Genetically modified salmon approved for sale in Canada

On May 19, Health Canada approved AquAdvantage Salmon, created by AquaBounty Canada Inc. for both human and livestock consumption. The salmon are genetically modified to grow faster and therefor reach market size sooner than conventional farmed salmon, but studies found that it is otherwise the same as conventional salmon. Though they are genetically modified, they will not be labelled as such when sold in stores because there are no health risks or significant changes to the nutritional qualities of the food. “The science behind the salmon involved the introduction of a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon into the genome of Atlantic salmon,” said Health Canada’s decision summary. Genetically modified salmon will not be raised in B.C. anytime soon. “Salmon farmers in B.C. are proud to produce the healthiest and freshest salmon in the world,” said the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association in a press release. “They do not farm or sell GMO salmon, nor are they researching or considering the possibility of raising transgenic fish.”…

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Sacred Salmon Ceremony returns to Cape Mudge

Despite the drizzle on Saturday afternoon hundreds turned up for the first Salmon Ceremony at Cape Mudge in more than 30 years. Dr. Chief Robert Joseph lead the ceremony. He explained that salmon are held in high esteem in the community because they give themselves…

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Salmon poaching charges likely after surveillance in central

Just a couple weeks into the salmon angling season, fish and wildlife officers have already made several arrests for illegal fishing. The first set of alleged poachers were nabbed on June 14 in the area of Leading Tickles in Notre Dame Bay. A surveillance operation spurred by…

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Marinating salmon in juice can make a delicious difference

I try to get fish on my family's table two or three times a week. The research describing the incredible heart and brain benefits to eating fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, is compelling. An extra bonus? Fatty fish is more filling, too, which means…

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2 Clayoquot Sound salmon farms hit by toxic algae

A type of toxic algae is killing off farmed salmon in a section of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Millar Channel and Ross Passage salmon farms, operated by the company Cermaq, have been affected by the harmful bloom over the past…

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Oceana Report Reveals Mislabeling of America’s Favorite Fish: Salmon

This past fall, international marine watchdogs Oceana released a report detailing the widespread issue of mislabeling among America's favorite food-fish: salmon. The study collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that most of…

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Evidence of a Deadly Salmon Virus Found in BC Waters

Evidence of a deadly virus that has caused severe damage to the Atlantic salmon farming industry has been discovered in some farmed and wild B.C. salmon, according to a new study. Biologist Alexandra Morton of the Raincoast Research Society worked with statistician Richard Routledge of Simon…

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Melissa D’Arabian’s Holiday Salmon Roast

Who says a holiday roast has to be red meat or poultry? Take a page from my French husband's family's book of traditions and serve salmon. I like to buy one single large fillet if possible, then serve it on the largest platter I can…

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FRK and Friends Celebrate the Launch of Wild Salmon Recipes

On Wednesday, October 7th, Fraser Riverkeeper and friends celebrated the launch of the new Wild Salmon Recipes website with an art party at 4Cats Art Studio in Steveston, BC. The talented team at 4Cats treated FRK and our guests to a lesson in traditional art of Japanese gyotaku fish printing, all while we enjoyed  some delicious wild salmon hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Nayana Sunderam. A heartfelt thanks to 4Cats Art Studio and everyone who came out to celebrate with us!

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B.C. First Nations Take A Stand Against Net-Pen Salmon Farms

Last week a new salmon farm proposed for Clayquot Sound on Vancouver Island was forced to shut down its operations after a two-week occupation by members of the Ahousat First Nation opposed to the location of the farm in their traditional territory near Flores Island,…

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