Demand a provincial moratorium on net-cage salmon farm tenures
  • Petitioned Steve Thomson

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Steve Thomson
Premier of BC
Christy Clark
MLA Alberni Pacific Rim
Scott Fraser

Demand a provincial moratorium on net-cage salmon farm tenures

    1. Bronwen Barnett
    2. Petition by

      Bronwen Barnett

      Vancouver, Canada

Net-cage salmon farming is one of the most harmful aquaculture production systems and its negative environmental impacts are widely documented wherever net-cage salmon farming is practiced. Despite these facts, salmon farmers in British Columbia continue to use this outdated technology and are even seeking to expand net-cage use.

Mainstream Canada is the most recent company to submit a tenure application to the B.C. government for a new open net-cage salmon farm located in Clayoquot Sound. If approved, and then licensed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the site would add about 600,000 more farmed salmon to an area that is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

There is a more sustainable alternative to net-cage salmon farming: closed containment technology. Closed systems are being increasingly adopted as the technology matures and the retail and consumer demand for closed containment farmed salmon is growing rapidly.

Salmon farming companies that continue to try to expand the destructive net-cage industry are disconnected with the citizens of British Columbia who want a sustainable aquaculture industry, with retailers and shoppers who want to buy sustainable seafood, and with the technological advances taking place within their own industry.

With outdated and disconnected salmon farming companies – especially one willing to put an internationally recognized Biosphere Reserve at increased risk – it’s clear we need government to step in on behalf of wild salmon and the health of the Pacific Ocean. The time is long overdue to stop the expansion of net-cages and demand that the aquaculture industry adopt better practices.

Join us in calling on the B.C. government to place a permanent moratorium on net-cage tenures in B.C. once and for all!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Bronwen Barnett
      Petition Organizer

      Mainstream Canada has announced it will be holding two open houses to present its plans for the new farm: one in Tofino on June 14 and one in Port Alberni on June 16. This is our opportunity to give clear feedback to Mainstream and the entire salmon farming industry that we do not want another net-cage farm. Please consider attending if you can! More details here:

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Bronwen Barnett
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this great letter to the editor from a resident of the Clayoquot Sound area calling on citizens to submit a comment (via: to The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations by June 18, 2011. She says, "Fish farm applications have been denied before. Your letter will make a difference."

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Al Cowan NANAIMO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      The federal government could care less about wild BC salmon. The BC government has a chance to do something positive before wild BC salmon go the way of the east coast cod

    • Gail Hill COMOX, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I believe that salmon farms should not co-exist where wild salmon and marine mammals pass through. They should be on land in closed containment.

    • Mary Fenner LADYSMITH, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I have respect for the planet and would like to see healthy wild salmon in the food chain for generations to come. It is known that net-cage farmed salmon is destructive to wild salmon and the aquatic environment.

    • Sue Maxwell WHISTLER, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      we need to save our wild salmon

    • Karin Engel ZAXARO, GREECE
      • about 3 years ago

      stopp the cage


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