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PROTECT BC'S WILD SALMON

CALL TO ACTION: Now is the time to help to future of wild salmon.

Open net pen salmon farms are devastating to the wild populations in Coastal British Columbia. For over 30 years, the open pen salmon farming industry has been releasing parasites and pathogens such a sea lice into open ocean waters causing a steady decline in wild salmon populations.

Salmon Feed Forests: Coastal salmon are integral species for several ecosystems. They are what provide life for land mammals, birds, marine mammals and forests themselves as a whole.

Things to Know
  • Salmon play a critical role in biodiversity and the health of natural environments & are a keystone species
  • Salmon nourish trees, insects, algae, mosses and shrubs by enriching the rainforest’s living soil with nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and phosphorus. This process takes place when other larger species, like bears and wolves, drag their carcasses through the forest
  • Salmon are culturally significant and today, salmon have been a primary food source for Columbia River Basin First Nations, and are a significant part of their cultural and spiritual identity.
  • Open cage aquaculture has significant impacts on waters and surrounding ecosystems - it’s not just salmon & it’s not just BC.

Open net-cage aquaculture provides no barrier between the farmed fish and their surrounding environment. This means that enormous amounts of fish feed, feces and chemicals are released into the environment every day, often causing inhabitable conditions for other species.

BC salmon farm licenses are set to expire this summer. 

Help us ensure that the remaining licenses are not renewed this June in a critical decision for the future of wild salmon. Send your one-click email to Minister Joyce Murray today and help us ensure the future of Pacific Wild Salmon. Make your impact as a POWC member.

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