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New report examines sustainability claims of farmed salmon eco-certifications

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Eco-certified farmed salmon? Organic farmed salmon? Sustainable seafood is big business and a plethora of eco-labels and eco-certifications for seafood exist on the market today. Salmon aquaculture alone has five farmed salmon certifications on the market with more on the way. (more…)

Proposed organic standards for farmed fish fail to reflect the general principles of organic production

Friday, September 10th, 2010

This summer organics hit a new low. With funding support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) members of the aquaculture industry developed their own draft organic aquaculture standards. The allowances in the standards—including organic certification of fish treated with antibiotics and chemicals toxic to marine organisms—would make any organic label reader turn pale. (more…)

Draft standards for organic aquaculture contain a lot of bull sediment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

When faced with managing serious impacts of important oceans industries, the Canadian government sometimes pulls out their weaksaurus. Unlike a normal thesaurus, the weaksaurus doesn’t give you synonyms. Instead, it kind of gives you words that vaguely convey a weaker version of the original word. We’ll call them weakonyms. The recently released Draft Standards for Organic Aquaculture, put out by the government of Canada (the Canadian General Standards Board and DFO), have some great weakonyms, most of which serve to weaken the language in the standards for fish aquaculture. (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…)