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SEA SHEPHERD'S WILD SALMON DEFENSE CAMPAIGN

OPERATION VIRUS HUNTER

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Wild salmon are in great danger!

Wild salmon populations of the Pacific Northwest are potentially at risk due to the impact of diseases and parasites caught from farmed salmon that share the same waterways.

We are helping work toward a solution.

Sea Shepherd is sending its research vessel, the R/V Martin Sheen, for the second year to British Columbia to conduct scientific research of the problem.  World renowned expert biologist Alexandra Morton is leading the study.

Farmed salmon?

Find out why you are not saving wild #salmon by eating farmed salmon, and the impacts it has on the environment, your health and on indigenous people.

The Issue

Parasites and pathogens threaten the wild salmon population.

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The Campaign

Biologist Alexandra Morton and Sea Shepherd are conducting research.

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Videos

View videos taken by Sea Shepherd throughout the campaign.

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What's at Stake?

  • Salmon represent essential cultural identity for First Nations peoples    

  • The nitrogen Salmon carry inland feeds forests which make the oxygen we need to survive 

  • Salmon are a key stone species, which means entire ecosystems are dependent on their health 

  • Coastal communities depend on wild salmon as a food source 

  • Seals, whales, bears, eagles and other species also rely on salmon for sustenance  

  • Wild salmon are the backbone of BC’s coastal tourism industry 

  • Salmon farms openly disregard indigenous rights by illegally occupying territory they have never been given permission to operate in
  • Salmon farming corporations use coastal waters as dumping grounds for aquaculture waste 

  • Pathogens, viruses and parasites from farms are introduced into pristine waters, infecting wild species 

  • Farmed salmon pose health risks to consumers 
  • Wild salmon are in steep decline wherever fish farms are found but remain abundant where salmon farms have been banned
  • Wild salmon connect our land and water based ecosystems; we depend on them for life