Good First Implementation of First Nation Aquaculture Certification

Blurred line between science and advocacy

Cermaq statement on protests at farm sites

EWOS, says Jason Mann, is in the business of feeding millions of fish every year and the company is committed to research and development of fish feed for aquaculture sites and fish enhancement programs. "With more than 25 years of experience, we produce feeds for a variety of commercial aquaculture operations, feed for Atlantic and Pacific Salmon, Trout, Bass, Sturgeon, Yellowtail, Sea bream, Flounder, Rockfish and Cobia."                  READ IT HERE 

MHC Special Edition Wharfside

Assisting Ahousaht Students Access Higher Education

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

Badinotti Net Services Canada Ltd. (Badinotti Net Services) in Campbell River, B.C., took possession of a 40' catamaran, in January 2017, designed specifically to clean nets on the open sea. The Bravo II is the result of two years of research and planning based off of Badinotti Net Services three-plus years of experience with on-site net washing operations.                                                                        READ IT HERE

Exciting Initial Results Testing Perch as Cleaner Fish on Sea Lice

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

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

Something to Think About: "One earner in each household"

Salmon Farmers Building Social License With First Nations

Chinook Salmon are Disappearing and Management Changes Could Fix It

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

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

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B.C. Salmon Farmers Publish 2016 Sustainability Progress 

Report

Bravo II a State-of-the-Art On-Site Net Washing Vessel

Companies like Grieg 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

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

Mar. 7, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.,  By Ian Roberts, Salmon Farmer, 25 years

FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Safety Program Designed By Fishermen For Fishermen

Northern Manitoba freshwater fishery

Marine Harvest to start value-added production in British Columbia

World’s most toxic “news”?

Cermaq Canada further certified to ASC standard

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

EWOS Feed For Sustainable Aquaculture

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 made from high quality and fresh salmon.”     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

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 in West Vancouver.       READ IT HERE

New net cleaning methods contribute to sustainability certification

Cermaq Canada is a world leader in sustainable aquaculture

Creative Salmon Looking Back and Ahead

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 when they read articles lik                           READ IT HERE

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 

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

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

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

Restoring 

Sockeye Salmon Stocks