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Boycott today against salmon raised in open-net feedlots

A national boycott against salmon raised in open-net feedlots is coming to the parking lot of the Chilliwack Canadian Superstore over the lunch hour Wednesday.

"This is a protest that encourages people to come out and take a stand for wild salmon," said Skwah elder Eddie Gardner.

Things have reached a tipping point, he said, and people are waking up with the Idle No More movement, as well efforts to protect wild stocks like with the Salmon are Sacred movement.

The federal Cohen Commission report offered chilling warnings that wild fish stocks may be irreversibly harmed by industrial salmon farming in open waters, he noted.

"Join Canadians from coast to coast and take action to send a message to big corporations and government: remove salmon feedlots from our oceans and the migratory routes of our wild fish," he said.

The lunch hour protest at the Superstore on Luckakuck Way on Jan. 9, "will be educational, fun and empowering," Gardner said. "For those concerned, the time to act is now!"

Consumer choice needs to tip in favour of the environment and wild salmon.

"Together, we will stand up for wild salmon, lobster, and all that rely on the resources being destroyed by industrial salmon feedlots."

Attendees can sign the petition, pledging to stop purchasing and consuming salmon raised in open-net pens, at the event or . Organizers said they are hoping to make 2013 the year that Canadians make a point of standing up for wild salmon, and the marine environment, and the thousands of jobs that rely on them. The most frequently cited reasons in a recent survey for supporting a boycott were: concerns about products used to kill sea lice harming lobster; a diminished wild salmon population impacting orcas, eagles and grizzly bears; and concerns about viruses in food.

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