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e-2367 (Fisheries)

E-petition
Initiated by Keegan McColl from Tofino, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Wild pacific salmon are under serious threat from pathogens, pollutants, and sea lice originating from open net-cage fish farms;
  • Wild salmon support First Nations cultural traditions, and complex ecosystems, including contributing to coastal forests, which produce the oxygen we breathe;
  • In spite of three legal decisions against it, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans refuses to screen for Piscine Orthoreovirus (PRV) and to agree to transfer farm fish known to be infected with PRV; and
  • Pacific salmon runs on the British Columbia (BC) coast are in a state of emergency.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Legislate the removal of open net-pen fish farms from BC waters by 2025, including with legislation aimed at:
a) Immediately stopping the transfer of PRV infected smolts into open net-pen fish farms; and
b) Completing the transitioning of open net-pen fish farms to land-based closed containment by 2025.
2. Dedicate funding and financing for:
a) Upgrading training for fish farms workers to move to employment in land-based close containment facilities;
b) Transitioning workers out of the aquaculture industry in regions that will not have land based closed containment; and
c) Remote First Nations communities currently dependent on revenues from the fish farm industry.
Open for signature
January 9, 2020, at 5:18 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 9, 2020, at 5:18 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
Courtenay—Alberni
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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