Write Wild – Urge BC To Deny Salmon Farm Lease Renewals

As a follow up to yesterday’s post this is the information that you will find on the Wilderness Committee take action letter writing page:

Please write now and tell our provincial leaders not to renew the leases for BC salmon farms.

The BC government is responsible for granting land tenures to companies operating salmon feedlots on the coast. Now that the Cohen Commission has confirmed what we’ve known for years—that salmon farms on key migration routes threaten to cause “irreversible harm” to wild stocks—it’s time to pressure provincial agencies to stop renewing these tenures.

Please enter your personalized letter in the text box below, and it will be sent to Premier Christy Clark as well as BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of the Environment.

Some points to consider:

  • Overall, wild salmon stocks are in decline province-wide, posing a huge threat to coastal rainforest ecosystems, First Nations and coastal cultures, and the fishing and tourism industries that depend on healthy runs
  • The growth of industrial aquaculture has gone hand in hand with the decline of wild salmon populations
  • While the Cohen Commission focused on the Fraser River sockeye run, many other salmon systems are suffering (like the Bedwell and Kennedy Lake systems in the legendary Clayoquot Sound, where industrial aquaculture runs rampant)
  • The proponents of industrial feedlots claim these sites can be operated safely and responsibly, yet they are experiencing disease outbreaks and performing culls at unprecedented rates (close to 1 million salmon were culled by Mainstream Canada in Clayoquot Sound in the spring of 2012 alone)
  • Some of the other factors that impact wild salmon (eg. climate change, habitat loss) are more difficult to mitigate. Shutting down salmon farms is positive action that we can take at the provincial level right now
  • The province should deny renewal for existing salmon farms, prioritize wild salmon above the aquaculture industry, and stand up for BC’s iconic species

To make sure your comments are considered, please remember to sign the letter with your full name and include your address.

The following quote is the letter that I wrote and sent urging the provincial powers to deny salmon farm lease renewals:

Honourable Christy Clark

Premier of British Columbia

Box 9041, Station PROV GOVT

Victoria, BC  V8W 9E1

RE: Please Do Not Renew BC Salmon Farm Leases!

I urge you to consider that, overall, wild salmon stocks are in decline province-wide, posing a huge threat to coastal rainforest ecosystems, First Nations and coastal cultures, and the fishing and tourism industries that depend on healthy runs. 

Worldwide as well as here in British Columbia there is evidence that the growth of industrial aquaculture has gone hand in hand with the decline of wild salmon populations.

Further, while the Cohen Commission focused on the Fraser River sockeye run, many other salmon systems are suffering (like the Bedwell and Kennedy Lake systems in the legendary Clayoquot Sound, where industrial aquaculture runs rampant).  The proponents of industrial feedlots claim these sites can be operated safely and responsibly, yet they are experiencing disease outbreaks and performing culls at unprecedented rates (close to 1 million salmon were culled by Mainstream Canada in Clayoquot Sound in the spring of 2012 alone).

Some of the other factors that impact wild salmon such as climate change and habitat loss are more difficult to mitigate. However, shutting down salmon farms is positive action that we can take at the provincial level right now.

The province should deny renewal for existing salmon farms;  please prioritize wild salmon above the aquaculture industry, and stand up for BC’s iconic species. 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my views on the serious issue.

Sincerely,

Today’s “stone” is Day 314  write wild, live wild, love wild life, save wild

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