We must work together to solve the “super wicked problem” of wild Atlantic salmon decline

A lovely drawing of a salmon farm hangs on the wall of my office in our association’s building at our Limekiln Wharf Service Centre. I am always struck by the plaque beneath it which reads: Presented to the New Brunswick Salmon Growers’ Association by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (1991).

It’s a remarkable reminder of the fact that conservationists, researchers, governments and salmon farmers have a long history of working together. In fact, salmon farming started as the result of lessons learned in wild Atlantic salmon rehabilitation. Atlantic salmon were already on the decline in the mid-1980s when the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the research community and budding salmon farmers began working together to find a way to preserve the species.

No one questions the need to preserve this iconic “King of Fish” that is recognized by scientists as well as First Nations as a keystone species, important to the overall marine and freshwater ecology. Endeared for cultural, spiritual and environmental reasons, the Atlantic salmon is revered by fly fishermen - including my husband - who wait every year to see if they can access a license to visit their favorite river to partake in the recreational catch and release of nearly 200,000 (2017) fish in the North Atlantic area.

Some like to point the finger at salmon farming; but, the fact is no one really knows why there has been a continual decline of the Atlantic Salmon in most if not all of their native countries. The Cohen Commission was focused on the West coast and Sockeye salmon (http://www.farmfreshsalmon.org/sites/default/files/Volume%202%20CP32-93-2012-2-eng.pdf); however, it was touted as being transferrable to Atlantic Salmon in its evaluation of impacts. This report listed more than 20 activities affecting salmon, including climate change (marine and fresh water), loss of habitat, predators, non-point sources of contaminants, forestry, and cumulative effects. Yet, salmon aquaculture is often held up as the big threat with some arguing that if all salmon farms were just moved to land we’d see Atlantic salmon recovery. It’s human nature to aim for low hanging fruit when trying to tackle a problem that we care deeply about, but that approach never solves anything, and salmon farming is not to blame for the decline of wild salmon.

The fact is climate change is real and because it is considered a “super wicked problem” it defies resolution because of the enormous interdependencies, uncertainties, circularities, and conflicting stakeholders implicated by any effort to develop a solution (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/research/cornell-law-review/upload/Lazarus.pdf). The decline of Atlantic salmon is also a “super wicked problem” without a simple solution.

Everyone operating in our marine or freshwater environments is guilty of leaving a footprint. Compared to most other activities, aquaculture leaves a relatively small footprint as we see in this recent independent study (https://www.zmescience.com/science/animal-protein-cost-119727/). Even so, aquaculture is continually improving. Our farmers are investing millions to reduce the fish time in the marine environment, to implement non-chemical treatment of sea lice and to develop new infeed and vaccine alternatives to raise healthy fish. They are also investing time and resources to support the recovery of wild Atlantic Salmon recovery in the inner Bay of Fundy, home to one of the most endangered salmon species in eastern North America. 

The Fundy Salmon Recovery project is an excellent example of wild Atlantic Salmon recovery that is working. That success would not be possible without the aquaculture industry working collaboratively with all levels of government, scientists and community stakeholders who understand the interdependencies that must be acknowledged especially when you are attempting single species conservation. (http://www.fundysalmonrecovery.com/farm-to-river-virtual-tour/).

Last year that project put nearly 1000 mature wild salmon back in the rivers of Fundy National Park and the Petitcodiac River system, and so far in 2018, more that 1900 wild and wild- exposed smolt have been transferred to the Wild Salmon Marine Conservation site owned by the Grand Manan Municipal Council and operated by Cooke Aquaculture to live out their marine exposure protected from predators and poachers. They too will go back into the rivers and the process of wild stock population growth will continue on those rivers. This important work to help preserve this species is working because it’s a respectful and collaborative partnership between diverse groups that have the shared goal of restoring wild salmon stocks. It is an excellent example of how scientists, conservationists, salmon farmers, First Nations and governments can use their combined expertise to have an impact on the recovery of an important species of fish that might not be possible otherwise.

I often look at that picture in my office and think about the opportunities for collaboration to help us solve the “super wicked problem” of Atlantic salmon decline. Aquaculture is a crucial and sustainable way to help supply the world’s food needs and also to help reduce the pressure on wild stocks. Salmon farmers are committed to making a difference in wild salmon conservation – and they want to work with any group that shares that goal. My door is always open!

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director

Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

17.5 billion meals and 132,600 jobs

New Report Highlights Critical Value of Salmon Farming Globally

The global salmon farming industry continues to evolve sustainably, producing 17.5 billion meals every year and creating 132,600 jobs in coastal communities around the world, says a new report.

