Mar. 7, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C., By Ian Roberts, Salmon Farmer, 25 years
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SALMON IN 2019
Such a move would only increase pressure on wild Pacific salmon and deliver a crushing blow to rural coast communities
Seafood farming exists in a very complex regulatory and science environment. There a very large body of high quality science that has been done, but the public is oftentimes not aware of this work.
We support these recommendations to advance public understanding of the science of aquaculture. We strongly agree with the Panel that “Open science represents an important opportunity for meaningful engagement with communities, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and external science experts.”
The Panel also identifies the complexity of the regulatory system for seafood farming as a barrier to better communications. The recent announcement by federal and provincial ministers to support a federal Aquaculture Act, will, we hope, help address this complexity and lead to a more integrated and efficient approach to regulating and communicating about our sector.
JP Fraser speaks to BCSFA AGM
My last blog post discussed fake seafood news. That blog post was timely, given an old online article has found new life on the internet titled “Farmed Salmon – One of the Most Toxic Foods in the World.” To be blunt, this is a poorly crafted piece of nonsense, and so far removed from fact that even correcting it seems to provide unworthy credibility. However, I feel we owe a response to the people who aren’t salmon farmers, who may not know our business intimately enough to respond themselves, and simply love our product but are understandably enraged.
WILLIAMS LAKE, BC - Mar. 20, 2018 - Due to immediate threat, the Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) has closed all fishing of the endangered Chilcotin River Steelhead Trout. Given the 81% population decline, the Tŝilhqot’in Nation is forgoing their collective Aboriginal right to fish Steelhead for food, social and ceremonial purposes.
Fish Safe BC’s core programs provide fishermen with relevant safety training either on their own vessels or in their community. Focus remains on the Safest Catch Program and outreach to the smaller boat fleet. READ IT HERE
OTTAWA - Dec. 13, 2018 - The Independent Panel on Aquaculture Science, led by Chief Science Advisor to the federal government, Dr Mona Nemer, has today released its recommendations.
The pressure we've put on wild salmon has created serious management challenges, according to John Paul Fraser, Executive Director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association. Fraser is familiar with the subject of managing west coast salmon, "I worked for Hon. David Anderson in the mid-1990s when he was the Minister Responsible for Department of Fisheries and Oceans." Fraser notes Anderson was from Victoria and uniquely able to move the focus of Canadian fisheries management from east to west coast at a time when it was required to do so.
FishSafeBC’s Core Programs Provide Fishermen with Relevant Safety Training READ IT HERE
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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada Engage the Project
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. - Oct. 2, 2018 - Dr. Diane Morrison has been appointed Managing Director for Marine Harvest Canada. She replaces Vincent Erenst, who is departing the company after leading the company for the past 12 years.
Dr. Morrison is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has 25 years’ experience in salmon production. She has led Marine Harvest Canada’s Fish Health and Food Safety Department in Western Canada for 18 years.
Cermaq Canada is a world leader in sustainable aquaculture
FISHERIES AND Aquaculture
By Ian Roberts, Marine Harvest
Sea Change in West Coast Fish Farming
Marystown, NL - Sep. 14, 2018 - Grieg NL is pleased to announce that it has received an equity investment of $30 million in repayable financial assistance from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for its Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project through the Aquaculture Capital Equity Program. It will complement a $10 million repayable federal investment through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program.