Wild Salmon

Wild Pacific salmon – Sockeye, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink – are the lifeblood of the West Coast, supporting Orcas, Grizzlies, other wildlife, forests, First Nations, coastal communities and tourism. Wild salmon are in trouble.

Effects from over-fishing, salmon farming, climate change, habitat alteration by logging, mining, agriculture and dams have extinguished over 100 stocks of salmon and 700 are at risk in British Columbia.

The Wilderness Committee focuses on protection of the wild salmon's habitat and protecting wild salmon from the effects of salmon farming.

To protect BC's Great Northern Salmon Rivers from industrial resource extraction, the Wilderness Committee is helping and supporting northern environmental groups and First Nations.

To end the use of open-net cage salmon farming on the BC coast, we raise awareness about the impacts of these farms on the natural environment. We address issues like parasitic sea lice and disease that kills juvenile wild salmon that migrate past farms on their way out to sea. The loss of protein worldwide to feed farmed salmon is unsustainable, since salmon are carnivores. The raw sewage, toxic chemicals, pesticides and drugs also emanate from salmon farms polluting marine life and also your dinner plate.

Don't let the pacific wild salmon end up like the Atlantic cod. The provincial and federal governments need to immediately shutdown salmon farms along wild salmon migration routes and then remove open-net cage salmon farms as soon as possible down the entire coast of BC, to then be followed by phasing out salmon farms, of any type, as they are unsustainable.

Learn more about Salmon Farming

Learn more about BC's Great Northern Salmon Rivers


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Take Action

Time to clean up BC's dirty mining industry!

Write to BC's Premier now!

When the tailings pond dam burst at the Mount Polley Mine in August 2014, it unleashed a torrent of mine waste and water. It also unleashed a torrent of widespread public concern about the increasing environmental risks and health impacts from BC’s mining industry.

In light of these risks, the Wilderness Committee released a new publication – produced with support from MiningWatch Canada and Clayoquot Action – demanding that BC’s mining industry clean up its act and be constrained by tougher environmental laws governing the creation, storage and disposal of mine waste.

Click here to download the report: Cleaning Up BC's Dirty Mining Industry.

We’ve also produced a video, which looks at the risks associated with mining in the Fraser River Watershed, one of the greatest salmon watersheds in the world. Watch the video here.

There are better, safer alternatives, but the industry must commit to investing in these practices and the government must enforce stricter standards.

Please contact the BC Premier and Minister of Mines today, to help clean up the province's mining industry and protect our communities, environment, health and waters –  including BC's world-famous salmon runs.

Let the provincial government know how strongly you want:

1) A ban on the outdated and dangerous practice of holding large volumes of toxic slurry, water and mine waste behind towering earthen dams, and requirements for safer storage methods

2) Legislated ‘no-go zones’ for mining in some areas to protect critical ecosystems, livelihoods, and local economies

3) A stop to industry self-regulation in favour of mandatory independent oversight and monitoring

4) A levy on all operating mines to ensure zero public liability and a multi-billion dollar mine clean-up fund

5) Required consent from local communities and First Nations before mine projects can proceed

Send your letter to BC's Premier today!


Photo: Highland Valley Copper Mine, BC (Jeremy Williams). 

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