Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform
For many years, First Nations, fishermen, and the conservation community have led efforts in British Columbia to develop a salmon farming industry that is safe for humans and the environment. However, industry has staunchly resisted change, putting human and ocean health at risk.
A number of environmental groups joined together to create the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) in 2001. Working together gives a stronger voice to advocate for a healthy and sustainable coast. CAAR groups include the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, the Georgia Strait Alliance, Living Oceans Society and the David Suzuki Foundation.
The coalition focuses on five key areas – markets campaigns, local outreach, science, negotiations with industry and policy reform.
To protect wild salmon, coastal ecosystems, coastal communities and human health from destructive fish farming practices.
To encourage the fish farming industry to:
- Use technology that eliminates the risks of disease and parasite transfer to wild fish as well as escapes of farmed fish into the wild;
- Guarantee untreated waste is not released into the ocean;
- Label fish as “farmed” so consumers can make informed choices;
- Develop feed for farmed salmon that does not deplete fish stocks around the world;
- Ensure wildlife is not harmed as a result of fish farming;
- Prohibit the use of genetically modified fish;
- Eliminate the use of chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides in fish farming;
- Ensure contaminants in farmed fish don’t exceed levels deemed safe by international standards; and
- Stop locating fish farms in areas opposed by First Nations or other local communities.