The third piece to emerge from my shared journey to the west coast of Vancouver Island:
If any of my images could be representative of all of the encounters that we experienced during the journey, this one is it.
The piece originated with another comment by our captain. While on the water we saw a boat in the distance. It’s a seiner, he told us. They’ve started showing up in our area recently. They use nets to scoop up the small feeder fish that juvenile wild salmon feed on. Then they crush the feeder fish into pellets that are sold as food for farmed fish.
To be blunt: if we continue to plunder our waters like we are doing, there will be no food left for either salmon or for humans. Our nets will be empty nets.
Is this really our choice?