The ‘Namgis land-based salmon farm near Port McNeill will undoubtedly be challenged financially, and its cheerleaders have now proven themselves to be challenged ethically as well.
Let’s get one thing clear before we go on: conventional salmon farmers have been supportive of this project, providing fish, feed, technology and technical expertise. Salmon farmers have been hoping that the ‘Namgis land-based salmon farm wasn’t going to follow the same path that so many similar projects before it have traveled, shutting their doors after quickly being proven to be unviable in only a few harvest cycles.
But this support will end if they keep playing ethically questionable games like the one pulled on Facebook the other day.
This week Jackie Hildering, employee of the ‘Namgis farm, suggested her Facebook followers “provide input” into the proposed federal aquaculture fees for BC salmon farms. The information provided by Ms. Hildering suggests that other salmon farmers (but not the ‘Namgis farm) should be charged much more by government than is proposed in the fees.Jackie’s comments are a pretty blatant attempt to ask for other (perceived) “competitors” be taxed more than her employer. Perhaps other farmers should return the favour and ask that her farm be charged a carbon tax for producing fish at a higher footprint? After all, we all know that the carbon footprint from growing fish on land their entire lives is much higher than conventional ocean farms.
Don’t worry, veteran salmon farmers are too professional to ever stoop to such dubious tactics.