Wild Pacific salmon are the cornerstone of B.C.’s iconic ecosystem – we must take steps to ensure their survival.

Together, let’s put Wild First.

Wild Pacific Salmon feed wildlife and communities across B.C., but they are in critical decline. Independent scientists and Canada’s Auditor General agree: it’s fish farms in open ocean that are threatening our Wild Pacific Salmon, through the spread of parasites and deadly disease. In fact, B.C. is the lone region on our coast to still allow this practice. It’s time we join the rest of the Pacific coast of North America and remove fish farms from open ocean in B.C., before its too late.

Why Are We Losing
Our Salmon?

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Latest News

In the News: Alex Morton on J50 Southern Resident Whale presumed dead (CTV News)

“Watching J50 during the past three months is what extinction looks like when survival is threatened for all by food deprivation and lack of reproduction.” – Centre for Whale Research “This baby whale starved to death. It is a clear indication that you have to bring their food back. They need that. They’re going to […]

In the News: “Fish Farms Expose Wild Salmon to Deadly Virus, Study Finds” (The Tyee)

Wild salmon exposed to fish farms are much more likely to be infected with a virus linked to a deadly disease than salmon that don’t migrate by the open-net pens, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE this week, found that only five per cent of wild salmon in […]

In the News: “‘Endangered’ Fraser sockeye may never get official protection” (Vancouver Sun)

The Cultus Lake sockeye run was deemed endangered in 2003 by a committee of independent scientists, but has still not been officially added to the list of endangered species under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). “In practice, most marine fishes that are (commercially) exploited are never listed under SARA, even though many of […]

Who We Are

We are a network of individuals who share a common interest in protecting a vital shared heritage in British Columbia – our wild Pacific salmon. We are committed to a respectful and constructive dialogue in pursuit of public policy change. Our network includes community members, associations, business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals. The Wild First campaign is committed to removing fish farms from Pacific coastal waters. Together, let’s put Wild First.

The Wild Salmon Forever Society was founded in 2013 shortly after the federal government announced it was going to expand the open net pen Atlantic salmon farming industry along the Pacific coast, notwithstanding warnings from the Cohen Commission about the devastating impacts of Atlantic salmon on wild Pacific salmon and the ecosystem that depends on its survival.