Activist organizes farmed salmon protest in Cranbrook

Environmental activist Audry Lochrie is organizing a boycott of net-pen farmed salmon outside a Cranbrook store on Saturday, Jan. 18

  • Jan. 8, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Townsman Staff

A protest will be held later this month outside Superstore in Cranbrook.

Environmental activist Audry Lochrie is organizing a boycott of net-pen farmed salmon outside the Cranbrook grocery store on Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 2 p.m.

“Concerned citizens are raising awareness to help Superstore customers make informed decisions, and choose not to buy contaminated net-pen farmed salmon,” said Lochrie.

Lochrie is appealing to Superstore management to stop selling Atlantic farmed salmon at its stores.

“The boycott will be a further show to request that net-pen farmed salmon, otherwise known as Atlantic farmed salmon, be removed from their coolers over health concerns,” she said.

“Last year, a request was sent to the Director of Sustainability at Loblaws, which oversees Superstores, to have net-pen farmed salmon removed from their stores. So far, a response has not been received or even acknowledged. This is why the boycott action is being intensified at their stores.”

Boycotts will take place outside Superstores throughout B.C. and in Atlantic Canada.

“People are concerned, not only about what the open-net feedlot aquaculture industry is doing to the marine environment and wild salmon, but also the potential harm to human health, especially children and pregnant mothers,” said Lochrie.

For more information on the Cranbrook farmed salmon boycott, contact Audry Lochrie: audrylochrie@gmail.com or 250-444-7077.