Fish Farms

Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis of Clayoquot Action collect fish farm samples. (Photo credit: Jérémy Mathieu / Clayoquot Action)

Ottawa is scaling back its promise to phase out open net-pen salmon farms, critics say

3 expansions approved since phase-out promise made

  • Sep 19, 2022

 

Port Hardy council discussed a letter from DFO at its Aug. 9 meeting. (North Island Gazette file photo)

DFO sends letter to Port Hardy council, salmon farming industry consultations coming soon

The full announcement can be read online at dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

Aquatic science biologist Shawn Stenhouse releases an Atlantic salmon back into its tank during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

B.C. fish farm licences outside Discovery Islands renewed until at least spring 2023

Atlantic salmon facilities around Discovery Islands not being renewed, final decision in January

 

Vessels circle around a sign that reads ‘Fish Farms Out!’ during the May 7 Flotilla for Wild Salmon in the Tofino Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast flotilla pounds drums against fish farm licence renewals

A flotilla for wild salmon called on the federal government to not renew fish farm licenses for 2022

Vessels circle around a sign that reads ‘Fish Farms Out!’ during the May 7 Flotilla for Wild Salmon in the Tofino Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Mowi Canada West salmon farm in B.C. waters. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada)

Judge quashes Fisheries Minister’s decision to phase out Discovery Islands fish farms

Decision was made in breach of industry’s rights to procedural fairness, Federal Court judge rules

Mowi Canada West salmon farm in B.C. waters. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada)
An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

North Island First Nations disappointed with DFO’s handling of 10-year-old fish virus study

2012 fish virus study suggested farmed salmon suffered from anemia and jaundice because of PRV

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Jeremy Mathieu of Clayoquot Action captured this photograph of sea lions inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point salmon farm. (Jeremy Mathieu photo)

Sea lions trapped in fish farm near Tofino expected to move on after pens emptied

Industry watchdog Clayoquot Action criticizes pinniped raid as another reason to eliminate open pens

Jeremy Mathieu of Clayoquot Action captured this photograph of sea lions inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point salmon farm. (Jeremy Mathieu 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)

DFO says Canada still committed to transitioning away from open-net pen salmon farming

All remaining Discovery Islands’ facilities must be cleared of fish by this coming summer

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)
Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)

VIDEO: Locals alarmed as sea lions feast on B.C. fish farm

Ahousaht First Nation officer Skookum John says farmed fish are likely getting out of the pens

Several sea lions were spotted feasting on salmon inside Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound. (Skookum John photo)
President of Sto:lo Tribal Council Tyrone McNeil (left) and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip at a news conference Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Vancouver, B.C. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

Alliance against open-net fish farms calls for feds to follow through on phasing out commitment

First Nations and fishing organizations renew call for feds to move away from current fish farm structure

President of Sto:lo Tribal Council Tyrone McNeil (left) and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip at a news conference Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Vancouver, B.C. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
B.C. Premier John Horgan visited with local First Nations in Alert Bay in 2017 to discuss transitioning salmon farms out of the Broughton Archipelago. (North Island Gazette file photo)

New documentary chronicles Indigenous-led initiative to rebuild wild salmon stocks

The world premiere was held at the Vancouver International Mountain Film festival

B.C. Premier John Horgan visited with local First Nations in Alert Bay in 2017 to discuss transitioning salmon farms out of the Broughton Archipelago. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Tanks at Grieg's new Gold River Hatchery expansion. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.

Grieg Seafood BC Gold River hatchery expansion nearing completion

Company looking to increase time salmon spend ‘on land’

Tanks at Grieg's new Gold River Hatchery expansion. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.
A B.C. aquaculture facility. Black Press file photo

Industry report: not renewing B.C. salmon farm licenses comes with $1.2 billion cost

Economic analysis says 4,700 jobs depend on 79 licenses set to expire at the end of June

A B.C. aquaculture facility. Black Press file photo
A diagram of the semi-closed containment system Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. has trialed, showing tarp barriers extended (cropped for web). Figure courtesy Grieg.

Grieg expanding use of semi-closed salmon farm system

Made-in-BC technology resulted in lower sea lice levels in trial, company says

A diagram of the semi-closed containment system Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. has trialed, showing tarp barriers extended (cropped for web). Figure courtesy Grieg.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal decision on fish farms prompts closure of B.C. processing plant: company

Plant employed 80 people and was operational for four years

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Federal decision on fish farms prompts closure of B.C. processing plant: company

Plant employed 80 people and was operational for four years

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. Mowi Canada West, one of the largest farmed salmon producers operating in B.C. says it’s permanently closing it’s processing plant in Surrey, B.C., because of a federal decision to phase out some fish farms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.

Grieg to employ new delousing vessel at fish farms

Mechanical system reduces need for medicinal or chemical treatment, company says

Coastal Server, a vessel with a mechanical sea lice removal system. Photo courtesy Grieg Seafood BC.
Cermaq’s Burdwood fish farm, which is around 45 km northeast of Port McNeill in the Broughton Archipelago, was the source of a diesel spill March 4-5, 2017. Tania Dick submitted photo

Cermaq fined $500,000 for 2017 diesel spill at fish farm northwest of Campbell River

Now-decommissioned farm spilled approximately 522 litres of fuel

Cermaq’s Burdwood fish farm, which is around 45 km northeast of Port McNeill in the Broughton Archipelago, was the source of a diesel spill March 4-5, 2017. Tania Dick submitted photo
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

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)
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

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