Chilliwack Progress

Feedlot salmon boycott moves to Safeway

Local members of the Salmon Feedlot Boycott are asking people to join them in the Chilliwack Safeway parking lot at noon on Feb. 20.

Activists will be waving signs and offering the public handouts about their efforts to protect wild salmon.

"Bring your regalia, drums, rattles and your wild salmon warrior spirit," said organizer Eddie Gardner. "If we want to protect our sacred wild salmon, it is up to us."

Find out more about the National Boycott of Open Net Feedlot Salmon at the lunch hour event at the Safeway on Wednesday in Chilliwack.

It is the third retail store selling farmed fish that has been the subject of a rally in Chilliwack since the new year.

A fish farm industry rep told the Progress recently that the national boycott was not having an impact that they could see, but they were concerned about misinformation.

"Our fish are very healthy and our farmers follow strict fish health management plans developed with not only the well being of our fish in mind, but also the well being of the natural environment where we operate," said Colleen Dane of the BC Salmon Farmers' Association. "Everything from feeding practices to farm siting is done with an eye to reducing any impact on our coast – and we believe the research to date is showing how effective we are at addressing concerns that have been raised."

More fish farm info at http://www.salmonfarmers.org/

More boycott info at http://www.salmonfeedlotboycott.com/

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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