The International Salmon Farmers (ISFA) released its latest socio-economic report Salmon Farming: Sustaining Communities and Feeding the World today in conjunction with World Oceans Day.

“World Oceans Day gives us the chance to celebrate salmon farming’s vital role in a sustainable future for our oceans. Salmon farmers are growing even more healthy meals with a minimal environmental footprint, while increasing annual production and creating more jobs in coastal communities around the world,” says Trond Davidsen, President of the International Salmon Farmers Association

This report found that global salmon farmers produce 17.5 billion meals every year from only .00008 per cent of the world’s oceans. The report also shows the global salmon farming industry produces $15.4 billion (USD) worth of salmon each year, creates 132,600 direct and indirect jobs around the world and stimulates thousands more spin-off jobs and economic growth in a wide variety of other sectors.

“Today the world’s salmon farmers produce 2.5 million tonnes of salmon annually. Whether you are eating fresh salmon sushi, a grilled salmon fillet or smoked salmon, the odds are it has been farmed by a member of ISFA,” says Mr. Davidsen. “Farmed salmon has become a staple of healthy and affordable diets around the world.”

The report outlines key statistics about the sustainability of salmon farming, the growing population and the need to find innovative ways to feed the world. It also includes overviews of the industry in every country where salmon is farmed. The ISFA’s inaugural socio-economic report in 2015 showed that salmon farmers globally produced 14.8 billion meals, produced $10 billion (USD) worth of salmon and created 121,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Copies of the report are available on ISFA's website here.

For more information, please contact:

Trond Davidsen
President, International Salmon Farmers Association
Tel: +47 90180702
Email: trond.davidsen@sjomatnorge.no

 

What I know for sure about salmon farming

Fish farming facts from a conservationist and staunch aquaculture supporter

 I am a committed conservationist and as such, a staunch supporter of salmon farming.

And yes, those two stances can absolutely co-exist – and do, much more often than some would think if they rely only on media headlines to get their information about aquaculture.

Salmon farming has come under fire in the media in recent weeks, and it’s disheartening to read such intense criticism rife with misinformation.

I’ve spent over two decades working in Atlantic Canada’s environmental non-profit sector. I earned a Masters degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University; a certificate in Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Programme in Moscow; and, certification from the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program Environmental Leadership at UC-Berkeley, School of Natural Resource Management. Two years ago, I began my role as Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) after spending four years at a freshwater research institute. This job allows me to do what I have always strived to do during my career – make Atlantic Canada a better place to live. The ACFFA and its 33 members support local people growing healthy food with a minimal ecological footprint. Here’s what I know for sure about salmon farming:

·       The majority of Atlantic Canadians support salmon farming. Opinion polls show that over 80% of consumers support salmon farming.

·       Almost all of the two million tonnes of Atlantic salmon we consume in the world comes from ocean farms. Only a small percentage is angled or caught as bycatch.

·       Atlantic salmon is one of the most energy efficient farmed animals; its carbon footprint is one tenth of the footprint of beef, including the fact that seafood is transported over longer distances to market than meat. Growing salmon uses significantly less water and space compared to beef too.

·       The salmon farming industry is highly regulated and relies on peer-reviewed science to operate farms and maintain fish health. Atlantic Canada is home to world-class aquaculture experts in the federal and provincial governments, at universities and in the private sector. These highly educated professionals helped pioneer the global salmon farming industry, and our farmers work with them on a wide variety of projects aimed at improving our sector. It’s always been that way; our farmers could not have built this industry over the past 40 years without those collaborations.

·       Decades of peer-reviewed research show that salmon farms have little long-term environmental impact on the marine environment.

·       Those who advocate moving all salmon farms from the ocean onto land need to realize that although land-based technology is evolving, the practice of growing salmon in tanks poses very real challenges. To grow salmon to market size and meet the global demand would require massive amounts of land, water and energy. And most importantly there are animal welfare considerations. It would take billions of litres of water just to fill the tanks and billions of litres of even more fresh water to flush the fish for 10-15 days prior to harvest as is necessary when they are grown to full size in land-based tanks. Our salmon farmers are experts in closed containment because their fish spend more than half their lives in land-based hatcheries where recirculation systems are used. They know that technology continues to evolve (they are the ones driving that innovation!), but at this point, the ocean is the best place for salmon to grow from smolts to market size – just as they do in nature.

