December 5, 2013
Critics of the fish-farming industry will try to dissuade shoppers from buying farmed salmon in Edinburgh today and deliver a letter to the First Minister.
Signed by more than 100 people including some of the country's top angling writers, it will call for an immediate moratorium on the expansion of salmon farming, which it claims damages wild salmon stocks.
Read the full article in the Herald Scotland.
Posted December 5th, 2013
December 4, 2013
Tofino-based farm-raised salmon producer Creative Salmon has achieved all the requirements set by the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard.
This firm, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, has been farming Pacific chinook (kng) salmon using sustainable methods for many years.
“We are thrilled to be a leader in organic aquaculture,” says Tim Rundle, Creative Salmon’s General Manager. “Consumers are looking for organic product. Creative Salmon is proud to offer an organic product backed by a made-in-Canada standard.”
As required by the organic standard, the firm explained that their specimens have a low density environment occupying less than one per cent of the volume of their pen, their sites and nets are cleaned and maintained by power washing with sea water or by exposing them to natural ultraviolet from the sun. Besides, their market fish are free of antibiotics and genetically modified organisms.
The firm stated they raise Pacific species in the Pacific Ocean, which contributes to make their fish perfectly adapted to the sea conditions, including a natural tolerance to sea lice.
Read the full article on FIS.
Posted December 4th, 2013
December 3, 2013
Fish farmers are asking Parliament to remove them from the Fisheries Act.
The aquaculture industry says the environmental and conservation rules of the act are so onerous, they prevent new projects from going ahead.
They’re asking for a new Aquaculture Act to be designed specifically for their business.
“Our industry is regulated by the Fisheries Act, which is a wildlife management act that was never intended for an innovative food production centre,” said Ruth Salmon, the appropriately named executive director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance.
“This is a piece of legislation that dates back to Confederation, when commercial aquaculture in Canada did not exist.”
The industry’s proposal is controversial.
During the roughly 35-year history of fish farming in Canada, various local governments have passed their own rules to govern it.
The industry contends this has caused a “reactive and inefficient” patchwork of regulations.
But some ecologists and fisheries groups oppose the expansion of aquaculture.
They fear that fish farms can hurt the local ecology and damage nearby fisheries.
Eugene O’Leary, president of the Eastern Fishermen’s Federation of Grand Manan, N.B., said he thinks there’s a place for fish farms but he’s opposed to removing the industry from the oversight of the Fisheries Act.
Read the full article in the Chronicle Herald.
Posted December 3rd, 2013
Herald Mail Media
December 2, 2013
Tucked away off the back roads of Shepherdstown is a typical-looking farmhouse.
A gravel drive winds behind it, leading to a nondescript building, a research lab that is the heart of the Freshwater Institute, an internationally recognized program of The Conservation Fund.
Nature is teeming in that lab, the centerpiece of which is a tank filled with 40,000 gallons of water and 5,000 Atlantic salmon, each weighing about 4 to 6 pounds.
That tank and the fish within it feed the research into sustainable aquaculture conducted by the staff, including Senior Research Associate John W. Davidson III. He presented his findings at a conference in Denmark in October.
“Many companies in Europe are interested in this type of technology,” Davidson said.
He has traveled to Canada several times for work, as well as to conferences in the United States.
Davidson, 38, has been working at the Freshwater Institute since 1998, when the research lab, which now has 20 employees, was being built.
Read the full article in Herald Mail Media.
Posted December 2nd, 2013
December 2, 2013
A recent storm that brought over 100 kilometre winds to the area last week caused some damage to Cooke Aquaculture property but according to company officials, the damage was minimal.
“No fish escaped,” said Nell Halse, communications representative with Cooke’s.
Damage was primarily limited to the nets that keep birds away from the salmon pens in Jordan Bay.
Halse said a barge holding a generator was also sunk by the high winds.
“We sent out divers right away,” she said. The divers were able to retrieve the generator and the incident was reported to the Canadian Coast Guard and the province.
Read the full article in the Sou'Wester.
Posted December 2nd, 2013