23 Feb
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DFO Undermining Fisheries Minister’s Mandate

“The Minister’s marching orders are ‘to transition open net pen salmon farms from BC waters by 2025’. Her Department, seeing no need to do that, is currently consulting on issuing new salmon farm licences for terms of 2-6 years, when they expire in June of this year.” Read full Letter to the Editor here. Send […]

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BIV (February 13, 2024)
13 Feb
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FNWSA accuses DFO of conflict of interest

The First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance (FNWSA) says DFO is mired in conflict of interest stemming from its dual role of prioritizing the environmental protection of wild fish at the same time as promoting aquaculture. The FNWSA have been vocal critics of federal policy on fisheries in BC, including what they say is industry involvement […]

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Black Press Media (February 12, 2024)
13 Feb
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FNWSA criticizes DFO & calls for reform

The First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance (FNWSA) is criticizing what it says is the “gross mismanagement” of aquaculture in British Columbia by the Fisheries Department (DFO), as it calls for a separation of DFO’s conflicting responsibilities in both regulating and promoting aquaculture. Bob Chamberlin, Chair – FNWSA, says the department must stick to its primary […]

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Business in Vancouver (February 2, 2024)
05 Feb
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Radio stations refuse to pull Wild First ads

BCFSA pushes radio stations owned by Rogers, Corus and Pattison Media to stop Wild First ads, but radio stations refuse to pull the ads. Pattison Media paused one of the ads and reinstated it with a “slight tweak”. Read full Business in Vancouver article here.

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FAIRR Initiative: The Global Cost of Salmon Farming
31 Jan
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FAIRR Initiative: The Global Cost of Salmon Farming

The global cost of salmon farming to marine ecosystems is estimated to be about $50 billion USD from 2013 to 2019 due to pollution, parasites, and high fish mortality. FAIRR Initiative is shedding light on sustainability concerns within the salmon farming industry, particularly the waters surrounding salmon farms, which are polluted with waste from farmed […]

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The Globe & Mail (January 4, 2024)
06 Jan
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First Nations across BC focus on wild Pacific salmon restoration

Wild Pacific salmon are on the brink of extinction. On both sides of the border, First Nations and governments are urgently focused on restoration efforts to revive the abundance of salmon. “It would be helpful and more efficient if the efforts on either side of the border could co-ordinate with one another,” says Thomas Biladeau, […]

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The Tyee (December 26, 2023)
03 Jan
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Canada’s sea lice regulations fail to protect wild Pacific salmon

A new study comparing salmon farming regulations in four countries finds that Canada’s rules fall short when it comes to protecting wild fish populations from one of the key threats posed by ocean-polluting salmon farms: ⚠️ sea lice infestations ⚠️ In BC, the lack of strong precautionary management for sea lice in Atlantic salmon farms […]

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David Eby – Government of BC (December 5, 2023)
07 Dec
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David Eby urges for removal of ocean-based salmon farms in BC

On December 5, 2023, the provincial government urged for the transition of ocean-based salmon farms to closed containment systems. This statement followed a surge in recent reports highlighting a spike in the number of wild fish deaths caused by salmon farm operations in BC waters last year. “That is the direction we know the province […]

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Bowen Island Undercurrent (December 6, 2023)
07 Dec
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Wild fish dying due to BC salmon farm operations

Nearly 1 million wild fish died due to ocean-based salmon farming practices that require sea lice to be removed from farmed salmon. This marks a 6x increase from 2021 to 2022. Conservation groups say the wild fish, primarily herring, are ‘needlessly’ dying at the cost of salmon farming operations. “Herring are very important because they […]

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Oak Bay News (December 5, 2023)
06 Dec
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Salmon farms threaten marine life and ecosystems in BC

“Federal Fisheries and Oceans Canada data shows more than 817,000 wild fish were killed at B.C. salmon farms in 2022, five times the number of deaths reported in previous years.” Local groups are growing increasingly frustrated with unnecessary harm to local marine life and ecosystems. It’s time for the government to make good on their […]

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