In 2009, when millions of sockeye salmon "went missing," the government spent 37 million of your tax dollars on the Cohen Inquiry, to find out what happened to them. In 2012, Justice Cohen finished his investigation and recommended open-net fish farms be removed by Sept 30th, 2020, in a wild salmon migratory bottleneck known as the Discovery Islands, near Campbell River, B.C.

Prime Minister Trudeau promised to act on the Cohen Inquiry recommendations. The September 30th deadline is fast approaching.

Wild salmon cannot wait any longer because:

Factory fish farms are failing to control parasite levels on their farms (report by Living Oceans Society);

These parasites are infecting juvenile wild salmon as they migrate by the farms as (report by biologist Alexandra Morton);

This year, Fraser River sockeye salmon are forecast to return at their lowest levels ever, at 283,000.

The First Nations Leadership Council recently called for the removal of the Discovery Islands salmon farms. Thirty-seven commercial and recreational fishing organizations, religious organizations, marine tourism operators and environmental groups signed on to a letter in support of removing these fish farms.

More groups continue to sign onto the letter. Please consider having your organization sign on here. The full list of signers is:

Mike Griswold, Vice-President, Gulf Trollers Association

Daniel Billy, Elder, We Wai Kai First Nation

The Most Reverend Melissa Skelton, Archbishop; Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada

Tony Allard, Chair, Wild Salmon Forever

Willie Mitchell, President/Partner, Tofino Resort + Marina

Rev. S. Blair Odney, President, Pacific Mountain Regional Council, United Church of Canada

Dane Chauvel, Founder & CEO, Organic Ocean

Ed Bianchi, Program Manager, Kairos Canada

Kathy Scarfo, West Coast Trollers Association

Greg Gower, Commercial Fishing Area G Advisors

Hayley Shephard, Owner/Operator, Seasmoke Whale Watching

Richard Hagensen, Chair, Council of Canadians, Campbell River Chapter

The Right Reverend David TJ Lehmann, Bishop of the Diocese of Caledonia, Anglican Church of Canada

Joy Thorkelson, President United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union, Unifor

Garry Henckel, Captain, Aboriginal Journeys Whale Watching & Grizzly Bear Tours

Dave Mackay, President, BC Northern Trollers Association, Area F

Sarah King, Head of Oceans & Plastics Campaign, Greenpeace Canada

Darrel McEachern, President, Area E Gillnetters Association

Carol Brown, President, Prince Rupert Environmental Society

Chris Ashton, President, Area B Seine Association

Hannah Askew, Executive Director, Sierra Club BC

Darrel McEachern, President, Area D Gillnetters Association

Stan Proboszcz, Science and Campaign Advisor, Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Sonia Strobel, Co-founder & CEO, Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery

Alexandra Morton, Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society

Sid Keay, Duncanby Lodge

Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director, Georgia Strait Alliance

Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis, Clayoquot Action

Tim & Kelli McGrady, Co-owners, Farewell Harbour Lodge

Karen Wristen, Executive Director, Living Oceans Society

Jenn Broom, Ocean Light II Adventures

Jeh Custerra, Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Tony Allard, CEO, Good Hope Cannery

Greg Knox, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Randy Burke, Captain/Director, Bluewater Adventures

Kurt Beardslee, Executive Director, Wild Fish Conservancy

Pat Moss, Chair, Friends of Wild Salmon

Jay Ritchlin, Director-General, Western Canada, David Suzuki Foundation

Stephanie Smith, President, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union

Elizabeth Dunn, Vancouver Unitarians Environment Committee