"B.C.’s farming practices have been singled out by Seafood Watch as world leading. This is an important acknowledgement of the work salmon farmers in B.C. have done to increase their environmental performance and increase the transparency of their operations," says Jeremy Dunn, BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) Executive Director. "There remains work to be done, and our members are committed to leading the world in environmental practices, evidenced by their record in achieving the standards of audited third-party certifications." READ IT HERE
Salmon farmers in British Columbia are achieving third-party certifications as fast, or faster than any region in the world with farmers raising Atlantic Salmon – representing about 95% of the average annual harvest, hitting key milestones on their way to fulfilling their commitment of being 100% certified to Aquaculture Stewardship salmon standard by 2020. This is detailed in the 2016 BCSFA Sustainability Progress Report . . . READ IT HERE
Over 50 people registered for an intimate gathering of Nanaimo Community Conversations on Salmon Farming, Feb. 21, which ran from 8:00-9:30am. The participation was organized by Headwaters Community Conversations and the BCSFA. During the dialogue, particpants explored ideas for building sustainable long-term coastal economies, while considering how to engage the scientific community and other community voices about a role of salmon farming in B.C.’s economy. READ IT HERE
Campbell River artist Curtis Wilson Wei Wai Kum First Nation
A group of activists boarded Cermaq's Burdwood salmon farm Dec. 1, 2017, and illegally launched kayaks and divers into a pen holding harvest-size Atlantic salmon.
Activists violated multiple workplace safety regulations and procedures, violated biosecurity protocols which are put in place to protect the fish, and removed several fish, holding them out of the water for a number of minutes. The fish were severely stressed, however it’s not yet known if they were killed upon being thrown back into the pen.
“The rights to hold differing opinions and engage in peaceful demonstration are hallmarks of a democratic society that Cermaq wholeheartedly supports.
Keenan Andrew with his partner and their new baby.
February 15, 2017 – Surrey, B.C. - Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) has begun construction of a value-added processing facility that will provide more healthy and convenient salmon products to its customers. Located in South Surrey, British Columbia, the plant is expected to start operations in July 2017, process approximately 12,000 tonnes of salmon annually, and serve customers in Western Canada and North West USA. “We see an increasing demand in the North American market for healthy, tasty and convenient food,” said Vincent Erenst, Managing Director at MHC. “With the new plant we can provide customers with delicious and easy-to-prepare meal options . . . ” READ IT HERE
"Our sustainability report this year is The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were integrated into Cermaq’s strategy in 2016, and form a central part of the framework for Cermaq’s annual sustainability report. From this year forward, the company’s performance on five focus areas are reported, where each area is linked to a specific SDG that Cermaq can significantly impact. on five concrete focus areas which are aligned with the SDGs, and through our reporting we present Cermaq’s approach to contribute to the realization of the SDGs, says Wenche Grønbrekk, head of Sustainability and Risk in Cermaq Group. READ IT HERE
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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 READ IT HERE
Last year in Campbell River, B.C., Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) announced it has invested in innovative net-cleaning technology after discontinuing use of copper-treated nets at its salmon farms in British Columbia. This new method of cleaning – called Remote Operated Net Cleaners (RONCs) – uses high pressure water and scrubbing discs to safely remove organics that naturally grow on net pens that contain farm-raised salmon. READ IT HERE
FISHERIES AND Aquaculture
By Grant Warkentin, Cermaq Canada
Back in 2011 the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association (AAA) received positive feedback on the west coast where so many communities are dependent on a marine economy that has disappeared for several years. The Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture(APSA) standard of certification has been applied to Cermaq Canada, and, according to proponents of the standard, “other aquaculture companies are now inquiring about certification." READ IT HERE
Cermaq Canada was pleased to announce Aug. 29, 2016, that two more of its salmon farms have been certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard. “This is an exciting day for us,” said Fernando Villarroel, Chief Operating Officer of Cermaq Canada. “Our employees have been working very hard to make this happen, and now nearly 20% of our farms are certified to the highest standard for salmon in the world.” READ IT HERE
Buried in the Broughton Archipelago there lives the beating heart of anti-fish farm activism/anarchism on the west coast, possibly the whole world. Alexandra Morton sallies forth from an adopted home in Sointula, after a few years at Echo Bay, B.C., to regularly confront what she estimates is the scourge of oceans everywhere.
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. - Oct. 13, 2017 – Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) continues to reach out to local First Nations in the Broughton Archipelago region to find solutions to disagreements about its salmon aquaculture operations. To date no opportunity for meaningful dialogue has been provided to the company.
“We are very willing and wanting to discuss a long-term solution, but also require the appropriate time to ensure we don’t adversely risk our fish, our employees, and our business investment in an area that has been operating for thirty years,” says Vincent Erenst, MHC’s managing director.
“It is not possible for us to cease operations immediately as we deal with a living animal that needs to enter saltwater when ready,” Erenst adds.
The company notes that it has delayed stocking of its fish because of anticipated dialogue, but has now informed First Nation leaders that it must continue to run its business for the safety of its fish.
