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Archive for May, 2010

What’s with all those net-pen farmed salmon escapes?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

“We were bad but we’re better now!” That’s a standard refrain whenever industries have nothing left to offer in their own defense. I’ve heard it time and again from the salmon farmers and the agencies that regulate them. To that end, new standards and licenses aimed at better preventing farmed fish from escaping open net-pens and re-capturing them when they do were added to the aquaculture regulations eight years ago. Nonetheless, 2008 was one of the worst years for farmed fish escapes setting a sixteen year high. (more…)

Arguments against closed containment aquaculture off base

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

It was amazing for me to be at a well-attended conference last week where almost everyone in the room was really excited about the possibilities of closed containment salmon farming. There were environmentalists, professors, entrepreneurs who want to build closed containment systems, feed manufacturers and manufacturers of closed containment equipment. Most were there because there is a real opportunity to be first off the mark making money in a new industry that can legitimately claim to be far more sustainable, with clear proof of zero impact to wild salmon runs. (more…)

Open net-cage farms don’t follow the rules of responsible behaviour in the wilderness

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

All level-headed Canadians know leaving food out while camping isn’t smart. Not only will you lose your dinner, but you’ll encourage animals to return for easy meals, and by doing so you endanger them and yourself. Provincial and National wilderness parks across Canada provide steel containers in order to prevent wildlife from accessing food and waste for the good of all—problem solved. The ocean too, is an underwater wilderness filled with a wealth of animals—all looking for a free lunch. Hence, sticking tonnes of free food (in the form of farmed salmon and fish feed) in some of our most remote wild areas will likely cause problems, and I think everyone will agree open-net salmon farms have problems. (more…)

Thousands rally for wild salmon in Victoria

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Nearly 5,000 people followed Alexandra Morton on the final length of her 500 kilometre ‘Get Out Migration’ to the BC Legislature buildings in Victoria Saturday – demanding that the government get net-cages out of the water and onto land in closed containment systems in order to save wild salmon. Local MP Denise Savoie declared the rally “the largest environmental protest in BC history.” (more…)

The Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue: working to develop global sustainability standards for salmon farming

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Salmon farming companies are being hit hard by environmental groups all over the globe. Some hot issues include sea lice and disease on farms spreading to wild fish stocks, wild fish being used to make fish feed, fish farm waste smothering the ocean floor. But environmental groups are not just exposing these problems in the media. Groups are also sitting down with the biggest fish farm companies trying to work out solutions everyone can live with. (more…)