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An Initiative of the BC Salmon Farmers Association Invites the Public to Get the Straight Facts on Salmon Farming at their New web site,

VANCOUVER, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - To hear some folks tell it, farmed salmon is full of pesticides, dyed with artificial colours and not as nutritional as their feral cousins.

Those folks would probably also believe a Nigerian refugee really has picked them at random by email to help smuggle a million dollars for a lavish reward or that Microsoft founder Bill Gates will pay them to forward a chain email.

The first check for any web claim is usually where scams and myths are debunked and when it comes to facts about farmed salmon the place to go is the just launched, and related digital vehicles.

"If it wasn't so sad, it would almost be funny," says Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director of the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association. "Many people are being fed a diet of misinformation and that's exactly why our members have launched, a new web site where we will separate myths from fact and set the record straight."

In addition to the new website, members of the BC Salmon Farmers Association are also launching a television and print media advertising campaign urging viewers and readers not to believe everything they hear about farmed salmon without first checking the facts.

"At people will be able to separate fact from fiction," says Clare Backman, Director of Environmental Compliance and Community Relations at Marine Harvest Canada, a member of the BCSFA. "It's about time the real story was told."

There are video clips and forums on the site with links to articles of interest. On the forums people can post questions and get straight answers. There is also a Facebook page and a Twitter feed.

At, for example, visitors will learn farmed salmon have not displaced wild salmon in rivers, that their colour comes from a natural compound in their food just like wild salmon, they have the same nutritional value as wild salmon and they are governed by the strictest and highest standards anywhere in the world.

"Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer's disease and depression," says Walling. "Both wild and farmed salmon are also low in saturated fat and an excellent source of protein. Indeed, Health Canada and the American Heart Association recommend eating oily fish (such as salmon) at least twice a week."

Even better, farmed salmon is available year round, not just in season. It's important to note that without sustainable aquaculture there would be a seafood shortage world wide. is an initiative of three major salmon farming companies and two feed suppliers: Marine Harvest Canada, Mainstream Canada, Grieg Seafood, EWOS and Skretting, all members of the BC Salmon Farmers Association.

The BCSFA is the voice of British Columbia's environmentally sustainable farmed salmon industry.

Farmed salmon is the province's largest agricultural export and is recognized around the world as a naturally healthy and environmentally responsible product. 


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Ian Harvey, Director DDB PRian.harvey@can.ddbpr.com604-608-4461

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