Canadian salmon farmers feed Canadian families.
Bowing to activist pressure, governments have shut down 40% of modern, sustainable, in-ocean salmon farming production in British Columbia. As a result, salmon prices in many locations have spiked over 20%. And because of the farm closures in B.C., what Canadians can find on grocery shelves is increasingly brought in from other countries.
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Ocean's peer-reviewed science has found no correlation between salmon farming and the change in wild pacific salmon numbers. Climate change, pollution, and habitat loss are to blame – NOT aquaculture.
The new minister, Dianne Lebouthillier, now has the opportunity to maintain thousands of salmon aquaculture jobs in B.C's rural, coastal and Indigenous communities, building and preserving economic opportunities for so many families.
Let Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Lebouthillier, and the Government of Canada know that you need affordable food for your family and you support Canada’s rural, coastal and Indigenous communities. Tell the Liberal government in Ottawa to stop shutting down B.C. salmon farms.
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HERE ARE THE FACTS…
- Canada is the world’s 4th largest producer of farm-raised salmon. And 97 per cent of salmon harvested in Canada is from modern, sustainable, in-ocean salmon farms.
- According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, aquaculture will need to supply 2/3 of the world’s seafood requirements by 2030. Without aquaculture, the world will face a seafood shortage of 50-80 million tonnes by 2030. Wild caught cannot – and should not be expected to – meet demand.
- Our salmon farming and fish processing activities generated an estimated $3.6 billion in economic activity and full-time jobs for 14,500 Canadians earning an estimated $854 million in wages in 2018-19.
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada peer-reviewed science has found no correlation between salmon farming and the depletion of wild pacific salmon. Climate change, pollution, and habitat loss are to blame – NOT aquaculture.