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AQUACULTURE NEWS & OPINION - for the past year

  • Stories are selected with Canadian organic farmers in mind but are not intended
    to reflect our views pro or con.
  • While we update these links from time to time, you may find some articles
    withdrawn or expired.

Canadian stories   Canadian

Jon MacNeill, Friends of the Earth and Conservation Council of New Brunswick, October 22, 2014 Canadian
Proposed regulation flagged by biologists
New federal government regulation proposes to kill wild fish to protect fish farms. This proposed regulation would impact all coastal provinces; Federal regulation of fresh water aquaculture ignored.
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Text by Maddie Oatman; video by Brett Brownell; July 2, 2014
We're Fishing the Oceans Dry. It's Time to Reconsider Fish Farms.
Aquaculture has gotten much greener, with American innovators leading the way.
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Pauline Holdsworth, - June 11, 2014 Canadian
Alexandra Morton Challenges Federal Fish Farm Licences in Court
Biologist and wild salmon advocate Alexandra Morton headed back to court yesterday to push for stronger government oversight of the transfer of farmed fish into the Pacific Ocean to prevent the spread of a potentially harmful virus.
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Alexandra Morton - May 4, 2014 Canadian
Going to Court to Stop Spread of Disease
The transfer conditions in the Federal Aquaculture Licences puts decisions about whether infected farm salmon smolts will go into net pens in wild salmon habitat in the hands of fish farm staff and fish farm's veterinarians.
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Alexandra Morton - July 16, 2013 Canadian
Asking Norway about the Piscine Reovirus

Industry and government deny the piscine reovirus (PRV) is anything to be concerned about, even though this newly-introduced, highly infectious virus from Norway has infected over 90% of the salmon farms in BC and is rapidly spreading to BC’s wild salmon. In this video, Twyla hops a plane to Norway to find out what scientists there have to say about PRV and its effects on salmon.

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - May 4, 2013 Canadian
Fish farms allied with government, activists say

Emails from Gary Marty, ministry fish pathologist at the Animal Health Centre, ask company veterinarians for the go-ahead to release specific information about the outbreaks to media.
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Damien Gillis, Common Sense Canadian - April 15, 2013 Canadian
Tide Turning Against Salmon Farms in Lead-up to BC Election?

As the BC election approaches, the Norwegian-dominated aquaculture industry suddenly finds itself swimming upstream.
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Alex Morton - April 7, 2013 Canadian
Salmon disease, the WTO

Is Canada offering salmon farmers unfair advantage in Canada?

Jonathan Benson, Natural News - April 1, 2013
Oregon set to ban GM salmon and mandate GMO labeling

H.B. 2530 prohibits GE salmon not only from being cultivated and farmed within the state of Oregon, but also from being imported and sold there.
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Alex Morton - February 24, 2013 Canadian
Dalrymple Atlantic Salmon Hatchery - infected

Wild salmon have to be supreme athletes to survive, a weak heart means they won't survive.

Alex Morton - February 22, 2013 Canadian
European viruses

"In the ongoing effort to communicate the critical nature of the threat to wild salmon from exposure to European viruses I made the video below. There is some breaking news contained within it."

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist - February 12, 2013 Canadian
Namgis First Nation to open land-based fish farm

‘Namgis First Nation, whose 4,000-year-old traditions are tied to the Pacific salmon of the Nimpkish River, is about to open the first phase of a unique $8.5-million closed-containment Atlantic salmon farm on reserve land south of Port McNeill.
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Halifax Herald News - January 21, 2013 Canadian
Cooke to process 240,000 quarantined salmon in N.B.

If the federal agency doesn't order the fish to be killed off, the farmer is obligated to process and market the fish, said Halse.
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Justice Cohen Gets Tough on Fish Farms - Inquiry Report Released   Canadian
Published on Oct 31, 2012 by
Cohen highlighted several key recommendations to protect wild salmon from open net pen aquaculture operations.

