Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The American attempt to kill B.C.'s salmon farms

The province's industry is being demonized while Alaskan 'ranched' fish are marketed as 'wild caught'. Since 2002, the ex-vessel value of Alaskan salmon more than tripled from $US125 million to US$409 million in 2008.

After prices for Alaskan salmon began to improve, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations wrote, "A lot of folks can take credit for the improved market for wild salmon, from the California Salmon Council and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, to the chefs that revolted at serving farmed salmon, but the programs Packard [the David and Lucille Packard Foundation] helped fund played a big part in boosting our markets and no one in our industry should ever forget that."

Based in San Francisco, the Packard foundation is a charity created by a co-founder of tech giant Hewlett-Packard. With US$5.6 billion in assets, it is the ninth-largest foundation in the U.S. and grants about US$300 million per year. Since 1999, Packard has been implementing a Market Intervention strategy as part of its program for Marine Fisheries. This program has a focus on "the U.S. Arctic," which presumably is Alaska. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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