Friends of Clayoquot Sound are also friends of wild Pacific salmon. FOCS want permanent moratorium on open net-cage tenures: 22 fish farm sites in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is enough!

Friends of Clayoquot Sound

 — June 2011

New fish farm application in Clayoquot Sound
Your input is needed!

From FrontCounter BC, Nanaimo
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations:

Due to the webpage system problems with the Reasons for Decision webpage, and the inability of the public to access the application and submit comments, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be extending the deadline for public comment on this application until July 22, 2011…. Please submit all comments, reference Land File # 141355

Plover Pt application (map)Farm applications have been denied before. Your letter will make a difference! Thank you!

22 fish farm sites in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is enough!

The Norwegian-owned corporation Mainstream is applying for a new open net-cage salmon farm site in Clayoquot Sound. This application is for a new 55-hectare feedlot site near Plover Point on the east side of Meares Island (click map to enlarge).

The Plover Point area, rich with marine life, is frequented by sea lions, porpoises, sea birds, and orcas. There are seal haul-outs at the point. Stream assessments found streams with cutthroat trout and salmon nearby. There are also productive clam beds along the shores of the Meares Island Tribal Park, as well as eelgrass and kelp beds and herring spawning areas.

The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve contains most of the remaining large intact rainforest river valleys on Vancouver Island, which are critical habitat for wild salmon. Peer-reviewed science shows that wild salmon are harmed by open net-cage salmon farms that spread disease and parasites to wild fish.

What gives a Norwegian-owned corporation the right to pollute BC waters and put whole ecosystems at risk?

With the Cohen Commission still under way, while we wait for the disease data from Mainstream’s farms to be released to the public is not the time to expand fish farms in the Biosphere Reserve.

Friends of Clayoquot Sound is calling on the provincial government to deny this tenure application, to place a permanent moratorium on expansion of open net-cage tenures in BC, and to move existing farms to closed containment.

If you are a recreational or commercial fisher, eco-tourism operator, or simply concerned about the risks posed by open net-cage fish farms, please take the time to submit your comments to:, reference Land File # 141355

Be sure to cc:
Premier Christy Clark <>
Alberni-Clayoquot MLA Scott Fraser <>
Friends of Clayoquot Sound <>

2-page CAAR backgrounder (PDF, 111k)

Thanks for acting to preserve Clayoquot’s rare and irreplaceable ecosystems!

Our small organization depends on funding mostly from you — the people who care about Clayoquot Sound. Please make a donation to FOCS to enable our work. Donate on-line, or for a donation form (PDF) to print and mail click hereThank you!

Friends of Clayoquot Sound
PO Box 489, 331 Neill St., Tofino BC   V0R 2Z0
Tel: 250-725-4218


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