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Anti-fish farm activist’s numbers don’t add up

“Miraculous” salmon comeback is either an immaculate conception or a backfiring concoction CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Today’s world, driven by social media, is a breeding ground for those who want to create confusion, build falsehoods and propel polarisation. ‘I told you…

Passing thoughts about wild salmon near fish farms

Canadian researchers describe key finding in new fish health study as “contrary to our expectation” about wild salmon passing fish farms By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Wild salmon returning to their home rivers don’t show any increased rates of infection after passing…

What Canadians want when it comes to seafood

New survey looks at sustainable and responsible seafood, environmental and social issues, as well as seafood tastes and preferences By SeaWestNews Canadians want to see change in the way we consume seafood, and they want to be part of that…

Seafood sleuths go viral to keep B.C. oyster farmers shucking

Three new studies announced to protect and bolster oyster farming in British Columbia By SeaWestNews Seafood sleuths are set to embark on three new studies to figure out what is causing oyster-related illnesses in British Columbia. Several outbreaks from 2015…

Aquaculture industry moves to tackle plastic pollution in oceans

First aquaculture certification scheme to include specific plastics requirements in the works By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The contribution of plastic debris from global aquaculture is not at the same magnitude as that from capture fisheries, but more needs to be done…

“it’s now time to harvest or cull the seals and sea lions”

“The greatest road to extinction of salmon is all due to overpopulation of seals and sea lions” – Thomas Sewid of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Let us harvest and manage the population of seals in the Pacific…

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…

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…

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…

A shark fin coup for Canada

Modernised Fisheries Act bans shark finning and the import and export of fins that are not attached to the shark By SeaWestNews Canada has modernised its Fisheries Act to ban the practice of shark finning and the import and export…

B.C. is a hotbed of innovation in aquaculture

“There is really nothing more important than the environment when it comes to fish farming,” – expert panel discussion at the BC Seafood Expo By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews British Columbia is a hotbed of innovation in aquaculture, providing new technologies to…

Canada must stop exporting its plastic problem

Leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups are calling on Ottawa to take immediate regulatory action to address plastic wastes and pollution. By SeaWestNews As Philippines and Malaysia demand Canada take back boatloads of contaminated plastics shipped to their countries, leading…

Alaska hatchery pink salmon imperil wild stocks

“Growth and survival in North American salmon stocks have been shown to be negatively affected by hatchery-produced pink salmon.” – peer-reviewed study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution “Canadian wild salmon have a long run to Alaska pastures and have…

A world’s first for Mowi Canada West salmon farms in B.C.

Three salmon farms, audited against 500 separate aspects of their performance, get the gold standard in environmental certification. By SeaWestNews Mowi Canada West has become the world’s first aquaculture company to successfully achieve certification under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)…

Eco-coalition hails new measures to save the whales

New measures will address threats of vessel noise, pollution, and a shortage of chinook salmon, that the remaining 75 southern resident killer whales are facing. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A coalition of six conservation groups is hailing the efforts by the…

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…

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…

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…

Leadership by example to combat plastic pollution

More than 2,400 Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard employees pledge to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics By SeaWestNews More than 2,400 Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard employees have pledged to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics in…

Salmon farmers carbon footprint

British Columbia’s salmon farming industry has a low carbon footprint, raises responsibly sourced food, and is committed to saving wild salmon for future generations. Commentary By John Paul Fraser Long ago, the late famed ocean conservationist Jacques Cousteau called on…

170,000 Canadians urge MPs to tackle plastic pollution

Motion-151, which would create a national strategy to combat plastic pollution is expected to be voted on by MPs in Ottawa this week. By SeaWestNews Over 170,000 Canadians have signed a petition calling for a national strategy to tackle plastic…

Feds announce a special fund for wild Pacific salmon

BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund will focus on salmon habitat protection and restoration By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Ottawa will contribute more than $100 million over the next six years for a British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund, Jonathan…

Canadian plastic challenge aims to clean up our oceans

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is looking for Made in Canada innovations from small businesses that will protect our marine environment and wildlife Do you have an idea that can help clean up our oceans? If you do, the Government of…

Aquaculture a key theme at Blue Economy summit

Over 4,000 participants expected at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya that is co-hosted by Canada and Japan By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Over 4,000 participants from around the world will come together in Kenya next month for the Sustainable Blue…

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…

Salmon sleuths on the hunt for “likely suspects”

The International Year of the Salmon aims to bring people together to share and develop knowledge more effectively, raise awareness and take action The International Year of the Salmon (IYS), which launches in Vancouver tomorrow, will involve an exhaustive hunt…

 Salmon Farming Industry in BC: farmed and prosperous

10 facts you need to know about British Columbia’s salmon farming industry A Small Footprint B.C. salmon farms contribute over $1.5 billion annually into B.C.’s economy and only occupy 0.05% of the entire B.C. coast. All Atlantic salmon farms in…

A time to cull seals and sea lies

If this is a time to cull seals to protect our whales, it is also a time to cull the science-deficit activist campaigns that threaten the lifeblood of our coastal communities Earlier this year Georgia Murray of the Nimmo Bay…

 How much fish do we eat? By the numbers

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission says global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing. Some numbers from the first global seafood consumption footprint published by The…

Sea Shepherd “unethical” for exploiting death of baby Orca

Pacific Salmon Foundation shoots down Sea Shepherd’s claim while taking aim at critics of a study it supports. By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) has fired a broadside at the American eco-militant group, Sea Shepherd, calling it…