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The salmon farming flip-flop by the Liberals in four years

“Legislating the removal of salmon aquaculture from Canada’s oceans represents an excessive approach to resolving environmental issues that are already being managed through robust, science-based federal and provincial regulations.” – Liberal Govt. 2016 CommentaryBy Fabian Dawson Justin Trudeau has been…

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…

Aquaculture key to meet food demand, says UN

Aquaculture is vital for feeding the world’s expanding population states the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews As Canada dithers over the future of its aquaculture industry, the United Nations is calling on countries…

Minister ousted after controversial decisions on fisheries, aquaculture

Bernadette Jordan governed with a lack of clarity, bowing to demands from anti-aquaculture activists on Canada’s West Coast while being ineffective in the conflict between commercial fishers and Mi’kmaq lobster fishers in Atlantic Canada, say seafood industry observers By Fabian…

Salmon farming in B.C. is more than growing fish

B.C.’s homegrown salmon farming technology is setting the standards around the world, states a new report By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Trudeau Liberals are on a mission to find alternative aquaculture technologies to keep their pre-election pledge to transition away from…

Minister abandons science, salmon, First Nations, for votes

“If this was an industry other than salmon aquaculture, there would be an inquiry into the minister’s actions.” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan keeps insisting she has full confidence in her scientists and the people who work…

Aquaculture in Canada: a tale of two coasts

Need for Canada to have a consistent regulatory framework for the aquaculture sector on full display By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The need for Canada to have a consistent regulatory framework for the aquaculture sector is on full display with the East…

Aquaculture carbon footprint study on BC salmon farms

Should BC succumb to the demands of anti-fish farm activists to move all ocean-based salmon farms to land based operations, the province will see a whopping increase of 22,881,000 kilograms of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Government…

Salmon farmers “care deeply about our coastal waters” says NDP MP

Vancouver Island MP Gord Johns also hails BC salmon farmers’ commitment to coastal communities at  parliamentary inquiry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Vancouver Island MP Gord Johns told a parliamentary inquiry yesterday that BC’s salmon farmers and the people who work for…

‘Salmon’ author pans Patagonia’s anti-fish farm activism

Ousting ocean-based farms to grow fish on land not a good idea, says Mark Kurlansky, the New York Times bestselling author of “Salmon”, published by Patagonia. By Fabian Dawson & Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Mark Kurlansky, the New York Times bestselling author…

International NGO calls on members to defend salmon farmers in B.C.

“The anti-aquaculture community in British Columbia is small, but they are loud and they have found the ear of the Canadian Liberal party.” – Global Aquaculture Alliance. By SeaWestNews The Global Aquaculture Alliance is calling on its members to come…

Growing fish on land not such a good idea says global panel

‘The largest potential gains for food production lie in the sustainable expansion of marine aquaculture’ – says a new scientific paper for a group of 14 heads of government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Growing fish on…

Inside the secretive decision to shutter salmon farms in BC

Court hears that former Fisheries Minister kept her top officials and the aquaculture industry in the dark before making her science-deficit decision to shut down salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s former Minister of…

Anti-salmon farm activists reap fruit from falsehoods

A new poll reveals that the falsehoods about salmon farming, precipitated by well-funded campaigns to destroy BC’s most valuable seafood export, has taken hold in the province. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews “It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own…

Aquaculture science and “social acceptability” according to Bernadette Jordan

Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan distances herself from anti-salmon farm activist but her words ring hollow to First Nations and the coastal communities in BC, that depend on aquaculture. CommentaryBy Fabian Dawson Depending on which month it is, Canada’s Fisheries…

Trudeau faces aquaculture conundrum with Green New Deal

When it comes to aquaculture, especially salmon farming, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is speaking out of both sides of his mouth with a Green New Deal CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is gearing up for an election with…

BC salmon farm closures will hit Surrey hard

Surrey stands to lose 344 jobs and $220 million in annual revenue with closures of salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands, says a new report, which examines the impact of the rural aquaculture industry to an urban community. By Fabian…

Quid-pro-quo poser in BC salmon farming ban

  After ignoring her own scientists, Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan also rebuffed her deputy minister when deciding to ban salmon farming in BC’s Discovery Islands, an internal government document shows. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan’s hasty…

Mowi in court to stop mass salmon slaughter

Mowi Canada West files injunction to suspend Federal Government order that compels it to kill 12 million healthy salmon, which could provide 235 million meals. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Federal government’s sudden decision to stop salmon farming in the waters…

‘Transition’ does not mean removing ocean salmon farms

“In British Columbia aquaculture is perfectly positioned to help drive economic growth,” – Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, on the future of salmon farms in BC. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The government’s pre-election pledge to transition open-net…

Study shows challenges facing land-based salmon farms in B.C.

New aquaculture technologies, as well as conventional net-pen systems, will all play a role in contributing to global production of salmon states new government report By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Transitioning all open-net fish farms in British Columbia to land-based salmon farms…

Energy use, emissions will increase with land-based fish farms, but….

Canada’s Fisheries Minister, Bernadette Jordan, hints at what’s in the soon-to-be released State of Salmon Aquaculture Technologies study By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Growing salmon to full market size on land will require a high amount of energy, increase greenhouse gas emissions…

Canada’s Fisheries Minister clarifies her B.C. aquaculture mandate

“The mandate letter is clear that I have to come up with a plan by 2025 and that’s what I will be doing,” – Minister of Fisheries, Bernadette Jordan. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s newly minted Minister of Fisheries, Bernadette Jordan…

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…

Aquaculture NGO gives Trudeau a lump of coal this Xmas

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to phase out ocean net pen salmon farming in British Columbia flies in the face of the region’s commitment to responsible aquaculture,” – Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got…

Canada’s new Fisheries Minister saddled with a mandate of contradictions

Bernadette Jordan, the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, deserves a mandate that compliments Canada’s vision to lead the Global Blue Economy, not contradict it AnalysisBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to his new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,…

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…

As Canada dithers, the world moves on with aquaculture

Canadian politicians have become victims of science-deficit activism, while countries around the world expand their aquaculture operations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews As Canada dithers about growing salmon in the seas, countries around the world are increasing ocean-based aquaculture production for long-term…

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…

Cooke makes a fish farming comeback in Washington waters

Northwest Aquaculture Alliance says Liberal political policy in Canada on banning open-net fish farms in B.C. is a “cheap ploy to gain votes” By SeaWestNews Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture has been given a five-year permit to grow trout in open-net farms…