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Science gaps and salmon farms

Tell the B.C. government to put the brakes on new salmon farm tenures

This form is closed as the government quietly granted the Norwegian salmon farming industry access to four more areas of the B.C. coast. Find out more in our media release Suzuki, groups call for moratorium on new salmon farm tenures.

The government is is poised to issue new salmon farming tenures despite an ongoing policy review that will not conclude until October. None of the recommendations made by Justice Cohen in 2010, following his inquiry into the state of Fraser River sockeye, have been addressed. Tell the B.C. government not to grant new open net-pen tenures until all of Justice Cohen’s recommendations have been addressed by the federal government and B.C.’s wild salmon are fully protected.

Will you please send an email to the Ministers who are responsible for approving the tenures.

They are:

  • Hon. Norm Letnick, B.C. Minister of Agriculture
  • Hon. Steve Thomson, B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Sea lice infestations of wild juvenile salmon soared this spring in the Broughton Archipelago.

For seven years, it appeared that area management of sea lice, which required the farms to treat or harvest their salmon at certain lice-load thresholds, was working to prevent lice from decimating wild juvenile salmon. This year, it seems management action was delayed or ineffective at some farms. This, combined with unusually warm water, led to high lice levels on wild salmon that are unprecedented since area management began. Researcher Alex Morton reported at the end of April that 94 percent of juvenile wild salmon sampled in the Broughton Archipelago were infected with sea lice from local farms, most of them at levels lethal to young fish. This, she says, will be enough to eliminate an entire generation of Broughton pink salmon.