Anti-salmon farming critics have repeated claims of wild salmon extinction in British Columbia. Is this true? Are salmon going extinct?
Not at all. Not even close. In fact, Fraser River Sockeye (near Vancouver) just returned in high numbers not seen in 100 years.
First the activists said salmon farms were driving the Pink salmon to extinction. But since these erroneous claims were made, Pink salmon have returned to BC rivers in record high numbers.
To divert attention away from record pink salmon returns, activists then said that the Fraser river sockeye were at risk - again because of BC salmon farms. But again, the 2010 return of sockeye salmon was the highest witnessed since 1913.
Activists such as Alexandra Morton and John Volpe have repeated these extinction claims - claims that were designed to tarnish the reputation of BC farm-raised salmon and ultimately threaten the livelihood of thousands of hard working British Columbians.
This video was produced to capture these claims and provide the public with the truth.