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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: Dec. 16 2007,10:43

Mmmmm... scrumptious looking pink salmon (or is it?)

I'll never forget when my dear daughter Phoebe prevailed upon me for a pet rabbit.  I loved and love her dearly, bless her sweet soul, but you all know who ended up takin care of the floppy eared bunny...

Pellets in, pellets out.  LOTS of pellets.

Seems like it's the same for salmon.  

Newcomers to Patagonia can't even make it out of the airport here without encountering a stunning view of sparkling Lake Llanquihue, with the snow-peaked cone of Osorno volcano rising in the background.

It's a photograph hanging in the terminal, and the buoys pictured floating in the water give away its intent: it's an ad for commercial salmon farming, which has become the economic backbone of Patagonia's lakes region.

"The irony is that the same thing that caused the salmon producers to come here in the first place the pristine quality of the lakes is now being lost because of the production of salmon," said Jorge Leon-Munoz, who co-wrote a World Wildlife Fund report detailing some of the industry's effects on the environment."

The organic input and output of fish farming is truly massive.  Like the sugar industry pumping hundreds of tons of phosphates into the Everglades, Flamingo and west coast.  Enough to kill - yes, kill - the enviroment.

And if your salmon appears temptingly pink, yup, they're colored that way.  Bon Appetit!


Tight lines,
Capn Jimbo

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