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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…

Lack of clarity creates chaos in Canada’s coastal communities

A lack of clarity on the governance of our oceans puts at risk Canada’s lofty ideal to lead the Blue Revolution for coastal communities CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s lofty ideals to lead the global Blue Revolution for a shared prosperity…

“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…

Blue Revolution charts the future of seafood in Canada

Seafood farmers and wild fishers unveil blueprint to double Canada’s seafood production, consumption and economic benefits By SeaWestNews From coast-to-coast fish farmers and wild fishers have developed a vision document to drive Canada’s Blue Revolution with the aim of doubling…

Green Party candidate vows to disrupt economic lifelines on Vancouver Island

Anti-fish farm activist running for the Green Party in Northern Vancouver Island has an agenda that will likely kill thousands of jobs in the forestry and aquaculture industries. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Alexandra Morton, the Green party candidate for Vancouver Island’s…

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…

‘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…

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…

Anti-salmon farm activists vilify scientific facts to push fiction

“These activists are playing with our lives and our livelihoods…Unfortunately some of our First Nations brothers and sisters have been influenced by these activists, who really don’t know what they are talking about…they should be listening to us, and the…

The world loves BC’s farm raised salmon

Salmon farmers propel food and beverage processors to record $10.5 billion in sales, according to the latest data released by B.C.’s Agriculture Ministry By SeaWestNews Farmed Atlantic salmon was BC’s top international food export last year helping to showcase the…

Growing fish on land will exacerbate climate change

Sounding the alarm about climate change, 80,000 scientists across the world call for immediate cuts to global Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which will increase substantially, should Canada decree salmon farmers grow fish on land. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews More than 80,000 scientists…

Sea lice report on BC salmon farms has a surprising finding

New report by activist-scientist concedes that BC salmon farmers are managing sea lice levels well. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A new report aimed to show that BC salmon farmers are undercounting the amount of sea lice on their fish, has demonstrated…

A September to remember for Grieg Seafood in BC

Multi-site certification, digital drive and the deployment of a $40-million specially designed ship highlight Grieg Seafood BC’s 20th anniversary By SeaWestNews Grieg Seafood has announced it has received its sixth and final Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) nod for a multi-site…

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…

Apocalyptic ‘nonsense’ from an anti-fish farm activist

“Much of this anti-fish farm stuff is absolute nonsense…when I ask them to challenge the science or my findings, I just get called names by the activists,” Dr. Martin Jaffa, a UK-based expert on fish health and nutrition By Fabian…

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…

“Salmon are a precious gift to all of us”

After an illustrious career in fisheries and aquaculture spanning four decades, Dr. Jim Powell retires from his role at the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews            From lecture halls to laboratories, to salmon farms and while addressing…

Canada looking for ocean innovators

Innovative projects will commercialize Canadian-made ocean solutions By SeaWestNews Canada is looking for innovators to grow the ocean economy in a way that has never been done before. Launching its second Canada-wide Call for Proposals for its Accelerated Ocean Solutions…

Grieg Seafood BC gets a high five overcoming COVID-19 challenges

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in British Columbia, Greig Seafood BC becomes only the   second salmon farmer in the world to achieve ASC’s multi-site certification  By SeaWestNews Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Grieg Seafood BC has achieved multi-site…

UBC, Mowi to study new salmon smolt strategy

Two million dollar project will help improve both the sustainability and productivity of BC’s salmon aquaculture industry, says DFO By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Can bigger baby salmon survive better in ocean net pens to improve the sustainability and productivity of BC’s…

First Nation lauds Mowi milestone in B.C.

All 28 active Mowi Canada West salmon farms off B.C.’s coast are now certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A First Nation community is hailing Mowi Canada West for getting all its salmon farms in B.C….

Salmon farmers step up to feed Canadians in need

Salmon farmers partner with Food Banks Canada to donate equivalent of 272,000 meals By SeaWestNews As demands on food banks across the country continue to grow due to the ongoing pandemic, salmon farmers in B.C. are stepping up their donations…

Gindara Sablefish nets top sustainability rating

Gindara becomes the first marine finfish farm in Canada to get ‘Green, Best Choice’ rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sustainable Seafood Watch program By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Gindara Sablefish, farmed in Kyuquot Sound off Vancouver Island, has been awarded with the…

Mowi reports escape incident involving 1,000 fish

Unlikely that the escaped fish will survive or colonise in the wild, say aquaculture and fisheries scientists By SeaWestNews Mowi Canada West is reporting that about 1,000 fish could have escaped from its Shaw Point brood-stock site near Campbell River…

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…

Canada pumps millions into seafood sector to keep it safe

“COVID-19 has created real challenges for our fish and seafood processing sector, and they have continued to respond with tenacity and innovation,” Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans. By SeaWestNews Fish and seafood processing businesses in Canada are getting a…

Unmasking the oceans from COVID-19 plastic pollution

The [MSK] Project is creating an immediate impact by helping the world stop ocean plastic pollution. By SeaWestNews COVID-19 has had a number of unexpected impacts on the environment, curtailing recycling and increasing the use of plastic around the world….

“Our salmon is safe” Canada tells China

China grapples with a new COVID-19 outbreak traced to the chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon at a Beijing market By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s seafood farmers and fishers have a message for China. “Our salmon is safe,”…

‘Sea lies’ plague fish farmers in Nova Scotia

“COVID-19 has shown us the importance of local food production and the essential role aquaculture plays.” CommentaryBy Tom Smith It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months. What makes…