Above: Rally and street theatre outside the offices of the DFO in downtown Vancouver calling for an end to fish farms in the Discovery Islands
From the constituency office of MP Terry Beech, to a Wild Salmon Die-in at the DFO, the Wild Salmon Action Team joined one hundred and one BC First Nations calling for the removal of fish farms from the Discovery Islands
By Rob Dainow
This September, the UCV Wild Salmon Action Team (WSAT) partnered with the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance to join a broad coalition demanding the federal government meet its promise to implement the Cohen Commission recommendation to remove fish farms from the Discovery Islands by Sept. 30, 2020.
The forecast for the 2020 Fraser River sockeye salmon return, historically one of the richest fisheries in the world, has plummeted to an alarming 300,000.
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 to mature.
Fraser River wild salmon stocks with critical migration routes through Discovery Passage are near collapse.
Sept 15, 2020: We rallied in front of the constituency office of Burnaby-North Seymour MP Terry Beech, to draw attention to his government’s promise to remove fish farms by Sept 30, 2020, from the Discovery Islands. Beech is parliamentary secretary to Bernadette Jordan the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans.
Sept 22, 2020: Press conference in North Vancouver
A coalition of one hundred and one First Nations, 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 — outside the downtown offices of the DFO, on Burrard Street, to deliver our message directly to fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan.
September 15, 2020
Highlights from the Action outside MP Terry Beech’s Constituency Office
Above: the Vancouver Unitarians Wild Salmon Action Team takes a stand with the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance
Above: Sto:lo elder Eddie Gardner confers with Sabra Woodsworth (a colleague of biologist Alexandra Morton). We brought our message with drumming and song to the office of Liberal MP for Burnaby-North Seymour. The rally was limited to 35 people, due to Covid-19 precautions and social distancing rules