Media Releases



March 22, 2013
CAAR congratulates BC government for ceasing issuance of new open net-cage aquaculture tenures. Now it’s time for the federal government to act.
Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) member groups are pleased at the announcement today that the province will not issue any new or expanded tenures for net-cage salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until at least September 30, 2020. The province acted in response to recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of the Fraser River Sockeye. Jurisdiction for licensing and regulation of aquaculture is a federal responsibility, but the province retains control of land use tenures. More »
March 07, 2013
Conservation organizations question closed containment salmon farming report
Wild salmon advocates from Canada’s east and west coasts are in Ottawa today, and welcome the tabling of the long-awaited Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee Report on Closed Containment technology. The report has the potential to help foster change in Canada’s salmon aquaculture industry and offer much-needed protection for Canada’s wild salmon, coastal fisheries and the communities that depend on healthy oceans. More »
November 01, 2012
CAAR calls for full implementation of Cohen recommendations
The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) applauds Commissioner Cohen's finding that the potential harm from diseases from farmed fish is "serious or irreversible." Cohen released his extensive report and recommendations to the public today in Vancouver. More »
October 12, 2012
DFO approves new open net-pen salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound despite ongoing concerns about disease and pathogens
The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) is appalled to learn that on October 10, DFO quietly issued a new aquaculture licence to Mainstream Canada for another open net-pen salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound. The new site is located in Fortune Channel near Plover Point on Meares Island. More »
June 14, 2012
Salmon farm certification standards too weak to protect wild salmon
The salmon farm performance standards that form the basis of the WWF initiated Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification process announced yesterday do not adequately protect wild salmon and the environment, according to the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR). More »
May 09, 2012
New Canadian ‘Organic’ Aquaculture Standard Fails to Meet True Organic Principles
East and West Coast conservation organisations today expressed united concern over the undermining of the Canadian ‘organic’ label by a new organic standard that would allow net-pen aquaculture products to be certified. More »
April 17, 2012
CAAR opposes planned open net cage salmon production increases
The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) is vehemently opposing plans by Marine Harvest to increase production on salmon farms directly in the path of out-migrating juvenile Fraser River salmon. In an April 17, 2012 letter to DFO’s Regional Director General, CAAR demanded that any amendments to aquaculture licenses to increase production levels of farmed salmon in B.C. waters be denied. More »
February 07, 2012
Final Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue standards won’t solve threat to wild salmon
Although the final draft Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue (SAD) standard pushes improved performance in the net cage industry, it does not adequately protect wild salmon and the environment, according to the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR). More »
December 16, 2011
CAAR groups condemn Mainstream’s certification as not ‘Best Practices’
Certifying a net-cage farm as ‘sustainable’ given the well-documented negative impacts that they are having on the marine environment, especially wild salmon, does not make sense particularly given the latest ISAv developments. More »
November 10, 2011
Salmon Farming & Science: From conflict to cooperation, joint website goes live today
A joint website – which details the unprecedented collaboration activities between these parties, including: combined monitoring efforts, data sharing agreements, shared research objectives and joint results – will go live today, 10 November 2011. More »