Activists push B.C. government to deny renewal of fish farm licences
Activists and First Nations in B.C. say farmed Atlantic salmon are spreading viruses, lice and disease to native Pacific salmon (W5).
An environmental group is calling on B.C. Premier John Horgan to say no when fish farm licences along the province's coastline come up for renewal later this year.
Alexandra Morton of the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society says the tenures are set to expire in June.
Morton says Horgan needs to consider the environmental threat posed by fish farms and its potential impact on wilderness tourism.
She says one alternative is to transition to closed-pen, land-based fish farming, which is safer than farming in the ocean.