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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…

Sea the future with restorative aquaculture

Waters off B.C. have strong potential for development of commercial shellfish and seaweed aquaculture that can also help salmon farmers By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Shellfish and seaweed aquaculture in the waters off British Columbia provide numerous environmental and economic benefits to…

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…

Liberals sacrifice rural salmon-farm jobs to win over urban activists’ votes

Trudeau’s new platform defies government’s own commitment to making decisions on aquaculture based on science and ignores the facts to mandate an unworkable solution to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist. Commentary By John Paul Fraser The Liberal Party…

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…

Lime Salmon Recipe for a Low FODMAP diet

What was pleasantly surprising about this low FODMAP Salmon recipe was the complete range of flavours created with just a few ingredients. A low FODMAP diet cuts out many common products that contain certain foods. The principle behind the diet…

The Arousa Sea Women: together we are visible

‘In Arousa estuary, there has always been an historical relationship of women with the sea. We are the main actors of the fishing activity.’ WSI video competition 2019 awarded first prize to Women of the Arousa Sea, (Galicia). The video…

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…

“Women in Seafood” video competition: A great success of the third edition

WSI (Women in Seafood), a not-for-profit organisation, created by seafood and gender issues specialists highlights gender imbalance in the industry, sheds light on women’s real contribution in the industry, and promote greater gender diversity and inclusiveness. For its third edition…

“This shows the power of salmon farming.”

Mowi ranked most sustainable protein producer in the world, alongside five other aquaculture companies Aquaculture companies dominate the latest Coller FAIRR Protein Index, which ranks the world’s largest listed protein producers on sustainability. Coming out tops is Mowi, the largest…

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…

How we can feed the planet while saving the oceans

“Our vision is to stimulate a ‘race to the top’ among investors in which sustainable aquaculture and the wider ocean environment are the ultimate winners.” CommentaryBy Maria DamanakiGlobal Oceans Director, Nature Conservancy What if I showed you evidence suggesting the…

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…

Sustainable salmon from our farm to your table

Mowi farm technician Clara McGhee discusses the crucial business of salmon feeding strategies and how this help to ensure a site remains profitable, environmentally sustainable and capable of producing nutritious fish for consumers around the world. By Clara McGhee We…

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…

One man’s vision to promote aquaculture in Greece

By Maria FlipSeaWestNews As far as the future is concerned, I am planning to use my knowledge and skills to work on aquacultures in Greece – Manos Zouroufidis Manos Zouroufidis wants to help Greece make the aquaculture industry a pillar…

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…

There is a reel life bias in Patagonia’s fishy film

  Patagonia’s interest in protecting our environment is commendable, but its hypocrisy and blind incrimination of aquaculture while itself exploiting wild fish severely undermine its environmental credentials. CommentaryBy Ian RobertsSeaWestNews As the evening’s host opened the showing of Patagonia’s ‘Artifishal’…

Salmon – who is catching what where

A look by the numbers of last year’s record global Pacific salmon catch By SeaWestNews 651 million – Commercial fishermen caught 651 million Pacific salmon in 2018 – one of the largest catches recorded for an even year, according to…

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…