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Raising awareness about salmon farming

Raising awareness about salmon farming through conversations not confrontations Dozens of people from varying backgrounds on Vancouver Island recently met to have a respectful dialogue on salmon farming off the BC Coast. The participation was organized by Headwaters Community Conversations…

Court orders protestors to stop harassing fish farm workers

Marine Harvest continues to hope for meaningful dialogue with protestors  By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Fish farm workers at Swanson Island, who have been subject to aggressive and bullying behaviour by protestors, are heaving a sigh of relief after a court…

The Truth About Land Based RAS and Water Usage

Land Based Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) and Water Usage. A guide to understanding what land based RAS means for the environment.  By Kenny Leslie SeaWestNews A few weeks ago, an article was published discussing the water requirements of the proposed…

New Poll – it doesn’t add up

It was revealed on April 30th that one in four British Columbians were opposed to open net pen salmon farming. Problem is, the poll wasn’t all that representative. By Kenny Leslie SeaWestNews I remember from my university days, when studying…

 Plenty of fish in Pacific Northwest says new study

Study backed by anti-salmon farm financiers say there is an abundance of salmon in the Pacific Northwest By SeaWestNews A new study shows the number of pink, chum and sockeye salmon in the Pacific Northwest have been more abundant during…

 “Shocking” glass sponge reef video not that shocking, says expert

Glass sponge reef video being peddled by anti-fish farm lobby is a natural occurrence says expert (PICTURE: The top is a screen grab from a video of dead glass sponge reefs purportedly close to a salmon farm in the Broughton…

Inside the fear mongering campaign against aquaculture

A veterinarian’s perspective of how the anti-fish farm lobby uses pseudo-science and diseases to spread fear about salmon farming By Dr. Hugh Mitchell SeaWestNews Peter Drucker, the management expert, economist and Nobel laureate, is quoted as saying: “Aquaculture, not the…

Salmon virus study is about activism not science: experts

Anti-salmon farm lobby plans media blitz around new report that is aimed to spread fear not facts about PRV virus By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews A new report on the effects of the Piscine Reovirus (PRV) on wild salmon is “speculative”…

  BC Seafood Festival to showcase a galaxy of chefs

The BC Seafood Festival, held in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, is from June 8 to 17 By SeaWestNews A growing list of internationally renowned chefs will be celebrating and presenting the best of local seafood during the BC Seafood…

Freshwater Farms Hatchery-proud manager Laura Guzda is “an Island girl”

It could be said that Victoria-born and North Island bred Laura Guzda, Manager of Freshwater Farms hatchery in Duncan, Vancouver Island, has aquaculture as part of her roots. By Gina Forsyth SeaWestNews Laura Guzda (pictured) grew up in Port McNeill….

 Iconic UK retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) backs salmon farming

Marks and Spencer (M&S), which operates in 50 countries, has come out in support of sustainable salmon farming By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Marks and Spencer, the iconic UK retailer, has come out in support of sustainable salmon farming in a…

British Columbia Salmon Farming and Viruses

Thousands of fish health screenings on wild, hatchery-raised, and farm-raised salmon have been completed by professionals in B.C., Alaska, and Washington State and not a single test confirms the presence of any exotic fish viruses or diseases, including ISA. Viruses…

BC Salmon Farms and Sea Lice Management

B.C. salmon farming companies are transparent in sharing information and reporting data. Atlantic salmon farmers have committed to posting monthly updates of sea lice monitoring data collected on their farm sites, which can be found online. Sea lice are a…

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