CAAR is dedicated to working towards solutions to protect wild salmon and the marine ecosystem from the impacts of open net-cage salmon aquaculture.

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.

All of CAAR’s campaign work — from our work in communities to negotiations with industry and government, from our scientific research to our outreach to chefs and retailers — supports the shift to closed tank systems.

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. CAAR is dedicated to ensuring interim relief for the ecosystem is secured by negotiating for industry reform. Reducing sea lice numbers on farmed salmon to improve the chances of survival for wild juvenile salmon is a top priority.

Read the 2008 report, Thriving Economies, Healthy Oceans, a summary of a Global Assessment of Closed System Aquaculture. (Summary) (Full Report)