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First Nations to shape the future of aquaculture in BC

Canada acknowledges First Nations’ rights to define their relationships with the aquaculture industry in a plan that will shape the future of salmon farming in British Columba. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The future of salmon farming in British Columbia will largely…

Aquaculture sector thanks Atlantic Canada’s premiers

“When it comes to salmon farming, Atlantic Canada is unique – and that uniqueness is key to our sector’s success,” states an open letter to premiers Dear Atlantic Premiers: As our region, our country and the rest of the world…

Net gains from aquaculture growing around the world

Record aquaculture production makes critical contribution to global food security says UN By Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews Aquaculture has grown faster than capture fisheries in the last two years and is expected to expand further over the next decade across the world,…

Summit to hear Canada’s aquaculture success and setbacks

Global conference will also showcase science, technology, business, and social aspects of aquaculture By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s innovations in harvesting the oceans will be on display in an upcoming conference which will feature hundreds of world-class speakers and delegates from…

Another smolt step in Grieg’s aquaculture transition plan

Grieg Seafood’s hatchery expansion project will allow juvenile salmon to grow longer on land before being transferred to sea farms in British Columbia By SeaWestNews Grieg Seafood BC has received the first transfers of juvenile Atlantic salmon into its expanded…

Why we need more aquaculture in our oceans

“Farming fish in the ocean provides climate-friendly protein with low greenhouse gas emissions and little to no conversion of land.” Guest Commentary By Sarah Brenholt During this National Oceans Month, it’s a time to reflect on the fact that America has…

Poll finds majority of US voters support aquaculture

As Canada dithers over the future of salmon farms in British Columbia, most Americans support aquaculture to increase sustainable seafood production. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A new American poll shows overwhelming support for the expansion of aquaculture in the United States…

Canada needs to intensify agri-food and aquaculture production

“With rapidly rising food prices and the growing spectre of global food shortages, Canada not only has the potential, but an obligation, to support food production as a top policy priority.” – Canadian food producers By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canadian food…

First Nation renews aquaculture agreement with salmon farmer

“We are at a point of unprecedented challenges brought on by climate change, and a lack of understanding, particularly in the Federal government of our Nation’s rights and this important relationship,” – Ahousaht First Nation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Ahousaht, one…

Politics drives Faustian salmon aquaculture pact in BC

“To remain in power, the PMO is willing to sacrifice the citizens and their children and future generations of Northern Vancouver Islanders to a life of poverty and isolation. And the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is an all-too-willing accomplice.”…

First Nations want ‘Aquaculture Zone’ off Vancouver Island

“We are working towards sustainability of both fisheries and aquaculture…they can both exist in our waters, but it should be our community that decides what that looks like for our Traditional Territory,” – The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Two…

First Nation hails reconciliation in action with aquaculture

“By Mowi Canada West investing in our future, they bring hope and prosperity to our people and economy.” – Isaiah Robinson, General Manager of Kitasoo Development Corporation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews On British Columbia’s central coast, in the heart of the…

US federal agency debunks fake claims by anti-aquaculture activists

In a new study, American fisheries scientists concur with their counterparts in Canada and Scotland that marine finfish aquaculture has little to no negative impact on wild stocks and whales. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A new sweeping American study about open-net…

Salmon farmers spend millions to define aquaculture transition

Salmon farmers move ahead with multi-million dollar projects to show how the proposed transition of open-net aquaculture operations in British Columbia, can be done. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews As the federal government looks into coming up with a plan to transition…

Licences in limbo threaten thousands of aquaculture jobs

Vancouver Island communities will lose more than 4,700 aquaculture-related jobs if the Federal Government does not renew 79 salmon farming licences immediately By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews British Columbia’s indigenous and non-Indigenous coastal communities will lose more than 4,700 jobs and $1.2…

As Canada dithers, nations move to expand aquaculture

Unlike Canada, which keeps bowing to anti-aquaculture activists, countries around the world are taking strident steps to expand seafood farming in their waters with new legislative frameworks. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A trio of seafood experts are calling on nations around…

