• Aug
  • 09
  • 2016

STATEMENT RE: FEDERAL RESPONSE TO COHEN RECOMMENDATIONS

In an update provided today at the DFO West Vancouver Laboratory Centre for Aquarium and Environmental Research, Minister Dominic LeBlanc shared the progress Fisheries and Oceans Canada has made on the Cohen recommendations since they were released in October 2012, and provided a pathway for their future science-based approach to protecting wild pacific salmon.

  • Jul
  • 29
  • 2016

B.C. DAY SUCCESS STORY: HOMEGROWN INDUSTRY ON PACE TO SHATTER EXPORT RECORDS, CREATING JOBS IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST NATIONS

As residents throughout the province celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, a homegrown industry is boosting B.C.’s exports by putting fish on dinner plates at a record-setting pace. Recently released data from Stats Canada (January to May 2016) shows exports of farm-raised salmon to key Asian markets is on a record setting pace in 2016, with many markets already eclipsing previous annual volumes.

  • Jul
  • 18
  • 2016

BCSFA STATEMENT RE: SEA SHEPHERD SOCIETY CELEBRITY CAMPAIGN

The BC Salmon Farmers Association is responding to today’s activist campaign launch, this time featuring Pamela Anderson and the Sea Shepherd Society. The Sea Shepard Society says they are going to travel up the BC coast over the course of several weeks, stopping at various salmon farms to “conduct audits”, which will be done in a “non-aggressive and non-harassing manner”. B.C. Salmon Farmers are concerned about the aims of this voyage and campaign. Although they have reinforced that they will be “non-aggressive and non-harassing” when approaching farms, the Sea Shepherd society has a long history of doing the opposite. Farming companies place great emphasis on the health and safety of employees, and the health and wellbeing of their animals.

  • Jul
  • 18
  • 2016

BCSFA CORRECTION DOCUMENT: SEA SHEPHERD – “OPERATION VIRUS HUNTER” CAMPAIGN

On Monday July 18th, the Sea Shepherd Society fronted by celebrity activist Pamela Anderson, along with
anti-salmon farming activist Alexandra Morton, launched a new campaign entitled “Operation Virus Hunter”
which they say will be investigating the lawfulness of the salmon farming industry in British Columbia.
To promote their campaign, the Sea Shepherd Society has launched videos and promotional materials
featuring Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Morton who make numerous false and/or misleading statements about nutrition, science, and salmon farming as practiced in British Columbia, Canada.

  • Jun
  • 24
  • 2016

B.C. FARMERS ACHIEVING HIGHEST LEVEL 3RD PARTY CERTIFICATION

Salmon farming companies in B.C. are continuing to achieve the high sustainability commitments they have set. Cermaq Canada has announced that its Mussel Rock farm, located in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, has been certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard. This is the company’s third farm to reach the standard.

  • Jun
  • 09
  • 2016

BCSFA CELEBRATES BC SEAFOOD MONTH WITH THE BC SHELLFISH & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

The BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) is proud to celebrate B.C. Seafood Month by actively participating in the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, which will run from June 9th through 19th in the Comox Valley. As the largest of its kind in Western Canada, the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival offers 11 days of chef demonstrations, gala dinners, educational seminars, aquaculture tours, and more.

  • May
  • 20
  • 2016

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

The findings announced by the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) investigators regarding a potential diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in fish from one Atlantic salmon farm in B.C. are important. However, there is no consensus amongst the scientific community about the finding as the fish sampled in this farm showed no clinical signs of disease.

  • May
  • 19
  • 2016

BCSFA STATEMENT ON GMO SALMON

Salmon farmers in B.C. are proud to produce the healthiest and freshest salmon in the world. They do not farm or sell GMO salmon, nor are they researching or considering the possibility of raising transgenic fish. Members of the BCSFA have no plans to change farming practices, which already produce the highest quality fresh salmon in high demand in Canada and abroad. We are committed to sustainability, responsible best practices, and a science based management approach.

  • May
  • 10
  • 2016

B.C. SALMON FARMERS MAKE SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH INVESTMENT

The BC Salmon Farmers Association is helping to bridge knowledge gaps on B.C.’s wild stocks and coastal environment by developing collaborations on seven research projects, with over 30 researchers from 10 organizations, providing almost $420,000 in funding.

  • May
  • 02
  • 2016

GLOBAL DEMAND FOR B.C. FARM-RAISED SALMON AT ALL TIME HIGH

British Columbia set a new record for exports of farm-raised salmon in 2015, and are on track to set new records in 2016 as well. The most encouraging numbers in the final data released by Statistics Canada are those that show an emerging appetite for farm-raised salmon in China, with exports from British Columbia more than doubling over the previous high in 2012. China is now B.C.’s second most important market next to the United States, which has historically been the sector’s primary export market, and remains so today.