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Archive for January, 2010

Marine Harvest requests federal funding for closed containment

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

In an exciting development in the final days of 2009, Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) sent a letter to Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), that included a request for support and funding for a closed containment pilot project. (more…)

Esteemed scientists advise removal of salmon farms along wild salmon migration routes

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Early last month, a think tank of scientists gathered at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to discuss possible causes of the Fraser River sockeye collapse and urgent next steps needed to protect this iconic species. The group released a statement – Adapting to Change: Managing Fraser sockeye in the face of declining productivity and increasing uncertainty – noting that the 2009 return was the lowest in 50 years and that the productivity of Fraser River sockeye has been declining since the mid-1990s to levels so low that they are almost unable to replace themselves. (more…)

Canadian closed containment technology taking off in China, signifies enormous opportunity for Canada

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

A new commercial-scale closed containment salmonid (trout) fish farm was launched this summer in northeast China using technology developed by Canadian company, AgriMarine Holdings Inc. Each 24-foot diameter tank will grow 50,000 juvenile steelhead trout to market size within 12 months, and the operation expects to have a total of ten tanks functioning to full capacity by mid-2010. AgriMarine is also working with the People’s Government of Siping City and Tiedong District on the development of closed containment facilities to raise farmed salmon. (more…)