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BC’s Blue Revolution with Kaitlin Guitard

“I see wild fish stocks depleting if salmon farms are forced to reduce production. I see salmon farms as the future for an affordable food source for generations to come.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeod The newly unveiled Youth Council of…

BC salmon farmers seek judicial reviews over aquaculture ban

Canadian Federation of Agriculture joins growing chorus of support for BC salmon farmers and urges government to review Discovery Islands aquaculture ban By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Mowi Canada West, Cermaq Canada and Grieg Seafood BC, which risk losing a significant part…

Poseidon eyes net gains with new aquaculture investment

BC couple to take their made-in-Vancouver Island aquaculture technologies global and deliver innovations for sustainable seafood farming. By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Poseidon Ocean Systems, a Vancouver Island-based full-service aquaculture technology company, has raised $5million to further optimise and deliver its innovations…

DFO “structurally and culturally” unable to oversee aquaculture

In the divisive debate over aquaculture in Canada, anti-fish farm activists and seafood farmers seem to agree on one issue – the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has to go By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s seafood farmers are calling for the…

Thinking small helps BC salmon farmer grow big

Technology to grow salmon on land on a large scale in BC is fraught with challenges and years away. So land-based salmon farmer, Steve Atkinson says he has another plan. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews In a wooded area off the main…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Jay Pudota

“…farming fish will reduce the pressure on the wild stocks, and the technology developed in the farming industry will help in improving wild fish stocks that are hard hit by the changing oceans…” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled…

Fact checking Morton’s diatribe about BC salmon farms

In a rambling conspiracy-laden letter, anti-salmon farm activist Alexandra Morton, accuses Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans of being a criminal organisation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews BC’s loudest anti-salmon farm activist has ratcheted up her conspiracy-laden rants accusing Canada’s Department of…

Washington okays fish farms using science, rejects activism

Decision to allow steelhead fish farms in Washington waters hailed as a “victory, not only for science, but also for food security and job creation in rural areas” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Cooke Aquaculture, a Canadian seafood farmer, has been given…

BC salmon farm closures trigger “ghost town” fears

About 700 businesses in North Vancouver Island will be impacted by salmon farm closures in the Discovery Islands, says an independent economic recovery taskforce By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Every summer during the third weekend in July, the people of Port Hardy…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Matt McGoveran

“The most critical issue facing the aquaculture industry is the amount of misinformation that the media and a few individuals continue to perpetuate.“ By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is…

Discovery Islands’ salmon farm closures will kill 1,498 jobs

Initial industry estimate pegs economic loss in North Vancouver Island’s coastal communities, dependent on salmon farms, at $379.7 million By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The closure of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands of BC will result in 1,498 people losing their…

Beyond the decision to close salmon farms in the Discovery Islands

MP and husband hold celebratory dinner as North Vancouver Island reacts to the closure of salmon farms in the Discovery Islands, that will likely kill hundreds of jobs. CommentaryBy Fabian Dawson Hundreds of jobs, both directly and indirectly related to…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Terra MacDonald

“Another factor of removing the divisive narrative of wild vs. farmed salmon is we could take the money, energy and expertise that is being spent on “red herring” issues and direct it towards the real issues…we can actually save and…

Social licence trumps science in Discovery Islands’ salmon farming decision

But it does not mean First Nations have veto powers over salmon farming operations in their traditional territories, says Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans By Fabian Dawson and Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews The decision to stop salmon farming in the…

BC salmon farms in Discovery Islands to go

Decision on Discovery Islands’ salmon farms more about social licence to operate in the area rather than sound science. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Salmon farms in the contentious Discovery Islands of British Columbia will be phased out over the next 18…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Jordan Frizzley

“What brought me to salmon farming was the excitement of being a part of sustainable global food production and having a career that would allow me to spend most of my time outdoors out on the water.” By Samantha Bacchus…

Fact checking the anti-fish farm fiction

“While anti-farming opponents rely on outdated and fabricated misinformation to spin their fiction, the world is moving ahead with sustainable salmon aquaculture” CommentaryBy John Paul Fraser An excerpt of a book written from an activist perspective about salmon farming that…

Salmon farmers “care deeply about our coastal waters” says NDP MP

Vancouver Island MP Gord Johns also hails BC salmon farmers’ commitment to coastal communities at  parliamentary inquiry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Vancouver Island MP Gord Johns told a parliamentary inquiry yesterday that BC’s salmon farmers and the people who work for…

What’s killing the killer whales in the Pacific

New report provides a look at the multitude of human and environmental threats affecting killer whales By SeaWestNews Orcas face a variety of mortal threats, many stemming from human interactions, states a new study which analysed the pathology reports on…

Ocean Action Agenda aims for net gains globally

  Seafood – both farmed and wild – will play a central and increasingly important role in realizing human, ocean and planetary health. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s fishers and seafood farmers say they support a global initiative led by 14…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Amanda Luxton

My industry isn’t staying static. We are constantly improving and always striving to be better for the environment, the fish, and people. By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is all…

Vancouver Island ready to grow with salmon farmers

Community support grows for BC’s salmon farmers as mayors and businesses call for their voices to be heard at the aquaculture-decision making tables. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Four Vancouver Island mayors and scores of businesses have thrown their support behind BC…