The conservation movement is in wide agreement that the production system of raising salmon in net-cages is fundamentally flawed and unsustainable. Farmed salmon will not be able to meet sustainability criteria until the industry moves away from net-cages into closed containment.
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.
Until closed containment systems are commonplace in BC’s salmon farming industry, interim measures are needed to protect struggling wild salmon stocks and the marine ecosystem from the impacts of net-cages. Reducing sea lice and disease on farmed salmon to improve the chances of survival for wild juvenile salmon is a top priority.