Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Wild pacific salmon are struggling off the coast of British Columbia. Calls for a cull of B.C.'s resident seal and sea lion populations, positing the idea that predator control is the best way to manage declining salmon numbers, paint these pinnipeds as a scapegoat for the real threat to salmon survival; the human factors. We're talking about Atlantic salmon fish farms in Pacific waters. Herring fisheries. Climate change. Over fishing. Pollution. Loss of habitat from dam construction - which is a biggie. Industrial development. And, if this proposed seal hunt goes ahead, we can add it to the list of human factors upsetting the balance of an ecosystem that would otherwise be able to take care of itself. The bottom line here is that there's no science to support this move. Salmon only make up a fraction of the diet of these marine mammals. Let's not let emotion and political sleight of hand get in the way of sound decision-making. If we want to create lasting change, we have to start with our own choices.

Comments

  • nancyglassmanartist12 days ago

    We have the same kind of thing in the U.S. Solidarity across artificial borders.

  • johnklarer13 days ago

    Please educate and inform our decision makers with a call out to your followers, individually we are all responsible in our daily choices, collectively we can counter balance the call to cull our sea lions or any other species.

  • vickeryjane13 days ago

    Meanwhile humans are drowning in a ‘sea of plenty’ - dying from over- consumption. Victims of our own insatiable greed. When will we collectively take responsibility for the damage we have inflicted on our natural world.

  • whyi_am13 days ago

    😢 how do we make the decision makers listen? I‘ve signed every petition that‘s out there and written emails and even posts... This is so frustrating when they won‘t listen to people in the know and base their decisions on well grounded science! Argh!

  • divasharma9813 days ago

    What can we do to help? Some platforms to help facilitate this change are instrumental for collective action!

  • pura_vida_obie13 days ago

    How do we stop such ignorance? Thank you for all you do to turn the tide.

  • designrman14 days ago

    Humans are the ones depleting the salmon because of all our numbers, yet it is always blamed on other innocents. We are a shameful species.

  • iaviajes14 days ago

    😍😍😘😘😘

  • april_1101114 days ago

    Just blame it on wildlife. Yah that’s easy.

  • tkushnir14 days ago

    How can we educate the public quickly about this? I tell as many as I can but we need to reach the masses in commercials or a way that can’t ignore. Please in The U.S. too. We are in so much trouble with our Government. Ugh

  • bearnfrognwhale14 days ago

    Agreed, however there is a massive demand for pinniped meat and penis bones in China. This means $$ and as we know, lately money talks and the ocean walks.

  • lisasiebs14 days ago

    We just need more people to care about the environment....not enough people get involved! There feels like there's this gap between people like me who care and do what they can, to people who can actually make a difference! We need a bigger bridge!

  • srhueee14 days ago

    I still have faith that there will be more people wanting to fight & protect our environment! Just a quote from an ethical consumer:"if u don't watch what u eat,use and wear, why would u be bothered to know the source of origin"

  • ulrike_hauk201814 days ago

    Fantastic photo and amazing comment ❣️👍👍👍👍🙋‍♀️