News & The Environment

Victoria - The Campbell government is lifting the moratorium on new salmon farm licences. B.C. Fisheries Minister John van Dongen says the government will start accepting applications for additional sites on April 30. The moratorium was imposed by the previous NDP government in 1995. It had capped the number of licences at 121.

Van Dongen says there will be no limit on the number of new licences, and says he expects the government to licence another 10 to 15 salmon farms a year.

The minister says the government is proposing high operating standards to protect the environment while allowing salmon farming to expand.

B.C. Salmon Farmers' Association

B.C. Salmon Farmers Association spokesperson Anne MacMullin says the government move means half a billion dollars in new investment and 8,000 jobs over the next decade.

"It's a great day for the industry, great day for coastal communities and a great day for the economy of British Columbia," she says.

Salmon in the Strait

The future of Georgia Strait is being recast by a debate over the emergence of Atlantic farm salmon and their potentially devastating effect on Pacific wild stocks that are already threatened on many fronts.

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance

The CAIA is a national industry association, headquartered in Ottawa, that represents the interests of Canadian aquaculture operators, feed companies and suppliers, as well as provincial finfish and shellfish aquaculture associations.

Farm Relocation Initiative

Potential impacts to the marine environment can be reduced and the health of farmed fish protected by properly locating fish farms. Good water quality, physical protection for farm structures and distance from sensitive marine areas will help protect farmed salmon, wild fish and their habitat.

As part of the Salmon Aquaculture Policy Framework, (news release and backgrounder) the B.C. government has identified 11 salmon farms to be relocated to more socially, environmentally and economically suitable sites. A second round of 25 farms to move was identified in Fall 2001. These relocations will ensure compliance with new environmental standards and reduce impacts on wild fish, marine mammals, birds and other wildlife.

Environmental Benefits

Many of today's dock floats are made using a core of Polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) due to its exceptional floating quality.  While very effective they are also very hazardous to the marine environment.  Over time they degrade and small pieces break off which not only contaminate and litter the ocean, but are also a potential threat to all marine life.

AquaCan dock floats are made of Polyethylene a non degradable plastic which prevents breaking down and contamination of our waters.

Polystyrene Foam Report

What is it?

Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer. Most people know it under the name Styrofoam, which is actually the trade name of a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation. Polystyrene is a light-weight material, about 95% air, with very good insulation properties and is used in all types of products from cups that keep your beverages hot or cold to packaging material that keep your computers safe during shipping.

Why not use it?

Can polystyrene be recycled?

Does polystyrene deplete the ozone layer?


Doug Calkin, a Gulf of Alaska Keeper volunteer, stands next to a block of Styrofoam on Prince William Sound's Naked Island. Prince William Sound suffers from the same debris that is found elsewhere: nets, line and plastic bottles, but also Styrofoam, including huge blocks such as this, probably used as flotation in a dock