Seafood Watch has indicated that this improved rating is due to an increase in independent, transparent, peer-reviewed data on the subject of disease transfer between farmed Atlantic salmon and wild salmon populations in British Columbia. There were also improvements to the effluent, habitat, escapes and introduced species criteria.
Salmon farmers in B.C. take pride in being transparent and accountable about industry practices and operational data.
“B.C.’s farming practices have been singled out by Seafood Watch as world leading. This is an important acknowledgment of the work salmon farmers in B.C. have done to increase their environmental performance and increase the transparency of their operations,” said Jeremy Dunn, BC Salmon Farmers Association Executive Director. “There remains work to be done, and our members are committed to leading the world in environmental practices, evidenced by their record in achieving the standards of audited third-party certifications”.
By applying the best standards and fish husbandry practices, and using preventative vaccinations, diagnostic testing and regular fish health examinations by trained fish health professionals and licensed veterinarians, an average of 90% of salmon survive through to harvest.
The Seafood Watch Report highlighted the initial results from the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Strategic Salmon Health Initiative and other research noting that, while although a level of concern is warranted, there is currently no evidence that there is any impact from salmon farms to wild salmon (p5).
For the longevity of the marine environment they strive to meet the requirements of ‘Gold Standard’ environmental programs, having minimal impact on the nature while relieving pressure on wild fish stocks
More than 20 independent experts provided an exhaustive review of this report.
The Report highlighted that there is currently no evidence that there is any impact from salmon farms to wild salmon.
About the BC Salmon Farmers Association
Farm-raised salmon is B.C.’s highest valued seafood product, the province’s top agricultural export, and generates over $1.1-billion towards the B.C. economy, resulting in over 5,000 jobs.
The BC Salmon Farmers Association represents 50 businesses and organizations throughout the value chain of finfish aquaculture in B.C. Its members account for over 95% of the annual provincial harvest of farm-raised salmon, 100% of the salmon feed produced in B.C., and most of the service and suppliers involved in ensuring that over $700-million (2016 value) of salmon raised in B.C. gets to domestic and global markets.