Salmon Farms Out Now
There’s still time--and the need--to take action!
While we are all grateful that Minister Murray has decided to protect wild salmon from salmon farms in the Discovery Islands, the plain fact is that there are still about 90 farm tenures on the Provincial books, about 80 of which continue to hold federal aquaculture licences. All of those farms impact stocks of wild Pacific salmon.
You know the Government of Canada promised in 2019 they would transition all open-net pen salmon farms from B.C. waters and that they set 2025 as their deadline. Here we are in 2023 and they’re just getting around to the plan. I know, you’ve probably sent a dozen or more letters about salmon farming over time, but here’s the real kicker: the plan isn’t aiming to remove open-net pens. It’s still in development, and it looks like industry has managed to twist this transition to their advantage: longer licenses, increased production so long as they ‘progressively reduce interactions with wild salmon’.
This is not what we were promised. The government needs to receive a clear message that ocean-based salmon farms are not supported.
You can write a letter with one click using our tool: [click here] and let them all know what you think! Use our letter or write your own, just make it abundantly clear that you want to see an end to ocean-based salmon farming and you expect that this will happen by 2025.
Our wild salmon no longer have time to wait while industry plays with ‘new technology’ that hasn’t even begun to solve the problems of lice, viruses, bacteria and pollution. Please write today—if we don’t hold the Canadian government to their promise now, I sincerely doubt that any future government is going to take on this issue. We’ve come too far together to lose! Let’s inundate them with proof that voters care deeply for the future of this coast and we know it depends on wild salmon.
Please raise your voice again!/p>
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