B.C. remains the last shoreline between California and Alaska that has not eliminated the use of Atlantic salmon fish farms on the Pacific coast. Wild salmon defenders in B.C. were joined by supporters from the United States last month to stand in solidarity with the decade long campaign against the threat of open-net fish farms. Now you can stand in solidarity with them too.
Last summer the 'Namgis and Maya’xala Awinakola peoples occupied salmon farms in order to demand that the B.C. government cancel their licenses after video was recorded of diseased and deformed fish within the farms. These actions gave momentum and helped build awareness and support around the province and internationally about the urgent need for actions. Indigenous communities across the province have a sacred relationship with wild salmon and have been voicing concerns for many years but successive governments have failed to act.
Scientific evidence is mounting and it identifies viruses originating from these Atlantic salmon stocks, such as Piscine Reovirus, as being highly contagious and a serious threat to wild salmon. California, Oregon, Alaska and most recently Washington State have understood these dangers open-net farms present and have acted to protect wild salmon. It is time for the Government of British Columbia to join them and take action now!
On June 20th the leases of 20 open-net Atlantic salmon farms are set to expire. The B.C. Government must join their neighbors and not renew the leases.
Here is what you can do:
Please contact your MLA before the leases are renewed on June 20th: https://www.safesalmon.ca/callyourmla
You can also join others at action happening tomorrow in communities around the province:
Langford - Constituency office of Premier John Horgan
Vancouver - Environment Minister George Heyman Constituency Office
Courtenay/Comox - Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA
Campbell River - Transport Minister Claire Trevena
Port Moody/Coquitlam - MLA Rick Glumac