Struggling with salmon farming and sustainability – Science Matters

The past few weeks have marked an interesting time for salmon and salmon farming in B.C. The first commercial-scale ocean-based closed-containment salmon farm tanks are being installed near Campbell River, B.C., and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) closed its public comment period on draft certification standards for salmon farms. Meanwhile, a survey commissioned by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Fraser Basin Council showed that most British Columbians support making wild Pacific salmon the province’s official fish.

Wild Salmon Stocks Collapse in B.C. …

… while Canadian Ministry Promotes “Sustainable” Aquaculture in Norway.  Media Release by CSRWire.ca: Government officials promote “sustainable” aquaculture in Norway while wild salmon stocks crash at home. (August 17, 2009) Where is Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea, at a time when one of Canada’s most important commercial runs of salmon is experiencing…

Aquacultural Revolution

Aquacultural Revolution was created by filmmaker Damien Gillis, from Save Our Rivers Society, in collaboration with Watershed Watch Salmon Society (with support from the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform and Save Our Salmon.)

B.C. suspends issuing licences for salmon farms

British Columbia will not issue new licences and tenures for finfish aquaculture, including salmon farms, on the central coast while it examines a new approach to managing the controversial industry. Salmon farms have been blamed for destruction of wild salmon stocks and have drawn ire from environmentalists and First Nations in the province. Agriculture Minister…