Tell Premier Horgan to Put Wild Salmon First

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We have a moment of opportunity right now to make things better for B.C.’s wild salmon.

Send your letter now!

Premier Horgan’s government has taken some positive steps for wild salmon, like the provincial collaboration with First Nations to move fish farms out of the Broughton Archipelago. We have also seen some serious missteps, like when Premier Horgan appointed a Wild Salmon Advisory Council dominated by fishing industry representatives, with no independent fisheries scientists and no conservation advocacy groups. The hand-picked council rushed their public consultations through around the winter holidays, and all but one of their public meetings were in coastal towns, almost completely excluding interior communities.

On March 8, the industry-dominated council released their final recommendations and Premier Horgan is now deciding which of these recommendations he is going to accept and put into a “made-in-B.C. wild salmon strategy.”

The council’s recommendations for protecting and restoring salmon habitat are excellent and we need to encourage the Premier to put serious muscle behind them. However, some of their other recommendations are dangerously ill-informed, like boosting the old-school commercial fishing industry with no mention of preventing overfishing by moving to more sustainable fishing methods; or increasing artificial salmon production in hatcheries despite the growing evidence that hatchery operations often harm wild fish and should only be used as a last resort.

We need to tell the Premier and our elected representatives to put wild salmon and science first, and we only have a few days to do it before key decisions are made. Please take a minute to send a letter now.

Thanks for joining us in standing up for wild salmon!

NB. You can read the WSAC recommendations here.

 

26 Responses to Tell Premier Horgan to Put Wild Salmon First

  1. Damon Brown says:

    Please support a sustainable Wild Salmon Population reduce commercial fishing and remove all fish farms from Wild Salmon migration routes ! Also please consult with the Hereditary Leaders regarding the Herring fishery and its importance as a food source for wild salmon not farmed salmon. This would greatly help The Southern Resident Orca population! !

  2. Tia Benn says:

    Please, do what you can right now to protect habitat, restore habitat, and do a better job of coordinating that work across various government departments. Forget expensive artificial hatchery operations that science is showing are dangerous to wild salmon. Mother nature is the best salmon hatchery we have, and that’s where B.C.’s public funds should be spent.

  3. Tia Benn says:

    Protect habitat, restore habitat, and do a better job of coordinating that work across various government departments. Forget expensive artificial hatchery operations that science is showing are dangerous to wild salmon. Mother nature is the best salmon hatchery we have, and that’s where B.C.’s public funds should be spent.

  4. Nadia Nowak says:

    This is a critical opportunity for leadership on this issue. Please make science-based decisions and protect wild salmon habitat. I live where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet and it is so apparent that we need to make smart choices today if we want to have wild salmon into the future. May it be a legacy of your government to have done the right thing for the future of wild salmon and the peoples and ecosystems that depend on them. That means protecting wild salmon habitat, not the interests of industry.

  5. Paul Zielinski says:

    Please make an effort to save B.C.’s wild salmon, for future B.C. fisherman, and ladies.They can’t save themselves, they need our help. Thank You Premier Horgan.

    Concerned Fisher person

  6. Dave Samuelsson says:

    I can only say that we need to save the wild salmon. Get rid of ocean based fish farms. You know this is the right thing to do. Thank you.

  7. Ken says:

    Get all our hatcheries running at full capacity, eliminate all gillnetting on the river and estuaries, go to fish wheel for fn fishery to nearly eliminate non-target by catch, eliminate all salt water salmon farming. Work on fish ladders at all hydro dams. Remidiate all not-in-use dams. Work diligently on habitat enhancement that will create favourable spawning/rearing areas.

  8. Theresa Lamb says:

    Please protect & support Wild Salmon habitats of our beautiful BC waters. I never thought, while growing up in Vancouver, that our environment would be so threatened & become such high risk for death, illnesses,suffering.

  9. lorraine prest says:

    Please stop the fish farming or have it transferred to a land facility

  10. Susan Ladner says:

    Our MLA in Salmon Arm destroyed legally protected fish habit in 2010. How on Earth was he elected? We need to protect our natural resources. https://thetyee.ca/News/2013/04/22/Kyllo-Fisheries-Act/?fbclid=IwAR1KuoXASje7RvXoa1q-x7zuENzjNdGEkDGmhhNBdf7qTGEb7AYYCdCGVSA

  11. Lorinda says:

    Water is life…for all living on this earth. Including your children

  12. Anne says:

    First Nations have always been stewards of the land and water. For once, listen to the voice of reason..do what is right!

  13. Cheryle Dobbyn says:

    Please Mr. Horgan.
    I don’t even eat fish, but as I watch the reports and read the statistics, it is so very depressing.This is British Columbia…the HOME of Pacific salmon. The HOME of old growth rain forests. The HOME of the grizzly and spirit bears.The HOME of the Haida, who are known throughout the world.Please. Fix this disaster. I beg you.

  14. Victoria Good says:

    Close down all Farm fish!! They are killing our wild salmon. Don’t move it too the Land! Shut all Farm fish down

  15. Jeffrey Dinsdale says:

    Please stop fish farming as it currently exists in British Columbia. Move fish farms to land-based operations or better still move them all back to Norway. Why are Pacific Herring being used as a feed source for Atlantic Salmon in B.C. waters?…these are the herring that Pacific Salmon feed on, the salmon that are in turn an invaluable food source for Pacific Orcas. Who is really calling the shots when it comes to fish farming in our waters?

  16. Ryan says:

    Save the salmon leave them be wild and free!

  17. James Ridgway-Wilson says:

    Ban all open net fish farms

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