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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Supes promote wild salmon Supes promote wild salmon (June 16, 2004)

When people buy fresh wild salmon from Pietro Parravano at the Menlo Park Farmer's Market, they are not only eating fish caught in ways that are good for the environment, they have the blessing of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

On June 8, the supervisors unanimously passed a resolution urging local merchants, restaurants and consumers to buy and sell old-fashioned wild salmon caught on hooks, rather than salmon raised on farms, many from overseas.

"There is a big difference between salmon that is farmed and caught wild," said Supervisor Rich Gordon. "This is important to our own fishing industry."

Besides undercutting local fisheries, salmon farming leads to pollution, escape of farmed fish into the wild, and the spread of disease and antibiotics, the resolution said.

Buying wild fish goes a long way toward connecting people with the source of their food, said Mr. Parravano. "It goes a long way toward protecting the environment, jobs, and the viability of the fishing industry."

In the same meeting the supervisors adopted three other resolutions. It proclaimed June 8 as World Oceans Day; June 14 to 20 as Fatherhood Awareness Week; and June 4 to 12 as Affordable Housing Week.

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