In recent polling, three quarters of British Columbians support the transition of fish farms to closed containment.

It’s clear, now is the time to 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 net-pen fish farms in open ocean that are threatening our Wild Pacific Salmon, through the spread of parasites and deadly disease. In fact, the federal government is putting Wild First by pledging to work with British Columbia and Indigenous communities to create a plan for transition from open net-pen fish farms in our coastal waters by 2025.

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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.