End Dumping of Thousands of Dead Herring Into the Ocean

Target: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, MP Bernadette Jordan

Goal: Stop the fishing industry from devastating the herring population

Off the coast of British Columbia, more than 45,000 dead herring were carelessly dumped into the ocean. Their carcasses cover the ocean floor where they sank after being illegally dumped from a fishing vessel. Not only does the federal government have to take action to prosecute this, and further acts of intentional environmental damage, but they must also put an end to the herring industry.

Many conservation groups are pressuring the government to stop this industry in a responsible manner without leaving thousands of fisherman unemployed. Herring are caught at in alarming quantities. They are sold to Asian markets for the delicacy herring roe or for the fish food industry.

This careless waste of thousands of herring shows how devastating this industry can be on the wild population.  The loss of those 45,000 fish results in literally hundreds of billions of eggs that did not hatch. The species feeds wild salmon and many other wild animals on the coast. A loss this significant has drastic effects on the balanced ecosystems in our waters.

Sign this petition to urge the federal government to put an end to the herring industry.


Dear Honourable Jordan,

The herring industry causes horrendous damage to the west coast of Canada. This was recently made clear by the illegal dumping of over 45,000 dead herring back into the waters by a commercial fishing vessel.

Herring are a significant part of the balanced ecosystem in the ocean as they are food for salmon and many other wild animals, that in turn feed other species. While this awful act should not reflect on all fishermen, the industry itself does far more harm than good.

There are many environmental groups advocating the end of this industry in responsible ways that would save the fish without leaving honest fishermen unemployed.

I urge you to take action and shut down the herring fishing industry.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Atle Grimsby



  1. Paula Morgan says:

    The world can not allow this type of waste. It’s illegal, or should be, at a world level. The saying “we are all in this together” is the same for climate. What affects one affects all. The planet, earth, is at stake. Either eduction is necessary for those who would abuse and break laws meant to be for all countries or they simply don’t care about any other country but themselves. A world Organization must have the power to warn of harm being causes by a country but if that isn’t enough then the warning must come from the entire world. and we must mean it. The earth can not withstand this type of discard of fish, or anything else, we must hold each country accountable.

  2. Canada has no concern for animals – now this and before killing innocent animals, torturing them, abusing them … what is this? I thought they were civilized … but they are not from a long history of disregard to the most horrific cruelty to them.
    Common, what’s wrong with you bunch of jerks!

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