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Washington okays fish farms using science, rejects activism

Decision to allow steelhead fish farms in Washington waters hailed as a “victory, not only for science, but also for food security and job creation in rural areas” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Cooke Aquaculture, a Canadian seafood farmer, has been given…

BC salmon farm closures trigger “ghost town” fears

About 700 businesses in North Vancouver Island will be impacted by salmon farm closures in the Discovery Islands, says an independent economic recovery taskforce By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Every summer during the third weekend in July, the people of Port Hardy…

BC’s Blue Revolution with Matt McGoveran

“The most critical issue facing the aquaculture industry is the amount of misinformation that the media and a few individuals continue to perpetuate.“ By Samantha Bacchus McLeodSeaWestNews The newly unveiled Youth Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is…

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…

Ocean Action Agenda aims for net gains globally

  Seafood – both farmed and wild – will play a central and increasingly important role in realizing human, ocean and planetary health. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s fishers and seafood farmers say they support a global initiative led by 14…

‘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…

Cermaq-Kuterra salmon pact will enhance food security

Baby fish pact between different sides of the salmon farming industry shows the importance of working together for the benefit of local communities in BC. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Ocean-based salmon farmer Cermaq Canada has signed a three-year agreement to continue…

The NDP’s road to rebuild BC will have to go around activist-MLAs

From aquaculture to energy and other natural resource projects, NDP Premier John Horgan will have to deal with a new cabal of activist-politicians and an emerging coalition of NGOS. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Fresh from the election victory, John Horgan, the…

Green Party candidate vows to disrupt economic lifelines on Vancouver Island

Anti-fish farm activist running for the Green Party in Northern Vancouver Island has an agenda that will likely kill thousands of jobs in the forestry and aquaculture industries. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Alexandra Morton, the Green party candidate for Vancouver Island’s…

World Economic Forum launches aquaculture drive

The waters off B.C. have strong potential for development of commercial shellfish and seaweed aquaculture that can also help salmon farmers say scientists By SeaWestNews The World Economic Forum (WEF) has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Hatch Blue, an…

‘Listen to us about aquaculture, forestry and tourism’

People of the North on Vancouver Island want strong support for aquaculture, forestry and tourism industries in the post COVID-19 economic recovery era By Fabian Dawson and Samantha McLeodSeaWestNews The people of the North on Vancouver Island have a message…

Ancient First Nations tongues support aquaculture science

The ancient tongues of many BC First Nations support scientific conclusions that state wild salmon returns vary on cycles and have nothing to do with aquaculture or salmon farms. CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Some First Nations leaders, influenced by activists, are…

Cooke gets Ocean Wise nod for wild fish and aquaculture products

Ocean Wise Seafood program partnership ensures Cooke’s wild fishery and aquaculture products come from sustainable, responsibly harvested resources By SeaWestNews True North Seafood, a division of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., which ships seafood products to over 67 countries, will partner with…

America hails a new era for aquaculture

Rare bipartisan legislation opens pathway to large-scale seafood farming in the U.S. as Canada continues to work on its new Aquaculture Act By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews In today’s America, the Democrats and the Republicans agree on very few issues. Aquaculture is…

Why you need to eat more fatty seafood, like salmon

Eating seafood, particularly fatty fish such as salmon, anchovies and sardines, is the optimal way to get omega-3s that will protect your heart By SeaWestNews A study of studies has provided compelling evidence that eating Omega-3 rich seafood, like salmon,…

“Salmon are a precious gift to all of us”

After an illustrious career in fisheries and aquaculture spanning four decades, Dr. Jim Powell retires from his role at the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews            From lecture halls to laboratories, to salmon farms and while addressing…

Study C’s the future in sustainable aquaculture

Communication, cooperation and coordination will be critical to the sustainable development of aquaculture as the sector grows, states a new study By SeaWestNews Communication, cooperation and coordination will be critical to the sustainable development of aquaculture as humanity’s appetite for…

Boosting aquaculture through innovation

“Offshore aquaculture is considered one of the most efficient methods of producing animal protein. Technology has helped make this possible.” CommentaryBy Bill DiMento Technology developments and advancements have modernized, and improved best practice use in the aquaculture industry. From machine…

Grieg Seafood BC gets a high five overcoming COVID-19 challenges

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in British Columbia, Greig Seafood BC becomes only the   second salmon farmer in the world to achieve ASC’s multi-site certification  By SeaWestNews Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Grieg Seafood BC has achieved multi-site…

Aquaculture set to play key role in food systems

GSI announces slew of new projects to cement the farmed salmon industry as the global leader in producing sustainable, climate-friendly and nutritious protein By SeaWestNews The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) is introducing new projects to address global challenges in food…

Mowi reports escape incident involving 1,000 fish

Unlikely that the escaped fish will survive or colonise in the wild, say aquaculture and fisheries scientists By SeaWestNews Mowi Canada West is reporting that about 1,000 fish could have escaped from its Shaw Point brood-stock site near Campbell River…

“Our salmon is safe” Canada tells China

China grapples with a new COVID-19 outbreak traced to the chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon at a Beijing market By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s seafood farmers and fishers have a message for China. “Our salmon is safe,”…

‘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…

A new high for aquaculture: UN

Aquaculture recognized as producing some of the healthiest foods on the planet with less impacts on the natural environment By SeaWestNews Global aquaculture production has hit a new high of 82.1 million tonnes leading to improved nutrition, better food security…

New plans to boost fisheries and aquaculture in Europe

Farmers, fishers and aquaculture producers to play a key role in the transition to a more equitable and sustainable food system for Europe By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The European Union (EU) has adopted a twin food strategy to help farmers, fishers,…

BC expands business aid to aquaculture, seafood firms

“We will continue to look at ways to help our industry grow the high-quality local food that we depend on,” – Lana Popham, B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture By SeaWestNews The latest intake of the British Columbia Agri-Business Planning Program has…

Feed starving whales farmed salmon, say scientists

Radical idea that led to an orphaned orca being returned to the wild could help endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews One of the most enduring tales of human intervention to save killer whales is that of Springer,…

Passing thoughts about wild salmon near fish farms

Canadian researchers describe key finding in new fish health study as “contrary to our expectation” about wild salmon passing fish farms By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Wild salmon returning to their home rivers don’t show any increased rates of infection after passing…

Govt. aid to keep seafood on your plate

Government support of $62.5 million critical to provide safe, healthy and sustainable farm-raised and wild-sourced seafood products, says industry By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada will pump $62.5 million into the wild and farmed fisheries sectors and the seafood production industry to…

‘Help our farmers grow food to feed all Canadians’

Canadian Federation of Agriculture warns nation’s domestic food supply is being threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic By SeaWestNews Canada’s 200,000 farming families cannot ensure the nation’s domestic food supply will remain secure for the immediate and long-term benefit of all…