Our Sound, Our Salmon stands in solidarity with our neighbors to the north.
In the photo above, members of the 'Namgis First Nation stand in protest of a ship transferring one million Atlantic salmon smolts to Marine Harvest's Swanson Island Farm.
Days earlier, the Canadian Federal Court dismissed the First Nation's court bid to block the restocking of the open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island, claiming that the 'Namgis had filed their application 'too late', but admitting that there was a 'real and non-speculative likelihood of harm' from the net pen operation.
Read more details about the 'Namgis First Nation's bid here.
Atlantic salmon net pens in bc: A History
The recent First Nation court challenge is only the latest development in a decades-long struggle to rid Pacific Canadian waters of harmful open-water Atlantic salmon aquaculture. For years, independent BC researchers have led the world in identifying the harms posed by Atlantic salmon net pens, and BC First Nations have vocally opposed the industry operating without consent in their territorial waters, culminating in a recent months-long occupation of a fish farm at Swanson Island in the Broughton Archipelago.
Now, in the aftermath of a historic decision by the Washington State legislature to phase out Atlantic salmon aquaculture, thousands of British Columbia citizens are hopeful that the net pen industry's days in the province are numbered. In the final stronghold for salmon farms on the west coast of North America, a movement is growing larger and larger that says wild salmon are sacred and must be protected at all costs.
Learn more about the major recent developments surroundingf Atlantic salmon farms in BC by flipping through the photos below.
RACING A VIRUS
In this short and informative video, independent researcher Alexandra Morton brings to light Canada's federal and provincial government attempts to cover-up the impacts of Piscine reovirus (PRV). 'Racing a Virus' exposes how millions of Atlantic salmon infected with PRV have been allowed to be planted into salmon farms along the BC coast, thereby spreading the infection to wild salmon. For more information and access to the documents in Alex's film, click here: http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/racing_a_virus