Salmon Farming Expansion
Since the lifting of the moratorium in October 2013, there have been several applications for new salmon farming sites as well as applications for expansion or amendment of an existing site.
With the continued confusion and lack of clarity around process and timelines for public comment on these open-net salmon farming applications, Watershed Watch Salmon Society is striving to aid public awareness with the summary below.
Table: Summary of publicized applications for open net salmon aquaculture license changes – updated 2017-03-08 (Click to enlarge)
In February 2015, Watershed Watch Salmon Society gathered over 500 comments expressing concern over two new farms proposed for Clio Channel! These comments were submitted during the public comment period for these proposed farms as well as presented to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Canada by Watershed Watch Biologist Stan Proboszcz in March 2015.
For more information, see the following previous submissions made by Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Save Our Salmon, David Suzuki Foundation, and Pacific Salmon Foundation:
Hope Island applications:
- June 25, 2014 – Questions regarding applications for two open net-salmon farms Ghi ya (Bull Harbour) and Wanx talis (Heath Bay)
- October 3, 2014 – Questions on Ghi ya (Bull Harbour) and Wanx talis (Heath Bay) Applications
Clayoquot Sound applications:
- August 25, 2014 – Questions regarding applications for two open net-salmon farms Herbert Inlet – File #1414249 and Yaakswilis (Millar Channel) – File #1414250
Authorities involved in decision-making about expansion of open-net salmon farming in BC:
- Province of BC (tenures): AuthorizingAgency.Nanaimo@gov.bc.ca
- DFO (production volume and management of aquaculture): marine.Finfish.Aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
- Members of Parliament: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseofCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
- Members of the Legislative Assembly of BC: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm
Map: Publicized applications and location of existing open-net farms to date (Click to enlarge)