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B.C. Farmed Salmon Improves Its Environmental Rating in US, Still Not Recommended

Source: CBC News/Rafferty Baker - September 25, 2017 in Adventure

B.C. Farmed Salmon Improves Its Environmental Rating in US, Still Not Recommended
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has upgraded its rating of British Columbia farmed Atlantic salmon from “avoid” to “good alternative,” but Canadian seafood sustainability groups still say buying farmed fish is not recommended.

The improved U.S. rating comes as part of a routine review of updated scientific research on the Atlantic salmon being raised in pens in B.C. The last assessment by Seafood Watch in 2014 landed the fish in the program’s lowest ranking, red, but it’s now in the middle category, yellow.

“It’s an important acknowledgement of the work that salmon farmers have done in B.C. to increase their environmental performance and increase transparency,” said Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association.

“Before today, Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program was saying to avoid farm-raised salmon from British Columbia and everywhere else, save a couple farms, and today they’re saying they recommend farm-raised salmon from B.C.,” said Dunn.

Now, according to a Seafood Watch report, B.C. farmed Atlantic salmon scores a 4.28 out of 10 based on a wide variety of factors.

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