Salmon farms are decimating wild salmon populations, spreading parasites and disease and contributing to the wild salmon’s dangerous decline. Not only that but salmon farms threaten local First Nations communities, who depend on wild salmon as a food source.
It’s no wonder that open-net fish farm operations are banned everywhere on the Pacific coast of North America — except British Columbia.
All this could change very soon. The federal fisheries minister is already looking for different options, and your pressure now could force the Feds to phase out these destructive fish farms completely.
Tell the Federal and B.C. Fisheries Ministers to ban open-net fish farms on the West Coast!
Wild Pacific salmon populations have been in decline for decades, and fish farms are making it worse. For decades, open-net fish farms have been polluting the marine environment and failing to control the spread of piscine orthoreovirus (a super infectious virus found in both farmed and wild salmon), as well as other diseases like sea lice, which attach to young wild salmon on their migration out to sea and threaten their survival.
Despite the well-documented risks associated with open net-cage farms, there are over 100 of them growing farmed salmon along the BC coast, polluting the surrounding water and seabed with waste, chemicals, diseases and parasites. After the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation sued the Federal Government in December, all 17 fish farms in British Columbia's Broughton Archipelago will either be closed or relocated. Fisheries will need to get First Nations communities’ consent to operate within their territory, as well as the approval from Fisheries and Oceans Canada that these operations do not threaten wild Pacific salmon.
With these new developments, now is the time to act and call on the Federal government to completely ban open-net fish farms on the West Coast, and prevent fisheries from exploiting people and the planet for their profit.
We’ve fought and won these battles before. When disgusting footage shot by Tavis Campbell was released, over 26,000 members like you rallied for change. Because of the response, the federal Fisheries minister announced a complete review of the Fisheries Act and put in more protection for wild salmon.
We know that people power has worked to protect wild salmon before and now it's time to come together again and ban fish farms once and for all.
Will you call on the Federal and BC Fisheries Ministers to ban open-net fish farms and protect wild Pacific salmon?