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Science vs sovereignty in the fight to farm salmon

Indigenous communities in BC and Washington State turn to the courts to get their voices heard and their traditional rights to farm salmon respected. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest, frustrated with “out of touch politicians” pandering…

Controversial salmon farming decision heads back to court

First Nations and salmon farmers seek judicial review of minister’s aquaculture decision that prevents them from raising fish in the Discovery Islands of British Columbia. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Two British Columbia First Nations are asking the courts to overturn a…

Aquaculture workers fight back against fish farm ban

Show us the science that is killing our jobs demand Washington State’s fish farm workers in a new aquaculture advocacy campaign By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture workers in Washington State are calling on legislators to investigate the “unilateral and unscientific decision”…

Brown’s Bay Packing – Community and Innovation

Blending their ingenuity with advanced processing techniques helps them ensure the salmon they process is fresh, sustainable, ecologically sound, and of incredibly high quality and value. Celebrating British Columbia’s seafood industryBy Samantha Bacchus McLeod Brown’s Bay Packing Company Ltd. (BBP…

The big lie about the ‘dye’ in farmed salmon

The colour of farmed salmon comes from adding an antioxidant to their feed, with benefits for everyone By Dr. Stefanie ColomboDalhousie University A barrage of messages from social media influencers, along with other online blogs and articles, have claimed that farmed…

Minister can’t be “trusted” say salmon farming First Nations

First Nations’ leaders call for ouster of Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray following her controversial, unscientific and damaging decision to shut down salmon farms in BC By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A coalition of First Nations is calling for the removal of Federal…

Fishy aquaculture decision in British Columbia under fire

“After eight years, the Trudeau government continues to fail to provide transparency and accountability in its fisheries and oceans decisions.” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Trudeau government’s move to close down open net-pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands of British…

Ottawa rejects science, betrays First Nations with aquaculture decision

Decision to shut down Discovery Islands salmon farms goes against First Nations Reconciliation, increases food costs and devastates local economies By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal Government has ordered the shutdown of salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands, walking back on…

Land-based salmon farming is risky business in BC : study

  New government study shows BC will need billions of dollars and about 10 years to replace open-net salmon farms with land-based aquaculture operations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Growing salmon in tanks on land to replace ocean-based aquaculture operations in British…

Activist ‘doctored’ aquaculture workshop video says First Nation

Salmon farming battle heats up in British Columbia with activists targeting scientists and aquaculture-friendly First Nations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Salmon farming activists in British Columbia have taken to social media to attack government scientists, aquaculture-dependent First Nations and individuals working…

Canada’s salmon farmers need more collaboration not conflict

While the rest of the world is increasing aquaculture production, campaigners with varying self-interests have been determined to shut down salmon farms in Canada. Commentary By Ned Bell, chef and sustainable seafood educator; Stefanie Colombo, professor at Dalhousie University; David…

BC salmon farm closures trigger record high prices

Price spikes are being driven by government decisions to reduce supply of BC’s farm-raised salmon, states the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA). By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews As food prices continue to soar, government decisions to shut down salmon farms in British…

No ‘relevant association’ between sea lice and salmon farms

New Federal Government science report dismantles key claims by anti–salmon farming activists’ groups in British Columbia By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Sea lice on salmon farms in British Columbia do not impact on the prevalence of the naturally occurring parasite on migrating…

First Nations must lead salmon farming in BC

“Working together with First Nations who are interested in aquaculture is essential to our future on the west coast,” said Diane Morrison, BC Salmon Farmers board chair. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews First Nations right to self-determination and reconciliation must lead the…

Court reins in ‘politically motivated’ rush to dismantle fish farms

“Modern, well-regulated aquaculture is the environmentally responsible solution for producing seafood and exercising our Tribal treaty rights — now and into the future,” – Ron Allen, CEO and chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A court has…

Seafood sustainability champ to helm BC Salmon Farmers Association

“We need to find ways to produce a lot more seafood, not just salmon and we need to do it locally, not somewhere over the horizon,” Brian Kingzett, BC Salmon Farmers Association. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Brian Kingzett, a veteran marine…

Farmed salmon is critical for Canada’s food security

The salmon served on most Canadian plates comes from farms, not from the wild, and this takes the pressure off wild stocks. CommentaryBy Timothy Kennedy Climate change is creating severe challenges for the world’s food production and distribution systems. Rising…

Commissioner Franz must explain her ‘political’ aquaculture decision

A broad range of American fisheries officials and scientists are calling for an inquiry into the sudden ban on commercial net pen aquaculture in Washington State. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Pressure is mounting onWashington Public Lands Commissioner, Hilary Franz, to explain…

Salmon farmers dominate global protein sustainability rankings: report

Salmon farmers Mowi and Grieg Seafood, who raise fish in BC,  considered to be the lowest risk protein producers in the world By SeaWestNews Salmon farming is the most environmentally efficient animal production on the planet, with the lowest freshwater…

Science not politics should drive sustainable aquaculture policies

The impact of recent political decisions relating to aquaculture in British Columbia and Washington equates to the direct loss of hundreds of full-time salmon farming jobs Guest CommentaryTimothy Kennedy The recent political announcement of steelhead trout farm closures in Washington…

Fishy salmon farming ban by Franz under fire

Activists in the Pacific Northwest keep pumping out falsehoods and junk science to vilify salmon aquaculture as demand for farmed seafood grows around the world By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Washington state’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is under increasing fire for…

Grieg Seafood BC looks for new salmon farming sites

Grieg Seafood BC  seeks to develop new sites better suited for salmon farming as it works with First Nations to chart the future of aquaculture in their traditional territories By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. will decommission its…

Aquaculture takes centre stage at UN climate conference

Improving aquaculture will give us more affordable protein for less environmental impact says world’s largest conservation organization, as COP 27 climate conference gets underway in Egypt By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews There is no prospect of maintaining the sustainability of the international…

America plans to grow more seafood in its oceans

New five-year national aquaculture plan signals that the concept of growing fish on land is not yet ready for prime time. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews America’s newly unveiled 5-Year Strategic Plan for Aquaculture, illustrates the urgent need to increase seafood production…

Idea of growing salmon on land is a “dead horse”

Salmon farming critic claims Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has betrayed her election promise and says idea of transitioning from open net aquaculture to land-based salmon farming in British Columbia is now a “dead horse” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews After years…

Award winning project aims to replace plastic seafood packaging

“This is one of the most promising candidates for an alternative material to replace traditional plastics ” – Innovate BC By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews One of Vancouver Island’s leading farmed salmon processors has teamed up with researchers at the University of…

Salmon farmers want more time to develop transition plan

Future of aquaculture in the Discovery Islands should be part of Transition Plan for all of BC, say salmon farmers and First Nations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews. BC’s salmon farmers are calling on the government to allow for more time to…

First Nations school minister about salmon farming in BC

Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray gets first-hand knowledge about salmon farming operations from BC First Nations, as activists ratchet up their fake propaganda campaigns. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has been holding a series of meetings with…

“Can’t do” approach plagues aquaculture sector in Canada

Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance calls for a shakeup at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to address the perceived conflict of interest at the agency By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The discussion around aquaculture, especially salmon farming in British Columbia, is…

‘Salmon Wars’ in the media undermines aquaculture sustainability

Extremist criticism of farmed salmon may have made sense a decade ago, but in 2022 we must question the quality of the research used by aquaculture detractors CommentaryBy Jack CheneySustainable FisheriesUniversity of Washington To promote their new book, Salmon Wars, writers…