Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities.

Marine Tourism Operators for Wild Salmon

Jun 18 2018  

To:    Honourable Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
FLNR.Minister [at]

Honourable Lana Popham
Minister of Agriculture
AGR.Minister [at]

Honourable George Heyman
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
ENV.Minister [at]

Member of Parliament Terry Beech
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Terry.Beech [at]

cc.     Honourable Premier John Horgan (premier [at]
         Honourable Green Party Leader and MLA Andrew Weaver (andrew.weaver.mla [at]


Dear Ministers Donaldson, Popham and Heyman and Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech:  

We are tourism business owners and organizations in BC whose companies provide services such as whale-watching, fishing, kayaking, and bear-watching to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Our businesses and livelihoods depend on the continued existence of healthy wild salmon in the rivers, inlets, and channels of the British Columbia coast. The wilderness tourism sector generates $1.5 billion in annual expenditures and supports 26,000 full-time jobs. We are uniting to express our grave concern about the negative effects of open-net fish farming on wild stocks.  

New science indicates a dangerous virus known as Piscine Orthoreovirus (PRV) is spread from open-net salmon farms to wild salmon, impeding their ability to migrate and spawn. Open-net salmon farming is also ruining B.C.’s international reputation as a wilderness tourism destination. Last fall underwater footage flashed around the world showing plumes of bloody effluent from farmed fish processing plants being released into our pristine waters near Campbell River and Tofino. Samples taken from the bloody effluent tested positive for PRV. The Broughton Archipelago, a critical migration route for wild salmon, has the highest concentration of open-net fish farms in the province. Clayoquot Sound is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that's home to all five species of Pacific salmon and has another 20 open-net fish farms. 

We urge the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada to take immediate precautionary action to protect wild salmon from open-net pen fish farming.  

Specifically, we are calling on government to swiftly implement the following measures:  

  1. To enact a coast-wide moratorium on new fish farms, to not renew expiring permits, and to freeze production levels at existing fish farms.  
  1. To support the creation of an independent scientific advisory panel with full and unrestricted access to government and industry fish health data and science. 
  1. To assess the status of all BC wild salmon populations and their habitats and implement rebuilding plans without delay. 
  1. To use a mix of federal and provincial government funding and incentives to promote investment and innovation towards facilitating an immediate transition to a land-based closed containment fish farming in B.C.  

It's time for the B.C. and federal government to put wild salmon first. We are the stewards of a globally recognized wild salmon resource. It is our duty to protect that resource. Together and united, we can ensure that open-net salmon farming will no longer threaten the future of wild salmon, the Indigenous Peoples way of life, and the coastal communities and businesses that depend on a healthy and robust ecosystem.  



Aboriginal Journey Wildlife Viewing

Campbell River

Adventure Tofino


Adventuress Sea Kayaking


Archepalago Wildlife Cruises


Bluewater Adventures

North Vancouver

Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn

Gilford Island, Broughton Archipelago

Campbell River Whale Watching

Campbell River

Cariboo Rivers Fishing and Wilderness Adventures


Cliffs Chinook Charters


Coast Mountains Expeditions

Read Island

Coastal Wilderness Adventures

Campbell River

Discovery Marine Safaris

Campbell river

Eagle Wing Whale Watching


Ecosummer Expeditions


Farewell Harbour Lodge

Berry Island, Broughton Archipelago

Five Star Whale Watching


Good Hope Cannery


Great Pacific Ocean Charters Ltd.


Haida Gwaii Discovery Tours

Haida Gwaii

Hello Nature Adventure Tours


Indian Arm And Vancouver Harbour Boat and EcoTours

Port Moody

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Port McNeill

Kiwi Cove Lodge


Mackay Whale Watching

Port McNeill

Maple Leaf Adventures


Morseby Explorers


Nimmo Bay Resort

Nimmo Bay, Port McNeill

Norm Hann Expeditions

Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish

North Island Kayak

Telegraph Cove

North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association

Alert Bay

Ocean Front Hotel

Port Hardy

Ocean Light II Adventures


Ocean Outfitters


Ocean Village Resort


Oceans EcoVentures

Cowichan Bay

Orca Dreams

Quadra Island

Orca Spirit Adventures


Outer Shores Expeditions


Pacific Coastal Cruises


Pacific Whale Watch Association

Ganges, Salt Spring Island

Pacific Yellowfin Charters


Powell River Sport Fishing

Powell River

Prime Time Adventures


Prince of Whales

Vancouver and Victoria

Radar's Pro Fishing


Rivers Inlet Resort

Rivers Inlet

Salmon Eye Fishing Charters

Victoria and Ucluelet

Salt Spring Adventures

Salt Spring Island

Sea Kayak Adventures

Coeur d'Alene

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance


Seasmoke Whale Watching

Alert Bay

Sea Wolf Adventures

Port McNeill

Seine Boat Inn

Alert Bay

Spirit of the West Adventures

Heriot Bay

SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours


Stubbs Island Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove

Subtidal Adventures


Tallheo Cannery & Inner Coastal Inlet Tours

Tallheo, Bella Coola

The Artists Point B&B

Port McNeill

The Beach Club Resort


Tofino Hostel


Tofino Resort & Marina


Tsylos Park Lodge and Adventure Tours

Chilko Lake

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge & Bella Coola Heli Sports

Stuie, Bella Coola

Valley Fishing Guides

Garibaldi Highlands, Squamish

Vancouver Island Expeditions


Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Port McNeill

Vancouver Island Whale Watch


Victoria Kayak Tours & Rentals


Wadhams Outpost

Rivers Inlet

West Coast Expeditions


West Coast Fishing Club


Wild Whales Vancouver


Wildcoast Adventures

Quadra Island

Wilderness Tourism Association

North Saanich


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