We can and will have sustainable, contained aquaculture
Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Bernadette Jordan put Wild First by announcing that all open-net pen fish farms will be removed from the Discovery Islands effective June 30th 2022. This is an important step; but, there’s more work to do to transition from open-net pen fish farms in our coastal waters by 2025.
While there is significant work to do as planning for the transition away from open net-pen fish farms towards closed containment technology gets underway, there are companies in North America already working towards the future of sustainably farmed salmon. Proven technologies such as land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are making exciting advancements in the industry.
The ‘Namgis First Nation in B.C. was one of the first to recognize the facts and set out to test the feasibility of closed containment farming as a sustainable alternative. They launched Kuterra – a pilot-scale venture to grow Atlantic salmon on land and only the 2nd operation of its kind in the world at the time. Kuterra salmon are grown in a land-based RAS facility on Northern Vancouver Island. Fish are raised in a carefully controlled environment, which eliminates the need for antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. The energy-efficient system also cleans and recirculates 98% of the water used in its operations. Fish farm waste is turned into nutrient-rich organic compost. As a result, Kuterra has been successfully growing and selling quality salmon at a premium market price for more than five years.
Learn more about Kuterra at kuterra.com
Founded in 2010, Atlantic Sapphire started with a vision to lead the salmon farming industry towards a more sustainable future. Having already successfully produced over 25 generations of Atlantic salmon in a land-based RAS operation in Denmark, the company is expanding its operations with a commercial Bluehouse project in Homestead, FL.
Many aspects of Bluehouse project were designed with sustainability in mind. The waste generated by the Bluehouse is used as fertilizer and renewable biogas energy. 99% of the water used is recycled and reused. And since salmon are born, raised and processed in one location, the overall carbon footprint is lowered as well.
Learn more about Atlantic Sapphire at atlanticsapphire.com
Kuterra and Atlantic Sapphire are two examples of what can happen when environmental and economic sustainability come together. Investing in land-based closed containment farms will sustain jobs while protecting Wild Pacific Salmon.
Thanks to your help, we have seen real, bold progress take hold in Canada.
During the 2019 federal election in Canada, we asked candidates in B.C. to pledge their support to a transition away from open-net pen farming in our coastal waters, with appropriate incentives to transition the industry to sustainable closed containment aquaculture by 2025. In less than 30 days, 125 candidates across all major parties signed our Pledge, with representation from every riding in B.C.