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
About Creative Salmon • Location • History • Sustainable Farming • Organic Certification
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
Sustainable Farming • Generating economic benefits while operating with respect for: • our employees • our community • our environment • our fish • our suppliers • our customers
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.
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
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
Pacific Organic Seafood Association (POSA) • Objectives • Food Production • Animal Welfare • Environmental • Social • Preservation of Wild Aquatic Flora and Fauna
Food Production Objectives • Production of wholesome food products • Providing a significant contribution to a healthy diet
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
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
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
Animal Health and Welfare • Fish Health • Quality Smolts • Quality Feed • Fish Husbandry • Health monitoring • Minimal handling • Low densities
Animal Health and Welfare Antibiotic Use by Creative Salmon in Market Fish
Animal Health and Welfare • Harvesting • Fasting time • Percussion Stunning • Electric Stunning
Harvesting Percussion Stunning
Harvesting Electric Stunning
Animal Health and Welfare • Broodstock • Require extra handling • More stress • Antibiotic use • Logistics • Separate sites • Physical separation • Overlap of broodyears
Environmental Objectives • Consideration for the Environment • Minimal impact • Healthy water conditions • Sustainable foodstuff • Minimizing disease • Preventing escapes
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
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.
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
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
Our Community • First aquaculture company in BC to employ a First Nations Liaison representative • Active member of the community
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
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