About Bill C-228

Save wild salmon


On February 24th, 2016 Fin Donnelly, MP (Port Moody -Coquitlam) introduced Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture)

Bill C-228 strengthens the Fisheries Act by requiring British Columbia salmon farms to move from harmful open net pens to safe closed containment systems.

You can read and download the full text of the bill here.

BC's wild salmon is under threat.   By moving salmon farms to closed containment, we can protect wild salmon from sea lice, pollutants and other harmful substances that can come from open-net salmon farms.

The future of BC aquaculture is closed containment.   The technology exists, is economically feasible, and the prospective jobs and economic opportunities for British Columbians are immense.

 Canada can become a world leader in closed containment aquaculture, but we must act now.


Fin has been fighting to save wild salmon for over 25 years. He twice swam the 1,400km length of the Fraser River, to draw attention to threats to this mighty salmon river. Since being elected to the House of Commons in 2009, Fin has made federally legislated protection to save wild salmon a top priority. 

His last wild salmon campaign received more than 10,000 postcards from individuals and organizations across the country.

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Background on Closed Containment

Technologies for Viable Salmon Aquaculture: An Examination of Land-Based Closed Containment Aquaculture
Andrew S. Wright Ph.D & Nasim Arianpoo MSc

Campaign Press

Please, Save Our B.C. Salmon

B.C. MP’s closed-pen salmon farm bill advances in Ottawa

Letter to the editor: MP targets ocean-based salmon farms

Captain Kirk beams in to back wild salmon protection bill

Ocean-based salmon farms targeted in B.C. MP's private member's bill

Editorial: Port Moody-Coquitlam's salmon farm bill worth a look

Bills for Tri-City MPs moving through House of Commons

MP's bill to ban open net-cage fish farms gaining steam

Other Media Links


Dead humpback found entangled in aquaculture lines

Marine Policy Journal: Risk and precaution: Salmon farming

Disastrous Fraser River salmon run eclipses 2009 collapse

Pressure is on to find out if fish farms make wild salmon sick, says federal scientist

2 Clayoquot Sound salmon farms hit by toxic algae

More revelations expected after disease found in farmed salmon

Lesions indicate disease in farmed salmon: study

Evidence of Fish Farm Disease Detected in BC

Open-net pen salmon farms ending in Norway?

Deadly salmon virus may be in B.C. waters, study suggests

Discovery of variant infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) of European genotype in British Columbia, Canada

Past Campaign

Donnelly re-introduces legislation to transition west coast salmon farms to closed containment

Donnelly applauds launch of commercial-scale closed containment tanks in BC

Federal fisheries committee begins west coast fish farm tour

New Democrat campaign to save BC's wild salmon breaks 5,000 signatures

Campaign to save wild salmon turns up the heat with support from renowned local chef

New Democrats move to protect BC's wild salmon