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 ...
On the Waterfront — September 2019
CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands
The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...
On the Waterfront — August 2019
N.L. Company Building OCI Vessel’s Production Line
Bay Bulls-based C & W Industrial Fabrication and Marine Limited has been sub-contracted to build and install the production line for Ocean Choice International’s (OCI) new groundfish vessel.
Last November, OCI announced the construction of a state-of-the-art, Arctic-class vessel that is expected to create approximately 70 new, full-time, year-round positions and enable the company to provide its workers at sea the safest possible ...
Eight-Year Study Shows no Impact on Lobster Abundance, Size or Growth from Aquaculture Operations
An eight-year study of the lobster population in about a one-kilometre radius of a fish farm in waters off Grand Manan Island, N.B. concludes there was no adverse impact on lobster abundance, size or growth from aquaculture operations.
The study, conducted between 2008 and 2015, was a condition of a licence for Benson Aquaculture Ltd. and done in collaboration with the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, which coordinated the study. Surveying started before the fish farm opened to ...
MI Continues Support for Aquaculture in Coast of Bays
As the two-year pilot initiative wraps up at the Coast of Bays — Regional Aquaculture Centre, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) will continue to move forward in engaging with aquaculture stakeholders in the region.
MI’s engagement will be through its Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) unit, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) and Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR).
The pilot project, which was funded by the provincial and federal governmen...
Innovative Aquaculture Training in the Coast of Bays
A partnership between the College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is attempting to train people to work in the burgeoning salmonid aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region.
Known as the Development and Pilot Testing of an Innovative Demand-led Training Model to Support Entry and Retention in the Aquaculture Sector Research Project, it is led by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and is one of 14 projects ...
The Future is Bright for Global Aquaculture
The United Nations’ most recent biennial publication, State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018, provides a reasonably accurate portrayal of the status of global fisheries stocks and the growing aquaculture sector.
What is more, it provides a critical look at the major issues surrounding fisheries and aquaculture and highlights efforts to improve on these industry warts, as I like to call them.
Here are some highlights from the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 report, ...