On February 24th, 2016 Fin Donnelly, MP (Port Moody -Coquitlam) introduced Bill C-228, to amend the Fisheries Act to protect wild salmon from the dangers of open-pen salmon farms. Second reading will take place in Fall 2016.
With your help, we can make sure Bill C-228 becomes law.
Here's what it will do:
At the heart of Bill C-228 is the requirement for all salmon farms on the BC coast to transition to closed containment systems. These systems provide a physical barrier between coastal waters and the feedlots to prevent the spread of disease, waste and pollutants. The technology exists, is economically feasible, and provides immense prospects for jobs and economic opportunities for coastal regions of our country.
Wild salmon advocates have been calling for a moratorium on open-pen salmon farming for years. The Cohen Commission into the Decline of the Sockeye in the Fraser River specifically recommended that no new salmon farms be placed along the migration routes of wild salmon.
If passed, Bill C-228 will finally see government action to reverse the growth of open-pen salmon farms that have put our wild salmon at risk.
By protecting our wild salmon from the dangers of salmon farm disease, we help ensure a future that includes a rich, diverse west coast ecosystem, with a vibrant wild salmon economy.
Canadians understand that wild salmon are a national treasure we cannot afford to lose.