Category: Salmon farming

Herring in salmon farms killed by Hydrolicer

In early March this year, herring spawned near Tofino. I was sitting at home looking out the window, when the water out front began to turn turquoise. While this used to be a common event,

Wild salmon flotilla—Do not renew in ’22!

Sometimes in politics you have to demonstrate your people power, to show the government that there is public support to take action. With all salmon farm licences in British Columbia expiring on June 30th, now

Sea lions trapped!

You know your story has really taken off when media starts calling—from Poland! Two dozen sea lions trapped in an open-net pen fish farm near Tofino in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region were covered

Salmon farms are herring farms

A week ago last Saturday I was at home drinking coffee with Bonny, when the ocean out front began turning turquoise. There had been lots of sea lions swimming past in recent weeks, so we

Fish Farms: Yes or No DFO?

by Dan Lewis with Alexandra Morton Every fall for the past quarter century, I’ve eagerly anticipated the return of Chum salmon spawners to a handful of tiny creeks in the Wah-Nah-Jus/Hilth-hoo-is Tribal Park on Meares

Stop Cermaq’s Clayoquot Expansion

Wild salmon populations are close to collapse in British Columbia. With all the debate about salmon farming, you’d think fish farm companies would see the writing on the wall. But it appears not. Cermaq is

Cermaq halts SCCS trial

Cermaq halted sea trials on their experimental Semi-Closed Containment system (SCCS) this fall. After operating the facility in Ahousaht Territory near Tofino for less than a year, Cermaq threw in the towel, citing “a technical

Clayoquot Salmon Investigation Crowdfunder!

There are 20 polluting salmon farms in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region. Meanwhile, wild salmon in Clayoquot Sound are rapidly sliding towards extinction. Returning spawners counts are in single digits at many rivers near

Vote for salmon!

The federal election currently underway will be critical for wild salmon. The current federal government has pledged to remove open-net pen salmon farms from the BC coast by 2025. But rather than prepare for the

Don’t Renew in ’22

It came up in a couple of internal documents from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), but no-one had seen solid proof it was true. However, some sleuthing around on the DFO website and