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Sea lice “game-changer” ship arrives in British Columbia

Mowi’s $35 million Aqua Tromoy will revolutionise treatment of sea lice in British Columbia’s waters By SeaWestNews The largest and most technologically advanced ship to ever serve the Canadian aquaculture industry is now in B.C. waters to revolutionise the treatment…

Sweeping closures in British Columbia for 2019 fishing season

New measures will be economically devastating for coastal communities and sports fishing industry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Declaring it is time for bold action, the government today announced sweeping fishery closures across British Columbia to reverse the drastic decline of the…

Jobs abound in Canada’s aquaculture industry

Educational institutions ramp up pathways for careers in aquaculture as industry faces growing labour pains. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture’s strong production outlook is expected to significantly increase the need for more workers in Canada between now and 2025, latest government…

‘Our salmon farmers do not grow GM salmon’

“Salmon farmer members of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA), representing virtually all farmed salmon in Canada, do not grow or sell GM salmon” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s leading aquaculture industry body has reiterated that its members don’t farm or…

Cermaq eyes Nova Scotia for new salmon farms

“We are coming to Nova Scotia with open minds, hearts and ears; looking for guidance, local knowledge and history.” By SeaWestNews British Columbia-based Cermaq, Canada’s second largest salmon farming company, is looking to expand its operations in Nova Scotia. The…

Urban hangouts for salmon in the city

Urban Salmon Project was a three-year effort to document where B.C.’s iconic species hang out in the Metro Vancouver area. By SeaWestNews Drawn by a passion for salmon, international biologist, photographer and storyteller Fernando Lessa has documented where B.C.’s iconic…

Why the herring fishery was allowed in BC this year

‘Majority of the herring are left in the water for our chinook and our southern resident killer whales to eat.’ Guest CommentaryBy Jonathan Wilkinson Our ocean is a complex ecosystem, and Pacific herring are a vital food source for chinook…

Cooke plans to boost salmon farming operations in Nova Scotia

Plans unveiled after an in-depth study shows salmon farming has no adverse impact on lobster growth and abundance By SeaWestNews Cooke Aquaculture, a family owned seafood giant, wants to expand its operations in Nova Scotia with a new fish processing…

“I know full well that salmon are more than just food”

Making the International Year of the Salmon a Turning Point CommentaryBy Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard British Columbians are rightly concerned about the state of several wild Pacific salmon stocks. I share that concern. As…

No impact on lobsters from salmon farm operations

Eight-year study of lobsters below a salmon farm show no impact from the aquaculture operations on the crustaceans’ abundance, size or growth. By SeaWestNews An in-depth eight-year study of lobsters living below a salmon farm off New Brunswick’s Grand Manan…

New $142 million fund to enhance B.C. fisheries

Money will be used to leverage local Indigenous monitoring, guardianship programs and community-led habitat restoration efforts By SeaWestNews Ottawa and Victoria will pump $142.85 million over the next five years to support the protection of BC’s wild fisheries and enhance…

Claims by anti-fish farms activist not true says minister

Having more constructive discussions about aquaculture will require that we are forthright in our use of information, says Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in an op-ed By SeaWestNews This op-ed by Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson was originally published in the Georgia…

New studies reaffirm PRV is not a salmon killer

Two new scientific studies dismantle key claims made in court by fish farm opponents. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Two new studies have reaffirmed that the piscine reovirus (PRV) is not a salmon killer in British Columbia, dismantling key claims made in…

Aquaculture Ambassador: Angelique Pichette

“It is essential that we realize, that ultimately, we have a common goal. I became interested in aquaculture because I wanted to “save the environment” so to speak, which I imagine is the equal goal of most of those who…

So how do we farm salmon in the future?

New study will look at the impact of land-based and ocean-based closed-containment salmon farms in British Columbia, as well as offshore aquaculture production systems. By SeaWestNews A new study to provide viable technology options for salmon farming in British Columbia…

Aquaculture Ambassador: Tristan Lamonica

“It is so important for young students to volunteer their time and run for public positions since it helps develop not only leadership skills, but gives tremendous networking opportunities,” Tristan Lamonica, Council for Emerging Leaders in Aquaculture. By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews…

Aquaculture Ambassador: Steven Bourne

“I’m an environmentalist and everything I do, is in line with mitigating climate change. With that, aquaculture paired with ‘closed-loop’ systems (aquaponics) is extremely sustainable and will be a major factor in feeding a world,” Steven Bourne, Council for Emerging…

Canada’s bounty of the seas to be showcased in Boston

North America’s largest seafood exposition attracts over 100 Canadian agencies and companies. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews More than 100 seafood companies and fisheries-related agencies will showcase Canada’s bounty of the seas at North America’s largest seafood exposition to be held in…

Aquaculture Ambassador: Brad Rempel

By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews “Now, as an adult, I get to represent one of the best companies I could work for, and doing some amazing things within the industry,” Brad Rempel, Council of Emerging Leaders in Aquaculture. Aquaculture in Canada today…

Aquaculture makes salmon a “winning protein”

“There is no seafood that can match farmed salmon’s fresh year-round availability, health benefits and value,” – RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness analysis. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture has made salmon one of the world’s most popular seafood products contributing to the…

Aquaculture Ambassador: Liam O’Leary

“Coming from a family of fishermen I always had an appreciation for the ocean and the resources it contains. Aquaculture interested me because I saw it as the future of fishing,” Liam O’Leary, Council for Emerging Leaders in Aquaculture. By…

Creating a stronger America with aquaculture

U.S. stands to lose out on nearly $100 billion and 50,000 jobs in global aquaculture growth over the next ten years By SeaWestNews More than 120 seafood industry leaders and other aquaculture proponents have signed on to a letter urging…

Virus poses minimal risk to Fraser River sockeye salmon

“Unfortunately, some Canadian government non-medical researchers aligned with US and Canadian activists are attempting to make this mostly innocuous virus the scourge of the seven seas.” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) science panel has concluded that…

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…

Pressure mounts for First Nations seal harvest in B.C. waters

“Canada needs to act immediately to stop the disaster in the Salish Sea that is destroying our salmon and endangering our whales,” – Roy Jones, elder of the Haida Gwaii First Nation. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNewsU Pressure is mounting for a…

New lab, Indigenous program to build B.C’s fisheries future

Traditional knowledge and a new lab at Vancouver Island University will help boost economic, social and spiritual well-being of coastal communities. By SeaWestNews The new Centre for Innovation in Fish Health on Vancouver Island plans to support the next generation…

A tale of conflict and collaboration in aquaculture

As Iceland moves to bring wild fishers and fish farmers together, a conflict looms between the two sides in America. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Iceland’s fish farmers have joined forces with the country’s deep sea fishers to address threats to the…

Why Canadians need to eat more seafood

Canada’s new Food Guide recognizes the health benefits of eating fish and seafood By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s new Food Guide to support healthy dietary choices and practices wants you to substitute protein sources containing saturated fats in favour of those…

“It is clear the world needs aquaculture.”

“Currently, over 90% of the planet’s wild fish stocks are being either fished to the legal maximum or overfished. It is clear the world needs aquaculture.” A note from Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard We’re…

New program to groom seafood industry leaders

New program to groom seafood industry leaders Fisheries Council of Canada aims to develop emerging leaders in wild-capture and aquaculture industries By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has launched a program to develop emerging leaders in the…

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