Groups Condemn Province’s Failure to Act on Aquaculture Solutions

Absence of closed containment funding missed opportunity in Budget 2009 February 17, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs…

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BC Supreme Court Delivers Ruling in Fish Farming Case

ONE FOR THE WILD SALMON! February 9, 2009 Vancouver, B.C. – Today BC Supreme Court ruled that the BC government does not have the right to regulate salmon farms – the BC regulation of fish farms has become unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.  The fish inside the farm are now considered a fishery, not agriculture and thus the federal government has exclusive…

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Salmon Farm Companies Seek Massive Expansion of Current Open Net-Cage Production Sites

If the industry can’t go north, they’ll go big November 19, 2008 Vancouver, B.C. – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) has learned that fish farm companies are seeking approval to roughly double current licensed production on several farms in critical wild salmon migration routes such as the Broughton Archipelago and the northern Georgia Strait. This follows a provincially imposed…

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Strathcona Regional District Passes Resolution in Support of Funding Salmon Aquaculture Closed Containment

August 12, 2008 NANAIMO, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) congratulates the Strathcona Regional District for joining the call to the Province of BC to fund the development of closed containment aquaculture. At their July 31 meeting, the Strathcona Regional District passed a resolution asking "that the provincial government allocate funds toward the establishment of a closed system aquaculture innovation…

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Salmon Aquaculture Industry in Compliance with Woefully Weak Regulations

July 10, 2008  NANAIMO, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) denounced the BC Government’s 2007 salmon aquaculture regulatory compliance report released today. Regulations of the salmon farming industry are woefully inadequate and even full compliance would not adequately protect our marine ecosystems from the negative impacts. "High industry compliance with inadequate regulations that fail to protect wild salmon and the…

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Farmed fish escapes preventable: closed containment needed now

July 3, 2008 COURTENAY, CAMPBELL RIVER – Georgia Strait Alliance and Homalco First Nation expressed their dismay and anger today about the Canada Day escape of 30,000 Atlantic Salmon from the Fredrick Arm Marine Harvest farm in the northern Georgia Strait.   "The problem this farm is having with the corner of the net being submerged is similar to problems at the…

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New Report Says We Can Have Our Fish and Eat It Too

Global Assessment of Closed System Aquaculture Released Today May 15, 2008 VANCOUVER – A new report released today by the Georgia Strait Alliance and the David Suzuki Foundation shows that a shift from open to closed-system fish farming is not only a viable alternative to open net cage farming, but is also a vibrant and rapidly developing global industry. One…

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The Hoof and Mouth Disease of the Salmon Farming Industry

Stephen Hume Special to the Sun Monday, April 07, 2008 It’s been a bruising fortnight for fish farmers. First, a blockbuster story March 27 in the New York Times outlined the difficulties plaguing Chile’s salmon farms. Then provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pat Bell announced a moratorium on expansion of fish farms to the north coast "until we figure out…

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GSA Welcomes Reprieve for North Coast

Urges Action to Protect South Coast March 27, 2008 Vancouver, Prince Rupert: The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform welcomes today’s decision by the BC government to institute an indefinite moratorium on open net-cage salmon farming in northern BC waters but voiced deep concern over more salmon farm approvals on the south coast. It is a huge turning point that the…

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Environmental groups applaud federal funding for closed-containment fish-farm project

Province urged to get on board with matching funds July 31, 2007 VANCOUVER – Funding from a federally created corporation for a closed-tank salmon-farm project is a good start at making fish farming more sustainable, according to the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR). Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada, announced recently that…

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