·       The demand for Atlantic salmon will continue to grow. World population is outstripping food production. As arable land and freshwater resources shrink, terrestrial farming alone cannot feed that population. Aquaculture is a crucial and sustainable way to help supply the world’s food needs. Atlantic Canada is already a global leader in this incredible sector which produces over 300 million salmon meals, 3,500 direct jobs and contributes $400 million directly to the economy.

Modern salmon farming is here to stay in Atlantic Canada. It’s an industry to celebrate and nurture for our region’s challenging future. Grasping its full potential will take a collaborative approach that balances environmental, social and economic priorities. Salmon farmers are ready to do that, just like they always have been. And my door is always open!

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

STATEMENT: Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment: Report on Salmon Farming

Salmon farming is a growing industry in Canada that provides an important source of fish, given declining wild fish stocks. Globally, aquaculture now provides more than half of all fish for human consumption. Aquaculture is a fast-evolving sector, and our farmers rely on science, innovation and new technology to manage their farms and reduce their environmental footprint. We support any well-informed recommendations that help protect this important food provider as well as the environment where we raise our fish.

We will take time to review in detail today’s report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment, but it is important to remember that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DF0) is not the primary regulator of salmon farming in Canada. The report does not take fully into account the vital role that other federal agencies and provincial governments play in regulating the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada. The provincial regulations work well. Our farmers adhere to rigorous environmental regulations, policies and codes of practice developed by government, scientists and industry. These codes ensure our fish are healthy, properly contained in their pens and that waste is managed responsibly to avoid benthic impact. Farms are inspected regularly by both government and third-party certification professionals.

When it comes to containment, our farmers in Atlantic Canada follow a Code of Containment that is based on International Guidelines for Containment set by the International Salmon Farmers Association and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). The code details rigorous guidelines for the design of pens, their mooring systems and netting. It’s important that any regulations take into account the differing conditions in each province; that’s why containment is regulated by each province. Escapes from Atlantic Canadian salmon farms are uncommon. The escapes in 2015 came as the result of extremely severe weather conditions. Our farmers don’t want to lose a single fish and work collaboratively with many stakeholders to continuously improve our containment measures. Last week we co-hosted a 1.5 day Atlantic Containment Workshop with the Atlantic Salmon Federation. We also established a NB Containment Liaison Committee where we regularly share information about escapes with ASF and other stakeholders.

In terms of disease management, the provincial government plays an important role in regulating our industry. Fish health is of paramount importance to the salmon farming industry. Our industry uses the best science and nearly 40 years of farming experience to grow healthy, nutritious salmon. Diseases and parasites that affect the aquaculture industry are naturally present in marine and freshwater environments across the country. All drugs and pesticides are used under the direction of the veterinarian and all treatments are reported to regulators and a long list of stakeholders. All salmon farms in Canada are certified to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) or Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) so not only are farmers in compliance with legislation/regulations, but they are compliant with global standards.

We look forward to providing input as DFO moves forward with the report’s recommendations.

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

 

STATEMENT: Infectious Salmon Anemia in Nova Scotia

Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISAv) is a naturally occurring virus in the environment. ISA is present in a variety of wild fish in many parts of the world, including eastern Canada and the United States. These include: Atlantic herring, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon and brown trout. 

Although unusual to find ISA in a land-based hatchery, evidence of ISA has been recorded in the wild fishery on the east coast for over 100 years. While ISA is harmful to salmon, it poses no risk to human health.

The industry has worked closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on standard operating procedures that guide all aspects of ISA containment and control. Fish health monitoring is conducted regularly in all land-based fish rearing systems by regulators, veterinarians and staff to make sure the fish remain healthy and to spot fish health concerns early. Hatchery or hatchery practices do not create the problem – but staff have been trained to detect symptoms and implement appropriate rigorous testing and monitoring as quickly as possible, as was the case in Nova Scotia. It was the highly trained staff at the facilities in question that reported the concern to provincial veterinarians and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. When ISA is detected, salmon farmers alert federal and provincial regulators and immediately initiate strict biosecurity and containment measures to protect the health of the fish and the environment.

Since 1996 when ISA was first identified in New Brunswick, salmon farmers have worked with scientists, veterinarians and government to ensure monitoring programs are in place, along with management and containment strategies to stop the virus from spreading.

The lessons learned from every ISA incident are used throughout the region to continuously improve ISA management. The fact that we have not seen wide-spread incidents of ISA show that the stringent protocols for fish health surveillance and testing our industry has in place are working.

