Unprecedented spike in wild fish killed by B.C. salmon farms, documents reveal

Dec. 4, 2023

Vancouver, B.C. – The number of wild fish caught and killed in British Columbia open net-pen salmon farms is soaring as the prime minister’s promise to transition them from B.C. coastal waters languishes.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society reviewed Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) data and found a disturbing trend over the last several years, with over 817,000 wild fish killed in 2022 – more than five times the number in previous years.

This unprecedented spike in wild fish killed is occurring despite a reduction in the total number of salmon farm sites in B.C. over the same period. This suggests serious failures in salmon farm operations and oversight.

Media Inquiries

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Dene Moore
Communications Specialist

dene@watershedwatch.ca 
250-644-3175

Unprecedented spike in wild fish killed by B.C. salmon farms, documents reveal

Dec. 4, 2023

Vancouver, B.C. – The number of wild fish caught and killed in British Columbia open net-pen salmon farms is soaring as the prime minister’s promise to transition them from B.C. coastal waters languishes.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society reviewed Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) data and found a disturbing trend over the last several years, with over 817,000 wild fish killed in 2022 – more than five times the number in previous years.

This unprecedented spike in wild fish killed is occurring despite a reduction in the total number of salmon farm sites in B.C. over the same period. This suggests serious failures in salmon farm operations and oversight.

Media Inquiries

For inquiries or to join our media list, please contact:

Dene Moore
Communications Specialist

dene@watershedwatch.ca 
250-644-3175