• Mar
  • 29
  • 2017

BCSFA FURTHERS SUPPORT OF STRONG INDEPENDENT SCIENCE

The independent Science Advisory Council of the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) has approved $170,000 in funding through the Marine Environmental Research Program for three projects it views as crucial to the collective understanding and sustainability of the marine ecosystem on B.C.’s coast.

  • Mar
  • 24
  • 2017

Healthy Chef Competition Delights the Palate

The 18th Annual Healthy Chef Competition – held on Wednesday, March 22 – showcased the talents of 10 culinary teams, including a team from Vancouver Island University – led by Chef Debbie Shore, Chef Francois De Jong, and Chef David Nolan.

  • Mar
  • 18
  • 2017

Culinary Team From Vancouver Island Takes On Healthy Chefs Competition

For the first time in its 18-year history, the Healthy Chef Competition welcomes a team from Vancouver Island to compete against nine other teams from the Metro Vancouver area on March 22, 2017. This annual competition – presented by the BC Produce Marketing Association and the BC Chefs Association – promises to be a fun evening of gourmet dining.

  • Mar
  • 14
  • 2017

Badinotti reveals its specialized net cleaning vessel, Bravo II

Badinotti celebrated their latest advancement in net cleaning efficiency as they unveiled the Bravo II at the Coast Discovery Marina on Wednesday, March 8th. Members from the aquaculture industry, academic institutions representatives, and the local Campbell River community were invited to tour Badinotti’s new flagship vessel and speak with members of the crew, as well as the Badinotti team about the net cleaning process and what it will mean for the future of the industry.

  • Mar
  • 14
  • 2017

STATEMENT REGARDING STRATEGIC SALMON HEALTH INITIATIVE DIAGNOSIS OF HEART AND SKELETAL MUSCLE INFLAMMATION AT A B.C. FISH FARM

The paper published by SSHI investigators (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0171471) regarding the diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. is important, and there is further research ongoing to better understand how HSMI develops and its root cause. The single farm identified in the study had an overall healthy population of salmon, with a low mortality, which showed normal behavior and growth rates. As confirmed in this study, the specific cause of HSMI has not been established, however it is associated with the Piscine Orthoreovirus (PRV) in B.C. Although the specific cause of HSMI has not been established, the population of fish studied entered the marine environment free of PRV.

  • Mar
  • 09
  • 2017

NEW RECORD VALUE FOR B.C. FARM RAISED SALMON EXPORTS: OVER $540-MILLION IN 2016

Global sales of fresh B.C farm-raised salmon reached a record $745-million CAD in 2016 with exports to 12-markets valued over $544-million. Domestic demand for salmon raised in B.C. continues to be strong amidst record high global salmon prices, while the United States remains the primary destination for exports. Markets in Asia are showing huge potential with year-over-year growth more than doubling in many markets.

  • Mar
  • 06
  • 2017

Collaboration on the Coast Fosters an Atmosphere of Understanding

On March 1st and 2nd, the BCSFA hosted its second annual Collaborations on the Coast workshop at the Vancouver Island Conference Center in Nanaimo. Over the two days, a variety of representatives from the industry, scientific community, government, and conservation groups came together to discuss, share and review research concerning B.C.’s coastal environment and its wild marine species.

  • Jan
  • 30
  • 2017

Heart-Healthy Cooking with Chef Trevor Randle

February is Heart Month in Canada. We teamed up with Chef Trevor Randle, culinary instructor at Maple Ridge Secondary School, to talk about heart-healthy eating.

  • Nov
  • 14
  • 2016

B.C. SALMON FARMERS ANNOUNCE 2017 CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) Marine Environmental Research Program (MERP) is now accepting proposals for 2017 for projects that will provide a better understanding of the marine environment and B.C.’s wild marine species, particularly wild salmon stocks.

  • Oct
  • 25
  • 2016

STATEMENT RE: BILL C-228 – OCEAN SALMON FARMING IS GOOD FOR BC

The BC Salmon Farmers Association is issuing the following statement in regards to Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly’s Private Member’s Bill C-228.

“The World Wildlife Fund has set a new global standard for environmentally sustainable salmon farming and B.C. salmon farmers are accelerating towards meeting that standard faster than any region in the world. The BCSFA does not support Bill C-228 and believes B.C’s competitive advantage is our vast ocean resource, and that responsible stewardship of that resource will provide economic advancement for coastal communities, First Nations, and protect wild salmon for generations to come. Globally, salmon farmers have come a long way from the either-or dialogue of land-based or marine-based farming and have adopted practices that utilize both to their maximum advantage to develop the industry in a responsible way. Salmon farmers in B.C. alone have invested over $50-million in environmentally advanced modern farming infrastructure over the past two years alone in both land and marine based farming technology.”