Fish Farms

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

 

Indoor raceways at an existing land-based aquaculture facility, similar to those planned for the proposed Gold River Aquafarms facility. Photo courtesy Robert Walker.

Gold River Aquafarms project waiting on regulatory green light

Company has plans for 3,000-tonne, land-based steelhead aquaculture facility at former sawmill site

 

Representatives from Grieg Seafood BC and R Harry Fishing Ltd at the Coast Discovery Inn in Campbell River last month. Pictured are Rocky Boschman (bottom l-r), Grieg Seafood BC managing director and Richard Harry, principal of R Harry Fishing Ltd, as well as Grieg Seafood’s O.D. Hansen (top l-r), Kelsey Kuang, Dean Trethewey, Marilyn Hutchinson and Trevor Gatzke. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.

Grieg Seafood and R Harry Fishing Ltd. agree to net-washing contract for Nootka Sound salmon farms

Agreement is second this year company has signed with Indigeneous enterprise

 

Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.

We Wai Kai First Nation examining sablefish aquaculture feasibility

First Nation to conduct benthic habitat surveys supported by provincial and federal funding

Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.
The islands and channels of the Discovery Islands/Vancouver Island area are surrounded by peaks and mountains. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
The islands and channels of the Discovery Islands/Vancouver Island area are surrounded by peaks and mountains. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Spot prawn fishing is a multimillion dollar industry in B.C. (pixabay)

Island MPs slam DFO for not consulting fishery workers

Decision-making process needs some work, they say

Spot prawn fishing is a multimillion dollar industry in B.C. (pixabay)
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Cermaq takes legal action against DFO to challenge licence denials

Company ‘disappointed and perplexed’ about decision

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North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks up during parliament’s question period about the long-awaited aquaculture report for B.C. (NDP MP Rachel Blaney youtube video screenshot)

North Island-Powell River MP wants timeline for federal report on aquaculture in B.C.

Beech stated he fully expect the report will be ready in the next number of weeks

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney speaks up during parliament’s question period about the long-awaited aquaculture report for B.C. (NDP MP Rachel Blaney youtube video screenshot)
The Strathcona Regional District voted against supporting the fish farm removal decision. Photo supplied
The Strathcona Regional District voted against supporting the fish farm removal decision. Photo supplied
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo

Tlowitsis Nation signs net-cleaning contract with Grieg Seafood, servicing salmon farms in Clio Channel

The Tlowitsis Nation and Grieg Seafood BC have signed a contract that…

  • May 19, 2021
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo
Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands were given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)

SRD asked to support decision to remove fish farms

Wilderness Tourism Association says SRD consituents ‘will benefit greatly’ from wild salmon population

Nineteen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands were given 18 months to vacate, causing shock and uncertainty in the industry. (Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC)
LETTERS

There is nothing ‘mundane’ about animal cruelty: letter

I am responding to a very small portion of the letter to…

  • Apr 27, 2021
LETTERS
Chum Salmon fry being examined with multiple motile and attached sea lice on Vargas Island. (Cedar Coast Field Station photo)

Study: Tofino fish farm sea lice infestations add fuel to push to remove open pens

Ahousaht First Nation asking for higher standards than what DFO requires

Chum Salmon fry being examined with multiple motile and attached sea lice on Vargas Island. (Cedar Coast Field Station photo)
Mowi Canada West's Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company's last of all its B.C. production sites to receive certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The BC Salmon Farmers Association says activists' claims that salmon farms contribute to declines in wild stocks are based on outdated information that does not account for current practices. (Mowi Canada West photo)

Campbell River Chamber of Commerce hosts BC Salmon Farmers director for Q&A

Meeting to be held via Zoom on April 22 at noon

  • Apr 21, 2021
Mowi Canada West's Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company's last of all its B.C. production sites to receive certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The BC Salmon Farmers Association says activists' claims that salmon farms contribute to declines in wild stocks are based on outdated information that does not account for current practices. (Mowi Canada West photo)
LETTERS

Salmon farming more mundane than opponents would have you believe: letter

In Canada, companies must provide employees a safe workplace, free from threats…

  • Apr 20, 2021
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Mowi has applied to the court to be allowed to transfer fish into two of their Discovery Islands pens to let the salmon grow to marketable size. (Photo supplied)

Fish farmers in court today arguing for Discovery Islands injunction

DFO, conservationists will argue tomorrow against putting more fish in the pens slated for closure

Mowi has applied to the court to be allowed to transfer fish into two of their Discovery Islands pens to let the salmon grow to marketable size. (Photo supplied)
LETTERS

Salmon farming industry has no grounds to now claim surprise

The damage the open net pen salmon farming industry has caused in…

  • Mar 24, 2021
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Aquaculture employee, Michelle Franze, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)

Women in salmon farming should be celebrated, not bullied

Since mid-December, salmon farming has been one of the leading topics in…

  • Mar 8, 2021
Aquaculture employee, Michelle Franze, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
LETTERS

High time to move fish farms on land

There is a strange dynamic at play. If the fish farm industry,…

  • Mar 3, 2021
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Economist Doug Blair who prepared the report for RIAS Inc., said that he found significant concern with the lack of consultation by Minister Bernadette Jordan, leading her to make a rushed decision without understanding the implications and seemingly no plan to manage impacts. (Supplied photo)

B.C. salmon farmers ask feds to reconsider decision based on new economic analysis

The independent report by RIAS Inc. estimates an annual loss of $390 million dollar cost to B.C.’s economy

Economist Doug Blair who prepared the report for RIAS Inc., said that he found significant concern with the lack of consultation by Minister Bernadette Jordan, leading her to make a rushed decision without understanding the implications and seemingly no plan to manage impacts. (Supplied photo)