Open net-cage salmon farming is causing a host of problems for wild salmon and the ocean ecosystem. Sea lice from farms are infesting wild juvenile salmon, chemical sea lice treatments are harming prawn stocks around farms, salmon farm diseases are likely spreading to wild fish, seals and sea lions are routinely shot, farmed fish continue to escape and wild fish off South America are harvested in large numbers to make salmon farm feed.
Closed containment systems involve a barrier between wild and farmed salmon, thereby eliminating some of the most negative impacts of open-net cage salmon farming and significantly reducing others. Closed systems would be a solution that allows for a commercial scale salmon farming industry without jeopardizing wild Pacific salmon or BC’s marine ecosystem. In the meantime, we need government to legislate interim measures to protect wild salmon including coordinated fallowing and shutting down farms on key wild salmon migration routes.
You have the power to make environmentally harmful industries like open net salmon farming change for the better. Your participation can make a difference! The first thing you can do is to dine and shop at businesses that are protecting wild salmon by not selling net-cage farmed salmon. Tell your friends to do the same.
Groups working to promote safe farming, including the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, joined together to create the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) in 2001. Since then a wide range of environmental groups, scientists, fishing organizations and First Nations have become very active working to stop salmon farming from descimating our B.C. wild salmon. Working together we believe we can see the end to unsustainable salmon farming and a transition to land-based closed containment systems where wild salmon impacts have been eliminated.