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Feed for thought on the future of food from the sea

Aquaculture industry has made steady progress in using insects and vegetables instead of wild fish as food for farmed fish. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The aquaculture industry has begun to make tremendous strides in finding alternatives to marine ingredients and developing…

Salmon sleuths plan another expedition to uncover secrets of the sea

“While we know a fair amount about the lives of salmon close to shore and in our rivers and streams we really don’t know much about their lives in the open ocean” John Paul Fraser, B.C. Salmon Farmers Association. By…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Campbell River gets its wet lab dream

Campbell River’s dream to have a Salmon Centre of Excellence gets a boost with federal funds for a wet lab By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Campbell River’s dream to have a Salmon Centre of Excellence got a boost this week with Ottawa…

Canada seeks experts for new aquaculture science committee

“A successful aquaculture industry is important for feeding the world’s growing demand for seafood products without putting more pressure on wild stocks” – Govt. Of Canada By SeaWestNews The Government of Canada today reaffirmed its commitment to implementing evidence based…

Scientist gets top award for a ‘lousy’ choice

Dr. Simon Jones honoured as a new report states salmon farming companies have slashed medicinal sea lice treatments by 50 percent in six years By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Dr. Simon Jones made a ‘lousy’ choice when pursuing his career in ocean…

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…

Scientists set sail to unlock salmon secrets

“We are all anxious to see and learn about the findings, so that we can better tackle the problems together,” John Paul Fraser, executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Berthed at Vancouver’s Ballantyne Pier under wintry…

Scientists go fishing for salmon answers

B.C. salmon farmers among the first to step up and sponsor a $1.2-million Gulf of Alaska science expedition. By Fabian Dawson and Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews Every winter, much of the world’s salmon congregates in the Gulf of Alaska. It is…

Dr. John Nightingale gets Humane Hero Award

Vancouver Aquarium is perhaps the “greenest” cultural public institution in Canada, thanks to Dr. John Nightingale By SeaWestNews Renowned animal advocate, conservationist, and educator Dr. John Nightingale has been awarded the prestigious Humane Hero Award by America’s first national humane…

Wet Lab facility aims to study pathogen transfer

City of Campbell River has big plans for developing a Salmon Centre of Excellence By SeaWestNews The BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences  (BC CAHS)  supports recommendations of the Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Council on Finfish Aquaculture (MAACFA)  report to…

Charting the future of seafood

By 2100, we will need to feed over 11 billion people, and aquaculture is a promising source of seafood for the plates of future generations The Conservation Aquaculture Research Team  (CART)  is a group of experts and analysts in ocean…

 Letter from top US seafood scientists about salmon farming

Don’t make decisions about salmon farming in “a climate fueled by fear and propaganda” warn top scientists in Washington. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE: As representatives of the scientific community, we are alarmed that the Washington state…

Scientist refutes WFC claims regarding farmed salmon

Washington state scientist refutes NGO claims farmed fish affects native fish populations Genetic specialist says the Wild Fish Conservancy has ‘misused scientific literature to exaggerate risks.’, reports intrafish.com The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is refuting claims made by the…

 Expert panel to provide credible aquaculture science

Panel will help government remain a strong, science-based regulator of the aquaculture industry  (Pictured) Canada’s chief science advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer By Seawest News Canada’s chief science advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, will lead an independent expert panel to provide recommendations…

Why are there deformed fish in salmon pens?

In any animal population there are individuals born with deformities, or who suffer from stunted growth or injuries. This is no different in a fish population, and although rare, the protection of the farm enables “poor performing” individuals to survive….