Safe Passage2022-07-28T14:45:43-07:00

Defending wild salmon from fish farms

Defending wild salmon from fish farms

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About Safe Passage

Wild salmon are the lifeblood of this province. However, parasites, bacteria and viruses from factory fish farms threaten B.C.’s wild salmon and the health of our coastal waters. In December 2019, the federal government promised to transition all open-net salmon farms out of B.C. by 2025.

One year later, the government took a positive step forward when they announced all salmon farms in the Discovery Islands (near Campbell River) must be removed by June 2022, when their licences expired. In June 2022, the Minister fulfilled this commitment when she did not renew the Discovery Islands salmon farm licences. She also said a final decision about them would be made in January 2023, following consultations with First Nations and industry.

In December 2020, the Minister of Fisheries announced all salmon farms in the Discovery Islands (near Campbell River) will be removed by June 2022, when their licences run out. In response, the factory farm industry launched several legal challenges against the decision. Watershed Watch has been a part of the Conservation Coalition and are involved in defending the Minister’s decision,represented in court by Ecojustice. These legal proceedings are ongoing through 2021.

The remaining factory farms throughout B.C. were given two-year licences while the government continues to consult on the 2025 transition plan. While we have seen progress toward removing factory fish farms, the Feds need to finish the job—no half measures will be accepted. Can you help keep them accountable by making sure your MP knows that any type of salmon farm operating in our coastal waters is a detriment to wild salmon?

In June 2022, not only do the Discovery Island factory farm licences expire, but the vast majority of B.C. salmon farm licences also expire. The federal government committed to transitioning away from open-net salmon farms by 2025. In order to meet that deadline, we expect them not to renew these expiring licenses. Can you take action and tell your MP you want them to not renew salmon farm licences?

Watershed Watch also coordinates a citizen-based salmon farm campaign called–Safe Salmon. Join our campaign by signing the Safe Salmon Declaration.

We also coordinate a citizen-based salmon farm campaign called–Safe Salmon–in collaboration with Georgia Strait Alliance and Living Oceans Society. Join our campaign by signing the Safe Salmon Declaration.

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