Salmon farming, as it currently operates in open net cages in the ocean, has been shown to be devastating to the marine environment, particularly wild salmon.
The waste that is produced, the diseases and parasites such as sea lice, escapes of the farmed salmon, and entanglement and drowning of marine mammals are decimating the rich ecosystem of the northern Georgia Strait and Sunshine Coast.
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We have been working for many years in partnership with other organizations to change the way salmon is farmed in BC. as part of the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform.
* BC Salmon Farms (2007) Average pen size: 30m x 30m
Fish in each pen: 50,000 - 80,000
Average no. of pens per farm: 14
Current tenures: 124
Farms currently operating: ~90