Q&A with BC Salmon Farmers Association

Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce to host virtual Q&A with BC Salmon Farmer's Executive Director

Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce to host virtual Q&A with BC Salmon Farmers Executive Director


Thursday, April 22, 2021



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BCSFA recently released a report titled, “Consequences of the Decision to Shut Down Salmon Farming in the Discovery Islands.”  The report states that the Discovery Islands decision, if unaltered, will put nearly 1,500 well-paid B.C. jobs at risk and cause the euthanization of up to 10.7 million fish (equivalent to over 210 million meals). This decision puts the entire $1.6 billion industry in B.C. at risk.


“We feel it is important to provide a platform for people to engage directly and ask questions regarding the fall-out from the federal government’s December 17, 2020 decision to close the Discovery Island fish farms with an excelerated time-line.” says, Mary Ruth Snyder, the chamber’s executive director, “There is no question the economic impact will be felt by our entire community. We have invited John Paul Fraser, Executive Director for the BC Salmon Farmer’s to provide the latest information and answer your questions.”


John Paul Fraser, Executive Director of BC Salmon Farmers Association will be providing a virtual presentation of the report, along with updates, followed by a Q&A.


B.C.’s salmon farmers are calling for reconsideration of the Discovery Islands decision. A more responsible path forward can be achieved through time, transfer and table to minimize the serious impacts of this decision. “We have been speaking about the impacts of this rushed, ill-considered decision since the day it was made, but this report really captured just how widespread the human and animal welfare impacts will be. Thankfully, we are also able to offer a reasonable, respectful way forward, one consistent with genuine reconciliation with First Nations and real engagement with all parties. The ball is now in the government’s court, and we ask them to seriously, and urgently, consider this reasonable way forward.”

– John Paul Fraser, Executive Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association


The following links are relevant to the discussion:

Discovery Damage Report ~ Released February 23, 2021

BCSFA Economic Recovery Report ~ Released November 9, 2020

Surrey Impact Report ~ Released April 14, 2021



Mary Ruth Snyder ~ 250-650-7575 | exdir@crchamber.ca

Executive Director, Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce


Michelle Franze ~ 1-604-202-4417 | michelle@bcsalmonfarmers.ca

Manager of Communications, Partnerships and Community

BC Salmon Farmers Association