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BC fisheries, aquaculture projects get clean tech boost

Over $5.4 million set aside for 36 fisheries and aquaculture projects to boost clean economic growth in British Columbia’s seafood industry By SeaWestNews Thirty six fisheries and aquaculture projects will get over $5.4 million in government funds to boost clean…

Court allows baby salmon transfer in Discovery Islands

“The only evidence before me is that today, salmon aquaculture in B.C. poses no more than a minimal risk to wild salmon” Federal Court Judge,  Mr. Justice Panagiotis Pamel By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal Court has ruled that fish farmers…

Spies and lies in anti-salmon farm activist’s book

Chapter in the book by eco-activist Alexandra Morton linking local company to Israeli spies is a “lie”, says owner of security agency hired to keep the peace during a 2018 anti-salmon farm protest. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews One of the most…

Court rejects Morton’s missive on BC fish farms

“Ms. Morton’s proposed affidavit contains untested hearsay evidence, contains improper opinion evidence under the guise of being factual evidence” on BC fish farms – Federal Court of Canada By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal Court of Canada has rejected attempts by…

Ignorance spurs bullying in BC’s aquaculture industry

Why are those with the least knowledge of aquaculture making the most noise about salmon farms and bullying women in the industry? CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The old adage that empty vessels make the most noise seems to be a cherished…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Kirstyn Nygren

“What most people don’t realize is that our industry is built with employees who have nothing but love, appreciation, and passion for our oceans and wild ecosystems.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Laura Windatt

“The crucial issues facing salmon farming in BC is securing the industry as a sustainable source of food protein…after all we are just trying to provide food for the world.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of…

Letter – Millennials in aquaculture worried about their futures

“The point of this letter is to inform you Prime Minister Trudeau and Team, that we millennials are worried about our futures, and the future of blue economy in BC. We care, we love our oceans, we love protecting wild…

Letter – Salmon farm ban needs a judicial review

Salmon Farm Ban – “It appears to me that her “social licence” was a purely political decision.” By SeaWestNews In making her sudden decision to phase out salmon farming in BC’s Discovery Islands, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, ignored her deputy…

Canada slows as world grows with marine aquaculture

After proclaiming aquaculture is key to its post-pandemic economic recovery plans, Canada lags behind the rest of the world, as nations harness the Blue Economy by farming the oceans By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews From China to India, Europe, Australia and Africa…

Federal Court snubs First Nations in salmon farming dispute

In a disturbing ruling, the Federal court has rejected intervenor status by five First Nations in the Discovery Islands’ salmon farming dispute, opting to hear submissions from activists perpetuating the ‘Big Lie’ about aquaculture in BC. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The…

Quid-pro-quo poser in BC salmon farming ban

  After ignoring her own scientists, Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan also rebuffed her deputy minister when deciding to ban salmon farming in BC’s Discovery Islands, an internal government document shows. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan’s hasty…

Canada launches ocean literacy plan while keeping salmon farmers in the dark

Three months after the devastating decision to close salmon farms in the Discovery Islands, Ravi Kahlon, B.C.’s minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation says he has not received any information about the plan from Fisheries Minister Bernadette  Jordan By…

Mowi in court to stop mass salmon slaughter

Mowi Canada West files injunction to suspend Federal Government order that compels it to kill 12 million healthy salmon, which could provide 235 million meals. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal government’s sudden decision to stop salmon farming in the waters…

Prize and prejudice in BC’s salmon aquaculture industry

First-ever BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards announced as salmon farmers challenge Federal order to shut down their operations in the Discovery Islands. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews From advanced ship technology to vaccine development and environmental monitoring of the seas, BC is a…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Jaramar Balmori-Cedeño

“No one should have to wonder what they will eat tomorrow. I took an oath in Veterinary school in Mexico, and to this day, I live by it.” By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC…

BC salmon farms shutdown will have devastating impacts

A new report lays bare widespread economic, human and animal welfare impacts that will result from shutting down salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews BC’s salmon farmers will have to destroy 10.7 million young fish – the…

BC salmon farms decision attacked by aquaculture stakeholders

Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans announces new aquaculture engagement process as it defends decision to phase out salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada has announced a series of online engagements for a plan to transition…

Canadian salmon farmers driving innovation in ocean aquaculture

New high-tech vessel joins aquaculture armada in BC as the government is schooled on the role of innovation and technology in the Canadian aquaculture industry. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews This month, another specially designed ship joins a small aquaculture armada that…

‘Dead Loss’ report on aquaculture is dead wrong

BC Premier John Horgan takes aim at federal aquaculture decision, as calls mount for anti-salmon farm activist groups to be held accountable for spreading false information By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Using guesstimates and fact-deficit analyses, a UK-based activist group named “Changing…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Justin Fortier

“These activists are demanding we move ocean farms on land…but science has proven time and again that this will never be a sustainable solution.“ By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA)…

“What now Prime Minister”, ask aquaculture millennial leaders

Decision to phase out salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands is having a profound impact on young people, who once looked ahead to a long and positive career path in aquaculture By SeaWestNews “What about my mortgage?” “What about my…

Build back better with fisheries and aquaculture: UN

“The fisheries and aquaculture sector has a crucial contribution to make within the Four Betters: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and Better Life” – Qu Dongyu , Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)…

Salmon farms key to Canada’s low carbon future

B.C. salmon farms emit only 2.2 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every kilogram of edible fish produced, not including the hot air by the anti-fish farm activists who want to shut them down. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The next time you…

Canada wants more input on new Aquaculture Act

DFO has received 22 formal submissions and held 27 virtual engagement sessions as it moves to streamline aquaculture regulations for the sustainable growth of Canada’s seafood farmers By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada is giving you more time to help it construct…

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…