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Burping cows breathe new life into aquaculture for BC

Seaweed farming, especially near ocean aquaculture sites, can help British Columbia be a low-carbon producer of choice for seafood, milk and beef By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The BC government aims to show climate leadership with a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse…

Beyond the headlines about salmon aquaculture

Recent studies by anti-fish farm activist-scientists hide inconvenient truths about sustainable salmon aquaculture in Canada By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The recent spate of aquaculture studies, pushed by anti-fish farm activist-scientists is aimed at garnering sensational headlines to oust salmon farmers from…

“Wild rhetoric about aquaculture does nothing to save wild salmon”

Her science is fishy. Her claims are baseless. But Dr. Kristi Miller-Saunders keeps accusing her colleagues of collusion with the aquaculture industry to suppress research. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Dr. Kristi Miller-Saunders, a federal fisheries scientist known for her anti-salmon farming…

BC salmon farmers to invest millions in aquaculture projects

BC salmon farmers plan $113 million in immediate aquaculture projects that will generate nearly 450 new well-paid jobs to help Vancouver Island in its post COVID-19 recovery efforts. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews BC salmon farmers say they plan to immediately invest…

World Economic Forum launches aquaculture drive

The waters off B.C. have strong potential for development of commercial shellfish and seaweed aquaculture that can also help salmon farmers say scientists By SeaWestNews The World Economic Forum (WEF) has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Hatch Blue, an…

‘Listen to us about aquaculture, forestry and tourism’

People of the North on Vancouver Island want strong support for aquaculture, forestry and tourism industries in the post COVID-19 economic recovery era By Fabian Dawson and Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews The people of the North on Vancouver Island have a message…

Ancient First Nations tongues support aquaculture science

The ancient tongues of many BC First Nations support scientific conclusions that state wild salmon returns vary on cycles and have nothing to do with aquaculture or salmon farms. CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Some First Nations leaders, influenced by activists, are…

Cooke gets Ocean Wise nod for wild fish and aquaculture products

Ocean Wise Seafood program partnership ensures Cooke’s wild fishery and aquaculture products come from sustainable, responsibly harvested resources By SeaWestNews True North Seafood, a division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., which ships seafood products to over 67 countries, will partner with…

New science gives a boost to salmon aquaculture in BC’s Discovery Islands

Eight scientific studies have shown ocean-based salmon aquaculture poses minimal risk to wild stocks in BC’s Discovery Islands. But that is not enough for the anti-salmon farm activists, so here is number 9 By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Atlantic salmon farms in…

America hails a new era for aquaculture

Rare bipartisan legislation opens pathway to large-scale seafood farming in the U.S. as Canada continues to work on its new Aquaculture Act By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews In today’s America, the Democrats and the Republicans agree on very few issues. Aquaculture is…

US ramping up seafood security with aquaculture

Federal waters off Southern California and in the Gulf of Mexico to host Aquaculture Opportunity Areas By SeaWestNews The United States has declared the federal waters off southern California and in the Gulf of Mexico as the first two regions…

Youth Council, hiring spree to grow aquaculture

Cooke Aquaculture goes on a hiring spree in Atlantic Canada while BC salmon farmers launch Youth Council to help shape the sustainable future of farming the oceans. By SeaWestNews Salmon farmers in British Columbia have announced the development of a…

Canada sees net gains from proposed Aquaculture Act

“Sustainable aquaculture is a cornerstone of Canada’s fish and seafood sector, playing an important role in the country’s food security and helping drive economic growth,” – Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard By Fabian Dawson…

Study C’s the future in sustainable aquaculture

Communication, cooperation and coordination will be critical to the sustainable development of aquaculture as the sector grows, states a new study By SeaWestNews Communication, cooperation and coordination will be critical to the sustainable development of aquaculture as humanity’s appetite for…

Boosting aquaculture through innovation

“Offshore aquaculture is considered one of the most efficient methods of producing animal protein. Technology has helped make this possible.” CommentaryBy Bill DiMento Technology developments and advancements have modernized, and improved best practice use in the aquaculture industry. From machine…

