Ideally, the spacing changes mean that the sea lions may not be able to see the penned salmon, said General Manager Spencer Evans. "If we are really lucky, the sea lions might swim right past the farm and not realise what it is."
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans investigated the sea lion deaths, but subsequently decided to issue the company with a formal warning rather prosecution. The incidents prompted a review of the effectiveness of farm procedures for predator protection. It also bolstered conservationist campaigns to ban and/or farmed salmon production in the province.
BC's Federal Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture's has also reccommended for the entire industry to switch to closed containment systems within five years. The actions have been vehemently opposed by industry, who say it will add substantial costs, destroy BC's $multi-million salmon sector and decimate the livelihoods of coastal communities and many first nations businesses
Currently, BC salmon farms use open-net pens, which environmentalists believe contribute to the spread of disease and sea lice, pollution from fish waste, and escapes.
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