BC is last place on west coast to allow salmon farms
“British Columbia remains the only place on the Pacific ocean’s western seaboard of North America that allows this industry,” says Bob Chamberlin, Chair, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance.
The salmon farming industry poses threats to wild Pacific salmon, such as parasitic sea lice, which attaches to juvenile salmon and kills them.
Chief Arnie Lampreau, Shackan Indian Band, states, “all the nations within the interior [of BC] are suffering” due to the lack of wild salmon. 90% of First Nations in BC rely on wild Pacific salmon for food security.
The federal government promised to remove open-net pen salmon farms from BC waters by 2025. 120+ First Nations from across BC support ending the pens.