The article below was contributed by Angus Davidson of wildtrouttasmania.com.au in response to a Fish Ticker headline that described the general opposition that Australian anglers have over Canadian Salmon imports. His article expands on the subject and calls for action to prevent the importation of potentially damaging diseases.
We in Australia are faced with the greatest
ecological threat in our short history.
This is a very brief description of the problem, there are many vested interests in Australia that would like to see the issue stay in the trade arena, thereby enhancing their own export potentials. Quite clearly it should NEVER have been an issue of trade but of maintaining the disease free status of this continent. There have been NO studies done into the possible consequences of these diseases affecting our native fish species, and the end game of Whirling Disease, ISA, IHN, IPN, etc, on salmonid species is all too well known.
The decision has been handed down by the WTO
and the wheels are turning. Unless we can stop this madness there WILL be diseased salmon
in this country within a matter of months. If there is anyone who can provide us with
scientific research to support our pending legal actions, the Australian angling community
would be in your debt.