COVID-19: Nations look to aquaculture to boost food security

Dispelling myths and falsehoods that aquaculture threatens the fishing industry and environment are among the biggest challenges By SeaWestNews The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing governments and researchers around the world to improve the resiliency of aquaculture operations to provide affordable…

Aquaculture set to play key role in food systems

GSI announces slew of new projects to cement the farmed salmon industry as the global leader in producing sustainable, climate-friendly and nutritious protein By SeaWestNews The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is introducing new projects to address global challenges in food…

Most Atlantic Canadians support aquaculture : poll

Atlantic salmon is a healthy and natural local food, and the poll found widespread agreement that salmon farming is a reliable and sustainable source of protein By SeaWestNews A new poll has found 81 per cent of Atlantic Canadians support…

A new high for aquaculture: UN

Aquaculture recognized as producing some of the healthiest foods on the planet with less impacts on the natural environment By SeaWestNews Global aquaculture production has hit a new high of 82.1 million tonnes leading to improved nutrition, better food security…

New plans to boost fisheries and aquaculture in Europe

Farmers, fishers and aquaculture producers to play a key role in the transition to a more equitable and sustainable food system for Europe By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The European Union (EU) has adopted a twin food strategy to help farmers, fishers,…

BC expands business aid to aquaculture, seafood firms

“We will continue to look at ways to help our industry grow the high-quality local food that we depend on,” – Lana Popham, B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture By SeaWestNews The latest intake of the British Columbia Agri-Business Planning Program has…

Cooke Aquaculture forges ahead in Canada, U.S.

Cooke Aquaculture Inc. reaffirms its support for projects in Washington State and Nova Scotia By SeaWestNews The Atlantic Canadian salmon farming division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc. has reaffirmed its support to investing and creating marine and land-based jobs in the…

COVID-19 aid flowing to fisheries, aquaculture sectors

Continued operations will help secure the livelihoods of over 80,000 Canadians, mainly in coastal and rural communities By SeaWestNews Canada is shoring up its support for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors with multi-million-dollar aid packages after declaring the nation’s seafood…

Aquaculture firms to the fore in the fight against COVID-19

“We are actively seeking additional ways we can make a true difference in helping our communities weather this storm as we stand together against COVID-19.” – Shawn Hall, BCSFA By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture giants in British Columbia and around the…

COVID-19 – Canada reassures fisheries, aquaculture sectors

“I am committed to providing the Canadian fisheries and aquaculture sectors the support needed so they can continue to provide the world with sustainably-sourced, high quality, high value, fish and seafood.” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s Fisheries Minister says…

Bill to usher in a new wave of American aquaculture

Bipartisan Bill to promote aquaculture in America has been Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives   By SeaWestNews A new bipartisan bill to promote aquaculture in the United States has been Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to make…

“There are never enough women in aquaculture”

As we mark International Women’s Day, SeaWestNews looks at 10 women effecting positive change in Canada’s aquaculture and fisheries industries By Samantha McLeod As we mark International Women’s Day this year, a new survey from Atlantic Canada states the cultural…

Retake the narrative about aquaculture: expert

“We need to make sure that we are backed up with legitimate and unbiased facts when we put forth our belief that aquaculture is the answer to saving the oceans … not the threat.” – Dr. Hugh Mitchell By Fabian…

NIMBY-ism in the Nova Scotia aquaculture debate

“The future of the salmon farming industry in Nova Scotia, whatever that may be, requires goodwill and communication between all stakeholders” CommentaryBy Brian Rogers With backgrounds in both marine biology and business, I have been involved in the global aquaculture…

Taiwan harvests the seas with innovative aquaculture technology

From algae ice-cream to deep sea water skin cleansers and caviar, seafood scientists in Taiwan are creating new lines of innovative aquaculture products By Paula Arab KEELUNG CITY, Taiwan – Like elsewhere in the Taiwanese economy, high-tech is playing an…