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#CoastalJobsGone

Ottawa is putting our communities at risk.

The decision announced by Minister Bernadette Jordan on Dec 17, 2020 to remove all farms from the Discovery Islands over the next 18 months could impact 1,500 Vancouver Island jobs and families. It also has the potential to put the entire BC salmon farming community at risk.

In response, Mowi Canada West launched the #CoastalJobsGone social media campaign, which is taking off! In just a few weeks, the campaign has generated 1,500 tweets reaching 115,000 users on Twitter alone.

We urge you to get involved.

Share your story on social media using the hashtag #CoastalJobsGone. Tell Minister Jordan and the federal government what this decision means to you, your family, and community.

Ottawa is putting our communities at risk.

The decision announced by Minister Bernadette Jordan on Dec 17, 2020 to remove all farms from the Discovery Islands over the next 18 months could impact 1,500 Vancouver Island jobs and families. It also has the potential to put the entire BC salmon farming community at risk.

In response, Mowi Canada West launched the #CoastalJobsGone social media campaign, which is taking off! In just a few weeks, the campaign has generated 1,500 tweets reaching 115,000 users on Twitter alone.

We urge you to get involved, here’s how:

Share your story on social media using the hashtag #CoastalJobsGone. Tell Minister Jordan and the federal government what this decision means to you, your family, and community.

Get Involved

Call or email your local Member of Parliament and MLA


Rachel Blaney
Federal NDP
North Island—Powell River
Rachel.Blaney@parl.gc.ca
250-287-9388

Michele Babchuk
BC NDP
North Island
michele.babchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca
250-387-3655

Share your story with a local paper


Campbell River Mirror
editor@campbellrivermirror.com

North Island Gazette
editor@northislandgazette.com

North Island Eagle
publisher@northislandeagle.com

Comox Valley Record
terry.farrell@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

Cowichan Valley Citizen
editor@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Times Colonist
letters@timescolonist.com

Victoria News
editor@vicnews.com

Get social


Share your story on social media using the hashtag #CoastalJobsGone. Tell Minister Jordan and the federal government what this decision means to you, your family, and community. Shoot a video or take a photo, and make sure they see it by tagging:
  • Bernadette Jordan – @BernJordanMP
  • Terry Beech, MP – @terrybeech
  • Rachel Blaney – @RABlaney
  • Lana Popham – @lanapopham
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada – @FishOceansCAN
  • Justin Trudeau – @JustinTrudeau

In The News

Vaughn Palmer: Horgan says he was broadsided by Ottawa over fish farm closures

Vancouver Sun
11-Feb-21

Premier John Horgan took a rare shot at the Justin Trudeau government on Wednesday, blasting it for a unilateral move to close 19 fish farms in the Discovery Islands on the B.C. coast.

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EDITORIAL: Net B.C. loss in federal fish farm decision

Business in Vancouver
02-Feb-21

Expanding economic diversity will help inoculate B.C. against the worst effects of COVID-19 and other debilitating marketplace challenges. Shrinking that diversity will do the opposite. Unfortunately, Ottawa and B.C.’s NDP government are doing the latter when it comes to regions outside B.C.’s urban southwest.

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Discovery Island salmon farm closures will result in “$21 million in lost tax revenue”

SalmonBusiness.com
01-Feb-21

December’s news that Minister Bernadette Jordan is to phase out over the next 18 months will result in the loss of 19 sites owned by Mowi, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood, put a spanner in that plan. Groups are calling to “transition away from open net-pen fish farms in coastal waters by 2025”.

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LETTER: Fisheries minister’s Discovery Islands decision wrong on a number of points

BCLocalNews.com
26-Jan-21

The decision by the Minister of Fisheries Bernadette Jordan to cancel the renewal of 17 Aquaculture Licenses in an area just North of Campbell River is wrong on a number of points.

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Major B.C. salmon farm seeks court intervention in Discovery Islands ban

CTV News
20-Jan-21

A major B.C. salmon farmer is asking for court intervention on the forced closure of Discovery Islands farms.

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Aquaculture industry is under seige and needs our support

CAMPBELL RIVER MIRROR
12-Jan-21

I was alarmed to learn recently that our federal government had unilaterally stopped all license renewals for 17 fish farms in the Discovery Islands, which will put hundreds of families in our community out of work.

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North Island MP calls for economic transition summit

BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER
12-Jan-21

Rachel Blaney, the NDP MP for North Island-Powell River, is asking federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan for an “urgent” summit, following last month’s decision to shut down all open-net salmon farms in the Discovery Islands region.

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Mowi executive: ‘Cyber-bullies’ are helping put hundreds of hard-working aquaculture industry families out of work

INTRAFISH
12-Jan-21

Mowi executive addresses what he perceives to be imbalance in how anti-aquaculture activists use social media to unfairly damage the industry’s reputation.

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‘People are scared’: 1,500 jobs at stake after federal fisheries decision to close fish farms

CHEK NEWS
12-Jan-21

Kaitlin Guitard is a smolt farmer and water quality technician for Mowi Canada West on a farm near Quadra Island. She’s new to the industry after graduating from Dalhousie University two years ago but is already facing a layoff.

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Fact checking Morton’s diatribe about BC salmon farms

SEAWEST NEWS
10-Jan-21

BC’s loudest anti-salmon farm activist has ratcheted up her conspiracy-laden rants accusing Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) of being a criminal organisation working with a deep state of government scientists aligned with the aquaculture industry.

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Industry, local mayors say they weren’t consulted on B.C. fish farm phase out plan

CANADIAN PRESS
31-Dec-20

Several Vancouver Island mayors and members of British Columbia’s salmon farming industry say a federal decision to phase out fish farming has left them feeling “disposable and discarded.”

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Federal fisheries minister facing flak over Discovery Islands fish farm decision

NATIONAL OBSERVER
30-Dec-20

A coalition of industry stakeholders and Vancouver Island mayors wants Ottawa to outline how it plans to address the potential impacts of its decision to phase out fish farms in the Discovery Islands.

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“Sloppiest, most careless, thoughtless, reckless, heartless”: BC salmon farmers react to Discovery Islands phase out

SALMON BUSINESS
28-Dec-20

Removal of 19 sites owned by Mowi, Cermaq, Grieg Seafood will have “significant implications,” says BC Salmon Farmers Association.

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