Sadly, it has to be pointed out that the interbreeding and thus changing genetics of wild populations of Atlantic salmon has been found in 17 of 18 studied rivers in New Foundland - 94%
The escapees are from the 750,000 farmed fish that have escaped from fish farms over the years.
This has been confirmed by DFO, the government body that is in a conflict of interest of protecting wild salmon stocks while at the same time promoting farmed salmon.
You can read the full account at the Atlantic Salmon Foundation's site, of at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/farmed-salmon-mating-with-wild-in-nl-dfo-study-1.3770864.
Here in BC, the same thing is happening: DFO in a conflict of interest. Canadians just want the government to simply put fish farms on land and solve the problem.
Meanwhile the biggest salmon farm operation in Atlantic Canada features Grieg Seafood wanting to put 11 farms, 7 million fish, in Placentia Bay. This does not make sense.
It is time to say once and for all that all science does is waste time. Fish farms call for it, and get a free ride while it is being carried out and then say more science is needed because it was not definitive, and so it is an endless cycle.
You can go to my post on the disease in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/08/key-document-fish-farm-diseases-in-bc.html.
And go see this video that was taken at a random farm in a random pen in BC: http://fishfarmnews.blogspot.ca/2016/09/marine-harvest-diseases-wild-herring.html. These are obviously diseased farmed fish. A reasonable person would conclude that if you can find such obvious disease in a randomly picked farm that disease must be endemic in BC fish farms.
Canadians do not want farmed fish killing wild salmon. There are 100,000 pages of science out there on the environmental damage caused by in-ocean fish farms. We don't need anymore science. We just need fish farms on land.
Google: fish farm environmental damage, and you will be reading all day, and into the night: https://www.google.ca/search?q=fish+farm+environmental+damage&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=hRnkV-j_CNeqjwOP4YTwAw.
Just in: Lawyer Owen Myers is taking the Grieg, NL, project to court: http://asf.ca/greig-aquaculture-taking-advantage-of-weak-regulations-says.html.
From the Atlantic Salmon post:
"Myers says beyond the legal reasons to file with the Supreme Court,
there are a host of other reasons why the project should be halted.
says there are so many obvious problems with the project he doesn't
understand how it could have happened in the first place. The sterilized
fish are already a problem in Norway and while Norway has strict
regulations for sea-lice this province has none.
The date for the Supreme Court to hear Myers application is set for January 20.
says it's pretty black and white. He says the Norwegian company sees
the province as some sort of "banana republic" they can take advantage
of and the government doesn't care as long as a few jobs are created and
they get reelected."