Salmon Aquaculture

Province approves new Clayoquot Sound open net cage site

Despite overwhelming evidence of the damage wrought by open net salmon farms, the Provincial Government has approved a Mainstream application for a huge new open net cage salmon farm on the shores of Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound.  The site is now slated to house a 55 hectare open netc cage operation near Plover Point on the east shore of Meares Island. There are already 20 salmon farm sites in the area and wild salmon runs are in dramatic decline. No wild salmon population anywhere in the world has thrived in close proximity to salmon farms. We are particularly concerned about the threat of diseases on salmon farms infecting and killing wild salmon stocks.

In May of this year, Mainstream reported an outbreak of Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis virus (IHN) on one of their open net cage salmon farms in Clayoquot Sound, resulting in 560,000 fish being destroyed. In July another of thier Clayoqout farms reported an outbreak of IHN and these fish were also required to be destroyed. Dr. Kristi Miller, Head of Molecular Genetics at the Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, reported having found positive test results for Infectious Salmon Anemia virus (ISAv) in two other farms in the area last year.

GSA, along with a number of other environmental groups, have written an angry letter to Premier Christy Clark for allowing the approval of this new open net cage salmon farm site without addressing the serious concerns about the impacts on wild salmon. Read the letter here.

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