Salmon farmer sees net gains with new aquaculture technology

New aquaculture technology represents a transition towards what ocean-based salmon farms can one day become By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews One of Canada’s leading fish farmers, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd., plans to install a form of semi-closed containment system (SCCS) at its…

Cooke wins aquaculture boundary expansion in Nova Scotia

Decision is the latest blow to anti-salmon farm activists, who keep falsely claiming that marine aquaculture operations are responsible for dwindling wild stocks. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (ARB) has approved a salmon farmer’s boundary expansion…

Anti-fish farm activists kill 80 aquaculture jobs in Surrey

Science-deficit activism against marine aquaculture throws scores of new immigrants and students out of work, as BC’s biggest salmon farmer closes fish processing plant in Surrey. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews It was just about five months ago, that Manu John and…

Salmon farmer invests millions to improve aquaculture sustainability

Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. will employ ‘underwater eyes’ at its BC salmon farms for improved sustainability By SeaWestNews Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. (Grieg) has entered in an agreement with OptoScale to provide nine camera sensor units for use at its…

Theatre of aquaculture absurdities set for 2022 season

“Every science denier cherry picks data, believes in conspiracy theories, engages in illogical reasoning, relies on fake experts and denigrates real experts.” If that sounds familiar in the context of activism against aquaculture in British Columbia, it is. CommentaryBy Fabian…

Political rivals come together to boost American aquaculture

Rarely seen bipartisan initiative in US politics aims to strengthen food security with aquaculture. In Canada it’s a different story By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews There are very few things in Washington DC, that bring Republican and Democrat politicians together. Boosting aquaculture…

Aquaculture will help rebuild Salish Sea – tribal leader

“Sustainable fish-farming allows us to continue harvesting locally grown seafood without further depleting our native stocks. I firmly believe aquaculture is part of the solution, not the problem.” Commentary By W. Ron AllenTribal Chair of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe If the past…

Most Canadians support ocean-based salmon farming, aquaculture

While the federal government has been bowing to demands from anti-aquaculture activists, most Canadians see farming in the oceans as a sustainable way to harvest salmon, states a new survey from Dalhousie University By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A survey of 10,000…

Aquaculture pioneer honoured by Atlantic Canada salmon farmers

“There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you put a wild salmon back into its native river,”  – Betty House, 2021 recipient of the Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Award. By SeaWestNews Betty House, a veteran science & research coordinator…

America forges ahead with aquaculture while Canada dithers

New aquaculture legislation tabled in the US Senate aims to spur economic growth while conserving ocean environments By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews America is ramping up offshore aquaculture production with new legislation to increase the growth of sustainable seafood in its federal…

Aquaculture propels First Nations, tribal communities towards ‘self-reliance’

New video shows the value of aquaculture for the environment and economic growth of  tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest By SeaWestNews Tribal communities across the Pacific Northwest are diversifying into aquaculture to provide economic opportunities and food security for…

Documentaries vs ‘Shockumentaries’ in the world of aquaculture

Misleading claims, erroneous statistics and out-of-context interviews dominate ‘Shockumentaries’ that pedal falsehoods about aquaculture, especially salmon farming. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Documentary filmmakers are creative artists for whom ethical behaviour is at the core of their projects. Their primary relationship with…

“Irrational” anti-salmon aquaculture activist to face court hearing

Anti-aquaculture activist’s actions in Scotland mirror some of the bullying and harassment experienced by employees of BC-based salmon farmers By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Mowi Scotland is seeking a permanent court injunction to prevent an anti-salmon aquaculture activist, described by a judge…

What Canada’s next Fisheries Minister needs to do about aquaculture

Canada’s next Fisheries Minister, the fifth in just six years, needs to think outside the box for the sustainable growth of aquaculture By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s next Fisheries Minister needs to think outside the box and challenge the status quo…