Aquaculture Industry

BC Salmon Farmer'sAssociation

No link between wild salmon returns and active salmon farms ~ August 12, 2022

Recent statements issued to Vancouver media from anti-salmon farming campaigners are contrary to data and evidence.


CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Bob Chamberlin, who has been outspoken against salmon farming in British Columbia for many years has stepped over the line with his latest inaccurate statements to media, says the trade organization that represents over 70 businesses involved in the value chain that grows fish in British Columbia (B.C.).


BC Salmon Farmers respond to the Government of Canada’s proposed transition framework and engagement process ~ July 29, 2022

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – The BC Salmon Farmers are pleased to read language in the Government of Canada’s proposed transition discussion framework that aligns with our current operational values.


Canada’s Salmon farmers respond to the federal government’s decision to renew salmon farming licenses in British Columbia, Canada ~ June 22, 2022

The decision is a key validation of the importance of the salmon farming industry to rural, coastal communities and procedural fairness, but greater certainty is needed to build Canada’s Blue Economy and to secure a popular and critical Canadian affordable and sustainable food supply.


Response to recent articles about activities fear-mongering about PRV in farmed salmon ~ May 18, 2022


Anti-farm salmon activists in a variety of venues and media, are erroneously suggesting PRV (Piscine orthoreovirus) is a serious threat to wild salmon in BC. PRV is a common, relatively benign, and widely distributed marine virus of salmon and trout. 


Statement: Response to Discovery Islands Judicial Review Ruling ~ April 25, 2022

The BC Salmon Farmers Association is encouraged that the Federal Court has set aside the Decision of the Minister to remove salmon farming in the Discovery Islands and has upheld the earlier injunction granted on April 5, 2021.


Statement: Response to April 14, 2022 Globe and Mail Article~ April 20, 2022

The study referenced by Ian Bailey in the Globe & Mail was not conducted by the BC Salmon Farmers and we had no control over whether or when the manuscript was published. We understand the study was not published because the main co-authors did not agree on a conclusion based on the data.


BC Coastal Communities Face Major Economic Damage, Job Losses if Salmon Farm Licences are not reissued by DFO ~ Released February 23, 2022


The BC Salmon Farmers Association have released an independent economic analysis outlining the consequences to BC’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous coastal communities if 79 salmon farming licences are not reissued by the federal government by June 2022.


Response to Minister Murray’s 2021 Mandate Letter ~ Released December 16, 2021

“Continue to work with the province of British Columbia and Indigenous communities on a responsible plan to transition from open net-pen salmon farming in coastal British Columbia waters by 2025 and work to introduce Canada’s first-ever Aquaculture Act.” The mandate released today by the federal government to develop a responsible plan for transition of open-net salmon farms by 2025 is consistent with our industry’s approach to work with the Province’s coastal Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to advance our sector.


Sea Lice in the Discovery Islands ~ Released November 25th, 2021

BCSFA released a Discovery Islands Sea Lice Report on Thursday, November 25th, 2021, authored by our Director of Science and Policy, Brian Kingzett. The report analyzed five years of independent sea lice data in the Discovery Islands and concluded that sea lice levels on wild Pacific salmon have been low both prior to and after the Discovery Islands decision to decommission farms in the area.


Innovation and Technology Report ~ Released July 29th, 2021

Today, the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association launched its 2021 Innovation and Technology Report Update – highlighting innovation, progress and accomplishments made across the B.C. Salmon Aquaculture sector since the inaugural 2019 B.C. Salmon Aquaculture Innovation and Technology Report.


Science Advances PRV Report Called Into Question ~ June 11 2021

On May 25, a study entitled Aquaculture mediates global transmission of a viral pathogen to wild salmon was published in the journal, Science Advances. This study was part of the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) – and highlights yet again the long-standing concerns of the BC salmon farming industry regarding the credibility of research supported by the SSHI.


Surrey Impact Report ~ Released April 14, 2021

BCSFA recently released a report titled, “Consequences of the Decision to Shut Down Salmon Farming in the Discovery Islands.”  The report states that the Discovery Islands decision, if unaltered, will put nearly 1,500 well-paid B.C. jobs at risk and cause the euthanization of up to 10.7 million fish (equivalent to over 210 million meals). This decision puts the entire $1.6 billion industry in B.C. at risk.


Discovery Damage Report ~ Released February 23, 2021

Based on the findings of an independent economic analysis released today, B.C.’s salmon farming community is calling on the federal government to set aside its decision to force the closure of farms in the Discovery Islands area and engage a new process. The report by RIAS Inc. found the decision could cost more than 1,500 people their livelihoods and kill more than 10 million juvenile salmon and eggs, while having long-term impacts on numerous communities.


BCSFA Economic Recovery Report ~ Released November 9, 2020

Investment through 2050 would create almost 10,000 new jobs, add cumulative $44 billion in new economic activity

An independent report out today indicates BC’s salmon farming industry has the potential to be a leader in BC’s post-pandemic economic recovery by stimulating $44 billion in new economic output by 2050.


BC Salmon Farmers Launch DEEPER DIVE: A Science-based platform that corrects misinformation ~ Released October 15, 2020

The BC Salmon Farmers Association has launched a new platform called Deeper Dive, which uses science and research to address and correct misinformation and disinformation that the salmon farming industry has faced for decades. Deeper Dive addresses 10 topics related to the sector that are often misunderstood by the public. Topics include Sea Lice, PRV, Land Based, Safety and Quality, Ocean Floor, Wild Salmon, Fish Escapes, Fish Health and Welfare, Cohen Commission, and Feed.