Coastal communities speak up for BC’s salmon farming industry

April 1, 2018
Coastal communities speak up for BC’s salmon farming industry
Premier John Horgan inundated with letters from the often neglected voices in BC’s coastal communities that depend on salmon farms
SeaWestNews, By Samantha McLeod, April 1, 2018

Workers in British Columbia’s salmon farming industry have sent hundreds of letters to the office of Premier John Horgan about what the future could hold for a sustainable industry that thousands of families depend on.

The often neglected voices in towns, cities and salmon farms up and down the coast are speaking up against a torrent of misinformation and “sky is falling” eco-hype by the anti-fish farm lobby.

The letter writing campaign that began earlier this year is organized by a group called Working Coast BC.

Working Coast BC was founded by concerned residents who felt it was time to advocate for and vocally support our working coastal communities.

Its website states that over the next few months, important decisions are to be made that could negatively impact our coastal communities that rely on aquaculture and salmon farming in particular.

“We need a show of support from the salmon farming constituency to send a strong message to the government that salmon farming is an incredible contributor to our coastal communities, both economically and socially,” states Working Coast BC.

“We live on this working coast and want to ensure a vibrant working community environment that allows us all to enjoy our wonderful coast while making a sustainable living here.”

Below is an excerpt of one of the letters titled Shutting down salmon farming would put us out of business by Carol and Bruce Dirom, the owners of a smoked-fish business in Port Hardy , (pictured), which was also published in the Times Colonist on Easter Sunday. They challenge anyone critical of the industry to visit a farm and really understand what’s going on....

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