Safe Passage2020-12-21T16:07:43-08:00

Defending wild salmon from fish farms

Safe Passage

SUCCESS! DFO has made the decision NOT TO RENEW the Discovery Island fish farm licenses. 19 factory fish farms in the region will be phased out of use by June 2022.

This is a huge win for our wild salmon and we need to make sure the federal government sees this through! We all owe major gratitude to the Homalco, Klahoose, K’ómoks, Kwaikah, Tla’amin, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations for standing their ground against this destructive industry. Special recognition goes to Bob Chamberlin of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance and Alexandra Morton who have been instrumental in getting open-net farms out of the Broughton Archipelago, and now, the Discovery Islands.

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Wild salmon are the lifeblood of our province. However, sea lice and disease from salmon farms threaten B.C.’s  wild fish. B.C.’s wild salmon are getting the short end of the stick.

An independent investigation, the Cohen Inquiry, recommended all the farms in the Discovery Islands (near Campbell River) be removed by September 2020, unless it can be shown they do not pose more than a “minimal risk of serious harm.” Though the September deadline was passed, on Dec 17, 2020, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans decided not to renew licenses to Discovery Island fish farms.

Though this is a big win for wild salmon, we need to hold our federal government to this promise and ensure that all the farms near Campbell River are not allowed to re-stock.

We will continue to work on this issue until all open net-pen salmon farms are removed from B.C. waters.

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