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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

My first trip to a salmon farm

While it may not be reasonable to visit all the places where your food is farmed, it is a reasonable expectation to know the source of your food. By Geraldine Sangalang I judge restaurants and grocery stores for their cleanliness…

Observations of a river snorkeler

“The power of the fish, of the river, it’s an awesome encounter’ – Chris Walling By SeaWestNews Chris Walling of Vancouver Island has a strong understanding of the importance of wild salmon, and firmly believes that a responsible and successful…

Comox Valley BC Seafood Festival – An Experience for life

Life has its own way of shaping our paths, life will even create road maps for us… for me it came in the form of BC Seafood Festival in Comox Valley. Visiting BC Seafood Festival in Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada, was…

Salmon Farms : A River Snorkeler’s Observations

My Name is Chris Walling, and I am a supporter of British Columbia’s salmon farms and farmers. I have a strong understanding of the importance of wild salmon, and firmly believe that a responsible and successful salmon farming industry is…

Dear Anti-fish farm activist “Nothing new & alarming here”

Aquaculture experts pan renewed false claims by anti-fish farm activist Alexandra Morton. A renewed attempt by anti-fish farm activists to alarm the public that the Piscine orthoreovirus or PRV is endangering wild salmon stocks has been panned by the BC Centre for…

Anti-salmon farm individuals give “activist” a bad name

Chicagoans who are active in the social and political spheres are gearing up for a busy few months. We are heading into what promises to be one of the most important mid-term election cycles in the United States. Activism and…

Armed with lies, anti-fish farm activists seek your cash

Some First Nations leaders have ingeniously tied the fish farming discourse into treaty claims knowing that the politics of aboriginal rights are easier to manipulate than the realities of science. Commentary By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Unable to provide any credible…

Moving the salmon-farm debate from conflict to conservation

New executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association plans to change the narrative around the “misunderstood industry” of salmon farming By Fabian Dawson & Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews Growing up in BC, John Paul Fraser (pictured) was never far from…

‘Aquaculture one of the best ways to save wild salmon’

I’m as invested as anyone else in ensuring there’s wild salmon in the future, and I would argue that aquaculture’s probably one of the best ways of doing that.” – Dr. Zac Waddington, lead veterinarian in aquaculture for Canada’s Department…

New Poll – it doesn’t add up

It was revealed on April 30th that one in four British Columbians were opposed to open net pen salmon farming. Problem is, the poll wasn’t all that representative. By Kenny Leslie SeaWestNews I remember from my university days, when studying…

Land-based Salmon Farming

Aquaculture has been in the news lately and no two articles ever seem to agree on any one dialogue. In particular, salmon farming has become the center of a vicious debate on an ever-ranging list of topics. Topics too numerous…

Sustainable salmon farming in British Columbia

Put salmon farms in land-based fish tanks. This is an online demand we see quite often in the comments sections of SeaWestNews Facebook page. By Samantha McLeod SeaWestNews Sustainability is the key to all food farming, whether it is fish…

Opinion: If we want to keep eating fish we need to farm it — responsibly

By Jeremy Dunn The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association recently held community meetings in Campbell River and Nanaimo — two centres of our industry in this province. Over and over again we heard passion for the role B.C.’s salmon farms play…

Wild vs Farmed Salmon is not a dilemma

Now that I live in Vancouver, there are certain culinary matters that I am required to have an opinion on. Gluten, fermentation, GMOs, wild vs farmed salmon, for examples. By Taz Bacchus SeaWestNews Our responsibility as consumers is to always…

Why BC salmon farmers don’t want a debate with an activist

Alexandra Morton’s attempt to get a public debate about BC salmon farming, with BC salmon farmers, does not deserve the attention she craves, states grassroots group, BC Aquaculture Awareness By BC Aquaculture Awareness Dear Alexandra Morton, You have recently publicly challenged a…

Sustainability is an Important factor to consider

Sustainability is becoming one of the most important factors to consider when buying any of our food, but specifically in this case our salmon. By Ana Roman SeaWestNews According to a recent article by the BBC, “… more than 55%…

It’s in aquaculture’s best interest to protect the ocean

Letter:   “If people wish to continue consuming the healthy proteins and omega oils found in salmon, the reality is that those salmon will have to be farmed, and farmed in the ocean, in their natural environment”  Dylan Hynes Sustainable aquaculture…

Science continues to show B.C. salmon farms are safe

BC salmon are raised with passion and good food as well as the latest in science and technology. Healthy, well-informed, public debate based on facts, not fear, is a cornerstone of how all industry operates in B.C., and that’s a…

Salmon farm smear campaign sinks

After more than a decade of U.S.-funded attacks targeted exclusively on B.C.’s salmon farm industry, the tide is finally turning. The fake-news tactics of hired protesters have become so obvious that even some news media aren’t biting any more. http://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/opinion/salmon-farm-smear-campaign-sinks/

Time to reel in Lana Popham’s ministry for fish file review

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was accused of intimidation on Monday for her handling of a letter to a fish farm. http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-time-to-reel-in-pophams-ministry-for-fish-file-review

Recreational Fishing (Sport Fishing)

Sport fishing occurs both in tidal and non-tidal (fresh) waters throughout the province of British Columbia. British Columbia has a reputation for being one of the greatest saltwater fishing destinations in the world. The most important recreational fishing species are…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fish farming done responsibly

“I see land-based salmon farming as a complement to ocean farming, not a replacement’ https://www.nanaimobulletin.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-fish-farming-done-responsibly/