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Aquaculture Critics Seek Closure of Five B.C. Farms

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - A series of open-net-cage salmon farms in key migratory routes in the northern part of Georgia Strait have come under attack by aquaculture critics who want them closed.

According to a report by John Colebourn, TheProvince, the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform warns that unless the five net-cage salmon farms operating off Quadra Island around Wild Salmon Narrows are shut down or moved, the entire stock of wild salmon is in peril.

"The Wild Salmon Narrows, along the east and north side of Quadra Island, is a significant migration route for juvenile wild salmon from local rivers, the Fraser River and, in all likelihood, Washington and Oregon runs as well," Ruby Berry of the coastal alliance told the news organisation.

"It is imperative that the five open-net-cage farms be removed from this narrow migration channel as an emergency measure to protect these critical salmon runs from the unnecessary risk posed by the open-net-cage farms." Thousands of juvenile salmon could die from sea lice and other potentially fatal diseases, said Berry.

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