Tag Archives: Salmon Farms

Controversy over the 2022 Ahta River Run

More than 11,000 Pink Salmon are said to have returned to the Ahta River this September. This is more fish than the river has seen for many years and Alexandra Morton believes this is because Glacier Falls and Burdwood salmon farms were removed from their migration route.

She is not the only one suggesting that this year’s numbers are a result of removing salmon farms from the Broughton Archipelago. In August, Chief Bob Chamberlain of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance told the Vancouver Sun they haven’t seen these numbers in decades. 

Ruth Salmon, Interim Executive Director at the BC Salmon Farmers Association, calls this statement a mixture of ‘misrepresentation’ and ‘speculation.’ 

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Revisiting Phillips Arm fish farm

[Editor’s note: This is a remake of a 2016 story, with additional material added in Feb 2021 and on Sept 16, 2022. The closest fish farm site to Cortes Island is about 5 miles to the north, off Raza Island. ]

Some people will call this program one sided, which is what happens when you interview the people on one side of an argument. Others will say I was duped, but I would hold Marine Harvest (or MOWI Canada West as it is now called) blameless if they had been more forthright about what they were doing. They were not and, as I do not cover fish farms that often, three years passed before I realized what actually happened. 

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2021: Why do fish farms donate $millions to local communities?

[From the Archives: Mar 4, 2021]

Cermaq Canada has donated more than $2 million to local communities since 2018. Campbell River’s two other fish farm companies, MOWI Canada West and Grieg Seafood, also made substantial donations. 

Linda Sams, Sustainable Development Director at Cermaq Canada explained, “It is part of our culture and we have a shared value approach. Meaning that we are part of communities and we believe we need to add value to the communities we operate in.”

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2021: Wilderness Tourism Association asks the SRD to support DFO’s decision

[From the Archives: May 3, 2021]

At the April 28, 2021 meeting, The Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) of BC asked the SRD Board to support DFO’s decision to remove fish farms from the Discovery Islands. 

WTA President Breanne Quesnel, of Spirit of the West Adventures on Quadra Island, reminded the board that they also represent the interests of 15 of its member companies operating within the Strathcona Regional District.

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Grieg Seafood completes land-based hatchery expansion in Gold River

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Gold River, BC – The first transfer of juvenile Atlantic salmon has been made to Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.’s Expansion Project, which was completed this spring. 

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