Canada’s federal government announced an investment of 1.2 million taxpayer dollars towards aquaculture promotion including a “salmon public relations campaign.” This investment in image management is a testament to the widespread negative public opinion of the net-cage salmon farming industry, as well as an astonishing failure on the part of government to invest in real solutions that address the source of the industry’s declining reputation – unsustainable salmon farming practices. (more…)
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Archive for July, 2010
Canadian government invests 1.2 million in aquaculture marketing initiatives rather than sustainable salmon farming technologyTuesday, July 27th, 2010
As the development of closed containment technology continues to gain momentum, I thought I’d take a look at another type of land-based fish farming – aquaponics. During my search I came across some inspiring examples of small-scale urban operations and I got to thinking, could this emerging trend, like general urban agriculture, be an integral part of the sustainable city of the future?
I recently spent a week in the Broughton Archipelago monitoring wild juvenile salmon as part of a collaborative endeavor between CAAR, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, independent scientists and all the salmon farming companies operating in the Broughton Archipelago. It’s a very unique project, bringing government, NGOs, scientists and corporations together to assess recent farm management changes on the incidence of lice on wild juvenile salmon. (more…)
Whenever you hear about salmon farm impacts, inevitably it is about sea lice infecting wild juvenile salmon, or maybe diseases. However, there is another issue that is very concerning…the potential that the waste from salmon farms are contaminating and killing off shellfish beds. (more…)