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BCSFA and Brown’s Bay Packing Company

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA )is dedicated to driving communication and cooperation within the salmon farming sector, and is the link between the industry and government. BCSFA’s members are an important part of keeping British Columbia’s local coastal economy strong…

Dunn but not gone – Jeremy and the BCSFA

Jeremy Dunn, executive director at the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA), is leaving the producers’ organisation to join Marine Harvest Canada’s Public Affairs division. Dunn had led BCSFA’s five-person team for the past four years. Beginning May 1st, he will…

DFO, salmon farmers dismantle “lies” about sea lice

Data from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and a new sea lice monitoring analysis show anti-salmon farming activists continuing to spread falsehoods about marine aquaculture in British Columbia By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Anti-salmon farming activists on Canada’s west coast…

An open letter to election candidates from BC’s salmon farmers

“With certainty and a secure future, BC’s aquaculture sector could invest an additional $1.4 billion in innovation and create nearly 10,000 new full-time jobs by 2050” – states an open letter from BC’s salmon farmers to election candidates Dear Candidate,…

Salmon farming in B.C. is more than growing fish

B.C.’s homegrown salmon farming technology is setting the standards around the world, states a new report By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Trudeau Liberals are on a mission to find alternative aquaculture technologies to keep their pre-election pledge to transition away from…

UBC study debunks claims by anti-salmon farming activists

Apocalyptic fearmongering by anti-salmon farming activists dismantled by new scientific study By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A new scientific study has dismantled the bogus claims by anti-aquaculture activists, that the piscine reovirus (PRV) is a salmon killer and will devastate the iconic…

Aquaculture science and “social acceptability” according to Bernadette Jordan

Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan distances herself from anti-salmon farm activist but her words ring hollow to First Nations and the coastal communities in BC, that depend on aquaculture. CommentaryBy Fabian Dawson Depending on which month it is, Canada’s Fisheries…

$10 million program ‘hijacked’ by anti-salmon farming activists

Inside the work of activist-scientists associated with a government funded program that continues to alarm the public about salmon farming in British Columbia. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A $10 million government-backed program to study the potential effects of microbes on wild…

UBC salmon virus study challenged by global experts

A week after grabbing headlines with their sensational claims to bolster anti-salmon farming activism in Canada, researchers who claimed that the PRV virus spread from aquaculture operations into wild fish, have gone silent. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Globally renowned fisheries experts…

Mowi forced to cull 3 million baby salmon

Policy change, seen as an attempt by Fisheries Minister to thwart a Federal Court ruling, causes unnecessary slaughter of baby salmon, equivalent to 61 million meals lost. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Fish farmer, Mowi Canada West, will begin culling more than…

Surrey pushes for pause on salmon farm closures

Town Hall on salmon farm closures in the remote Discovery Islands paints bleak picture of lost businesses, jobs and family livelihoods in Surrey, BC’s urban hub for the aquaculture industry. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Surrey Board of Trade is calling…

Minister thumbs her nose at judge, First Nations over aquaculture decision

Bowing to demands by eco-activists, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan continues to demonstrate a complete lack of respect and concern for the people who depend on aquaculture for their livelihoods, says fish farmer By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan…

BC salmon farm closures will hit Surrey hard

Surrey stands to lose 344 jobs and $220 million in annual revenue with closures of salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands, says a new report, which examines the impact of the rural aquaculture industry to an urban community. By Fabian…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Kirstyn Nygren

“What most people don’t realize is that our industry is built with employees who have nothing but love, appreciation, and passion for our oceans and wild ecosystems.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Laura Windatt

“The crucial issues facing salmon farming in BC is securing the industry as a sustainable source of food protein…after all we are just trying to provide food for the world.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of…

Mowi in court to stop mass salmon slaughter

Mowi Canada West files injunction to suspend Federal Government order that compels it to kill 12 million healthy salmon, which could provide 235 million meals. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal government’s sudden decision to stop salmon farming in the waters…

Prize and prejudice in BC’s salmon aquaculture industry

First-ever BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards announced as salmon farmers challenge Federal order to shut down their operations in the Discovery Islands. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews From advanced ship technology to vaccine development and environmental monitoring of the seas, BC is a…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Jaramar Balmori-Cedeño

“No one should have to wonder what they will eat tomorrow. I took an oath in Veterinary school in Mexico, and to this day, I live by it.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC…

BC salmon farms shutdown will have devastating impacts

A new report lays bare widespread economic, human and animal welfare impacts that will result from shutting down salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews BC’s salmon farmers will have to destroy 10.7 million young fish – the…

Canadian salmon farmers driving innovation in ocean aquaculture

New high-tech vessel joins aquaculture armada in BC as the government is schooled on the role of innovation and technology in the Canadian aquaculture industry. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews This month, another specially designed ship joins a small aquaculture armada that…

‘Dead Loss’ report on aquaculture is dead wrong

BC Premier John Horgan takes aim at federal aquaculture decision, as calls mount for anti-salmon farm activist groups to be held accountable for spreading false information By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Using guesstimates and fact-deficit analyses, a UK-based activist group named “Changing…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Justin Fortier

“These activists are demanding we move ocean farms on land…but science has proven time and again that this will never be a sustainable solution.“ By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA)…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Kaitlin Guitard

“I see wild fish stocks depleting if salmon farms are forced to reduce production. I see salmon farms as the future for an affordable food source for generations to come.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeod The newly unveiled Youth Council of…

BC salmon farmers seek judicial reviews over aquaculture ban

Canadian Federation of Agriculture joins growing chorus of support for BC salmon farmers and urges government to review Discovery Islands aquaculture ban By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Mowi Canada West, Cermaq Canada and Grieg Seafood BC, which risk losing a significant part…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Jay Pudota

“…farming fish will reduce the pressure on the wild stocks, and the technology developed in the farming industry will help in improving wild fish stocks that are hard hit by the changing oceans…” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled…

Fact checking Morton’s diatribe about BC salmon farms

In a rambling conspiracy-laden letter, anti-salmon farm activist Alexandra Morton, accuses Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans of being a criminal organisation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews BC’s loudest anti-salmon farm activist has ratcheted up her conspiracy-laden rants accusing Canada’s Department of…

BC salmon farm closures trigger “ghost town” fears

About 700 businesses in North Vancouver Island will be impacted by salmon farm closures in the Discovery Islands, says an independent economic recovery taskforce By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Every summer during the third weekend in July, the people of Port Hardy…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Matt McGoveran

“The most critical issue facing the aquaculture industry is the amount of misinformation that the media and a few individuals continue to perpetuate.“ By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is…

Discovery Islands’ salmon farm closures will kill 1,498 jobs

Initial industry estimate pegs economic loss in North Vancouver Island’s coastal communities, dependent on salmon farms, at $379.7 million By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The closure of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands of BC will result in 1,498 people losing their…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Terra MacDonald

“Another factor of removing the divisive narrative of wild vs. farmed salmon is we could take the money, energy and expertise that is being spent on “red herring” issues and direct it towards the real issues…we can actually save and…