Bonny Glambeck, Friends of Clayoquot Sound writes in Westerly News…
She writes regarding Mainstream’s new Clayoquot Sound open net-cage salmon farm proposal. This application is for a new feedlot site near Plover Point on the east side of Meares Island. Issues addressed include:
-The area 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
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.
Friends of Clayoquot Sound calls for a permanent moratorium on expansion of net-cage tenures in B.C., and to move existing farms to closed containment.