Salmon farming provides real economic and social benefits to First Nations people.

Learn about salmon farm social and economic impacts in BC’s coastal communities with Chief Tom Nelson, environmental biologist David Schmidt (Quatsino First Nations Ec Dev officer) and fisherman Chief Harold Sewid, Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em First Nation.



BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Dawn, it is important to note that the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) was originally introduced to the North Pacific many years ago for recreational fishing, but all attempts to establish natural populations failed . It was partly due to this history of non-colonization and non-hybridization that Washington State and the Province of British Columbia had authorized the culture of Atlantic salmon for commercial use.

Numerous Pacific species are also farmed in British Columbia, but it is the Atlantic salmon that remains the most popular due to its very efficient feed conversion rates, global market appeal and, ultimately, the best return on investment. Salmon aquaculture companies in BC have now integrated broodstock programs into their operations, therefore no longer relying on the importation of brood or eggs from other regions.

Mar 6 2012 10:30 PM

Dawn says

When living in B.C., Why would you not use fish that are native to the area to farm? Bringing in another species, seems strange. So many introduced species have caused problems in various parts of the world. No one planned on the escape. E.G. Killer Bees.

Mar 5 2012 5:12 AM

BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Henry, we are unsure of the history behind the chief’s title.

We cannot speak for other forms of farming, but in the salmon farming industry, while there is certainly a lot of negative attention given to salmon farming worldwide, it is important for people to do their own research to separate fact from fiction. While there have been some negative reports about salmon farms in other parts of the world, they are certainly not all true and bear further investigation.

Here in B.C. we believe that geography and chosen site locations play a crucial role in the success of salmon farms, not to mention that regulations here in BC are some of the strictest in the world.

Nov 29 2011 11:34 AM

henry green says

are these elected chiefs or hereditary,always confusing when they just use english names and no hereditary titles,any culture,worldwide,in there development of the soceities that have practised any form of domesticating or the farming of animals,have always,suffered from the viruses and diseases that where created from these un natural practices,acceptable consequences and losses ?

Nov 25 2011 1:04 PM

Nutrition Environment Economy

Farmed salmon is BC's largest Agri Product and a significant contributor to our local economies.

Farmed salmon is raised naturally. That means no hormones or genetic modification to enhance growth.

Medications are never used preventatively or near harvest time.

Salmon farm information is publicly available and easily accessed.

We take steps to reduce stress on our fish.

In the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic salmon have not taken over rivers forcing out native salmon.

Salmon are incredibly efficient eaters.

Salmon farms employ thousands of workers in BC's coastal region.

Farmed salmon is the only way we can get fresh salmon year round.

Farmed salmon is a healthy food choice that's available fresh all year round.

Salmon farming is the most regulated agricultural industry in British Columbia.

Salmon farm locations are selected for their low environmental impact.

Atlantic salmon and sockeye salmon differ in colour because they're different species.

Farmed salmon are vaccinated to prevent disease and rarely need additional medications.

We don't dye farmed salmon. The colour comes from an important ingredient in their food.

Farmed salmon are rich in heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Farmers work to protect wild salmon from sea lice.

Salmon farming provides real economic and social benefits to First Nations people.

Salmon feed is designed specifically to conserve wild fish stocks.

Farmers work with scientists to maintain fish health.

Farmed salmon are mistreated and are raised in a stressful environment.

Farmed salmon is genetically modified and contains growth hormones.

Salmon farms can be located anywhere, even in environmentally sensitive areas.

Salmon farm information is highly guarded and not available to the public.

Farmed salmon is bad for you.

Sea lice come from farmed salmon and devastate wild salmon stocks.

Farmed salmon consume more food in order to grow than the amount of food they produce for human consumption.

Farmed salmon contain medicines that are harmful for human consumption.

Salmon farmers can do whatever they want and routinely ignore loose government regulations.

Escaped farmed salmon take over local river systems forcing out native wild salmon.

There are no nutritional benefits realized from eating farmed salmon.

The process of salmon farming severely depletes wild fish stocks.

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NOAA: Coastal aquaculture environmentally safe

By Christine Blank, SeafoodSource contributing editor Published on 09 January, 2014 As posted at: While many mainstream media articles spread the notions that coastal aquaculture is not safe for its surrounding environment, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a new report dispelling those myths. In its extensive Marine Cage Culture...

Jan 12 2014

Kim Lee says

Good to see that the US is takeing aquaculture seriosly. They import a lot of seafood. Aquacutulre is going to be importnat in the future to feed more people healthy foods.

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