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News from the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF)

Impacts of aquaculture and the need for more sustainable practices in the industry to avoid impacting wild salmon were all the news in North America and Europe last week. Links to some of the articles follow:

A meeting in Saint John, NB in which ASF's Sue Scott and Geoff Giffin participated, discussed draft standards for improving the sustainability of the Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=600

A cooperation agreement between wild Atlantic salmon conservation organizations and salmon farmers collapsed over fish farm practices in lochs in northern Scotland.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=599

Shortcomings of present aquaculture practices and the need for sustainable alternatives was the focus of this NY Times article.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=597

A study from the University of Victoria highlights aquaculture's impacts on the natural world and the need for change in the industry.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=598

Senator Snowe of Maine pushes for a halt to the review process for genetically engineered salmon, on grounds the decision making process has been too narrow.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=595

The Atlantic Coalition for Aquaculture Reform, concerned about the development of aquaculture in St. Marys Bay, NS, is calling for a moratorium on new Maritimes fish farm licenses.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=596

Check out the numbers of reported salmon and rainbow escapes from fish farms in Scotland
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=601

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is now accepting grant requests for projects for the upcoming year.
http://asf.ca/news.php?id=594
 

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I dont understand why aquaculture is not land based. There is a facility in NS that is salt water land based self substaining. It exists without takeing water in and reuses the water over and over. No need for chemicals for sea lice or antibiotics for desease. It is not used for salmon but it could if it was not in competion with sea cages. I for one would pay a premium for salmon produced in a land based facility. Sea cage aquaculture should pay damages for the environmental damage they cause.This would make a level playing field for land based.
Why is it up to us to prove damage to wild stocks by sea cage aquaculture?
 

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The company I work for builds aquaculture tanks,most of wich are shipped to north bay ontario and salmon pools,raceways and sweed ponds to St Stephen NB.
 

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agreed perry, if aquaculture were land based we could still enjoy its positive side (example economic spin offs, food production ect.) and be rid of the negative ones (environmental damage, harm to wild salmon runs ect.). I think i remember hearing about a couple of nova scotia aquaculture operations which were land based. one was for Arctic Char the other was for European Seabass (near centre burlington i beleive). Hopefully land based aquaculture catches on and becomes more widespread.
 
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