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Despite Pandemic, Land-Based Aquaculture Looks Like the Chicken Revolution

While the market has reacted sharply to the changes in food distribution patterns due to the coronavirus pandemic, aquaculture investment has moved right along. We are witnessing a disconnect between investment behavior and the real economy based on the surge of liquidity provided by the federal reserve and other governments. Despite grim employment numbers, investors are awash in low interest, zero interest or negative interest money provided by central banks to try and keep the various ...

Nova Scotia Fish Farms Global Leaders in Sustainability

It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months. What makes this disturbing is that fish farming supports thousands of essential jobs in rural communities across Atlantic Canada — jobs that have become even more precious during these difficult economic times. For more than 40 years, Nova Scotians have supported marine fish farming and recognized that it can coexist with other fisheries on working waterfronts. T...

Miawpukek First Nation Diversifying Fisheries Opportunities

State-of-the-Art Vessel Providing Aquaculture Net Cleaning Services Aunt Mali would be proud. She is the namesake of the new, state-of-the-art aquaculture support vessel built and configured to do in-situ net cleaning service for the aquaculture industry by Miawpukek First Nation (MFN)’s Netukulink Fisheries on Newfoundland’s south coast. Aunt Mali “was an elder in the community that’s no longer with us, but that name, it felt very fitting because Aunt Mali was the mother, the ...

Cermaq Bids Farewell to Nova Scotia

Aquaculture giant Cermaq Canada has bid farewell to Nova Scotia, recently letting all options to lease sites, awarded by the provincial government, expire. The decision came just a little over a year after Cermaq began investigating the feasibility of expanding its salmon farming operations into Nova Scotia. “We knew that we would need to identify between 15 and 20 viable farm sites spread throughout the four option areas in order to achieve the required annual production. Unfortunate...

Nova Scotia is the Gold Standard for Aquaculture

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about aquaculture and Nova Scotians deserve to have their questions answered. But without the facts, we can’t have an honest conversation. Recent information circulating about the aquaculture industry is inaccurate and fails to recognize it for the safe, sustainable, growth-oriented industry that it is. For more than 40 years, Nova Scotians have supported marine fish farming and recognized that it can co-exist with other fisheries on working ...

N.S. Minister’s Conference Partnering with Aquaculture Association

With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet. New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, ...

Fallout Continues Over Salmon Die-Off on N.L.’s South Coast

The Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry is still reeling following a massive die-off of 2.6-million farmed salmon on the province’s south coast. In late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die mortality at several Northern Harvest Sea Farms facilities. The company, which is owned by international aquaculture giant Mowi, said the salmon pens were exposed to high water temperatures over an 11-to-13-day period, causing low oxygen conditions that resulted in fish ...

A Season of Highs and Lows for N.L. Aquaculture Industry

The month of September was certainly a memorable one, both good and bad, for the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, involving a myriad of issues and developments. As industry stakeholders gathered in St. John’s for their annual convention and trade show in late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die-off on Newfoundland’s south coast. Northern Harvest Sea Farms reported that it had experienced a significant die-off of salmon at several of its facili...

Complexity Versus Simplicity

For as long as I can remember — which now goes back nearly four decades — market research has consistently found that consumers do not feel confident about their abilities to buy fish or prepare it at home. That is a serious problem for our industry, because it means people consume less fish than they would otherwise. But it is also a problem that provides opportunities. Compared to other protein foods — beef, pork, poultry, sheep — fish are complicated. Consumers typically ...

Net Pen Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Still the Best Option for Industry

I recently read The Telegram editorial entitled: Farmed Salmon 2.0, published on July 20, 2019. Some interesting questions are posed therein about whether or not the province is backing the right horse or not regarding net pen farmed salmon versus land-based, closed containment systems? I would say the answer is a categorical yes for the following reasons explained here. Net pen farmed salmon is still the most ecologically and environmentally lowest carbon impact and cost-effective way ...