Sonia and I have been trying to visit the fish farms in the ‘Namgis territory since early November. The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw first nations have been publicly opposed to open net fish farms for the past 30 years. Recently, their fight has become very public.
Adam Olsen’s statement highlighting the incredible work of the Peninsula Streams Society and habitat restoration. Human activity is heavily impacting ecosystems and the work of stream keeping organizations across British Columbia is successfully reversing the negative impacts.
I have been concerned about the farming of Atlantic salmon on the British Columbia coast for many years.
The central question for me is why do we even need to farm salmon? Have we forgotten the old fish stories of the wild Pacific salmon filling the creeks, streams, bays and inlets so thick “you could walk across their backs to the other side?”
The Pacific salmon is a keystone species in British Columbia. Not only is this iconic fish one of our most important renewable resources for the provincial economy but the Pacific salmon provide critical nutrients to countless species of plants and animals along our coast and deep into the heart of our Province. The wild Pacific salmon is part of our heart and soul.