VANCOUVER — In a political statement, restaurants across B.C. have taken local wild salmon off of their menu, opting instead to use native B.C. salmon farmed in sustainable New Zealand fisheries instead.
The move comes on the heels of the decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to close 79 commercial Pacific-salmon fisheries in British Columbia and the Yukon. This move by the DFO was prompted by a striking and steady decline of wild-salmon populations over the past few decades.
The closings aren’t exactly temporary either, with the DFO stating it is likely to last multiple generations.
Restaurants across British Columbia are acting in solidarity and are making the decision to remove whatever B.C. salmon they have left from their menus.