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

 

 

Atlantic Canadian Salmon Farmers Welcome New Federal Science Review

Atlantic Canada’s salmon farmers welcome today’s announcement of an independent review of science-based decision-making in aquaculture.

“Our farmers are world leaders in sustainable salmon farming, and our sector has always been supported by a diverse science and research community,” says Susan Farquharson, Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association.

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard today asked Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, to lead an independent expert panel to provide recommendations on the appropriate use, consideration, and communication of scientific evidence in protecting the marine environment in decision-making on aquaculture.

“We support any efforts to increase engagement and communication with Atlantic Canadians about our industry and the science that supports it,” says Farquharson. “We look forward to working with the committee as the process unfolds.”

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization projects that aquaculture will account for two-thirds of the global food fish consumption by 2030.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of Atlantic Canada’s salmon farming industry in addition to a wide range of service and supply companies and organizations. Salmon farming employs over 3000 people in our region and has a value of over $350 million to provincial economies.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Farquharson, Executive Director
Ph: 506-755-3526
Email: s.farquharson@atlanticfishfarmers.com

ACFFA Marks 30th Anniversary with New Award

Gary Taylor of St. Stephen is the inaugural recipient of the Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Award in recognition of his long-time commitment to the success and growth of this region’s salmon farming industry.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers’ Association (ACFFA) established the award this year to mark its 30th anniversary. Skretting International sponsored the 2017 award and presented it to Taylor at ACFFA’s Anniversary Gala this week in St. Andrews.

“Gary has been involved with many innovations as the industry has evolved to what it is today, one of the most significant economic drivers in Atlantic Canada,” said Larry Ingalls, ACFFA Chair. “His professionalism, commitment, hard work and passion for this industry truly deserve to be recognized and we’re proud that he is the inaugural recipient of this award.”

Taylor entered the aquaculture industry in 1981 when he graduated from the Aquaculture Technician Program at the New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrews. He first worked in Dark Harbour, Grand Manan, where was the first site manager hired in the industry working for Fundy Aquaculture. He joined Skretting in 1988 where he has been providing customers with excellent service, linking them to the many innovations in feed and fish growth that have taken place over the last 29 years.

“We have such a great industry here. We’ve got the best protein in the world with the least impact on the environment,” Taylor said. “It’s something to be extremely proud of and everyone in this room deserves a hand for the great industry we have developed.”

Approximately 140 salmon farmers, industry stakeholders, scientists, researchers, provincial and federal government representatives, and community members gathered in St. Andrews this week for ACFFA’s 2017 Aquaculture, Research, Science and Technology Forum at the Huntsman Fundy Discovery Centre. Conference participants heard presentations that looked back over the evolution of the industry as well as those that showcased the latest research and innovations, including a Sea Lice Resistance Panel sponsored by Elanco. At the Anniversary Gala, ACFFA also paid tribute to long-time board member and Cooke Aquaculture VP Communications Nell Halse who is retiring at the end of 2017.

“Nell Halse has been an incredibly strong voice for this industry. She’s a collaborator, a builder and a true professional,” said Ingalls. “She’s made a significant and lasting contribution to this industry and as a result, this province. I wish her well in her retirement.”

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of Atlantic Canada’s salmon farming industry in addition to a wide range of service and supply companies and organizations. Salmon farming employs over 3000 people in our region and has a value of over $350 million to provincial economies.

Picture Caption (from the left) NB Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet, ACFFA Executive Director Susan Farquharson, Gary Taylor, David Seeley and Trevor Stanley from Skretting.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Kaufield, Communications Director
Email: Kathy.Kaufield@gmail.com

 

Time for a New Approach to Recovering our Region’s Wild Atlantic Salmon

New Brunswick’s salmon farmers, like the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), are disheartened by the lack of returns of wild Atlantic salmon to the Magaguadavic River. Our members have a long history of working on wild salmon enhancement efforts in many parts of the region, including the Magaguadavic River.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation should be challenged for floating hypothetical assumptions as science to continually blame salmon farming for the demise of wild Atlantic salmon.

The discovery of 15 fish on the riverway trap has been discussed thoroughly by all partners in the NB Aquaculture Containment Liaison Committee, which includes the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the NB Department of Aquaculture, Agriculture and Fisheries, Cooke Aquaculture, Northern Harvest Sea Farms, the NB Conservation Council and the NB Salmon Council.

Our farming companies have conducted thorough investigations in addition to their routine equipment and fish monitoring programs and have found no breeches of containment on their farms to explain the recent discoveries. To help determine the origin of the fish, farmers offered to perform genetic testing on the clips taken from these salmon, which ASF have not yet supplied. Through genetic testing, farmed salmon can be traced back to the hatchery and farm where they were raised.

