Organic Consumers Association

Urgent Action needed to Protect Pink Salmon

Posted 04/03/2003

Take action to protect British Columbia's endangered pink salmon. Send a free letter to the companies who are refusing to provide safe passage for wild salmon around their fish farms. Visit CAAR's Farmed and Dangerous Action Centre to ensure the pink salmon's survival.


An unprecedented outbreak of sea lice at salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago in the north east portion of Vancouver Island, British Columbia decimated eight runs of pink salmon in 2001 - putting them on the brink of extinction. The fish-farm industry refuses to adequately address sea-lice outbreaks around their farms. Two companies, Stolt Sea Farms and Heritage Aquaculture, operate 27 farms in the Broughton Archipelago. All they need to do is leave fish pens empty on all wild salmon migration routes February to July to provide the wild pink salmon safe passage, and ensure their survival. These companies are refusing to accommodate this wild species' needs.

Pink salmon could begin their migration to sea as early as the last week of February yet industry and government has not developed a suitable action plan.

Take Action today. Visit the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform.

Action Alert: Let the USDA know that you want fish to be labeled as wild or farmed and by country of origin.

The USDA recently issued Interim Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling guidelines including the requirement for all fish to be labeled as wild-caught or farm-raised and by country of origin. This is essential consumer information enabling us to make responsible consumer choices for a sustainable future. Guidelines are set to become mandatory in September 2004. There is a public comment period until April 9th 2003. Let the USDA know that you support the new labeling guidelines. Knowing whether a fish is wild or farmed and what country it comes from allows us to trace production methods. This is beneficial for consumers.

Send your comments to:
Country of Origin Labeling Program
Agricultural Marketing Service
Stop 0249 Room 2092-S
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington DC 20250-0249

Or to William Sessions, Associate Deputy Administrator, Livestock and Seed Program at

Click here for more information on the new labeling guidelines.

Click here for more information about the differences between wild and farmed salmon.

Widespread Antibiotic Drug Use in U.S. Aquaculture, New Report Finds

An estimated 204,000 to 433,000 pounds of antibiotics are used annually in the production of seafood sold in the U.S., according to a new report published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. This includes antibiotics from the same classes that doctors depend on for treating sick humans.

click here for the full report.
click here for the press release.

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