of wild salmon. These runs of salmon provide employment to rural areas and much needed revenue to struggling local economies. On balance between the two industries, any employment created by Salmon Farms is cancelled out by the negative impact that they have on our environment.
Salmon Farming is a highly polluting industry and we feel a need to halt this before our wild salmon stocks are decimated to the point of extinction!
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