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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…

Aquaculture community finds a N-EAT way to get fresh food

SFU pilot project aims to build on and expand traditional knowledge in First Nations communities for sustainable, nutritious, and organic food production By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Located on Swindle Island, 220 kilometres north of Port Hardy on B.C.’s spectacular central coast,…

Comox career fair offers up opportunities in aquaculture

Career fair will feature aquaculture employers, education institutions and service providers throughout the Central Vancouver Island region that are ready to help you on your career path. By SeaWestNews Did you know that aquaculture has the youngest workforce of any…

Canada’s Fisheries Minister clarifies her B.C. aquaculture mandate

“The mandate letter is clear that I have to come up with a plan by 2025 and that’s what I will be doing,” – Minister of Fisheries, Bernadette Jordan. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s newly minted Minister of Fisheries, Bernadette Jordan…

Why aquaculture needs a science-led democracy

“If campaigns against salmon farming were based on facts, I wouldn’t be writing this article.” CommentaryBy Ian Roberts As activists continue to sidestep the democratic process in favour of interrupting work spaces, governments must step up to protect the health…

Aquaculture NGO gives Trudeau a lump of coal this Xmas

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to phase out ocean net pen salmon farming in British Columbia flies in the face of the region’s commitment to responsible aquaculture,” – Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got…

Aquaculture industry moves to tackle plastic pollution in oceans

First aquaculture certification scheme to include specific plastics requirements in the works By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The contribution of plastic debris from global aquaculture is not at the same magnitude as that from capture fisheries, but more needs to be done…

Canada embraces aquaculture globally while choking it at home

Why are we funding sustainable aquaculture initiatives overseas while trying to kill it in British Columbia? Commentary By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture is a cornerstone of the Blue Economy, which Canada has embraced. Our government has pledged tens of millions of…

A new dawn for aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

In the debate over global warming and ocean acidification, most reasonable people say we should listen to NOAA scientists and give credence to NOAA data.  Yet, regarding aquaculture, many of these same people don’t listen to NOAA scientists or give…

New aquaculture tool kit to boost sustainable ‘Blue Growth’ in Europe

‘Tool kit will not only improve the industry itself, but also public perception of aquaculture’ – Professor Trevor Telfer, project lead TAPAS, a collaboration between 15 European partner institutions. By SeaWestNews The European Union, will embrace a new aquaculture tool…

B.C. salmon farmers heed U.N.’s call to develop aquaculture industry

Embracing sustainability as an opportunity, B.C.’s salmon farmers are heeding the call by the United Nations to develop the aquaculture industry as a win-win for a planet in need. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews B.C.’s salmon farmers have embraced sustainability as an…