Band-aid solutions like semi-closed, hybrid, and offshore salmon farms systems will not protect wild Pacific salmon
These experimental systems continue to release pathogens, parasites, pesticides and pollutants into BC waters
BC salmon farm companies are investing in land-based closed containment around the world. Why not in BC?
“Salmon isn’t just simply a menu choice for our people, it is who we are,” says Bob Chamberlin, Chair – FNWSA
Open net pen fish farms threaten the survival of wild Pacific salmon
New underwater footage from Clayoquot Action investigates Cermaq’s experimental semi-closed containment system near Tofino. “Although no comprehensive report on the failure of the system appears to have been published, local conservation organization Clayoquot Action obtained a summary report under the Access to Information Act, which contains only the bald statement, ‘Fish removed due to fish welfare concerns resulting from chronic exposure to higher levels of ammonia’. The fish, in other words, were attempting to breathe in a soup of their own, toxic excrement.” Read full report here. The science is clear, band-aid solutions won’t work.
Hear from Robert Chamberlin, Chair of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance, on the importance of wild Pacific salmon to First Nations food security, culture and traditions. “90% of BC First Nations rely upon wild salmon. Wild salmon is far more than a menu choice, it is the foundation for culture, traditions and of course a staple traditional food and its becoming near impossible to obtain for these purposes.”
Hear from Dr. Gideon Mordecai (UBC) on the overwhelming evidence that PRV poses a risk to wild Pacific salmon and how that risk is amplified by open net pen salmon farms. Dr. Gideon references the recent Globe and Mail article showcasing that this evidence was suppressed for 10 years by DFO.
New research from UBC, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Genome BC and Pacific Salmon Foundation confirms that farmed Atlantic salmon are the source of PRV (piscine orthoreovirus) in BC waters.
Dr. Kristi Miller-Saunders (DFO scientist) on the devastating impact of Tenacibaculum on wild Pacific salmon.
Wild First Voices
Chef Carmen Ingham
Executive Chef at Wickaninnish Inn Tofino
“There’s nothing in my mind that’s more important than wild salmon,” says Chef Carmen Ingham, Executive Chef at the Wickaninnish Inn.
First Nations leaders
First Nations across BC
Wild Pacific salmon are integral to Indigenous culture, traditions and livelihoods. Hear from First Nations leaders across BC on why we must protect this essential species.
Founder, Rick Hansen Foundation
Rick Hansen, founder of Rick Hansen Foundation, on the urgent need to work together to protect wild Pacific salmon. Join the movement and sign the Wild First Pledge.
Nicole Holman of Clayoquot Action on the need to end the pens to protect communities dependent on wild Pacific salmon. “This is for a better future.”
Hear from Fiona Beaty, PhD Candidate, UBC Department of Zoology, on taking action to remove open net pen fish farms from BC waters.
Chair, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance
Bob Chamberlin, Chair of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance, on what’s at stake if open net pen fish farms remain in BC waters.
The way forward
The federal government has mandated that it will work with the province and Indigenous communities to create “a responsible plan to transition from open net pen salmon farming in coastal British Columbia waters by 2025.”
But open net pen fish farmers are resisting this mandate. Meanwhile, these fish farms continue to spread parasites and diseases into BC waters, with devastating consequences for communities and ecosystems across the province.
Years in the making
The transition away from open net pen fish farms has been years in the making.
The effects of open net pen fish farms on wild Pacific salmon have been well researched and documented for decades. Open net pen fish farm companies have had extensive notice that a transition to modern sustainable aquaculture, through land-based closed containment, was coming.