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A time to cull seals and sea lies

If this is a time to cull seals to protect our whales, it is also a time to cull the science-deficit activist campaigns that threaten the lifeblood of our coastal communities Earlier this year Georgia Murray of the Nimmo Bay…

 How much fish do we eat? By the numbers

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission says global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing. Some numbers from the first global seafood consumption footprint published by The…

What ails our killer whales

The survival of more than half the world’s Orcas are threatened by PCBs, industrial chemicals, overfishing and man-made noise says a new study. A deadly cocktail of PCB and other toxic chemicals is threatening the survival of over half of the…

First Nations communities benefit from aquaculture

New government report pushes for a Federal Aquaculture Act while calling for increased funding for Indigenous fish farming initiatives. First Nations communities are in a unique position to benefit from, and contribute to sustainable aquaculture development in Canada, says a new…

Canada launches PRV science review

PRV Assessment will support decision making on sustainable aquaculture and aquatic animal health in Canada The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has launched a science review to assess risks associated with Piscine Orthoreovirus, also known as Piscine Reovirus, (PRV) transfer…

Campbell River – Chefs and scientists gather for aquaculture summit

Campbell River – The Salmon Capital of the World – will host Seafood West to celebrate and discuss the latest advancements in aquaculture. By Samantha McLeod Some of the world’s top fisheries scientists and chefs will gather in the Western…

Marine aquaculture -America forges ahead

“‘We will help aquaculture grow faster by reducing regulatory burden and driving research’ – U.S. Department of Commerce . ” America is planning a one-stop shop for federal approval of marine aquaculture permits as it looks to increased sustainable farming of…

ASC-certified salmon farmers get U.N. nod for responsible aquaculture

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification gets UN backing for clarity, credibility and choice in seafood. BC Salmon farms which have the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification now have the backing of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for clarity,…

Salmon Farms : A River Snorkeler’s Observations

My Name is Chris Walling, and I am a supporter of British Columbia’s salmon farms and farmers. I have a strong understanding of the importance of wild salmon, and firmly believe that a responsible and successful salmon farming industry is…

Marine Harvest Canada reaches out to Tri-Cities area

Marine Harvest Canada Marine Harvest Canada helps support over 140 community organizations in B.C. every year. Image:(L to R) Jeremy Dunn, director of community relations and public affairs at Marine Harvest Canada, Joan Isaacs, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Valerie…

Ocean farming to have climate change impact – Plan Now

“If you were a land farmer, would you want to buy property that will be plagued by drought in 15 years? I doubt it. The same thinking should be applied to ocean farming.” – Ben Halpern, director of National Center…

UBCM gives Victoria’s ‘non-pressing’ issue a priority

Anti-open net fish farming resolution by Victoria is not a “pressing issue for us” says councillor who drafted the motion. Open net salmon farming in British Columbia is not a “pressing issue” for the City of Victoria. But the Garden City’s local…

B.C. Salmon, a major part of our aquaculture industry.

B.C. Salmon is one of the planet’s most nutritious food, known as a super food, this popular fish is packed with vital nutrients for our daily health. Raising farm-fresh salmon is a major part of British Columbia’s aquaculture industry. Here is…

Paving the way for First Nations aquaculture prosperity

“Sustainable aquaculture is key for our wild fish to thrive,” – James Walkus, independent commercial fisherman and a First Nations aquaculture success story. James Walkus was 15 when he found an abandoned boat on the traditional territory of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw…

B.C. businesses calls for a Federal Aquaculture Act

Campbell River Chamber of Commerce resolution for a Federal Aquaculture Act gets overwhelming support. Thousands of B.C. businesses in British Columbia have lent their support for a Federal Aquaculture Act to clarify industry responsibilities and provide fair access to long…

Credible science vs incredible claims about aquaculture

Expert panel studying appropriate use of scientific evidence in decisions concerning aquaculture expected to deliver report in October. A federal expert panel on the appropriate use of scientific evidence in decisions concerning aquaculture is expected to deliver its report at the…

UNDP – Fish On Land, Dairy Cows On The Ocean?

UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has put the pressure on aquaculture to grow more fish. We need to feed a population of 7.6 billion. We need to alleviate the pressures off our shrinking arable…

Fact checking Fin on Alaskan salmon ranching

BC’s salmon farmers and Alaska salmon ranchers have the same goal but the ‘Great Land’ does not put its money where its mouth is, when it comes to fish farming. The Canadian anti-fish farm lobby often points to Alaska when…

Anti-salmon farm individuals give “activist” a bad name

Chicagoans who are active in the social and political spheres are gearing up for a busy few months. We are heading into what promises to be one of the most important mid-term election cycles in the United States. Activism and…

Armed with lies, anti-fish farm activists seek your cash

Some First Nations leaders have ingeniously tied the fish farming discourse into treaty claims knowing that the politics of aboriginal rights are easier to manipulate than the realities of science. Commentary By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Unable to provide any credible…

Salmon farmers celebrate five years of collaboration

“The Global Salmon initiative was a game-changer when it launched, but we never anticipated the level of impact it would have, not only on salmon farming, but on the food sector as a whole,”-  Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food…

Tasty Vids Salmon For Two

In our quest to share more salmon recipes we surfed Tasty Videos We recreated these salmon recipes a few days ago and loved them. Farm raised salmon is always fresh, always healthy and absolutely tasty. The only thing we would…

Moving the salmon-farm debate from conflict to conservation

New executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association plans to change the narrative around the “misunderstood industry” of salmon farming By Fabian Dawson & Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews Growing up in BC, John Paul Fraser (pictured) was never far from…

Woman In Aquaculture

Traditionally, historically, women have been responsible for feeding their families and communities, therefore it is a quite a natural leap for women to be involved in aquaculture, which gives them the opportunity to feed more families in a sustainable manner….

Orcalab spouts “unethical” claims about baby whale’s death, again

For anyone to exploit the recent death of a baby Orca is unconscionable – Pacific Salmon Foundation By SeaWestNews Taking the cue from an American organization, which was recently labelled “unethical”, orca researcher, Paul Spong, is claiming that a baby…

‘Aquaculture one of the best ways to save wild salmon’

I’m as invested as anyone else in ensuring there’s wild salmon in the future, and I would argue that aquaculture’s probably one of the best ways of doing that.” – Dr. Zac Waddington, lead veterinarian in aquaculture for Canada’s Department…

 Buffer zone to keep eco-bullies away from salmon farms

“Given the evidence of the intimidation being carried out against Marine Harvest’s employees by the defendants, there is a necessity to have a buffer zone,” Justice Maisonville, BC Supreme Court By SeaWestNews The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted Marine…

Marine Harvest HR team among “the best of the best”

Marine Harvest is a finalist for having the most outstanding HR team of the year By SeaWestNews Marine Harvest’s Human Resources team has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious Canadian HR Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding…

Farmed seafood to grow  by 40 percent worldwide: UN

A look at some of what is happening in the world of aquaculture By Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews The United Nations says that aquaculture (Farmed Seafood) continues to grow faster than any other major food production sector in the world as…

Sea Shepherd “unethical” for exploiting death of baby Orca

Pacific Salmon Foundation shoots down Sea Shepherd’s claim while taking aim at critics of a study it supports. By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) has fired a broadside at the American eco-militant group, Sea Shepherd, calling it…