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.
Traffic, Sun Blindness and Now Eclipse Dump 305,000 Farmed Atlantic Salmon
A Cooke Aquaculture open-net pen holding 305,000 farmed salmon recently imploded near Cypress Island, near Seattle, Washington, releasing all these diseased fish into Pacific waters.
High tides from the solar eclipse played a role in this catastrophe.
Over here on the east coast, a similar disaster will very likely also happen. If tides can cause a metal reinforced open net pen site to collapse, what will the sea ice and icebergs that frequent Placentia Bay do to the even less rigorously ...
On the Waterfront – April 2017
Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund
The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces.
The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products.
Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...
In the fishery in Atlantic Canada, there is a widespread belief among harvesters that they are the most important people in the seafood value chain, because they catch fish for others to process and eat.
Without them, there would be no fish.
Although there is a certain logic to it, that view of the world is completely upside down. In any value chain — seafood or other — the most important person is the one at the end of the chain — the consumer — who buys the product, pays for it, ...
Northern Harvest Sea Farms Announces Expansion
Northern Harvest Sea Farms announced today a $6-million expansion to its salmon hatchery in Stephenville.
By expanding its hatchery, Northern Harvest Sea Farms will increase its production capacity by an additional 1.5 million smolts – or 6,000 tonnes of harvested product – each year.
The company has planned a number of other capital investments, including four new feeding systems for its operations throughout the province at $2 million each.
Aquaculture is in Essence a Form of Agriculture
“We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about — farming replacing hunting,” Jacques Yves Cousteau has stated.
Agriculture is the science or practice of farming, for food, other crops and livestock for human use. The United Nations and its 195 member states comprising most of the world’s population, define aquaculture as the farming of aquatic plants and animals.
Farming itself is defined as the ...
Nova Scotia Says No to ‘Franken Salmon’ but GMO Foods All Around Us
There’s a big push globally to have all seafood labelled by its origin, how it was caught, by what means and if it is under sustainable management.
While Atlantic companies and fisheries have become part of the project simply because they had to if exporting to most foreign countries, I’ve yet to see a label attached to fresh Atlantic salmon steaks or portions in local grocery chains stating where the salmon came from.
Does everyone know that most are cage-reared and were fed copious ...
Salmon Conservation Groups Call For Greater Scrutiny of Newfoundland Fish Farm Proposal
The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) are renewing their demand for a full environmental impact assessment of a proposed salmon farm in Placentia Bay.
The project being advanced by Grieg NL Seafarms, a division of Norway’s Grieg Seafood ASA, would see up to 11 salmon farm sites, each containing 10 or more cage sites, placed off the south east coast of Newfoundland. The company is proposing to grow an imported strain of European Atlantic ...
Grieg Proposal Needs Extensive Environmental Review
Something sinister is trying to sneak into our province and destroy what we hold dear, including our wild fish.
It comes under the guise of a so-called harmless fish farm expansion in Placentia Bay by Grieg of Norway that uses job creation to lure supporters, including our scarce taxpayers’ dollars.
What they try to diminish, even hide, is that this project will inject more than 10 million (seven million annual production) imported, European-origin salmon into the waters of Placentia ...
Ferry Solution Needed for Bay of Fundy / Nova Scotia Needs to Readjust Aquaculture Priorities
Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo may be asked to get into the transportation business if the ferry mess in southwest Nova Scotia isn’t solved in the immediate future.
It may cost Canadian taxpayers millions to correct what the Tories did to the system before they were relegated to Never Never Land, but what else is new.
The New England marketplace is a key player for fresh fish and seafood produced in western and south western Nova Scotia — both as a consumer and as a hub to ...