Canadians are facing higher costs of living and as a result, it is getting harder and harder to buy healthy food. Many Canadians are also worried about finding and keeping good paying jobs to support their families.
Modern, sustainable, in-ocean salmon farms produce healthy, eco-friendly and affordable meal options. They also provide good, year-round jobs for rural, coastal and Indigenous communities – located far from urban centres – and for the other workers in small businesses that support the sector.
At a time when Canadian families are struggling to make ends meet, and so many regions across Canada have been hit hard by the effects of climate change, we need real leadership to sustain and grow Canadian food production for Canadian families.
Instead, governments have bowed to activist pressure, shutting down 40% of modern, sustainable, in-ocean salmon farming production in British Columbia. With significantly less locally produced salmon, Canadians find their grocery stores stocked with salmon shipped in from other countries with record high price tags and an increased carbon footprint.
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Ocean's peer-reviewed science has found no correlation between salmon farming and the change in wild Pacific salmon numbers. Climate change, pollution, and habitat loss are to blame – NOT modern aquaculture.
Salmon farming in British Columbia is innovative, modern and sustainable and has unmatched potential to build communities and deliver food security for Canadians.
Let Prime Minister Trudeau, Fisheries Minister Lebouthillier, and the Government of Canada know that you need affordable food for your family and that you support rural, coastal and Indigenous communities across Canada.
Tell the government in Ottawa to STOP shutting down B.C. salmon farms and START embracing a growing, modern, sustainable, ocean-based salmon farming sector for all Canadians.
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