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:
- Arrowsmith Naturalists
- BC Federation of Fly Fishers
- Bluewater Adventures
- Caribou Chilcotin Conservation Society
- Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C.
- Council of Canadians – Williams Lake Chapter
- East Wind Elders
- False Creek Watershed Society
- Federation of BC Naturalists
- Fraser River Ripple Effect Relay and Fundraiser
- Fraser Riverkeeper
- Friends of Clayoquot Sound
- Friends of French Creek Conservation Society
- Go Wild Campaign
- Greenpeace Canada
- Gwaii Haanas Tour Operators Association
- Haig-Brown Institute
- Kalamalka Fly Fishers
- Kingfishers Rod and Gun Club
- Lillooet Food Matters
- Lillooet Naturalists Society
- Lillooet Peace and Ecology Group
- Lonely Loon Fly Fishers Society
- Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society
- Maple Leaf Adventures
- Myrtle Creek Stewards Association
- Nature Vancouver
- Newfoundland & Labrador Wildlife Federation (NLWF)
- North Shore Wetland Partners
- Outdoors Rights Conservation Association (ORCA)
- Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society (Adopt-a-Fry)
- Pender Islands Trust Protection Society
- Penticton Fly Fishers
- Prince George Public Interest Research Group
- Pure Salmon Campaign
- Quesnel River Watershed Alliance
- Raincoast Conservation
- Rivershed Society of B.C.
- Salmon Talks Lillooet
- Scout Island Nature Centre
- Sea-Run Fly and Tackle
- Sierra Club of B.C.
- Sierra Club of B.C. – Malaspina Chapter
- Sierra Club of B.C. – Quadra Chapter
- Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
- Squamish Environment Society
- Squamish Squamish Estuary Advisory Committee to Council
- Squamish Streamkeepers Society
- Steelhead Society of British Columbia
- Stuart Island Community Association (1964)
- Totem Flyfishers
- Warmland Wymon’s Centre and The Eco Store
- Watershed Watch Salmon Society
- Wilderness Tourism Association
- Williams Lake Field Naturalists
- Yalakom Ecological Society
Email Michelle Young for more information or to sign your organization onto our Wild Salmon Narrows Declaration.