Updated: New salmon farm proposed in Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, CAAR calls for moratorium on net-cage tenures
CAAR Media Release: New salmon farm proposed in Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, CAAR calls for moratorium on net-cage tenures, May 18, 2011
- Tyee article: New fish farm proposal spawns call for moratorium, May 19, 2011
- Courier-Islander article: Proposed new fish farm site said Christy Clark’s first test, May 25, 2011
Correction: After broad distribution of CAAR’s May 18th media release, it was brought to our attention that the designations cited in the release were not consistent with those on the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) website. It was later confirmed that the map on the CBT website was changed on the afternoon of the 18th and at the time of the media release, Fortune Channel was identified as a core aquatic area, but the new version of the map now designates Meares Island as “Not part of Biosphere” and Fortune Channel as “Transition Aquatic Area.” See Map & Core Designation Backgrounder for more information.
Overview: Mainstream Canada has submitted a tenure application to the Provincial Government for a new open net-cage salmon farm located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. By design, net-cage salmon farms do not meet any responsible definition of sustainability nor do they meet the expectations of British Columbians who are consistently calling for the industry to modernize and transition to closed containment technology.
The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) is calling on the Provincial Government to deny this tenure application and to place a permanent moratorium on net-cage tenures in BC.
Watershed Watch is a founding member of CAAR. For more information, see our Salmon Farming page.