The second draft of Canada’s proposed ‘organic aquaculture’ standards is now available and it’s downright shocking how much the standards contradict even the most basic organic principles.
Farmed and Dangerous Blog
How many jobs rely on salmon farming in BC? An independent, government commissioned report says 2,945. The B.C. Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) claims double that. One set of numbers and methodology is transparent, the other secret. Whose numbers do you trust?
Ever wonder how many thousands upon thousands of farmed salmon are stocked in net-cages along the BC coast? How many millions of Atlantic salmon are held in pens on the migratory path of wild Pacific salmon? Ever wonder why our governments seem determined to keep this information hidden?
What do you get when you mix the genes of an Atlantic salmon, a Chinook salmon and an ocean pout? The latest in the world of salmon farming – the “Frankenfish”. It’s a genetically engineered construct with a voracious appetite and a growth rate twice that of any natural salmon. An American company, AquaBounty, is trying to bring the fish to market.
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.
Salmon farming industry puts wild salmon at increased risk by reactivating farm along Wild Salmon Narrows migration routePosted by: Michelle Young | February 18th, 2011 | Comments Off
Fifty-five organizations and thousands of concerned citizens have been calling for the removal of five salmon farms along Okisollo and Hoskyn Channels on the north and east side of Quadra Island, a critical Fraser River sockeye migration route. This call was supported by the conclusions of a think tank of scientists who convened at Simon Fraser University in 2009 to discuss the potential causes of the Fraser River sockeye collapse. Included in their recommendations was the experimental removal of salmon farms along Fraser River sockeye migration corridors.
A new paper published this week suggesting that sea lice do not harm wild Pacific salmon does not provide conclusive evidence and fails to convince when weighed against the full scope of previous science on the subject.