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B.C. salmon farmers heed U.N.’s call to develop aquaculture industry

Embracing sustainability as an opportunity, B.C.’s salmon farmers are heeding the call by the United Nations to develop the aquaculture industry as a win-win for a planet in need. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews B.C.’s salmon farmers have embraced sustainability as an…

“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…

Salmon stock recovery in B.C. gets a boost

New international lab accreditation will help salmon recovery levels By SeaWestNews The British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) in Campbell River has attained the International Standards Organization (ISO) accreditation, another feather in its illustrious cap. The ISO…

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…

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…

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…

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 new journey to raise awareness about aquaculture in B. C.

“I really want to meet everybody who wants to know more about aquaculture” – Michelle Franze, Manager of Communications, Partnerships and Community for the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA). By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Powered by a passion for the ocean and…

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…

Fish farmers and chefs at the BC Seafood Expo

BC Seafood Expo 2019 hosts the largest International seafood buyers’ delegation in its history By SeaWestNews More often than not, aquaculture in British Columbia is beset by competing agendas, contested science and misinformation. But the reality is that aquaculture protein…

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…

Kelp is coming for the BC Seafood Expo 2019

Seaweed business leaders from Maine, New Brunswick and British Colombia to share their success stories at the B.C. Seafood Expo By SeaWestNews British Columbia boasts some of the best coastlines in the world where there is a diverse abundance of…

“Three Oceans, Two Million Lakes, One Place”

Canada’s new global branding strategy will reverberate at the 2019 B.C. Seafood Expo and Festival By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews When it comes to seafood, the world is showing a growing appetite for everything Canada has to offer, states the Fisheries Council…

Meet the experts at B.C. Seafood Expo 2019

‘Offal’ lot of potential in B.C to make money from fish waste says expert By SeaWestNews There is an ‘offal’ lot of potential in B.C when it comes to creating valuable products from the fish waste stream, says one of…

Choctaw Nation in search of partners at BC Seafood Expo

The BC Seafood Expo is one of the largest seafood industry trade shows in the Pacific Northwest. By SeaWestNews The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, one of America’s most successful Native Tribes, is heading to the 2019 B.C. Seafood Expo in…

“The future of protein is here and it’s called aquaculture”

Political commitments, scientific collaborations and constructive conversations highlight opening of the Aquaculture Canada Conference 2019. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s commitment to sustainable harvesting of seafood was reaffirmed by both the federal and B.C. provincial governments at the 2019 Aquaculture Canada…

B.C. Seafood Expo 2019 to showcase bounty of our oceans

The B.C. Seafood Expo 2019 event in Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island on June 12 and 13 is one of the largest seafood industry trade events in the Pacific Northwest. By SeaWestNews Some of Canada’s top culinary artistes will join…

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…

Jobs abound in Canada’s aquaculture industry

Educational institutions ramp up pathways for careers in aquaculture as industry faces growing labour pains. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Aquaculture’s strong production outlook is expected to significantly increase the need for more workers in Canada between now and 2025, latest government…

Cermaq eyes Nova Scotia for new salmon farms

“We are coming to Nova Scotia with open minds, hearts and ears; looking for guidance, local knowledge and history.” By SeaWestNews British Columbia-based Cermaq, Canada’s second largest salmon farming company, is looking to expand its operations in Nova Scotia. The…

Doing the smolt things right

A day in the life of salmon farmer, Kenny Leslie, of Mowi Canada West. By Kenny LeslieSeaWestNews My name is Kenny Leslie, I work for Mowi Canada West at the Big Tree Creek Hatchery as a First Feed Supervisor. I…

“I know full well that salmon are more than just food”

Making the International Year of the Salmon a Turning Point CommentaryBy Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard British Columbians are rightly concerned about the state of several wild Pacific salmon stocks. I share that concern. As…

Claims by anti-fish farms activist not true says minister

Having more constructive discussions about aquaculture will require that we are forthright in our use of information, says Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson in an op-ed By SeaWestNews This op-ed by Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson was originally published in the Georgia…

New lab, Indigenous program to build B.C’s fisheries future

Traditional knowledge and a new lab at Vancouver Island University will help boost economic, social and spiritual well-being of coastal communities. By SeaWestNews The new Centre for Innovation in Fish Health on Vancouver Island plans to support the next generation…

“It is clear the world needs aquaculture.”

“Currently, over 90% of the planet’s wild fish stocks are being either fished to the legal maximum or overfished. It is clear the world needs aquaculture.” A note from Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard We’re…

Aquaculture Ambassador: John B. Relyea-Voss

“We are going to be working towards sharing information, experiences and stories of the new and exciting things happening within the aquaculture industry in British Columbia,” John B. Relyea-Voss, Council of Emerging Leaders in Aquaculture. By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Aquaculture in…

Feds pump cash to support jobs in BC’s coastal communities

Funding will also assist in ensuring enhanced protection of marine environment By SeaWestNews The federal government is pumping over a million dollars into 15-BC based fisheries and aquaculture businesses to help them adopt greener practices that will improve energy efficiency,…