Wild Salmon Narrows Declaration

Declaration calling for the removal of open net-cage salmon farms from the Wild Salmon Narrows

Salmon and all marine life are a vital resource to the economy and ecosystem of British Columbia, and any actions which threaten salmon or marine life threaten the well being and the livelihood of the people of British Columbia.

The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that commercial open net-cage salmon farms can have serious negative environmental impacts, particularly on wild salmon runs.

Recent evidence indicates that open net cage salmon farms in the northern Georgia Strait may be negatively impacting out-migrating juvenile Fraser River Salmon;

We, the members of (organization), demand that the Provincial and Federal Governments close the five active open net-cage salmon farms in Okisollo Channel and rescind these tenures, as well as the tenures of the four inactive farms in Hoskyn Channel, collectively known as the Wild Salmon Narrows.

We, the members of (organization), request that the Provincial and Federal Governments deny all applications for new open net-cage salmon farms and halt the expansion of the open net-cage salmon farming industry.

We, the members of (organization) request emergency action by the Provincial and Federal Governments to close these farms and implement a comprehensive strategy to move the salmon aquaculture industry into closed system technology.

We support this declaration to be forwarded to the provincial Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Minister of Environment, Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and relevant MPs and MLAs.

Wild Salmon Narrows Declaration Supporters:

  1. Arrowsmith Naturalists
  2. BC Federation of Fly Fishers
  3. Bluewater Adventures
  4. Caribou Chilcotin Conservation Society
  5. Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C.
  6. Council of Canadians – Williams Lake Chapter
  7. East Wind Elders
  8. False Creek Watershed Society
  9. Federation of BC Naturalists
  10. Fraser River Ripple Effect Relay and Fundraiser
  11. Fraser Riverkeeper
  12. Friends of Clayoquot Sound
  13. Friends of French Creek Conservation Society
  14. Go Wild Campaign
  15. Greenpeace Canada
  16. Gwaii Haanas Tour Operators Association
  17. Haig-Brown Institute
  18. Kalamalka Fly Fishers
  19. Kingfishers Rod and Gun Club
  20. Lillooet Food Matters
  21. Lillooet Naturalists Society
  22. Lillooet Peace and Ecology Group
  23. Lonely Loon Fly Fishers Society
  24. Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society
  25. Maple Leaf Adventures
  26. Myrtle Creek Stewards Association
  27. Nature Vancouver
  28. Newfoundland & Labrador Wildlife Federation (NLWF)
  29. North Shore Wetland Partners
  30. Outdoors Rights Conservation Association (ORCA)
  31. Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society (Adopt-a-Fry)
  32. Pender Islands Trust Protection Society
  33. Penticton Fly Fishers
  34. Prince George Public Interest Research Group
  35. Pure Salmon Campaign
  36. Quesnel River Watershed Alliance
  37. Raincoast Conservation
  38. Rivershed Society of B.C.
  39. Salmon Talks Lillooet
  40. Scout Island Nature Centre
  41. Sea-Run Fly and Tackle
  42. Sierra Club of B.C.
  43. Sierra Club of B.C. – Malaspina Chapter
  44. Sierra Club of B.C. – Quadra Chapter
  45. Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
  46. Squamish Environment Society
  47. Squamish Squamish Estuary Advisory Committee to Council
  48. Squamish Streamkeepers Society
  49. Steelhead Society of British Columbia
  50. Stuart Island Community Association (1964)
  51. Totem Flyfishers
  52. Warmland Wymon’s Centre and The Eco Store
  53. Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  54. Wilderness Tourism Association
  55. Williams Lake Field Naturalists
  56. Yalakom Ecological Society

Email Michelle Young for more information or to sign your organization onto our Wild Salmon Narrows Declaration.