A second humpback whale has died off the west coast of Vancouver Island after becoming tangled in salmon farm nets.
The young whale reportedly drowned in Nootka Sound after becoming trapped between the outer predator and the inner fish farm net of Greig Seafood’s Norweigan farm.
It is the second time a whale has died near a salmon farm in two weeks: the first whale was found dead near an empty facility in Bella Bella.
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Both whales suffocated after getting tangled up in farming equipment.
Biologist Alexandra Morton says the problem could get worse.
“I just think this is going to increase as the number of whales and the number of farms increase and Canadians are going to have to decide if it’s OK for these companies to be killing whales, every couple of weeks.”
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Morton is urging the government to consider moving salmon farms on land, a costly proposition, but one she says is essential.
“What they’re getting wrong is that this industry doesn’t belong in the water. It’s damaging so many parts of the B.C. coast. The salmon, the herring. Coastal communities are in uproar about it. First Nations are now saying they don’t want it in their territory and some of them have been saying that for close to thirty years.”
Fish farm industry leaders plan to meet with experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada next month to discuss the recent entanglements.