B.C. salmon farmers: Bycatch close to zero
Latest figures released by BC’s salmon farms regarding incidental catch of wild fish show operators are very near their goal of eliminating these interactions completely, a new release from them stated yesterday.
The amount of bycatch from BC’s salmon farms represented less than 0.001 per cent of the industry’s harvest in quarter two of 2011, according to numbers released by the BC Salmon Farmers Association.
That number includes all incidental catch that died during harvests in 2011.
When including any bycatch that was caught and live released, the percentage reaches 0.02 per cent.
“Our farmers have implemented important practices to minimize the amount of incidental catch that happens during harvest,” said Mary Ellen Walling. “These numbers really show how small that interaction has become as a result of changes that safely separate wild fish from farm stock during handling events.”