Cermaq Canada's latest news, updated and information.
In response to DFO's decision regarding licenses in the area referred to as the Discovery Islands region
Statement regarding Broughton LOU area
Statement regarding Minister Joyce Murray's most recent decision not to re-issue salmon farm licenses in the Discovery Islands
Last week, the Government of Canada, represented by Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray announced a decision not to re-issue salmon farm licenses in a region they are referring to as the Discovery Islands. Three of Cermaq Canada’s farm licenses located in the Klahoose Nation and the Laich-kwil-tach Nations territories, respectively, were not reissued. We are reviewing the decision in more detail but are disappointed and dismayed by this decision that makes no sense in a time when food security and jobs matter so much. This decision provides no stability to our company and greatly impacts our employees who have experienced a tumultuous few years, as this latest decision was contemplated over several iterations of flawed engagement attempts by DFO.
Campbell River and Tofino, BC – A renewed, 5-year protocol between the Ahousaht First Nation and Cermaq Canada was signed this Spring to bring focus to the priorities of the Nation and to provide a road map for how Cermaq will farm in their territory, into the future.
Cermaq Canada remains committed to innovation and testing new technology but due to a technical fault and related fish welfare, the trial of our Semi-Closed Containment System (SCCS) has been finished in the current phase. The SCCS was in the third stage of a four stage R&D trial to test new, salmon farming technology at its Millar site in Clayoquot Sound.
By signing onto the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Cermaq declares their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Courts dismissal of Cermaq Canada’s injunction reveals disappointing disconnect between DFO process, Minister Jordan, Canadian carbon targets and DFO’s own science
Campbell River, BC – On Friday, July 2, Cermaq Canada received the courts decision to dismiss the injunction it had filed in hopes to be able to complete one last transfer mature smolts (juvenile Atlantic salmon) to its Brent Island and Venture Point farms. While Cermaq Canada is disappointed in the decision, it was the discoveries made during the injunction process, which were not previously available to Cermaq or the Wei Wai Kum Nation, which were so disheartening for both organizations.
Statement regarding Cermaq Canada’s filing of a judicial review on the DFO decision on Cermaq Canada’s licences in the Discovery Islands region
From David Kiemele, Managing Director for Cermaq Canada
Campbell River – The trial of the new Semi-Closed Containment System (SCCS) is officially underway with the successful stocking of young salmon, called smolts. The system is unique as it uses a patented material to form a barrier around the system, which eliminates lateral interaction between wild and farmed salmon, while providing additional benefits for the farmed populations. The SCCS trial is the first of its kind in Canada – but the system has been successfully trialed in Norwegian waters by Cermaq Norway.
Cermaq Canada continues its commitment to operation improvements by investing in technology and maintaining its commitment to moving towards non-chemical treatments for sea lice.