Perch have the potential to become cleaner fish to remove sea lice from salmon farmed in British Columbia. Local perch species have been shown to have a promising appetite for sea lice in 2016 trials carried out at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research facility . READ IT HERE
An Indigenous nation in the Broughton called the Namgis First Nation invested an extraordinary sum of membership money in aquaculture to grow fish, which is fish farming. If this investment is an indication, apparently there is a strong interest in the Namgis territory to grow fish, in this case, at a fish farm called Kuterra.
Meanwhile a few members of the Namgis First Nation are currently mired in a bitter fight with Marine Harvest Canada, proving themselves in the process to be incapable of inviting reconciliation, creating the impression of an embittered community huddled in one of the more picturesque territories in the country. Marine Harvest Canada and other companies like Cermaq and Grieg Seafood grow fish in the Broughton. Marine Harvest Canada's leadership believed Kuterra offered the opportunity to act on the basis of reconciliation.
Marine Harvest Canada agreed to supply Kuterra with smolts for their fish farming enterprise. Moreover Marine Harvest Canada has nothing to be ashamed of in approaching the issue of reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous people. Two decades ago,
OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s seafood farmers produced a solid year of sustainable growth and new jobs in 2016 according to a new report released today by the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA). The report, Sustainable, Diverse and Growing – The State of Farmed Seafood in Canada 2017, shows revenues reached $1.35 billion in 2016, and included an economic impact of $5.1 billion, jobs totaling 25,040, and Indigenous participation across the nation.
“Canada’s seafood farmers have much to be proud of in 2017. They are producing the highest quality farmed seafood, they are creating year-round jobs, and they are opening new opportunities for local Indigenous communities,” said Timothy Kennedy, Executive Director of CAIA in releasing the report. “Farmed seafood in Canada is sustainable, diverse and growing. We are playing a leadership role on environmental stewardship and creating high value middle class jobs. We are excited by the future opportunities.”
Vancouver, B.C., August 9, 2016 - The Government of Canada is taking further action on the recommendations of Justice Cohen’s 2012 final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River. READ IT HERE
The guests couldn't get enough of the delicious salmon creations by Vancouver Island University student chefs at the competition in Vancouver March 22. For the first time in its 18-year history, the Healthy Chef Competition[http://www.bcproducebc.ca/] welcomed a team from Vancouver Island to compete against nine other teams from the Metro Vancouver area on March 22, 2017. This annual competition – presented by the BC Produce Marketing Association and the BC Chefs Association – was a fun evening of gourmet dining.
In a recent magazine story, Chief Archie Robinson proudly stated that salmon aquaculture has helped his community of Klemtu achieve "one earner for each household." That may seem a modest goal to many, but in a village as remote as Klemtu, it is a remarkable feat. Not that long ago 90 percent of the village was unemployed. It was 20 years ago this month – June 1997 – that I first stepped onto Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation traditional territory. READ IT HERE
Keenan Andrew, a member of the Ahousaht First Nation, is a student at the University of Victoria working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care. When he graduates, he hopes to work helping aboriginal children.
"It is a great honour to accept the Cermaq Post-Secondary Scholarship Award. Once again, I would like to extend a heartfelt klecko klecko (thank you) from my family to you and everyone at Cermaq," Andrew said.
Cermaq Canada helps students from Ahousaht every year through a scholarship program for Ahousaht members pursuing post-secondary education. The company works with the Ahousaht Education Authority. This past year, Cermaq provided 16 students with scholarships, allowing them to pursue a wide variety of education in fields including nursing, business, arts, and tourism.
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On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday October 2, 2016, in Delta, B.C., members of the Vancouver Island Marine Debris Working Group including Ocean Legacy Foundation unloaded all the plastic and marine debris collected from Vancouver Island beaches during a recent clean-up campaign. READ IT HERE
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a central part of the
OTTAWA, ON - Apr. 25, 2018 – Canada’s seafood farmers today commented on the recent salmon farming report of the federal Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Timothy Kennedy, Executive Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, issued the following statement in response to the report:
“Salmon farming in Canada today is sustainable, diverse and growing. We can be very proud of our global best practices that produce the highest quality and most nutritious seafood in the world.
As the Environment Commissioner stated, the ‘Canadian salmon farming industry is considered to have significant potential for growth due to Canada’s long coastline, cold water temperatures, and proximity to the United States market.’
Cermaq Canada would like to assure its partners, stakeholders, and the public that the company’s farmers work hard to prevent fish escapes from happening in BC waters.
