Willie Mitchell grew up in Port McNeill, B.C., where he developed a love for the ocean. To this day, the ocean is one of his favourite places to be when he is not playing hockey. Willie wants to see immediate action taken in the Broughton Archipelago of B.C., an area notorious for sea lice infections from salmon farms. These sea lice harm wild salmon while the salmon are in critical migration and nursery areas. The wild salmon fry are exposed to disease outbreaks as soon as they enter the ocean. Because they have yet to develop scales, the salmon fry fight to survive.
Besides helping to protect wild salmon, the shift to closed containment salmon farming will also bring economic development to the region and help meet the growing demand for seafood without putting our wild salmon at risk. Help Willie protect wild salmon by supporting sustainable sources of farmed salmon, like the closed containment-grown salmon now available in some stores, and by demanding that your local fish retailer stock only stock farmed salmon if it is from sustainable closed containment farms.