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Canadian Wild Salmon Delegation Itinerary

Oslo: January 28

Bergen: January 30-February 4
Public presentation: Wednesday February 3 / 1900 / More info

Alta: February 6-10
Public presentation: Monday Feb 8 / 1000-1130 / More info

Oslo: February 11-12
Public presentation: Thursday February 11 / 1900 / More info

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Canadian Wild Salmon Delegation to Norway

Clayoquot Action, a Tofino, BC-based ENGO, will be travelling in Norway from January 28 to February 13 to put pressure on Norwegian salmon farming giant Cermaq. The team consists of Bonny Glambeck & Dan Lewis from Clayoquot Action in Tofino, and John Rampanen, a citizen of the Ahousaht and Keltsmaht First Nations. The message to Cermaq: get your polluting fish farms out of the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound!
First we’ll travel to Oslo to meet with politicians and Norwegian ENGO’s working to protect wild salmon. We’ll deliver a petition asking Norway to divest from dirty salmon farming companies, like they divested from Alberta’s tar sands in 2015.
Then we’ll spend a week in Bergen, the global capital of salmon farming. There we’ll meet up with Norway’s Green Warriors, who are working to get salmon farms out of the world’s oceans.
Finally, we’ll travel north of the Arctic Circle to Alta, to attend a wild salmon conference (Villaksen i nord) to learn about the latest science on the risks of salmon farming, and to meet with the President of the indigenous Sami Parliament.

Salmon farming is a global industry based in Norway. It’s time to develop a global response to protect wild salmon. This trip will link indigenous people from Canada and Norway, and environmental advocates from both countries as well.
Opposition to salmon feedlots in Clayoquot Sound is growing. Last fall members of Ahousaht First Nations in Clayoquot Sound occupied Cermaq’s new salmon feedlot at Yaakswiis, and camped out there until the company towed it away. The Ahousaht chiefs made it clear that as long as there are Ahousaht people alive, there will never be a fish farm at Yaakswiis.
Salmon farms have many of the problems associated with animal feedlots on land, but they are in the ocean with nothing but nets separating them from the natural environment. They magnify pathogens such as sea lice and viruses, and pollute the ocean with massive amounts of feces, and uneaten food pellets.
Wild salmon are in exceptional decline everywhere feedlots are in operation around the world, from Norway to Scotland to Canada.
Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in British Columbia, Canada, has 20 open net pen fish farm sites, with 15 of those tenures held by Norwegian-based Cermaq.
It’s time to get salmon farms out of Clayoquot Sound and rebuild the wild salmon economy, which has supported a vibrant culture for millennia.
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About Clayoquot Sound

Clayoquot Sound is the Last Great Rainforest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The region is unceded traditional territory and home of three Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations: the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht. Clayoquot Sound is world-renowned for its ancient rainforests, monumental cedars, wild salmon, timber wolves, black bears, and whales.
Many rainforest valleys in Clayoqout Sound remain unlogged only because of committed activism. During the 1980s a blockade kept the loggers off Meares Island until First Nations obtained a court injunction and declared the island a Tribal Park. Then, in 1993, the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience in Canadian history thwarted plans by the BC government to log two-thirds of Clayoquot Sound.
In 1993 it was understood that healthy forests were key to healthy rivers, which in turn provide habitat for salmon. Newer research has shown that the returning salmon provide missing nitrogen that fertilizes the forest. This is what the Nuu-chah-nulth have been saying all along: ‘hishuk ish tsawalk – everything is one.’
But these days it’s not just about the logging: Clayoquot has one of
the densest concentrations of salmon feedlots on the BC coast, with 20 sites. Cermaq Canada, a Norwegian-owned corporation, owns 15 of these tenures. They installed a new feedlot at Plover Point in 2013, along the shore of Meares Island Tribal Park.
Imperial Metals of Vancouver (notorious for their 2014 Mount Polley Mine disaster near Likely, BC) is considering two mines in the region. These mines would damage the landscape and present a toxic risk to the salmon that feed the ancient forests—a toxic legacy that would endure for centuries.
On top of all this, there is the uber-risk of proposed pipelines with the associated increase in oil tanker traffic. Tankers full of diluted bitumen from Alberta’s Tar Sands would travel just offshore of Clayoquot Sound. A major oil spill on Long Beach is an unacceptable risk.
The First Nations of Clayoquot Sound are eager to regain control of their own affairs. The problem is that government policies have painted them into an economic corner, which makes it hard for Native leaders to say “no” when corporations offer millions of dollars for access to resources. These corporations offer short-term economic benefits that are desperately needed, but with the price of long-term social and environmental impacts.
Mining proposals, salmon farms, and oil tankers threaten Clayoquot Sound. Instead of industrial development, it’s time to develop a sustainable culture that allows ecosystems to flourish alongside healthy human communities.
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For more info please contact:
Dan Lewis:
Bonny Glambeck cell: 1-250-534-9453

Map of Fish Farms - Clayoquot Sound

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For more info please contact:
Dan Lewis:
Bonny Glambeck cell: 1-250-534-9453

Video Clips

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Short clip of a protest shot in Vancouver May 2015 during the Wild Salmon Caravan

Clayoquot Action created a video to showcase the beauty of Clayoquot Sound and to ask for help in raising funds to go to Norway to speak with Cermaq about removing their polluting fish farms from the waters of Clayoquot sound.
Taken from the original Indigogo campaign.

Wild Salmon Footage – Canada from Clayoquot Action on Vimeo.

Footage of Wild Salmon in their natural, wild habitat, returning to their natal streams – Footage Courtesy of Wild Canada.

Excellent Wildlife Footage

The following wildlife footage was captured by John Forde of and is password protected. Please contact Dan or Bonny for the password (see below for details)

John Forde Orca Whale – from Clayoquot Action on Vimeo.

Nature footage courtesy of John Forde from the Tofino Whale Centre –

Orca grey hump wolf

John Forde – Orca Grey Humpback Wolf – from Clayoquot Action on Vimeo.

Nature footage courtesy of John Forde from the Tofino Whale Centre –

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