DONNELLY RE-INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO TRANSITION WESTCOAST SALMON FARMS TO CLOSED CONTAINMENT

Today, Fin Donnelly, NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic and Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody, re-introduced his Wild Salmon Protection Act.

“Wild Salmon are an iconic species in British Columbia,” said Donnelly. “It is imperative that the federal government protect wild salmon for generations to come.

”The Wild Salmon Protection Act aims to strengthen the Fisheries Act by requiring BC fish farms to move from harmful open-net pens to safe, closed containment systems. The bill would direct the Fisheries Minister to develop, table and implement a transition plan to move to closed containment.

The Wild Salmon Protection Act also gained the support from noted biologist and wild salmon activist Alexandra Morton, film and television icon William Shatner, First Nations Chief Bob Chamberlin and renowned chef Robert Clark.

“My bill has received tremendous support since I first introduced it in Parliament last year,” said Donnelly. “Thousands of British Columbians have signed postcards and petitions to encourage the federal government to adopt this legislation. I hope that the federal government will listen and pass this critical legislation.”