Research &

Development

Technology and innovation

are driving our industry.

Research & Development

Technology and innovation are driving our industry.

R&D

Research and development is a cornerstone of maintaining a sustainable industry. BC salmon farmers invest significant resources to operate more efficiently, grow healthier fish and to better understand wild salmon populations and the marine environment.

R&D

Research and development is a cornerstone of maintaining a sustainable industry. BC salmon farmers invest significant resources to operate more efficiently, grow healthier fish and to better understand wild salmon populations and the marine environment.

Technology

The BC Salmon Farmers Association members have achieved certification through several independent, globally recognized standards in areas such as sustainability, environmental practices, quality, safety and food safety management. These certifications show a commitment to transparency, upholding high standards for operations, and ensures that companies are producing salmon in a sustainable, safe and ethical manner.

BC salmon farmers are leaders in the research and implementation of a wide range of innovations and technologies that directly target enhanced environmental sustainability while ensuring the welfare of the farmed fish under their care.

Throughout its history, the industry has conceived, tested, and implemented state-of-the-art innovation focused on protecting the marine environment and its resources, wild stocks of Pacific salmon, marine mammals, and freshwater resources.

Technology

The BC Salmon Farmers Association members have achieved certification through several independent, globally recognized standards in areas such as sustainability, environmental practices, quality, safety and food safety management. These certifications show a commitment to transparency, upholding high standards for operations, and ensures that companies are producing salmon in a sustainable, safe and ethical manner.

BC salmon farmers are leaders in the research and implementation of a wide range of innovations and technologies that directly target enhanced environmental sustainability while ensuring the welfare of the farmed fish under their care.

Throughout its history, the industry has conceived, tested, and implemented state-of-the-art innovation focused on protecting the marine environment and its resources, wild stocks of Pacific salmon, marine mammals, and freshwater resources.

Wastewater Treatment

Best Management Practices: Focus on Prevention

In response to a sector-wide audit of fish processing BC plants in 2018, BCSFA member facilities have developed and implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that emphasize pollution prevention rather than remediation. These BMPs focus on improving the recovery of products and by-products, reducing water use where possible, minimizing the contact time between seafood solids and water, and designing conveyance and pumping systems that minimize the breakdown of seafood solids into finer particles and dissolved solids.

Best Achievable Technologies

In addition to BMPs, BC farmed salmon processing facilities also implement Best Achievable Technologies (BATs) to extensively treat wastewater prior to discharge into the environment. Rather than simply screening, plants now use systems such as dissolved air flotation (DAF) to clarify the wastewater and UV or chlorine disinfection prior to being discharged to the environment. BC farmed salmon processing facilities have invested substantially to update their wastewater treatment technologies to global practices, while working with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to update their wastewater permits to meet the new standards.

Wastewater Treatment

Best Management Practices: Focus on Prevention

In response to a sector-wide audit of fish processing BC plants in 2018, BCSFA member facilities have developed and implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that emphasize pollution prevention rather than remediation. These BMPs focus on improving the recovery of products and by-products, reducing water use where possible, minimizing the contact time between seafood solids and water, and designing conveyance and pumping systems that minimize the breakdown of seafood solids into finer particles and dissolved solids.

Best Achievable Technologies

In addition to BMPs, BC farmed salmon processing facilities also implement Best Achievable Technologies (BATs) to extensively treat wastewater prior to discharge into the environment. Rather than simply screening, plants now use systems such as dissolved air flotation (DAF) to clarify the wastewater and UV or chlorine disinfection prior to being discharged to the environment. BC farmed salmon processing facilities have invested substantially to update their wastewater treatment technologies to global practices, while working with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to update their wastewater permits to meet the new standards.

Land-based Fish Farming

BC salmon farmers, together with our valued indigenous partners, are committed to ongoing research into innovative new technologies that will continue to improve our environmental footprint, ensure protection of wild stocks, while maintaining healthy, delicious salmon for consumers.

BC salmon farmers lead the world in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems. All BC ocean-based farmers raise fish for their first half of their lives in land-based hatcheries and several fish farmers operate smaller land-based grow-out operations.

Land-based salmon farming currently has significant challenges which need to be addressed before it becomes a viable option for full scale commercial production. These challenges include fish health, broodstock development, stocking densities and large requirements for water and electricity.

With demand for healthy fish rising with the world’s population and new technology being developed, land-based fish farming will play a larger role in future food production, along with ocean-based farming.

Land-based Fish Farming

BC salmon farmers, together with our valued indigenous partners, are committed to ongoing research into innovative new technologies that will continue to improve our environmental footprint, ensure protection of wild stocks, while maintaining healthy, delicious salmon for consumers.

BC salmon farmers lead the world in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems. All BC ocean-based farmers raise fish for their first half of their lives in land-based hatcheries and several fish farmers operate smaller land-based grow-out operations.

Land-based salmon farming currently has significant challenges which need to be addressed before it becomes a viable option for full scale commercial production. These challenges include fish health, broodstock development, stocking densities and large requirements for water and electricity.

With demand for healthy fish rising with the world’s population and new technology being developed, land-based fish farming will play a larger role in future food production, along with ocean-based farming.

2019 Sustainability Report

2019 Technology Report

2019 Sustainability Report

2019 Technology Report