Get fish farms out of Clayoquot Sound!
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Clayoquot Sound is the largest intact temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island. The magnificent ancient cedars are supplied with nitrogen from the bodies of wild salmon returning to spawn in their natal streams. Despite the presence of pristine habitat, local salmon populations are in serious decline, with runs numbering in the tens rather than tens of thousands. Without wild salmon, local ecologies, economies and cultures cannot be sustained.
There are currently 20 open-net pen salmon farms located along the wild salmon migration routes in Clayoquot Sound. As tiny juvenile salmon emerge from the rivers, they have to run a gauntlet of diseased, polluting salmon farms to begin their life at sea.
The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region is facing a sea lice epidemic for the second year in a row, with infection rates of up to 100% on sampled wild salmon. Juvenile salmon are carrying lice loads of up to 50 lice per fish, with 1-3 lice being a fatal load. Salmon farm companies are ramping up their chemical warfare, dumping millions of litres of pesticides in the ocean, and doing emergency drug trials with chemicals not approved for use in Canada. Meanwhile, blood water spewing out into Tofino harbour has tested positive for the Norwegian piscine reovirus (PRV), which is deadly to chinook salmon. It’s time to put an end to this for once and for all, to protect wild salmon so future generations are able to witness the abundance which has existed here for millennia.
It's time to demand that Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson take a stand for wild salmon. He needs to remove all open net fish farms from Clayoquot Sound in 2020, and to support communities and workers through this transition.
Show Minister Wilkinson that you are not going to stand by and let salmon farms destroy Clayoquot Sound's wild salmon! Please send your letter today—add how this makes you feel to add even more impact.