Canadian Indians Challenge Fish Farms in Court
"Clams, prawns, crabs, salmon — we had it all at our fingertips," he recalled. In his view, the culprits are close at hand. "It's all being depleted because of all the algae, the sea lice and the contamination the fish farms are putting in our territory."
It is a common refrain: that the 30 or so salmon farms that float on the bays of the sprawling Broughton Archipelago to the north of Vancouver Island are responsible for every possible pestilence. The farms consist of giant cages that float in the open water and hold large quantities of fish. Their denseness allows disease to spread, and, according to the native people, pollutes nearby waters where other fish swim.