It looks like the waters off BC Coast are polluting the Wildlife. California health officials say about 100 people statewide have contracted Norovirus in the past week after eating raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada. California Department of Health issued a warning Wednesday about the possible risk of illness from consuming oysters harvested in south and central Baynes Sound.
These cases are linked directly to Fish Farming. Canada has reported more than 170 cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to consumption of raw oysters. Officials say the number of new illnesses is declining but the investigation is ongoing. Four oyster farms in British Columbia’s Baynes Sound that were linked to illnesses remain closed. Norovirus is contagious and causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
What is Norovirus
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults.
A new study has shown that dogs may be capable of becoming infected with the human norovirus. Also known as the common stomach flu. The finding raises the possibility of human-to-dog transmission of the virus. The most disturbing is it could be added to the list of known Zoonotic illnesses, or diseases transmitted from animals to humans.
What is Zoonotic
Zoonotic is a term of a disease that is passed from an animal to a human. Some of the worst diseases ever to hit our planet have all come from animals. Are we on the verge of a new disease that just might be unstoppable, Maybe.
- Lassa fever
- Lyme disease
- typhus and
- West Nile fever
and now the Norovirus could be added to the list.
Fish Farms are polluting the Oceans
This just might be the shocking evidence needed that unconstrained Fish Farms need to be contained. We all need food but at what price. Oyster farms seem to be the cause of this particular outbreak but it could very well be the Canary in the Coal Mine. Bottom feeders such as Clams and Oysters are the first Ocean creatures to affected by pollution. They filter the water for food acting like a sponge, soaking up the toxic elements which stays in their system.
The alarming thing about an animal to human virus is sometimes their is no cure. The Norovirus although not a lethal virus like Aids could be forecasting something more sinister. What would happen if a new and lethal virus develops and spreads across our Oceans Wildlife populations. Most of the people on coastal areas around the world depend on the Oceans for food. I am not an alarmist but the possibilities from a scientific view are there.
Spread of Disease & Antibiotic Use
Because farmed fish are raised on unnatural diets and in small enclosures they often breed disease, which can pass to wild populations. This is becoming an increasingly big problem, as are the solutions often used for these diseases. Some aquaculture productions rely on prophylactic antibiotics to prevent infections. The use of antibiotics can cause drug resistant bacteria to develop which can spread to wild populations.
If a new and potentially lethal virus develops from Fish Farming there might be no cure. As the present Fish Farms are being constantly fed with anti antibiotics they become resistant to the effects. This could lead to a new mutated virus that our known antibiotics would have no effect. A runaway disease that could be much more lethal than West Nile or Aids that could spread across the Planet.
What’s the Answer
A simple solution to this problem would be to remove them from the Oceans and place them on land.
Are land-based fish farms a financially viable option?
A giant hot tub, all bubbling water and underwater pot lights, hundreds of Atlantic salmon swim in a never-ending circle.
As long as your arm, the fish move elegantly, around and around and around.
The Namgis First Nation created Kuterra, the facility where the fish are raised just south of Port McNeill, as a place to experiment with land-based possibilities — the Model A of closed-containment fish farming.
Although an experimental facility the Namgis proved it could be done. As an innovation experiment, the farm has been a success. Kuterra has proven Atlantic salmon can be raised on land. Three years after its first harvest, Kuterra says it’s operating with a “modest profit.”
At what Cost
Even if land-based aquaculture takes off, coastal Vancouver Island and British Columbia might have something to lose, the industry itself. Companies could move farms closer to markets or to places with lower labor costs. This just might be the reason there is no action being taken to develop large land based Fish Farms.
Some assume a salmon raised in a contained pen would be less healthy, but that’s not the case. It is protected from sea lice, jellyfish pathogens and diseases, meaning it can be raised organically and without antibiotics.
I find it quite amusing that the government of BC is so anti pipeline with the oil from Alberta and yet shuts it’s eyes when it comes to Fish Farms. Could it be the millions of tax dollars the government is reaping from the industry. Like any new venture the land based fish farms would take years to introduce or worse take away these millions from the government coffers.
What Hippocrates the BC leaders are. Who cares if there is an oil spill if all the BC Wildlife are desecrated by Fish Farms. There will be no Wildlife left for the oil to kill. We all need food. Corn, Chicken and Beef are all farmed in safe and environmentally safe ways. Now we can do the same with food from the Sea.