Petition to Protect Wild Salmon written by Alexandra Morton
To: The Fisheries Minister The Honourable Gail Shea and
Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia
Wild salmon are the backbone of the BC Coast. On February 9, 2009
BC Supreme Court ruled that salmon farms are a fishery and a federal responsibility.
The science is in. The feedlot fishery is damaging wild salmon stocks worldwide
(Ford and Myers 2008). Fraser sockeye and all southcoast BC salmon and
steelhead are now at risk as a result of the Provincial policy of allowing the
feedlot fishery to use Canada's most valuable wild salmon habitat .
We the undersigned demand that Fisheries and Oceans Canada
apply the Fisheries Act to this industry and immediately:
− Place observers during feedlot salmon harvest to assess unlawful by-catch;
− Examine feedlot salmon as they are cleaned for presence of wild fish in their
− Licence vessels transporting aquaculture salmon like all other commercial
− As per Pacific Fishery Regulation "Prohibited Fishing
Methods" ban grow lights on fish feedlots to end wild prey species
attraction into the pens;
- Remove the marine feedlot industry from wild salmon migration routes.
The landmark BC Supreme Court decision states, “The inclusion of fisheries in s.
91(12) of the Constitution Act, 1867 was a recognition that fisheries, as a national
resource, require uniformity of the legislation”.
We insist that the Fisheries Act be applied to the salmon feedlot fishery immediately.