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Old 05-31-2011, 04:41 AM
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Default Canada loses moral high ground on salmon conservation

Canada has lost the moral high ground when it comes to salmon conservation by continuing to allow the killing of too many adult salmon in its own waters, the head of the Atlantic Salmon Federation says.

Salmon scientists from around the world have urged countries like Canada and Greenland to stop slaughtering large salmon, ASF president Bill Taylor says, "yet it's been escalating year after year."

Large salmon are those that return to their natal rivers year after year to spawn and thus are the key to the species' future. Canada has taken a lead role over the past decades in urging other countries to shut down or temper commercial salmon fisheries, which those countries have generally done. Now fishermen in those countries are pointing their fingers back at Canada's paying lip service to the issue of salmon conservation, in particular large salmon.

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