West Coast wild salmon are under threat from disease, pollutants, and sea lice originating from open net-cage fish farms;
In 2015, the Federal Court of Canada ordered Fisheries & Oceans Canada to stop granting licenses that allow transfer of disease-carrying farmed salmon into ocean net pens without Ministerial oversight;
Over 80% of B.C. farmed salmon appear infected with the highly contagious piscine reovirus associated with heart disease in salmon;
West Coast wild salmon support over 9,000 coastal community jobs, cultural traditions, and complex ecosystems, including contributing to coastal forests, which produce the oxygen we breathe;
Canada can become a world leader in safe and reliable closed containment fish farming on the West Coast; and
Fin Donnelly, MP Port Moody-Coquitlam, introduced Bill C-228 to protect West Coast wild salmon, an Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture), requiring West Coast finfish aquaculture to transition rapidly from harmful open net-cage fish farms to safe and reliable closed containment facilities.
We, the undersigned, Residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to to protect West Coast Wild Salmon by supporting Bill C-228.
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