Today read Mary Ellen Walling in the Vancouver Sun:

    “The whole industry is constantly working to improve its sustainability – and standards assessing that proactive effort will also soon be public” [confusing grammar…but let us let that go for now… VS]
    “Both the World Wildlife Fund and Global Aquaculture Alliance’s sustainability standards are nearing completion. The BC Salmon Farmers Association has had a seat at both of those tables”

This sounds great. Standardization for Sustainable Fish Farms. I must admit I’ve been following news to the contrary.

Jon Hill and salmon, Burnaby Mountain, BC. Jon participated in Sea Lice Studies in Wild Salmon this summer (Raincoast Research, Broughton Archepelego 2010)

I have been following the work of Alexandra Morton and the issues of IHN virus in fish farm open pens in the Broughton Archipelego. A. Morton reports how fish farmers are now refusing to share information on disease outbreaks. As of April 2010 fish farmers have refused to provide samples of diseased fish or outbreak reports.


Ms. Walling states small farms will be most capable of meeting organic certification standards:

    “We estimate, depending on what the final regulations look like, that about one to five per cent of the province’s total production would have the protential to meet organic standards”.

“BC is Laying a Firm Foundation” when organic standards would apply to as little as 1% of the industry” (?)

Mary Ellen says it herself, no matter this will reflect well on the whole industry, increasing the public confidence in fish farms.

So let’s temper a little of the writer’s enthusiasm, and take stock.

And furthermore:

    “We already know that our farmers are producing a good quality, healthy food.”

Glad to hear you think so Mary Ellen.

Mary Ellen Walling is executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers’ Association.

On top of most people’s minds in-the-know is the heavy use of Slice on open net fish to protect against disease outbreak. Read an April report by CBC. The effects on humans is undetermined.
Would “organic farmers” still use Slice?

This article smacks like a political advertisement.

Enjoy our nature!

Read more:
1. information on IHN virus and issues in BC Fish Farms from Alexandra Morton’s typepad.
2. “Fish Science” June 24, 2010 in National Post
3. recent standards for BC Fisheries: BC’s Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fishery Completes MSC certification
4. new regulations for Fish Farms in BC: another Vancouver Sun article (Scott Simpson. July 13, 2010). or article
5. on “Slice” by Alexandra Morton. article
6. salmon farms producing billions of sea lice eggsTue Feb 27, 2007 10:11pmby Craig Orr of Watershed Watch.
7. on lack of studies for human impacts of Slice: Antibiotics and Pesticides by Living Oceans Society.
8. Alexander Morton’s Facebook account is a good resource to read about the issues in Aquaculture. Or Raincoast Research.
9. Georgia Strait Alliance. Get Informed: salmon farming

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