To: Minister Dominic Leblanc, Fisheries Minister

End open-net salmon farming

End open-net salmon farming

Fish farms pollute the ocean, and expose wild salmon to deadly viruses. We call on you to legislate the removal of salmon farms from the ocean, and support fish-farm-dependent communities to develop closed-containment farms and other sustainable jobs.

Why is this important?

This is shaping up to be the worst Fraser sockeye salmon run in recorded history. We need urgent action to protect wild salmon.

Deadly diseases and viruses from fish farms are spreading to wild salmon, putting at risk thousands of jobs, entire First Nations cultures that rely on the wild salmon, the economy of BC and over 100 species that depend on wild salmon to survive.

Safer alternatives are available. It’s possible to farm fish on land, using closed-containment farming techniques that don’t pollute the ocean or jeopardize wild salmon stocks.The companies say it is too expensive for them to deal with their own wastes, but allowing them to pollute our oceans with disease is too expensive for society.

Prime Minister Trudeau gave Fisheries Minister LeBanc a mandate to use the best science to protect wild fish in Canada. Minister LeBlanc ignored this mandate by granting the industry long term licences on July 1, 2016 despite legal and scientific evidence that salmon farms are dangerous to wild salmon. Many scientists worldwide are raising alarm about open-net fish farms, but the multi-national fish farming companies have convinced government their dirty industry is safe.

If enough of us sign this petition, we can make our voices louder than the multi-national fish farming companies, and win a legislated ban on open-net salmon farming. This would force the salmon farming industry to grow up and clean up and it would allow us to restore wild salmon. This benefits everyone.


Reasons for signing

  • After watching this unfold for years I have decided that open pens must be banned and I applaud the First Nations who are taking steps to close these farms operating in their territories. DFO has a long history of being under-resourced and has not demonstrated an ability to competently manage the wild stock on the west coast. Industry should not be allowed to pollute the ocean.
  • Time to speak up.
  • Wild salmon in healthy oceans will feed more people than salmon farms ever will. We MUST protect wild salmon, and salmon farms in our oceans are destroying them.

Updates

2016-08-30 22:11:58 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2016-08-01 01:57:51 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2016-07-21 01:46:23 -0400

500 signatures reached

2016-07-18 17:44:39 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-07-18 13:33:21 -0400

50 signatures reached

2016-07-18 12:44:44 -0400

25 signatures reached

2016-07-17 03:50:11 -0400

10 signatures reached