Aquaculture North America

From the Editor: Sustainability comes first

July 31, 2023
By Maryam Farag

(Photo: BCSFA)

As always, I am compelled to shed light on an issue of utmost importance: the salmon farming industry in Canada. This multi-faceted sector has been a subject of both praise and controversy, raising crucial questions about sustainability, environmental impact, and the future of our marine ecosystems.

Salmon farming has provided employment opportunities, bolstered the economy of coastal communities, and satisfied the growing demand for this highly sought-after fish. However, there have been challenges and concerns that have accompanied this industry’s expansion.

As the government intents to propose additional closures of salmon farms, and after recently closing 40 percent of existing farms since 2020, collaboration between industry, scientists and Indigenous communities has become increasingly vital in shaping the future of salmon farming in Canada. 

Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices can offer valuable insights into sustainable aquaculture methods and environmental stewardship. 


Furthermore, advancements in technology and research hold promise for the future of salmon farming. Closed containment systems, which provide a controlled environment for salmon, have shown potential in reducing the environmental risks associated with net pens. Innovative practices such as land-based salmon farming and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture are being explored as sustainable alternatives.

As consumers, we also have a role to play in shaping the salmon farming industry. By demanding transparency and supporting eco-certified products, we can encourage responsible practices and drive the industry toward more sustainable methods. Choosing farmed salmon from certified operations that prioritize environmental stewardship can make a significant difference in promoting positive change.

Together, we can shape a future where salmon farming in Canada thrives while preserving the health and biodiversity of our precious oceans.

From all of us at Aquaculture North America, stay safe and well.  

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