When Eddie Gardner, Stó:lō elder from Skwah First Nation, realized that net-pen salmon farms put wild salmon at serious risk he began organizing farmed salmon boycott rallies every month. The gatherings are peaceful, educating shoppers about the risks farmed salmon pose to their own health and to wild salmon.
Net-Pen Farmed Salmon Boycott Rallies
  • Rallies are peaceful forums to raise public awareness
  • Provide store management with information on: contaminants in farmed Atlantic salmon, net-pen fish farmers’ use of vaccines/antibiotics to fight viruses, and chemicals to protect their farmed fish from parasites
  • Request that supermarket management stop selling net-pen farmed salmon to help protect health of store customers
  • Let the store manager know ahead of time of boycott rally to be held at the store; should store management be uncooperative, show up anyway and be polite, and go by protocol
  • Participants are to be respectful of people and property
  • No arguing with customers
  • No obstructing customers from coming and going into store
  • Ensure research on issues is conducted and that information provided to public is referenced to credible sources
  • Hand out educational materials to customers about warnings health experts issue regarding eating net-pen farmed salmon
  • Display signs to help educate the public
  • Rallies are normally one hour in duration
  • Rallies will be held on a regular basis until supermarkets stop selling salmon from net-pen fish farms