• The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late April that Pacific Seafood Group's steelhead trout farm on the Columbia River is the United States' first steelhead trout or salmon farm to achieve Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Operated by Pacific Seafood's Pacific Aquaculture division, the farm is located in Nespelem, Wash., on the Colville Nation, in northeastern Washington state. Pacific Seafood purchased the farm in 2008 but partners with the Colville Nation to operate it; most farm employees are members of the Colville Nation. (04/29/13)
  • Owners of a commercial salmon farm near the southern tip of Bainbridge Island must destroy its entire stock of net pen-raised Atlantic salmon due to discovery of a deadly fish virus there. (06/06/12)
  • It's time to make more productive use of the sea, says John Forster. What should we expect from marine aquaculture in the future? Will it serve simply to top up supplies of fish and shellfish from capture fisheries, as it does now and as is mostly assumed, or does it promise something more? (01/04/11)
  • Washington State is engaged in numerous efforts to protect biodiversity, preserve habitat and restore the Puget Sound ecosystem. One important element in these proposals is being largely overlooked, the restoration of marine fish stocks to historical or sustainable levels. Because of their longer life cycle, age at reproduction, and fecundity based on size at spawning, recovery of marine fish solely by natural means will take decades. Continued impacts from human activities including projected population growth in the Puget Sound region will militate against natural recovery. Marine fish enhancement may be an important tool in restoring some of these depleted stocks more quickly, particularly before those most impaired drop below sustainable and recoverable levels. Intervention sooner may allow us to preserve and protect some critical sub-groups and allele frequencies that are the most threatened. (01/01/10)
  • The Demarketing of Farmed Salmon by 35 Environmental Organizations in the United States and Canada. Demarketing farmed salmon: Shifting consumer demand away........ Health authorities recommend eating oily, ocean fish on a weekly basis, including farmed salmon. Quite the opposite, leading environmental organizations (ENGOs) in North America say that because of high levels of PCBs, the "maximum number of safe meals" of farmed salmon is half a meal per month and for young children, zero meals. (06/27/07)
  • A number of areas of interest were raised at the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture Nanaimo session. Anyone with an interest in these topics may find the following information useful. (06/14/06)
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an emerging tool for finding good solutions to complex problems especially in the area of environmental conflict. Dispute resolution has been employed in a variety of fields and has long been considered an alternative to litigation. In some cases, courts are requiring mediation in custody and property settlements in disputed divorces. It is also becoming a method of choice for local law enforcement agencies in neighborhood disputes. (06/09/06)
  • EAT more seafood -- that's the advice to emerge from debate by leading international medical researchers over a 'British Medical Journal' article raising doubts about the health benefits of Omega-3 oils. 'The recent 'Medical Journal' article has generated rock-solid support round the world for the beneficial role in improving health, especially heart health, played by Omega-3 oils, derived principally from seafood,' (04/08/06)
  • Salmon farming in Washington State has gone through many changes in the last 10 years. One the most significant has been the consolidation of the salmon net pen industry under a single company. (08/17/05)
  • Much of the salmon we find in supermarkets and restaurants is farmed Atlantic salmon. Scientists and health professionals encourage consumers to eat fish, like salmon, twice a week because of the health benefits of Omega-3s, which studies have shown may help prevent heart disease. (08/10/04)