Street theatre calling for the closure of fish farms in the Discovery Islands, held Sept 24, outside the offices of the DFO on Burrard Street
From the office of Liberal MP Terry Beech, to a Wild Salmon Die-in outside the DFO, the Wild Salmon Action Team joined a call by one hundred and one First Nations to close fish farms in the Discovery Islands
by Rob Dainow
This September, the Vancouver Unitarian Wild Salmon Action Team partnered with the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance, to join a coalition of BC First Nations, demanding the closure of fish farms in the Discovery Islands.
Cohen Commission, Recommendation #19: Remove fish farms by September 30th, 2020, from the Discovery Islands
There are 18 open-net fish farms in the Discovery Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Pathogens and sea lice from these fish farms are harming juvenile wild salmon migrating to the open ocean. Fraser River wild salmon stocks with critical migration routes through Discovery Passage are near collapse.
Sept 15, 2020: We gathered in front of the office of Burnaby-North Seymour MP Terry Beech to draw attention to his government’s promise to implement Recommendation 19 of the Cohen Commission.
Beech is the Parliamentary Secretary to Bernadette Jordan the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Sept 22, 2020: Press conference in North Vancouver
A coalition of one hundred and one First Nations, together with commercial and sports fishing organisations, wilderness tourism operators, BC businesses, and environmental NGOs demanded the federal government close salmon farms in the Discovery Islands and transition to land-based closed-containment fish farming by 2025.
Sept 24, 2020: We engaged in street theatre — a wild salmon Die-in — in front of the downtown offices of the DFO, on Burrard Street, to deliver our message directly to Minister Jordan.
We are honoured to work with Eddie Gardner president of the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance, a Stó:lō Elder from the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack BC
Vancouver Unitarians Wild Salmon Action Team stands with the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance
Eddie and Sabra confer outside Terry Beech’s office