ASF is well aware of the industry escapee reporting requirements both federally and provincially. Our farmers are in fact going above and beyond that. In 2014, we changed our Code of Containment so that companies are now also voluntarily reporting suspected escapes from their farms. Confirmed escapes of over 100 are communicated by the federal regulator to several non-government organizations, including the ASF.

Approximately five million healthy farmed salmon swim in safe, secure farms in southwest New Brunswick in any given year. Escape events in New Brunswick are rare and are largely a result of extreme weather events. Occasionally a small number of fish may escape due to human error when fish are being handled (i.e. harvesting, fish health inspections, etc.).

The regulatory analysis performed by ASF last year was written with an anti-aquaculture agenda and the author’s lack of experience with the subject matter was obvious to anyone with knowledge of the sector. It ignored significant mechanisms that are in place to manage the industry, including ten pieces of federal and provincial legislation, the national Aquaculture Activity Regulations, conditions of license, industry codes of practice and the rigorous, independent audits by third-party internationally recognized certification programs that our companies subscribe to.

The regulations that oversee salmon farming are rigorous. They are being followed. There is more transparency in salmon farming than any other food producing sector.

It is well known and well documented that wild Atlantic salmon populations are impacted by a variety of issues. Marine Survival is considered the most significant factor, and this is being compounded by climate change. Other impacts include acid rain, industrialization, seal predation, unhealthy watersheds, hydro dams, habitat loss and over fishing. To point the finger at aquaculture based on hypothetical assumptions is ridiculous and ignores the cumulative effect and realities of warming oceans and river systems.

Next week, ACFFA and many of our members are heading to Fundy National Park to celebrate the release of a record number of wild Inner Bay of Fundy salmon from a conservation farm on Grand Manan to their native river. We’ve been working with a wide variety of partners as part of the innovative Fundy Salmon Recovery project (www.fundysalmonrecovery.com) that is seeing salmon return to the river in unprecedented numbers. If ASF truly wants to satisfy their funders by fulfilling their mandate to recover the region’s wild salmon, I suggest they focus more attention on cutting-edge, collaborative enhancement projects rather than divisive, unsubstantiated finger pointing.

Susan Farquharson
Executive Director

Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association
Email: s.farquharson@atlanticfishfarmers.com
Ph: 506-755-3526

 

Big Hike in Worker's Compensation Premiums Will Hurt Aquaculture Industry

By Susan Farquharson

New Brunswick’s salmon farming industry plays a vital role in this province’s economic renewal plan.

 Our farmers are producing one of the healthiest foods in the world while creating jobs in our rural and coastal communities. Our industry employs people directly on farms as well as in feed production, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, supply and services, research and innovation and spin-off jobs in many other sectors including retail and tourism.

 Our industry employs thousands of people in areas where labour opportunities have been transitioning for the past several decades. Whether it’s in a hatchery, on a fish farm, in a processing plant, on a transport truck, or in administrative roles, New Brunswickers who are employed in the fish farming industry work in varying and challenging conditions. Our industry knows that safe and healthy work environments are imperative. We also know the importance of having a functional workers’ compensation system in place that balances the needs of employees and employers.

 Our companies want to continue to aid economic growth in our province, which is why we feel compelled to add our voices to the chorus of industry professionals who are raising the alarm over WorkSafeNB’s unexpected announcement of an immediate 33 per cent hike in employer premiums. Increasing the average assessment rate for employers from $1.11 per $100 in 2016 to $1.48 in 2017 will have an immediate and significant impact on the budgets of both big and small companies and subsequently the entire provincial economy. WorkSafeNB’s warning that subsequent rate hikes are likely for the foreseeable future is alarming as well.  How can companies operating in New Brunswick plan and support provincial economic development, while operating under these unknowns?

 It seems there has been a long and murky road of ineffective policy and politics that has taken us to where we are today – dealing with such a sudden hike in premiums unseen in both percentage and raw dollars in the past 20 years.

 There is no doubt that our companies are frustrated that this increase came without warning and is now seemingly irreversible. Like other industries, we are dedicated to operating here in New Brunswick, but we are already struggling to navigate increased taxes, rising operational costs, changing global markets and a significant labour shortage.

