He rescued a pair of endangered humpback whales as Capt. James Kirk in the movie Star Trek IV, and now Canadian actor William Shatner is appearing on smaller screens in a bid to protect B.C. wild salmon.
In a video posted online this week, Shatner calls on Canadians to support proposed legislation that would require fish farm operators on the West Coast to make the switch within five years to closed-containment facilities from open-net systems.
The private member’s bill that would amend the Fisheries Act was introduced by Fin Donnelly, the MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam and New Democrat Fisheries and Oceans critic.
“A significant problem facing wild salmon is open-net fish farming,” reads an NDP media release issued on June 10 to announce Shatner's support for Bill C-518.
“This practice allows large amounts of fish feces to pollute the sea floor and increases the problem of parasitic sea lice, which has a negative impact on migrating wild salmon.”
Shatner encourages people to support Donnelly's bill by taking part in a “save our wild salmon” postcard campaign.
“Together we can win this fight,” Shatner says in the video.