Canadian Press - August 8, 2012 Canadian
B.C. First Nation taking fight against fish farms to Supreme Court of Canada

Chief Bob Chamberlin says the justice system is the last stand to stop the environmental damage being done by the fish farms, so his band is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
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CTV - July 3, 2012 Canadian
Parasite-ridden salmon sold in B.C. stores

Marine Harvest Canada, B.C.’s largest fish farming company, confirmed to CTV News that the fish was infested with the Kudoa thyrsites parasite – the second most common parasite in farmed salmon, which causes a condition known as 'soft flesh' syndrome.
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Aly Thomson, Canadian Press - June 4, 2012 Canadian
Groups rally to halt N.S. ocean-based salmon farming plans

More than 100 community groups and organizations will be in Halifax on Monday to protest the government's lack of public consultation prior to the release of a strategy that would see more open-net pen salmon farms erected across the province.
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Dr. Peter Ross, Common Sense Canadian - May 28, 2012 Canadian
Silent Summer: Leading Fisheries Researcher on Harper Govt. Killing Ocean Pollution Monitoring

It is with apprehension that I ponder a Canada without any research or monitoring capacity for pollution in our three oceans, or any ability to manage its impacts on commercial fish stocks, traditional foods for over 300,000 aboriginal people and marine wildlife.
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Earthfix - May 25, 2012 Canadian
Deadly Virus Makes First Appearance in Washington Salmon Farm

A deadly virus that caused salmon farmers in British Columbia to kill 560,000 fish has shown up for the first time in a Washington state fish farm.
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Keven Drews, The Canadian Press - May 23, 2012 Canadian
2nd B.C. salmon farm quarantined over virus fears

Grieg Seafood announced Wednesday that while tests haven't yet confirmed the presence of infectious haematopoietic necrosis virus at its Ahlstrom Point farm, near Sechelt, B.C., the agency has quarantined the site, home to about 310,000 coho.
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Ethan Baron, Canadian Press - May 19, 2012 Canadian
B.C. salmon farms urgently testing for virus

Second instance of virus detected at Sunshine Coast coho farm
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Alexandra Morton, Common Sense Canadian - May 18, 2012 Canadian
Justice Cohen Refuses to Re-open Commission to Examine New Salmon Virus Evidence

The application to reopen the Inquiry was made by the Aquaculture Coalition (Alexandra Morton) after discovery that nearly 100% of BC farm salmon are testing positive for the Norwegian piscine reovirus.
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Media Release, Simon Fraser University - May 17, 2012 Canadian
Three keys to sockeye decline

Competition with pink salmon in the open ocean could be an important factor in the long-term decline in abundance of sockeye salmon populations in the Fraser River, according to new research from Simon Fraser University scientists and international colleagues.
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Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun - May 15, 2012 Canadian
New organic seafood standard muddies the water

. . . farmed salmon, raised in net pens, fed processed fish meal and perhaps treated with parasiticides, can be labelled organic because the food source can be verified and because some limited chemical use is sanctioned.
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Brian Moore, The Southern Star (West Cork, Ireland) - May 12, 2012
Onshore salmon farm plan

Unlike the Marine Harvest application, Niri Seafood Ireland Ltd plan to produce their salmon in an on-shore closed containment facility at what was previously a mussel producing plant at Reen Point.
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Ralph Surette, Halifax Herald - May 12, 2012 Canadian
Salmon farming: an industry that needs to be caged

Unlike the Marine Harvest application, Niri Seafood Ireland Ltd plan to produce their salmon in an on-shore closed containment facility at what was previously a mussel producing plant at Reen Point.
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Amanda S., Seafood Business - May 11, 2012 Canadian
New Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standards: Don’t Get Excited

Where does it succeed and where does it fall short?
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James Wright, Seafood Business - April 5, 2012 Canadian
Closed-containment salmon-farming project paying environmental, economic, culinary dividends

Summerfelt says the grow-out cycle to reach market size is approximately nine months shorter than conventional ocean-farming methods, where fish eat very little for weeks at a time during the coldest periods.
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Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO)

Report a fisheries violation If you observe a fisheries violation, you are encouraged to report it. In any province or territory this may be done through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

British Columbia:

  • DFO: Observe, Record, Report (ORR) Line  - 1-800-465-4336
  • Province: Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) - 1-877-952-7277

Report a marine pollution incident ― or phone BC 1-800-889-8852 (24 hours)



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