 We know that our people, our labour force, are our greatest resource. Our industry supports having a healthy worker’s compensation program to support our employees when they need it. However, the system we have in place now that allows for such sudden, unplanned and disruptive increases is simply not acceptable, professional or productive. New Brunswick businesses need stability and predictability in order to survive and thrive. Developers need confidence to invest in New Brunswick. Entrepreneurs invest less and take fewer risks when they are forced to operate in an unpredictable environment.

 We strongly urge the provincial government to work with WorkSafeNB and New Brunswick businesses, including those in our industry, to act quickly to find a solution that works for both employers and employees.

 Susan Farquharson is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association.

 

New Global Report Highlights the Role of Land Based Farming Systems for Atlantic Salmon

October 27, 2016 – The global salmon farming industry continues to lead the way in the use of land based farming systems, says a new report.

 The International Salmon Farmers’ Association (ISFA) released a report today – The Evolution of Land Based Atlantic Salmon Farms that highlights the history and the current state of land based farms for Atlantic salmon.

Salmon farmers are experts in land based freshwater farming systems and have been successfully using these systems for smolt production and a variety of broodstock programs for almost half a century. They fully understand the value and limitations of this technology,” says Trond Davidsen, President of the International Salmon Farmers Association. “This report serves as an excellent resource in the ongoing discussion about the future of land based farms for Atlantic salmon.”

The report reviews available studies and information on land based Atlantic salmon farms from around the world, the current state of knowledge and technology as well as the challenges that have to be overcome as these systems continue to evolve.

“For us, the conversation is about growing healthy, nutritious seafood in an efficient and sustainable manner,” says Mr. Davidsen. “By using both marine and freshwater resources in the most efficient way, the global salmon farming industry represents one of the best ways to feed the world’s growing population with a minimal environmental footprint.”

A 2012 ISFA report showed that the global salmon farming industry produces 14.8 billion meals every year and creates 121,000 jobs in coastal communities around the world.

 Copies of the report are available at www.salmonfarming.org.

For more information, please contact:

Trond Davidsen

President, International Salmon Farmers’ Association

Tel: +47 90180702

Email: trond.davidsen@fhl.no

Salmon Farmers Host Farm Tour to Celebrate Bay of Fundy Seafood Week

Event will raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

May 30, 2016 – Letang, N.B. – New Brunswick salmon farmers will celebrate Bay of Fundy Seafood Week by hosting a guided farm tour to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, on behalf of local salmon farmers, will offer the farm tour on Saturday, June 4 to give the public an opportunity to learn about salmon farming.

 “Salmon farming is always evolving and has changed significantly in the 40 years since it began in our province. These popular tours are a tremendous way to learn about our innovative and sustainable sector and to celebrate New Brunswick seafood,” says Sue Farquharson, Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers’ Association.

The salmon farm tour, on an Island Quest Marine vessel, will leave St. Andrews main wharf on Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. The tour will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call (506) 755-3526 for reservations. Space is limited. Cost is $10; children 12 and under are free. ACFFA representatives will be onboard to provide an overview of the salmon aquaculture industry and to answer questions about our operations. Participants will also get the chance to sample some delicious Atlantic salmon, courtesy of True North Salmon. Proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke for men and women. Eating more heart-healthy foods like salmon is a big part of that, and our members are pleased to raise money for this worthwhile cause,” says Farquharson.

The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada. The ACFFA represents salmon producers in addition to a wide range of supporting companies and organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Farquharson, Executive Director

Ph: 506-755-3526

Email: s.farquharson@atlanticfishfarmers.com

STATEMENT: GMO SALMON

Letang, N.B. - Atlantic Canada salmon farmers take pride in growing healthy, fresh and nutritious salmon that is in high demand with consumers.
 
Members of the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) do not farm or sell GMO salmon, nor are they researching or considering the possibility of raising transgenic fish. Our farmers have no plans to change farming practices, which already produce the highest quality fresh salmon for consumers in Canada and abroad.  Our farmers are committed to sustainability and responsible best practices and a science-based management approach.
 
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The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry funded association working on behalf of the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada. The ACFFA represents salmon producers in addition to a wide range of supporting companies and organizations.
 
For more information, please contact:
Sue Farquharson

Executive Director
Ph: 506-755-3526
Email: s.farquharson@atlanticfishfarmers.com

 

ACFFA Position: Genetically Modified Salmon

Salmon grown in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia originate from Saint John River wild salmon. However, through careful selective breeding programs like the Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Development Program, the offspring from this superior stock were supplied to our salmon farming industry allowing us to produce the highest quality salmon in the most economical and environmentally sound manner possible.