Salmon farm information is publicly available and easily accessed.

David Schmidt, environmental biologist (and Quatsino First Nations Economic Development officer) talks government regulations and information availability in the world of farmed salmon.

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BC Salmon Facts says

Hi Erik,
You can find details of findings of Federally Reportable Aquatic Animal Diseases in Canada through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website here: www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/aquatic-animals/diseases/reportable/2014/eng/1339174937153/1339175227861.

Dr. Kristi Miller works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. You can find a list of her publications here: www.meds-sdmm.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sdb-bds/profile-profil.do?id=28&lang=eng

Mar 5 2014 2:56 PM

Erik Olson says

As you said salmon farms information is public, so i was wondering where i could find info on the health of the fish such as tests for ISA, Rhabdovirus and Salmon Leukemia. I would also like to see Kristi Millers reports.

Mar 5 2014 1:59 AM

BC Salmon Facts says

Hello Naomi

Yes there are many resources available. Here are a few that you may find useful. As well, if you have any specific questions on BC Salmon Farming, please feel free to ask us.

Our site - www.bcsalmonfacts.ca
BC Salmon Farmers Association - www.salmonfarmers.org
Marine Harvest Canada - www.marineharvestcanada.com
Mainstream Canada - www.mainstreamcanada.com
BC Provincial Government - www.env.gov.bc.ca/omfd/

Canadian Federal Government - www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/stats-eng.htm

Nov 7 2013 7:41 PM

Naomi says

Hi, I noticed it says that you can find information about salmon farms easily on provincial websites but I can't find anything like that. I was wondering if I could get some links to Salmon Farming information in BC.

Nov 3 2013 9:32 PM

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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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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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