Research & Reports: 2004

2004, December – Diminishing Returns.
Raincoast Conservation Society’s new report, Diminishing Returns, is an investigation into the five multinational corporations that control British Columbia’s salmon farming industry. Diminishing Returns takes an in-depth look at drug use, disease outbreaks, financial woes, and the global track records of the biggest players in the industry. The report was produced for the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform.

2004, November 18 – Simon Fraser University Convenors Report: Scientists Roundtable on Sea Lice and Salmon in the Broughton Archipelago Area of British Columbia. Part of the Speaking for the Salmon Dialogue Series that includes sections on recommended research and future management.

2004, April – Sea Lice and Salmon: Elevating the dialogue on the farmed-wild salmon story.
This Watershed Watch report provides overviews of aquaculture, the biology and ecology of sea lice, links between sea lice and salmon farms, the Broughton Archipelago pink salmon collapse, current sea-lice treatments, roles of governments, the people involved, and the merits of conserving the biodiversity of wild salmon. And it does so with a science underpinning and easy-to-read language.

2004, March – Sea lice infection rates on juvenile pink and chum salmon in the nearshore marine environment of British Columbia, Canada. Published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Vol. 61: 147-157).
This study compared sea lice infestation rates on juvenile pink and chum salmon in five nearshore areas of the British Columbia coast selected on the basis of proximity to salmon farms. The authors: Alexandra Morton, Richard Routledge, Corey Peet, and Aleria Ladwig conducted a 10-week study in the Broughton Archipelago that found sea lice were 8.8 times more abundant on wild fish near farms holding adult salmon and 5.0 times more abundant on wild fish near farms holding smolts than in areas distant from salmon farms.

2004 – Regulating Salmon Aquaculture in BC: A Report Card.
This colourful 75 page report by the Georgia Strait Alliance, includes a complete 22 page report summary, numerous revealing photographs, detailed assessments, tables and references. The 1.4 meg PDF file has internal linking for easy navigation.