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Media Releases

  • June 18, 2019
    Living Oceans is appalled by the re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project, coming as it does hard on the heels of a declaration by the federal government of a climate emergency. “The facts are well known: it is impossible for Canada to meet its Paris climate commitments and build oil infrastructure with a 50-year lifespan as well,” said Executive Director Karen Wristen. “This is a mistake for the economy and the environment.”
  • February 22, 2019
    VANCOUVER—The National Energy Board’s recommendation report issued today continues to fall short of the mark, according to intervenors in the assessment process.  Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation earlier mounted a successful legal challenge to the NEB'S original recommendation, with counsel from Ecojustice arguing on their behalf that the Species at Risk Act demands no less than enforceable, effective mitigation measures to eliminate or reduce impacts to Southern Resident Killer Whales.
  • December 14, 2018
    VANCOUVER:  Living Oceans congratulates the First Nations of the Broughton area on the success of their epic battle to protect the wild salmon of their territories. Today, the Nations, the Provincial Government and salmon farming companies announced a partial withdrawal of farms from the region, together with measures to limit the impact of others.
  • December 13, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  The Report of the Independent Expert Panel on Aquaculture Science was released today by Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Scientist.  Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Nemer in September 2017, to the position which had been left vacant since 2008. This report makes the bold recommendation that DFO’s Aquaculture science needs an external, non-government Science Advisor and Review Panel.  It repeats throughout the 28-page report that DFO science on aquaculture must be more transparent, consider localized impact and be inclusive of indigenous knowledge.
  • October 29, 2018
    A report issued today by Living Oceans and Raincoast Research reveals that sea lice were out of control on Clayquot Sound salmon farms in 2018 because they have evolved resistance to SLICE, the single drug approved for use in Canada. The report provides evidence that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) knew as early as 2014 that resistance was developing in sea lice, but did  not take measures to ensure the protection of wild juvenile salmon from the parasite.
  • October 18, 2018
    VANCOUVER — A review of salmon farm eco-certification practices around the world by SeaChoice reveals that your farmed salmon might be less sustainable than the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) eco-logo leads you to believe – only a small proportion of farms meet stipulated ASC criteria, yet they are still being certified. 
  • August 30, 2018
    VANCOUVER – Ecojustice,  Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society— conservation groups who fought the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in a historic hearing last October — are calling today’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling “a critical win” for endangered killer whales, communities, the climate and the coast. In a decision announced this morning, the court unanimously ruled that the federal government’s approval of the project violated its legal obligations to protect endangered orcas under the Species at Risk Act.
  • June 22, 2018
    Wednesday’s policy announcement by the Province is a significant step forward in defending wild salmon against the array of threats posed by open net-pen salmon farms. The decision also represents a strong and positive step towards reconciliation with First Nations.
  • June 19, 2018
    On Monday, June 18, while over 75 tourism operators were holding a media conference to outline their support for getting salmon netpens out of the water, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union, representing over 76,000 British Columbians in 550 bargaining units across the province, issued its own release announcing it has signed the Declaration in Defence of Wild Salmon (found at