Open-net farmed salmon boycott spreading across BC
November 19, 2013, 9:13 am
A national boycott of open-net farmed salmon that kicked off earlier this year in Canada at a local store parking lot, is expanding to more communities, reports The Progress.
Boycott rallies are slated simultaneously for the lunch hour of Nov. 19 at eight superstore locations across British Columbia — including one on Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack, where the demonstrations first began.
The ultimate goal of the coordinated rallies is to get stores to remove the product from their shelves and have open-net pens removed from the migration routes of wild salmon.
The national boycott was launched locally in early 2013.
Concerns have been raised about health alerts that have been issued, including SeaChoice seafood guidelines, which “red-list” net-pen farmed salmon, cautioning some to avoid it.
Open-net aquaculture is “a flawed technology,” said local boycott coordinator Eddie Gardner, since it is not known the extent of the damage to wild salmon stocks and habitat caused by open net pens on the migration routes of wild salmon.