Peggy Nash Campaign
for the Leadership of the New Democratic Party
Fighter. Builder. Leader.peggynash.ca
Salmon and all marine lie are a vital resource to Indigenous people, and to coastalcommunities and British Columbia as a whole.Wild salmon in particular is an iconic species that needs to be managed sustainably.Salmon is the cornerstone ood source or many First Nations communities and provideessential nutrients to bears, eagles, and many other species when they return to their birthrivers to spawn.Many seaood suppliers, retailers and restaurants recognize the need or sustainability inthis area. They well understand how the seaood industry is in peril i something is notdone switly to reduce these risks.Not only does the uture o tourism and sports fshing industries along Canada’s westcoast depend on this action, our communities and wildlie deserve no less.
Reckless policies have resulted in increased threats to wild salmon habitat and haveailed our fsheries and local economies. The Harper Conservatives are promoting rapiddepletion o non-renewable resources and transerring wealth rom local economies tomultinational corporations. Their support o tanker trafc on the sensitive North Coasthas allowed fsh arms to prolierate without knowing the risks or properly monitoring theimpacts, and have ailed to protect reshwater habitat.A scientifc study or the Cohen Commission ound that climate change poses a majorthreat to the uture survival o BC’s wild salmon stock. In order to protect wild salmonand other marine lie, we need a concise plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions andaddress the threat o climate change.Marine protected areas and sustainable aquaculture are essential to the protection o wildsalmon. Our ragile ocean/coastal ecosystems are threatened, and salmon migration andbreeding patterns are disrupted, by: open-net salmon aquaculture, an overall ailure toprotect crucial marine habitat, raw sewage, and industrial run-o.