Prime Minister of Canada opens door to more salmon farms in BC

A salmon feedlot, or “fish farm” in BC.

On the heels of the Harper government giving the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the greenlight to expand in BC, the industry was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  The wisdom of Justice Bruce Cohen tossed aside, BC is now a third-world region – just another place for Norway to raise “their” fish.  This is a death sentence to the wild salmon of British Columbia. If we serious about preserving our way of life, democracy and our country we need to adapt to meet this challenge. If we don’t, it is clear where we are going – think Chile – massive salmon feedlots, disease outbreaks and a new social order wherever this industry bites down.


In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission.  He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans.

A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow “their” fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell. Their press release states they plan to lead the blue revolution similar to 5000 years ago when we went from hunting to farming.  They fail to mention salmon farming requires aggressive wild fisheries.  Truth is a scarce commodity in this deal.

Marine Harvest –  listed as a protein company to woo American investors,

We want to grow even faster” says Marine Harvest Chief Executive Alf-Helge Aarskog.

This is a very dangerous situation for BC’s wild salmon. Wild salmon do not survive exposure to salmon feedlots. DFO shrunken, bent and abused – is no longer capable of defending wild salmon. British Columbians have made it clear they distrust this industry, but Harper is not listening to the people he rules.

Read the full story here.


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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

2 responses to “Prime Minister of Canada opens door to more salmon farms in BC”

  1. Barbra & Jack Donachy says :

    Salmon farming rates side-by-side with shark finning as ultimate examples of environmentally irresponsible behavior. Why are Canadian’s turning their backs on their wild salmon and the environs those wild salmon need. Entire ecosystems are dependent upon these salmon and their habitats. The government’s scheme is clear: increased salmon farming, gradually extirpate the wild fish, and then open previous salmon habitat to timber and mineral extraction. And Canadians are sitting around on their hands watching it all happen. Depressing.

    • Jennifer says :

      I agree with you 100%. I think the trouble is ignorance, people don’t properly understand the issues, and when they do, they feel they can’t do anything to make a difference. We need to encourage people to discuss this more, to share these stories and documentaries, and to speak out and sign petitions whenever they can. The more we educate people about this, the more chance we will have of encouraging people to take action.

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