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Shatner Joins B.C. Salmon Farm Debate

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA William Shatner recently waded into the debate about British Columbia's controversial fish farms.

According to, the Canadian actor has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking that salmon farms be removed from crucial wild-salmon migration routes off northern Vancouver Island.

Shatner said salmon farms are having a disastrous impact on "one of Earth's most precious assets, the wild salmon and steelhead of B.C." in the letter, which was also sent to Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell.

"There is one thing you could do tomorrow that would benefit the wild stocks enormously and all your citizens who depend on this fish — remove salmon farms from wild salmon and steelhead migration routes and encourage the industry to reinvent itself on land where other, more sustainable species could be trialled," wrote Shatner, an avid sports fisherman.

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