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Archive for April, 2010

The Get Out Migration takes to the Wild Salmon Narrows

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Much of my time working as a salmon aquaculture campaigner is spent in an office, on the computer or the phone, interspersed with large indoor meetings and presentations. Yesterday was different. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining the Get Out Migration, an incredible grassroots initiative spawned by scientist Alexandra Morton. (more…)

Earth Day dinner special: The fish that can change salmon farming

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate Earth Day let me make an unexpected recommendation: buy farmed salmon. Yes, I really mean it, but you have to go to the right place.

To mark Earth Day, and the first year of their commitment to a sustainable seafood program, Overwaitea Food Group has become the first Canadian grocery chain to make sustainable farmed salmon broadly available. OFG is now the exclusive North American retailer for coho salmon sustainably farmed by SweetSpring, a land-based closed containment operation in Washington State. [Applause and whoops of excitement please.] (more…)

DFO’s slick language in parliament illustrates how to side-step the weight of scientific evidence

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Trevor Swerdfager, Director General of Aquaculture for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently spoke to the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans about salmon aquaculture. It’s an interesting read for anyone who wants to learn more about exactly what our government is being told about salmon farming from one of DFO’s head honchos. Certain passages also illustrate the precise manner in which DFO dances around incoming projectiles and flying shrapnel. (more…)

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: more speculation than science

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Recently, the salmon aquaculture industry and news outlets have been promoting a new approach to salmon farming called Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), meaning that several marine species are raised in the same operation, such as mussels that eat the waste from salmon raised in open-net pens. This approach allows salmon farm companies to increase and diversify their product sales while using the same open-net cage technology and inputs. This new business approach also comes with claims that it will alleviate the impacts that salmon farms have on the marine environment, even going so far as to claim that problems like sea lice can be controlled. (more…)

Farmed salmon losing favour in marketplace; change with your change

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I know it is cliché to talk about voting with your wallet and shopping for change. Those sentiments make me nauseous too. But when it comes to an issue like the environmental damage caused by salmon farming, the marketplace is where we are seeing some of the most positive movement. The industry and governments are such laggards those closer to the customer are starting to look like a better bet for getting serious change. (more…)

Victory! Massive new net-cage salmon farm proposal denied

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

A proposal by Grieg Seafood to put in a massive new salmon farm along a migratory route at Gunner Point in the northern Georgia Strait has been denied! The Strathcona Regional District’s decision to restrict the proliferation of open net-cages on this important migration route has sent a clear message to industry that closed containment is the only acceptable direction for the aquaculture industry in BC. (more…)

First Nations group wants net-cage farms out!

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Over the past year, CAAR members have been travelling in the Fraser and Thompson River Basins, meeting with representatives of a number of Indigenous Nations to share information about the potential danger to out-migrating juvenile salmon as they pass by open net-cage salmon farms in the northern Georgia Strait. These groups voiced grave concerns that net-cage farms may be partly responsible for the loss of wild salmon – an essential part of the land and culture. (more…)