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Scotian Pride 2009 Presentation Jan 30, 2009. Topics Creative Salmon’s movement towards Organic Pacific Organic Seafood Association National Organic Aquaculture Standards. About Creative Salmon. Location History Sustainable Farming Organic Certification.

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Scotian Pride 2009Presentation Jan 30, 2009

Topics

  • Creative Salmon’s movement towards Organic

  • Pacific Organic Seafood Association

  • National Organic Aquaculture Standards


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About Creative Salmon

  • Location

  • History

  • Sustainable Farming

  • Organic Certification



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History

  • Established in 1990

  • Canadian owned and operated

  • One of the smallest salmon farming companies in the world

  • We are now fully integrated from broodstock, smolts, sw growout, harvest, and processing.

  • Focus on Quality not Quantity


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Sustainable Farming

  • Generating economic benefits while operating with respect for:

  • our employees

  • our community

  • our environment

  • our fish

  • our suppliers

  • our customers


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Pacific Organic Seafood Association (POSA)

  • Background

    1996

    • Early discussions between 3 companies

      2001 - 2002

    • Several informal meetings between interested parties

      2002

    • First POSA standards are developed

      2004 – 2008

    • Back and forth discussions with the agency responsible provincial certification

      2009

    • Next steps.


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Organic Aquaculture

Standard Setting Organizations

BFA – Biological Farmers of Australia

  • BIO GRO – New Zealand Organic Standards

  • BIO SUISSE – Association of the Swiss Organic Agriculture Organizations

  • CAN/OGB – Canadian National Standards Board

  • COABC – Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia

  • CODEX ALIMENTARIUS – Codex Alimentarius Commission

  • COG – Canadian Organic Growers

  • DEBIO - Norway

  • EU REGULATION 1804/99

  • IFOAM – International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements

  • JAPANESE AGRICULTURAL STANDARD OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

  • KRAV – Kontrollforeningen for Ekologisk odling

  • NASAA – The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia Ltd

  • NOP – National Organic Program

  • NOSB – National Organic Standards Board

  • NATURLAND – Naturland e.V.

  • SGS – SGS Organic Production Standard

  • SOIL ASSOCIATION – Draft Standards


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POSA Members

  • Creative Salmon Co. Ltd. – Chinook Salmon

  • Kyuquot Seafoods – Seaweed, Scallops, Black Cod

  • Omega Pacific – Chinook Salmon

  • Pacific Seafoods - Processor

  • Sablefish Canada – Black Cod

  • Sea Spring Hatchery – hatchery producer - Chinook

  • Swift Aquaculture – Coho Salmon

  • Taplow Feeds – Feed Supplier

  • Target Marine – Sturgeon

  • Totem Seafoods – Black Cod

  • Yellow Island – Chinook Salmon


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Pacific Organic Seafood Association (POSA)

  • Objectives

    • Food Production

    • Animal Welfare

    • Environmental

    • Social

    • Preservation of Wild Aquatic Flora and Fauna


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Food Production Objectives

  • Production of wholesome food products

  • Providing a significant contribution to a healthy diet


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Food Production

  • Creative Salmon Market Fish

    • No antibiotic treatments since Oct 2001

    • No treatments.

    • Diet of fish meal, fish oil and organically certified wheat

    • Natural Pigment (Phaffia)

    • High levels of Omega 3 / 6’s


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Animal Welfare Objectives

  • Promotion of the health and welfare of the fish

  • Minimizing stress

  • Reducing the incidence of disease

  • Meeting the fishes nutritional, physiological and behavioural needs


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Animal Health & Welfare

  • Five Freedoms

    • Freedom from malnutrition

    • Freedom from thermal and physical discomfort

    • Freedom from injury and disease

    • Freedom from fear and distress

    • Freedom from unnecessary restrictions of behaviour



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Animal Health and Welfare

  • Fish Health

    • Quality Smolts

    • Quality Feed

  • Fish Husbandry

    • Health monitoring

    • Minimal handling

    • Low densities


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Animal Health and Welfare

Antibiotic Use by Creative Salmon in Market Fish


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Animal Health and Welfare

  • Harvesting

    • Fasting time

    • Percussion Stunning

    • Electric Stunning


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Harvesting

Percussion

Stunning


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Harvesting

Electric

Stunning


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Animal Health and Welfare

  • Broodstock

    • Require extra handling

      • More stress

    • Antibiotic use

    • Logistics

      • Separate sites

      • Physical separation

      • Overlap of broodyears


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Environmental Objectives

  • Consideration for the Environment

  • Minimal impact

  • Healthy water conditions

  • Sustainable foodstuff

  • Minimizing disease

  • Preventing escapes


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Environment

  • Monitoring program to measure impacts

    • First program of its type on the west coast – preceded government regulations

  • Nets are not treated with Antifoulants

  • Site Fallowing

  • Feed Management



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Environment

Fallowing

  • Short term

    - 3 to 4 months

  • Long term

    - 2 to 4 years

  • Reduces environmental footprint

  • Our newest site incorporates a second site location to increase fallowing options.


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Environment

Feed Management – Underwater Cameras

  • Since 1996 – early adopter!

  • Deployed in every pen

  • Every meal is monitored and adjusted to appetite

  • Feed waste is minimized

  • Minimal stress


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Social Objectives

  • The encouragement of the use of local resources and services

  • A safe, healthy and sustainable working environment for employees

  • The promotion of organic aquaculture to meet consumer needs and to foster sustainable aquaculture



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Our Community

  • First aquaculture company in BC to employ a First Nations Liaison representative

  • Active member of the community


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Community Involvement

  • School Farm Tours

  • Starlight Extravaganza

  • Strawberry Island Research Center

  • Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Canoe Races

  • Tofino Business Association

  • Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society

  • Tofino Skateboard Park

  • Ukee Days

  • Whale Festival

  • Wickaninnish Elementary School Hot Lunch Program

  • Baseball, Basketball

  • Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre

  • Coastal Family Resource Center

  • Cops for Cancer

  • Edge to Edge Marathon

  • First Nations Surf Camp

  • Fish Contributions to Non-Profits

  • Golf Tournaments

  • Legion Salmon Derby BBQ

  • Music Festivals

  • Pacific Rim Arts Society

  • SCAT Program


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Organic Aquaculture Standards- Federal

  • The current focus is on salmon and trout for finfish, and mussels and oysters for shellfish

  • Other species to be considered in the future based on interest

  • Process has just stared will take a few years to complete



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