Unfortunately, escaped farmed Atlantic salmon from Washington State are now being caught by fishers on both coasts of Vancouver Island. Cermaq Canada would like to assure its partners, stakeholders, and the public that the company’s farmers work hard to prevent any such incident from happening in BC waters” READ IT HERE
Jan. 4, 2017 - Cermaq Canada is pleased to award scholarships to 20 Ahousaht First Nation students assisting them in achieving the post-secondary education they need to follow their career dreams. As part of the Ahousaht / Cermaq protocol agreement commitment, Cermaq Canada in December allocated the annual scholarships to 20 students studying all over British Columbia in a wide variety of programs. READ IT HERE
Over the past summer of 2016, our employees have been harassed by the Sea Shepherd Society and other activists. The Sea Shepherd Society is a well-known international protest group that has encouraged and employed confrontational tactics. Despite their claims, there is no scientific expertise aboard their boat, nor are they conducting scientific research
Companies like Grieg Seafood and Marine Harvest are finding harmony with several native communities The ties between the aquaculture industry in British Columbia and the First Nations communities on whose traditional territories those operations are located haven’t always been strong. But over the past decade-and-a-half, many of those relationships have improved, and when they have, they have often brought advantages like consistent employment, royalties and improved quality of life to band members. READ IT HERE
Mar. 7, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C., By Ian Roberts, Salmon Farmer, 25 years
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Two more On-site Net Washing Vessels will soon join the Badinotti fleet on the waters off North Vancouver Island, "We have ordered two more vessels to work out of the Port Hardy and Port McNeill area in the waters north of Campbell River," says Kevin Onclin, CEO at Badinotti Net Services Canada Ltd.. There is the potential for the vessels to work in the Sounds and Inlets on the West Coast of Vancouver Island as well if requested or required. READ IT HERE
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Dec. 22, 2017 –Today, a British Columbian Supreme Court granted Marine Harvest Canada an injunction against the actions of several named and unnamed activists at its salmon farms located east of Port McNeill. The Honourable Mr. Justice Voith’s reasons for judgement can be read here. Marine Harvest’s application for an injunction came after repeated efforts to seek dialogue with protesters for a safe and peaceful resolution, and after multiple requests that activists not enter the private worksite. “We had sought this injunction after many months of protest activity and numerous failed attempts to begin dialogue with protest organizers. READ IT HERE
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
The lifecycle of a farm-raised salmon is three years, and begins with a year at a freshwater hatchery. The company’s next generation of salmon is prepared to enter marine waters now.
The company has heard from some First Nation leaders that rights and title disputes with British Columbia and Canada are a primary concern, so the company has requested both levels of government to intervene.
Marine Harvest Canada operates within the traditional territories of 24 First Nations and has protocol agreements with 15 of these Nations and seven First Nation-owned businesses. The company is one of the region’s largest private employers, with over 550 employees residing on and around Vancouver Island.
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Mar. 23, 2018 – Canada’s Federal Court has ruled in favour of Marine Harvest, not granting the ‘Namgis First Nation an injunction against the transfer of juvenile salmon to its Swanson Island salmon farm and allowing employees to continue working.
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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.
Cermaq Canada farmed salmon grows in some of the wildest, cleanest waters on earth. The strong tides and West Coast climate are good for Cermaq Canada's Atlantic salmon, keeping them strong and healthy. This makes them some of the finest, best-quality fish you can find in the grocery store. "We produce exclusively head-on, gutted salmon that are always fresh," says Grant Warkentin, Communications Manager, Cermaq Canada in Campbell River, British Columbia. READ IT HERE
Jeremy Dunn, Executive Director, BCSFA
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society teamed up with activist Alexandra Morton on a summer campaign to protest British Columbia’s salmon farming sector. The month long campaign was called “Operation Virus Hunter” and was launched in Vancouver by Sea Shepherd chairwoman and actress Pamela Anderson in mid-July. BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) executive director Jeremy Dunn said farmers are open to collaboration with the Sea Shepherd’s scientists if they can bring expertise to projects underway. . . READ IT HERE
We ask an industry expert who wishes to remain anonymous to answer the question, Is it too late for the last of our Chinook salmon stocks? It is a very real and serious situation, the declining numbers of Chinook salmon returning to the rivers in many areas of Canada’s Pacific coast. The disappearance has happened to countless water sheds on Vancouver Island. There is a large collection of fish hatcheries operated by Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and others in conjunction with community organizations and Indigenous communities. READ IT HERE
Keenan Andrew is getting closer to finally starting the career he’s been working towards for years, thanks in part to a scholarship from Cermaq Canada
Such a move would only increase pressure on wild Pacific salmon and deliver a crushing blow to rural coast communities
Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) is taking a three prong approach to dealing with harmful plankton (also known as algae) blooms as water temperatures continue to rise in the Pacific Ocean. British Columbia’s biggest aquaculture company is investing in new equipment, pursuing research and development, and changing its operating procedures to protect salmon from potentially lethal plankton. Plankton blooms occur naturally and have long been accepted as a risk for ocean aquaculture, however MHC believes that with a strategic approach the risk will be lowered significantly. The company has now fitted a majority of its salmon farms with state-of-the-art air compressor systems which supply a constant flow to diffusers . . . READ IT HERE
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Celebrating a quarter century in business was both cause for celebration and reason to look back at how it all began. Tofino’s Creative Salmon – Canada’s first certified organic farm salmon producer – celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. General Manager Tim Rundle has worked at Creative Salmon for 22 of the (now 26) years. READ IT HERE
By Ian Roberts, Director of Public Affairs, Marine Harvest Canada