http://www.canada.com/statistics+show+s ... story.htmlBritish Columbia's recreational fishery is worth as much to the provincial economy as commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing combined, according to a new report from BC Stats.
http://www.catchsalmonbc.com/?p=522Employment in all aquaculture types is 1,700 positions or 12.2% of the fishing sector total of 13,900, while sport fishing is a whopping 8,400 positions for 60.4% of the entire sector. We deserve our tax dollars spent on what we want and that is wild salmon. (No doubt commercial guys would agree). In terms of wages and salaries, sport fishing pays out big, too, at $218.9 – over 57% of the entire sector. It is only $55.7 for all of aquaculture – 14.5%.
There are two or three installations of this type very low in the estuary, all in arms of the main stem of the Columbia, set up to establish "terminal" fisheries, both sport and commercial, on non-threatened populations of salmon, primarily Chinook, I believe. They in no way resemble the massive fishfarm operations I have seen in BC. Fish are released as smolts, in sync with the migration of smolts from same-species salmon.Oregon has no finfish farms in saltwater due to unsuitable geography, although Oregon does use net pens around the mouth of the Columbia River for conditioning hatchery-raised fish prior to release.