Monday, January 28, 2013

28/01/13: Canada special

Today's blog is Canada-themed. Enjoy.

Last week we reported that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) allowed salmon infected with ISA to be processed for harvesting for the first time. It appears that this move signals a change of policy. In this article Patricia Ouellette, a regional programme officer at the CFIA tells CBCNews about the change in direction.

Two aquaculture companies on the Coast have become the first farms in the world to be certified to produce organic sablefish and white sturgeon. Totem Sea Farm plans to put its first organic sablefish on the market in February, and Target Marine Hatcheries will have organic caviar and sturgeon meat ready for sale this month.
In order to produce organic fish, both companies had to meet standards laid out in the new Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standards manual, put in place in April 2012.

The fifth annual Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarship for Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada has been awarded to Brandon Fitzpatrick. The scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded to a student from Newfoundland and Labrador graduating high school and pursuing a post-secondary education. The scholarship was created to promote and create awareness of the province’s fishing and aquaculture industries among youth.
“Fostering an understanding of the province’s fishing and aquaculture industries with youth is an important initiative of our government,” said Minister Dalley. “This year’s recipient of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarship showed real talent and enthusiasm. Brandon’s essay was well researched and well written. Young people are the future of the seafood industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, and I commend Brandon for taking the initiative to learn about the province’s fishery. I offer him my sincere congratulations and wish him well in his future studies.”

English: Map of Canada
English: Map of Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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