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Fur set to fly at Nanaimo open house

FurCanada’s open house will kickstart campaigns for a seal, sea lion and sea otter commercial fishery in British Columbia. By SeaWestNews The fur is set to fly in Nanaimo this weekend, with an open house to kickstart campaigns for a…

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…

RAS in Peace: The quick and the dead in land-based fish farming

Those who think land-based fish farming can replace ocean-based aquaculture, may want to take a walk though this RAS cemetery By SeaWestNews Land-based fish farming seems to be the buzzword for the lobby groups who want to put an end…

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…

As Canada dithers, the world moves on with aquaculture

Canadian politicians have become victims of science-deficit activism, while countries around the world expand their aquaculture operations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews As Canada dithers about growing salmon in the seas, countries around the world are increasing ocean-based aquaculture production for long-term…

Ontario farmed rainbow trout gets Ocean Wise nod

“Ocean Wise’s recommendation is just additional proof that Ontario-raised rainbow trout is one of the most eco-friendly proteins available today” By SeaWestNews Ocean Wise has officially recommended Ontario-farmed rainbow trout as a sustainable seafood choice. The Vancouver-based conservation program endorses…

Vet nets 2019 Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Award

“At a time when so many people and groups seem to be against aquaculture, it’s great to look out and see so many people who believe in fish farming and are dedicated to its sustainability.”– Dr. Leighanne Hawkins of Cooke…

Election vow to move fish farms out of the oceans unrealistic says global expert

“There is a lack of experienced management in this area that can’t be built up in five years…and I am not sure who is going to insure these land based fish farms,” – AXA XL Catlin’s global head of aquaculture…

Why I support responsible fish farming in Canada

‘The Election campaign promise to end ocean-based aquaculture is deeply concerning because it is harmful. It sets the seafood industry back and, ultimately, it could harm wild salmon.’ CommentaryBy Chef Ned Bell My name is Ned Bell, and I support…

Liberal election platform betrayal will destroy our livelihoods in the aquaculture industry

“If implemented, this campaign-promise means shutting down our aquaculture industry and throwing 7,000 British Columbians out of work, including us.” CommentaryBy Brad Rempel, Kenny Leslie and John Relyea-Voss The federal Liberals launched a surprise election promise recently to get salmon…

First Nation hails new salmon farming pact with Mowi

“Mowi has shown respect for our waters, and our people, we look forward to seeing sustainable salmon farming and processing continuing in our Territory”. – Chief Roxanne Robinson, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation. By SeaWestNews Mowi Canada West has entered into a…

Fish farms do not need to test for B.C. strain of virus

Decision follows an eight-month scientific review on the issue of transfer of live fish from land-based hatcheries to open-ocean net pens By SeaWestNews The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has determined that there is no need for testing of…

It’s not about wild first, it’s about votes first

Where is the application of the precautionary principle to protect wild salmon when it comes to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project? CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The new Liberal political policy plank to transition all open-net fish farms in British…

Cooke makes a fish farming comeback in Washington waters

Northwest Aquaculture Alliance says Liberal political policy in Canada on banning open-net fish farms in B.C. is a “cheap ploy to gain votes” By SeaWestNews Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture has been given a five-year permit to grow trout in open-net farms…

Inside Trudeau’s fishy political promise that will be a net loss for Canadians

Why the Liberal Party is short-circuiting and disrespecting its own evidence based policy-making process for B.C.’s salmon farming industry. CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews There is a reason why election campaign time in Canada is called the silly season. It’s a time…

SeaWestNews editor Fabian Dawson wins B.C.’s highest journalistic honours

“I am humbled and honoured to be awarded the 2019 Jack Webster Foundation’s Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Fabian Dawson. By Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews is proud to announce that our founding editor, Fabian Dawson, has been named the recipient…

First Nations hail new pact with B.C. salmon farmers

Agreements highlight importance of supporting wild salmon populations while building aquaculture capacity within the First Nations By SeaWestNews Three First Nations are hailing a pact, that gives them oversight into the operations of salmon farming companies in their traditional territories…

Fish farms carbon footprint among lowest affirms study

New findings in Iceland are broadly in line with studies carried out in other countries, including Canada. By SeaWestNews A new study in Iceland has reaffirmed that the carbon footprint of fish farming in the Arctic nation is lower than…

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. Saltwater Aquaculture Technician

Cooke is a global seafood company with operations in North America, Europe, and South America. Overview:SALTWATER AQUACULTURE TECHNICIANS Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., a division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., a dynamic and growing east coast family company, with Platinum Member status…

Fish Health Project Manager Campbell River, BC

Cermaq Canada is an equal opportunities employer who provides a workplace that is free of discrimination. Located along the beautiful coastal waters of Vancouver Island, Cermaq Canada Ltd. is a salmon farming company focused on operational excellence.  With our skilled…

Seaweed sleuth offers a ‘kelp-ing’ hand for B.C.’s coastal communities

Cascadia Seaweed aims to become the largest producer of seaweed in the Pacific Northwest By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews For many, seaweed is perceived as little more than slimy marine debris on the beach. For Dr. Stephen Cross that slimy debris holds…

Govt. funds B.C. companies to fight plastic pollution

 “Currently, options for collection and recycling of marine gear have been very limited, often leading to the long-term yard storage or landfill disposal of these plastic items,” – Chloe Dubois, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Legacy Technologies Ltd. By SeaWestNews Two…

Ontario provides a healthy climate for fish farms

New policy supports Ontario’s abundant wild fish populations and a healthy cage aquaculture industry By SeaWestNews Ontario has moved to provide business certainty and enable long-term investments in aquaculture by allowing longer licences for fish farms that use net pens…

Unleashing the potential of sustainable aquaculture

The expected growth in demand for fish and fish products needs to be largely met from aquaculture. – United Nations FAO report By SeaWestNews Genetic improvements in aquaculture will significantly boost the world’s sustainable food supply for future generations, states…

Five new B.C. programs to enhance salmon habitat

“We’re taking steps to promote long-term and sustainable salmon runs in B.C.” – Lana Popham, BC Minister of Agriculture By SeaWestNews Five new Vancouver-based projects will get $2.7 million in government funding to restore and enhance salmon habitat to support…

Social unrest in HK forces cancellation of Seafood Asia Expo

At least 10 Canadian companies and associations had booked exhibition space at event, which was scheduled to take place in Hong Kong next month By SeaWestNews Continued social unrest in Hong Kong has forced the cancellation of the Seafood Expo…

All of Mowi’s Campbell River fish farms now ASC certified

ASC Certification is validation that fish farms are being operated to the world’s highest standards in British Columbia By SeaWestNews Mowi Canada West has made another step towards its goal of achieving Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification at all its…

Sizeable Canadian delegation at aquaculture tech summit

40th anniversary of Aqua Nor, the world’s largest trade exhibition for fish farming technology attracts 600 exhibitors from 26 countries. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A sizeable Canadian delegation is heading to Norway this week to attend the 40th anniversary of Aqua…

Why Canada needs to grow its aquaculture industry

Regulators, working with communities, scientists and investors, should re-double their efforts to find a way to let the aquaculture industry grow and thrive. Commentary By Mohammad Ali RazaSeaWestNews The Opportunity The potential in Atlantic Canada of economically sustainable aquaculture has…

Wild smoked salmon product recalled after Listeria fears

Western Family Original Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes By SeaWestNews The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling a brand of wild smoked salmon due to the risk of it being contaminated with Listeria. In a…