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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…

Seafood champs stir the pot to help Vancouver Aquarium

B.C. chefs’ seafood chowder campaign to help the financially ailing Vancouver Aquarium By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Some of B.C.’s top chefs have come together to help the financially ailing Vancouver Aquarium by cooking and selling batches of sustainable seafood chowder. Proceeds…

Canada needs a strategy for its seafood farmers

U.S. President’s Executive Order mandating sweeping changes to boost seafood farming triggers renewed calls for a Federal Aquaculture Act in Canada. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada needs to move quickly and decisively to ensure a sustainable development strategy for its seafood…

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…

Anti-fish farm activist’s numbers don’t add up

“Miraculous” salmon comeback is either an immaculate conception or a backfiring concoction CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Today’s world, driven by social media, is a breeding ground for those who want to create confusion, build falsehoods and propel polarisation. ‘I told you…

Passing thoughts about wild salmon near fish farms

Canadian researchers describe key finding in new fish health study as “contrary to our expectation” about wild salmon passing fish farms By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Wild salmon returning to their home rivers don’t show any increased rates of infection after passing…

Salmon farmers give 60,000 pounds of protein power to BC food banks

“I have been with Food Banks BC for almost a decade and I have never received a donation like this before…protein donations truly are hard to come by… particularly at this time of COVID-19,” –  Laura Lansink, Food Banks BC….

Govt. aid to keep seafood on your plate

Government support of $62.5 million critical to provide safe, healthy and sustainable farm-raised and wild-sourced seafood products, says industry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada will pump $62.5 million into the wild and farmed fisheries sectors and the seafood production industry to…

BC Seafood Festival and Expo postponed due to COVID-19

Western Canada’s largest seafood festival organisers looking for new dates in September to stage modified event. By SeaWestNews The BC Seafood Festival and Trade Expo, held annually in June, has been postponed due to public health issues caused by the…

‘Help our farmers grow food to feed all Canadians’

Canadian Federation of Agriculture warns nation’s domestic food supply is being threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic By SeaWestNews Canada’s 200,000 farming families cannot ensure the nation’s domestic food supply will remain secure for the immediate and long-term benefit of all…

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…