Gulf Trollers Association Finfish Policy

DFO has chosen to manage the commercial fleet in a precautionary manner to protect wild salmon. As the current finfish aquaculture practices present a potentially very serious threat to our precious wild salmon, we demand that the finfish aquaculture be managed in this same precautionary manner.

Due to the collapse of the Broughton Archipelago pink salmon runs, reports of diseased salmon carcasses being dumped in the ocean, sea lice infestation of salmon smolts, Atlantic salmon spawning in Pacific streams and rivers, the Gulf Trollers Association has developed the following policy.

The Gulf Trollers Association is opposed to marine finfish farming in its present form due to the health and environmental concerns associated with open net pen aquaculture.

The following is a partial list of known and suspected environmental and health concerns directly associated with open net pen aquaculture that this Association is dedicated to rectifying:

Additionally, The Gulf Trollers Association has market concerns as farmed fish is not labeled as such and can be confused with wild finfish in the marketplace. As a result, the public cannot make informed choices between the selection of wild or farm raised finfish.

This Association would like to work with industry and government to ensure that these human health and environmental concerns are addressed in a prioritized manner by:

  1. The immediate fallowing of all net pens in the path of emerging wild smolts.
  2. The immediate end of lighting fish pens at night.
  3. A legislation change to have further expansion of finfish aquaculture limited to closed containment systems.
  4. Legislation to ensure that farmed finfish is properly and clearly identified in the marketplace.
  5. A legislation change to have existing net farm sites move to closed containment systems.
  6. The immediate implementation of regulations, inspection and control of sea lice infestation in fish farms.
  7. Insure independent observer coverage at fish farm sites similar to what is required with the commercial fleet.