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Profit is possible on all fronts with closed containment salmon farming

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

British Columbians are passionate about salmon — both wild and farmed. With the health of our wild salmon in question, many are wondering about the role of farmed salmon in the 2009 salmon crash. As the Cohen Commission slowly navigates its way through all the data, information and opinions, we know there is a real solution for a known risk to wild salmon, and a recent report shows that this solution is economically viable. (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…)

Aquaponics and the future of sustainable cities (Part 1)

Tuesday, July 20th, 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?


Not enough change in stock at Canadian supermarkets

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Last week Greenpeace released their latest ranking report, Out of Stock, showing what Canadian supermarkets are (and aren’t) doing to protect ocean health. Greenpeace has asked retailers to stop selling 15 “red list” species that are caught or farmed in an environmentally unsustainable way. Yes, you guessed it, Atlantic farmed salmon is on that list. (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…)

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…)

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…)