• May
  • 31
  • 2017

JUNE’S BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL EXPANDING TO CAMPBELL RIVER

As a new addition to the BC Seafood Festival, the Salmon Capital Seafood Taste expands the festivities into Campbell River for the first time. Taking place from 10:30am to 2:00pm on Sunday, June 11th at Spirit Square, this event will feature chef-inspired food stations with creative culinary delights.

  • Apr
  • 13
  • 2017

BCSFA ANNOUNCES EXPANDED PUBLIC SALMON FARM TOUR OFFERINGS FOR 2017

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is inviting members of the public to join one of its popular tours being offered during the spring/summer of 2017. This year’s public tour offerings will include dates in June, July and August. Tour participants will have the opportunity to visit a farm and learn more about how our vibrant industry works, all the while enjoying a boat ride across the Johnstone Strait – taking in the beautiful scenery and the chance to see marine wildlife.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Oct
  • 14
  • 2016

B.C. SALMON FARMERS PUBLISH 2016 SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS REPORT

Salmon farmers in British Columbia are achieving third-party certifications as fast, or faster than any region in the world with farmers raising Atlantic Salmon – representing about 95% of the average annual harvest, hitting key milestones on their way to fulfilling their commitment of being 100% certified to Aquaculture Stewardship salmon standard by 2020. This is detailed in the 2016 BCSFA Sustainability Progress Report released today at the 2016 BCSFA Business Summit in Campbell River, B.C.

  • Oct
  • 11
  • 2016

NEW REPORT: HOW GREEN ARE YOUR FOOD CHOICES? FARM-RAISED SALMON – LOWEST OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL COST FOR PROTEIN

A detailed assessment of consumers’ most common protein choices shows salmon raised in the ocean have the lowest overall cost to the environment. A new study prepared for the BCSFA by Ottawa based RIAS Inc. examines the evidence from life-cycle analyses in the literature on the environmental footprint of B.C. farm-raised salmon compared to production of other food proteins.

  • Oct
  • 07
  • 2016

15% OF ACTIVE B.C. SALMON FARMS NOW MEET WORLD’S TOUGHEST 3RD PARTY ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

British Columbia’s salmon farming sector is celebrating two more farms achieving world leading third-party certification for responsibly farmed seafood. BC Salmon Farmers Association member Marine Harvest Canada has achieved the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard for its Bull Harbour and Goat Cove salmon farm sites.