Fish farms

Posted on June 11, 2014

Jun 10, 2014 Vancouver — Aquaculture licences issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that allow fish farms to transfer farmed Atlantic salmon carrying disease agents into waters shared with wild salmon are unlawful and must be struck down, Ecojustice lawyers will argue in Federal Court tomorrow. 

Posted on May 15, 2014

The first Atlantic salmon grown entirely on land are now landing on grocery store shelves, marketed as a sustainable alternative to salmon grown in ocean-based net pens.

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Posted on October 17, 2012

The province is expected to make a decision about lifting the moratorium this summer. The David Suzuki Foundation wants the decision to be cautious.

BC's moratorium on fish farm expansion and subsequent environmental review were triggered by an outbreak of triple antibiotic-resistant disease among BC farmed salmon.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Our threatened fishing industry prompts a 10-point program to protect BC salmon.

by David Ellis

The first forecasts are in for commercial salmon fishing for 2000, and, not surprisingly, they're not good. Harvest opportunities for Fraser sockeye might range "from limited to none," says the DFO, and the northern troll fleet will probably be shut down for the season due to the concern for coho and chinook.

Posted on October 10, 2012

By the end of the decade, fish farming may overtake cattle ranching as a food source.

by Lester R. Brown, 2000 Worldwatch Institute (C)

Aquaculture, growing at 11 percent a year over the past decade, is the fastest growing sector of the world food economy.

Climbing from 13 million tons of fish produced in 1990 to 31 million tons in 1998, fish farming is poised to overtake cattle ranching as a food source by the end of this decade.

Posted on September 26, 2012

Rather than a powerhouse of economic development for hard hit rural communities, the foreign-owned fish farms crowding BC's coast are ecologically unsustainable and barely profitable.

by Laurie MacBride and Suzanne Connell, Georgia Strait Alliance

Despite abundant evidence that it's the wrong thing to do, in September the BC government lifted the seven-year moratorium on new salmon farms.

Photo Credit: Anissa ReedAlexandra Morton doesn’t take no for an answer. Although Justice Cohen ruled in May that he will not reopen his Inquiry to review findings that some BC farm salmon in the markets are infected with a contagious heart virus, Morton diligently continues with her work of tracking wild salmon.

She spent her summer travelling throughout BC with a small group of volunteers sampling salmon and other fish to map where the European viruses are showing up. First Nation, sport and commercial fishermen shared their catch allowing Morton to be privy to some of the most exclusive fishing spots in BC.

Her most recent blog, Reading the Fish,  is a graphic science

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Posted on September 01, 2012

Thanks to constant pressure from salmon activists and NDP MP Pe­ter Julian, the federal government has recently announced that it will conduct a judicial enquiry into the disappearance of the Fraser River sockeye.

by Joe Foy

It was a September day in the Fraser Valley that seemed just about perfect, with a robin’s egg blue sky

Posted on August 29, 2012

by Wayne Cullen

Pink salmon returns were big eve­rywhere this year except, once again, the Broughton Archipelago, where fish farms are suspected of causing smolt death due to sea lice infections. The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture

Posted on August 21, 2012

A new study published in the March 30th edition of the prestigious scientifi c journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B (a publication of the UK’s national academy of science) shows that the transfer of parasitic sea lice from salmon farms to wild salmon populations is much greater and more extensive than previously believed. 

This quantitative analysis of parasite transfer is a scientific milestone in a contentious debate. It is the first to isolate and measure the impact of a fish farm on sea lice outbreaks in wild salmon.

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