Attached are photos of young sockeye salmon on the Fraser migration route off Campbell River in the Discovery islands. These were taken on Saturday of last week.
Researchers further north near Port McNeill have seen a few of them, but not as many as are in the Discovery Islands where these are from. We have been researching sockeye in this area for over 10 years and have not seen this before.
You will find a letter Premier Christy Clark with the logos of 10 Indigenous governments along the Fraser and Thompson rivers informing her the Province of BC must not expand existing fish farms, offer new leases of occupation or renew fish farm leases without our collective consent. Aggressive expansion of fish farms on migration routes must be halted as an immediate step to prevent a serious demise of our endangered wild salmon. The Norwegian ocean fish farms decimated their wild salmon stocks in their country and their aquaculture industry is currently facing very serious out of control sea lice problems. We must prevent this from happening in Canada.
We invite you to add your strength to this effort to rid fish farms from migration routes of wild salmon. There are alternatives that we can support, such as sustainable land-based aquaculture. Dr. Alexandra Morton, a marine biologist living on Vancouver Island, is willing to be the secretary to add the logo to this letter, along with your respective chiefs names at the bottom.
Should you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Alexandra Morton.
Yours in solidarity,