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No sea lice violations at B.C. salmon farms, says DFO

This Canada Day, fact check the claims being made by a noisy few who threaten our food supply security CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews More so than ever before, the COVID-19 pandemic is showing Canadians why we need to improve our access…

‘Sea lies’ plague fish farmers in Nova Scotia

“COVID-19 has shown us the importance of local food production and the essential role aquaculture plays.” CommentaryBy Tom Smith It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months. What makes…

Destroying a fishery will not save Southern Resident Killer Whales

“Taking legal action to shut down a scientifically managed and authorized troll salmon fishery will do little or nothing for the endangered SRKW but will certainly economically damage family fishermen and their small coastal communities.” CommentaryBy Dr. Wally Pereyra In…

A salute to our farmers, on land and sea

“There is a palpable growing appreciation of our farmers, both on land and sea, who continue to toil outdoors, so we can safely nourish indoors.” CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews In these days of self-isolation and social distancing triggered by the COVID-19…

The importance of our farmers in BC

Trust that our agriculture/aquaculture farmers are protecting themselves, and society, as they continue to produce food daily Too often we take for granted the essential workers in agriculture and the farmers growing our food, now more than ever our eyes…

NIMBY-ism in the Nova Scotia aquaculture debate

“The future of the salmon farming industry in Nova Scotia, whatever that may be, requires goodwill and communication between all stakeholders” CommentaryBy Brian Rogers With backgrounds in both marine biology and business, I have been involved in the global aquaculture…

Why aquaculture needs a science-led democracy

“If campaigns against salmon farming were based on facts, I wouldn’t be writing this article.” CommentaryBy Ian Roberts As activists continue to sidestep the democratic process in favour of interrupting work spaces, governments must step up to protect the health…

Canada embraces aquaculture globally while choking it at home

Why are we funding sustainable aquaculture initiatives overseas while trying to kill it in British Columbia? Commentary By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture is a cornerstone of the Blue Economy, which Canada has embraced. Our government has pledged tens of millions of…

A new dawn for aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

In the debate over global warming and ocean acidification, most reasonable people say we should listen to NOAA scientists and give credence to NOAA data.  Yet, regarding aquaculture, many of these same people don’t listen to NOAA scientists or give…

“Wolves” feast on the vulnerability of Canada’s seafood farmers

Relentless attacks by foreign funded special interest groups destroying livelihoods of seafood farmers and families in coastal communities CommentaryBy Mark Lane As a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, I can sit in silence no more and watch an industry, pioneered by…

Confusion at the fish counter: How to eat seafood responsibly

Eating farmed fish helps reduce reliance on already vulnerable wild fish stocks. It also has a lower carbon footprint than terrestrial livestock farming By Jenny WeitzmanThe Conversation It now seems absurd that anyone once believed the ocean was inexhaustible: fish…

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…

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…

Farm-raised Atlantic salmon at Whole Foods Market

It was a pleasure to see farm-raised Atlantic salmon as one of the sustainable and ethical choices at Whole Foods Market. Farm-raised salmon, raised right, is good for our health and the environment. Think about it, the heavier the protein,…

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…