Get salmon farms out
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Tell Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Bernadette Jordan to get fish farms out of the Discovery Islands


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Government of Canada

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Fraser River sockeye salmon need your help.

More than a decade ago, the Cohen Commission1 investigated the collapse of Fraser River sockeye salmon runs. The comprehensive inquiry concluded that infectious diseases and open-pen fish farms were among the most urgent risks to wild salmon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has since promised that his government will implement all 75 of the commission’s recommendations to protect wild salmon.

Now an important deadline looms.

Recommendation #19 clearly states that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans should close open net fish farms in the Discovery Islands by September 30, 2020.

To date, there’s been no word from the government about whether it intends to meet this deadline — even as this year’s sockeye runs on the Fraser are expected to be one of the worst on record.2

Ecojustice is urging Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Bernadette Jordan to act promptly to close fish farms in B.C.’s Discovery Islands and protect wild salmon.

Join us. Tell Minister Jordan to make the right choice for wild salmon. Send your letter today.


Wild salmon need help now.

Scientific evidence3 shows that open-net fish farms — like those found in the Discovery Islands — are breeding grounds for contagious diseases, viruses and parasites that cannot be contained by the pens’ nets. As a result, migrating wild salmon are exposed to whatever illnesses farmed salmon may contract.

   Photo by David Stanley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Take action for wild salmon

Ecojustice worked for years — inside the courtroom4, and out of it — to protect B.C.’s wild salmon. After all that time, this much is clear: It’s time to pull fish farms out of the Discovery Islands. Make sure Minister Jordan gets the message.

Send your letter now to speak up for wild salmon.


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