A bit off topic for technology but on topic for life in general 🙂
Just finished watching a quick slideshow from a very active activist for keeping our salmon wild instead of farmed and thought I would pass it on. Here on the west coast of Canada we are constantly fighting the farmed fish businesses to be more careful with the sheer amount of antibiotics/disease/waste runoff, or to just plain get off our coast. These companies are belligerent bullies that don’t care what they are doing to our environment and our wild salmon because they don’t live here. They are primarily from Norway from what I understand.
This year saw record amounts of wild salmon coming back, there are pictures and videos of it all over the internet and it’s literally an amazing spectacle. Here’s one:
The unfortunate thing is that as long as business continues as usual we’ll probably never see it again. With the immense amount of illnesses coming out of the fish farms that our wild salmon have to pass by, they end up reducing the runs to very small amounts and in turn we have salmon fisherman that only get to get out once a year (legally) for pretty much just a few hours!
I’ve actually personally spent some time with one of these fisherman last year when I was over sailing in our Gulf Islands and it was tough listening to the changes they have seen over time. This is all they’ve known and now there’s nothing to do. I’ve got a lot of thoughts on it all but he summed it up for me well by saying that the farmed fish just don’t sell anywhere in the Gulf Islands because everybody knows the destruction they cause, and in fact they are losing a lot of money and have to be propped up by the government. What kind of business is that? I also make a point to never buy farmed salmon if I can and when I got into a sushi restaurant around here I always ask them if they are serving farmed or wild. Unfortunately a large portion of them are serving farmed with the wild as an option that costs more.. Typical business as usual in my mind. There are some that laughed at me though and said they would never serve farmed, that’s the kind of restaurant I like to visit.
Either way, if you’re interested in the environment then this is one cause to follow closely, it affects us all. Alexandra Morton is hero in my mind, much more than the crap that we sensationalize on TV with shows that make people who do nothing for society seem so amazing when they aren’t. Follow along too at salmonaresacred.org or wildsalmonpeople.ca
There’s my political/activist post for the month I think 🙂