Errors in Letters, Claims Pam Parker


Letters contain inaccuracies
Jan. 13, 2014 - PAM PARKER, Executive Director, Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Assoc.

So many inaccuracies about salmon farming have appeared in letters to the editor following my commentary (ďCanada needs a national aquaculture strategyĒ) on Dec. 28 that I canít fit all the corrections into a 250-word letter. I will correct the most grievous.

The latest Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada report on Atlantic salmon states that the decline of wild salmon is not due to one single cause but several including transportation infrastructure, agriculture, forestry and mining operations, acid rain and municipal waste-water discharge.

Farmed salmon has the lowest feed conversion rate of all popular meats. For every kilogram of feed a farmed salmon eats, it gains almost a kilogram of weight. A cow needs to eat eight kilograms of feed to put on one kilogram of weight; a pig needs to eat three kilograms of feed.

CFIA has been very clear that fish harvested last year near Liverpool did not show signs of illness. All the fish were inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and met all requirements for export to the United States.

Our op-ed was intended to inform readers about the UNís urging that Canada increase our aquaculture productivity, what other countries are doing to meet the challenge and the opportunity for Atlantic Canada. If people want to know the truth about salmon farming, visit one of our farms. Donít rely on the misguided opinions of those who donít know the facts.

Pam Parker
Executive Director
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association