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A Salmonbration

Wild salmon activists laud Safeway

Released by Wayne Froese, FSB/Eddie Gardner Voice file photo


he Chilliwack chapter of the Farmed Salmon Boycott will be holding a rally on August 27 to celebrate Canada Safeway’s decision to remove net-pen farmed Atlantic salmon from their shelves.


Eddie Gardner, leader of the boycott visited Safeway earlier this week to let the manager of Safeway know that a rally would be held at the store to educate customers about the contamination levels of farmed salmon as compared to wild salmon.


The manager invited Eddie to the seafood section of the store where, much to Mr. Gardner’s delight, a banner was displayed showing Safeway’s new Sustainable Seafood Policy. Safeway has partnered with SeaChoice program to implement their new policy with the support of Canadian Parks and Wilderness BC, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club BC. This policy tells consumers to avoid red-listed seafood items that include Yellow Fin Fish Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass and Net-pen Farmed Atlantic Salmon.


Eddie was pleased to see that Canada Safeway is now working with a closed containment operator as a sustainable alternative. "This is encouraging news and we applaud this sustainable alternative to open net pens on the migration routes of wild salmon".

"We now have four major supermarket chain stores that don’t sell open net farmed Atlantic salmon that includes Save-On Foods, Coopers, Price Smart, and now Safeway!” exclaimed Wayne Froese.


Adam Letellier added, “This is cause for celebration and we need to show our gratitude to Safeway for being willing to remove Atlantic farmed salmon from their shelves as it is a health concern to customers.”


Gary Haggquist, another boycott activist stated "This will send a clear message to Superstore, Walmart and Costco that they need to direct the Aquaculture Stewardship Council to adopt the same policy as Safeway."

"This helps us move closer to making Chilliwack an Atlantic-farmed-fish-free zone. On Tuesday, August 27, we will show our gratitude to Safeway and announce the dates for the next boycott actions at both Superstore and Walmart," announced Eddie Gardner.


Where: Canada Safeway – 45850 Yale Road

When: Tuesday August 27, 2013 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Who: Farmed Salmon Boycott, supported by Salmon Are Sacred and Wild Salmon Forever


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