From the Editor: A moment to reflect
November 2, 2022
By Maryam Farag
The year is coming to an end, and it has been an eventful one indeed, especially for the salmon farming sector.
When we mention salmon farming, British Columbia has definitely been the star of the year, starting last March, when Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans re-affirmed her commitment to move open net-pen salmon farming in British Columbia to closed containment farming systems.
And of course, we don’t forget the two Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, the Gwa’sala and the ‘Nakwaxda’xw peoples, who re-asserted their authority over their territories “with or without the Canadian government,” including how fish farming and fisheries will be managed, as many of the salmon farming operations in B.C. are operating within First Nation territories.
Canada’s salmon farmers responded to the government’s decision to renew B.C. licenses for two years, saying that the Federal Government’s decision to renew the licenses and establish a process for the salmon farms in the Discovery Islands “is good for Canadians.”
A lot has happened since then, reaching the government’s net-pen “transition plan.” The future of salmon farming in B.C still remains uncertain, and “the effects of an uncertain regulatory framework, and an economy still reeling from the effects of a global pandemic, have put aquaculture at a disadvantage,” As Mari-Len De Guzman describes in our cover story, “To protect and save.”
The story still hasn’t ended, and we remain to watch closely what happens and hope for the best outcomes, especially when it comes to farm-raised salmon, aiming to secure home-grown fresh food supply.
Of course, a great deal still needs to be done, and we hope the new year brings the good news.
From all of us at Aquaculture North America, stay safe and well.