Conference seeks local solutions to global challenges
BARCELONA, Spain, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - New Brunswick salmon farmers are
creating local solutions to the global challenge of seafood sustainability.
Seafood sustainability is the focus of an international conference organized
by the Seafood Choices Alliance in Barcelona, Spain.
"Many of the local solutions identified for aquaculture at this
conference have already been embraced by our New Brunswick growers," said Dr.
Jamey Smith, Executive Director, New Brunswick Salmon Growers' Association
(NBSGA). "Participation in this international conference and dialogue with
fishery and aquaculture producers, suppliers and researchers, as well as
non-governmental organizations is part of our commitment to sustainability and
an opportunity to ensure we continue to be leaders in our industry."
Salmon farmers from Canada's east coast are leaders in environmental
stewardship and provide social and economic value to their coastal and rural
communities. They abide by rigorous, science-based environment, and fish
health and welfare programs.
Farms in the Bay of Fundy are organized and regulated by a Bay Management
Area system that governs stocking, separation of sites and fallowing between
crops. A performance-based management system establishes stringent
environmental quality standards, monitoring programs, codes of practice,
reporting requirements and regulatory responsibilities. East coast salmon
farmers are also leaders in Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture, a method
that combines several species of fish, shellfish, and plants in one operation.
"We have learned at this conference that the salmon farming industry on
Canada's east coast is already meeting or exceeding many of the
recommendations being made by the non-governmental and certification
organizations," says Dr. Smith. "It is through dialogue with stakeholders that
we are able to understand and then address concerns. While international
conferences are valuable, this dialogue must also continue at home. It is in
the best interest of our industry and our environment to carefully manage our
farms to ensure the health of our salmon, the viability of our businesses and
other marine resource users, and the confidence of communities and consumers."
The NBSGA will also attend the World Wildlife Fund Salmon Aquaculture
Dialogue that follows the Seafood Summit from January 31 to February 1, 2008.
About the New Brunswick Salmon Growers' Association
Formed in 1987, the New Brunswick Salmon Growers' Association works on
behalf of the entire sector to promote a sustainable salmon farming industry,
responsible management practices, safe food, a safe environment and global
For further information:
For further information: Dr. Jamey Smith: (506) 447-7193 or