30,000 farmed salmon escape off B.C. coast, endangering wild stocks
Some 30,000 farmed Atlantic salmon have escaped from their pen off the coast of British Columbia into the Pacific Ocean. Farmed salmon can harm wild salmon stocks — which are already declining on the west coast — by competing with them for food as well as spreading disease. In this case, the escaped salmon are also a different species which is not native to the area. A spokesperson for the company that owns the fish farm explains what happened. “One of the anchor lines … apparently slipped to a low spot on the ocean floor and in so doing pulled down the corner of the cage so much the fish were able to swim out.” However, in the fish-farm equivalent of making lemons into lemonade, the farm’s spokesdude emphasized the tastiness of the escaped fish if anglers are lucky enough to catch one. “[Anglers] should keep the fish, clean it, and bake in a 400-degree oven with a ginger and green-onion garnish. Then serve with fresh lemon slices,” he said. Mmm, tastes like freedom.