The Canadian Liberal Government’s announcement of Aquaculture Act left the industry feeling anxious while some stakeholders say they were completely left out of the process.
A closure of ultimately 17 farms over the next five years will create a farm-free migration corridor for wild salmon on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.
After some rocky times, ties between B.C. salmon farmers and First Nations, have improved in recent years. Band members report consistent employment, royalties and improved quality of life. “We need aquaculture around,” says one fishing company owner.
At the recent GOAL conference, the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association committed to reveal sea lice counts at farms operating in the province while promising a future without antibiotics, despite struggles with the persistent yellow mouth disease.
Aquaculture of high-value white sturgeon is in its early phases in British Columbia, Canada. Given the long time required to produce caviar, licensed producers are looking at developing markets for value-added products and byproducts based on sturgeon meat.