New underwater video shot by researchers working with salmon biologist Alexandra Morton reveals in graphic detail the waste from a number of salmon farms covering the ocean floor beneath them.
According to a press release today from Morton’s group Salmon Are Sacred, “Jody Eriksson, who collected the waste samples and filmed under the farms, said: ‘It’s a wasteland down under the farms. We were shocked: piles of faeces, rotting feed, bacterial mats and bubbling gases’ a bottom smothered by waste. This is out of sight damage must be exposed!’
All video from Alexandra Morton’s Vimeo page.
Video# 1: In the Broughton Archipelago, under a Marine Harvest salmon
farm. The bubbles are methane. The waste is heaped in mounds devoid of
life other than bacteria. This was once a productive crab ground. The
Norwegian company just moved its livestock to another site and are
carrying on business as usual. The federal government gave this site a
licence to operate despite this obvious pollution, the province who is
supposed to be managing our seafloor has done nothing.
Video #2: Bacteria growing under a Marine Harvest farm in the Broughton Archipelago. The white is bacteria called Beggiatoa. It grows in the sulfur-loaded
environments associated with sewage, in this case tons of fish manure
under Marine Harvest’s feedlot. This was once rich crabbing grounds.
Marine Harvest just moved their livestock to another place in Broughton.
Apparently this is OK with the federal government because they just
issued a licence to continue dumping here.
Video #3: Healthy Glass Reef-Building Sponge, not affected by salmon farm waste. This is what these sponges should look like. Scroll down to next video to see dead sponges under a salmon farm.
Video #4: Dead Reef-Building Glass Sponges Under Salmon Farm. Reef-building sponges are extremely slow growing and remarkable fish
habitat in BC. The damage from this Cermaq/Mainstream salmon feedlot – owned largely by the
Norwegian government – will take hundreds of years to heal if ever.
Video #5: Approaching a mound of salmon farm waste.