When Vancouver Island resident Laurie Gourlay spoke about the Salish Sea he became animated. The passion for this beautiful body of water and it’s greater watershed flowed out of Laurie like freshwater to the sea. He was a tireless advocate for the waterways of coastal B.C. and through his organization—the Salish Sea Trust—he worked hard to protect them. He spearheaded a campaign to have the Salish Sea designated as a @unesco World Heritage Site, and @Sea_Legacy was proud to throw our support behind him.
Let’s further Laurie’s incredible legacy. Let’s do it together. Rest In Peace, Laurie Gourlay.
Photo by @simonagerphotography // A single fish farm often holds up to one million Atlantic salmon in close confinement. In these conditions, disease can sweep through a farm with devastating effect, killing thousands of fish. To try and combat outbreaks, the fish are given feed pellets loaded with antibiotic’s. Those who don’t survive are vacuumed from the depths of the pens. The diseased corpses are moved to mortuary totes to decompose, then shipped off and mixed with tree bark from the logging industry. This is turned into compost for sale at your local garden centre. Would you want to consume vegetables grown in toxic soil? Maybe you already have. #turningthetide@bcndp@justinpjtrudeau@johnhorgan4bc
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Salmon farming has become a human rights issue in British Columbia, Canada. Indigenous people have asked the industry to leave their territories for the past 30 years. Some of them are now occupying the farms because they no longer have enough wild salmon in their rivers to provide food for the winter. Norwegian fish farming companies Marine Harvest and Cermaq have ignored them, and continue to ignore them.
The current occupation of Midsummer Island fish farm by members of the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw lasted almost 80 days, and was ordered to an end by the Supreme Court in Vancouver yesterday. Marine Harvest will be allowed to restock the farm with more diseased salmon smolts and continue decimating the marine eco-system of this coast. The occupation of Swanson Island by the Namgis Nation remains at this time. #turningthetide#getsalmonfarmsout@justinpjtrudeau@johnhorgan4bc@bcndp
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Bathing in an open-water soup of antibiotic drugs and diseased fish faeces, wild fish suffer the spill off from Atlantic salmon farms in B.C. waters. Antibiotic use is escalating in salmon farms, which means the drugs are entering the marine environment, infiltrating the food chain in wild herring and other species. They are attracted to the tons of oily feed in the open-net pens.
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Sea lice occur naturally but, in the natural world, salmon cannot become attacked until they are mature enough to withstand infection through a protective coat of scales. Salmon farms force millions of salmon to swim in circles, giving the lice the opportunity to reproduce rapidly. Eventually the lice overwhelm young salmon, and eat them to death.
The salmon farms are located on B.C.’s wild salmon migration paths. A recent collection of young wild salmon near a fish farm confirmed that almost 80% had been infected with sea lice before they can naturally build defences. These young fish won’t survive migration to the ocean and maturity.
Photo by John and Jane Doe // Deformities, viruses and toxic algae blooms—these are some of the results of fish farming in open-net ocean pens. This salmon—which is legally labelled “organic”—ends up on the plates of people who want cheap salmon: customers at high-volume retailers like Costco and Walmart, all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants, etc. 40% of it ends up in Los Angeles, #California .
There is irrefutable evidence that open-net fish farming destroys wild fish stocks and pollutes coastal marine environments, affecting the entire food chain. It’s time to get open-net fish farms out of British Columbia waters. They are operating without permissionin the territories of the indigenous Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx and Namgis First Nations peoples. Please click the link in my bio to add your voice. ⠀
#GetSalmonFarmsOut | #TurningTheTide | @justinpjtrudeau | @DLeBlancNB | @BCNDP | @JohnHorgan4BC
This is an image taken in an Atlantic salmon open-net fish farm.
Canada’s Provincial and Federal Governments have a duty to protect the coastal ecosystems that sustain other industries like sports fishing, commercial salmon fishing, wilderness tourism and the livelihoods of First Nations communities. Open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago are operating on indigenous First Nations territory against their wishes. Canada has an opportunity, and obligation, to become a global leader in aquaculture. Getting fish farms out of the water is a crucial first step.⠀
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It’s #PolarBearWeek . We obviously have a soft spot for these wild and free apex predators. We’ve seen both the beauty and the tragedy of polar bears, and are dedicated to showing both sides in order to provoke conversation about how we can best be stewards for these majestic animals. Photo: @paulnicklen#turningthetide
Photo: @andy_mann // This is the largest Oceanic Whitetip Shark I’ve seen in 3 years of working with scientists in Cat Island. Each visit here we are better understanding the movements of this magnificent shark. Here @cainedelacy freedives down as she hams it up for the camera. What an honor! Eastern Atlantic Oceanic Whitetips are critically endangered and seeing one of this size and full of pups is a beacon of hope.
Photo by @daisygilardini // Please welcome Daisy Gilardini as the newest member of The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy ’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. Like us, Daisy has a soft spot for bears. Follow along with us as we continue #TurningTheTide for polar bears and all the other animals that rely on a healthy ecosystem for survival. Welcome to The Collective, @daisygilardini.
Video: @andy_mann // When @paulnicklen has an idea he becomes completely consumed with it. So after he spotted a beautiful large sponge on a sunset dive, he came up to the surface, gathered the team and explained his idea, which was basically: "We come back after dark, before the storm hits and follow me down to 100 feet. We'll light the sponge from above, simulating the moon and wait for sharks and groupers to come in." 👍🏼 Obviously we were all-in and didn't have to wait long as the sharks arrived upon entry. The 20 minutes that proceeded was a beautifully lit show of how a healthy Caribbean reef looks at night. The memory is still more like a dream and a reality. I can't wait to see his footage! Meanwhile, enjoy this short behind-the-scenes clip. #teamwork#turningthetide with @sea_legacy@cristinamittermeier@paulnicklen@iankellett_story@mdalio@samkretch / music @davisharwellmusic