The numbers show otherwise

Published on June 17, 2014

Dear Editor: I’m writing to correct the grossly inaccurate information provided to your newspaper by Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Among the many unsubstantiated assertions Mr. Taylor made about salmon farming, one in particular cannot go unchallenged. He claimed that 750,000 farmed salmon have escaped from net pens in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past 10 years.

This is simply not true.

In fact, Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture report escapes of 21,600 salmon, 88,878 trout and 69,827 char over the past 10 years.

The salmon escapes represent less than one per cent of the total number of salmon in the water at any one time.

Mr. Taylor did not cite any source for his inaccurate number, yet unfortunately, it was published nonetheless.

Miranda Pryor, executive director, Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association