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April 16 2014

Ottawa to slash red tape for fish farms

Federal government hopes changes will lead to huge expansion of B.C. fish farms, but farm critics appalled

'Namgis First Nation's KUTERRA Land-based Atlantic Salmon Farm


The first fish that entered the 'Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm on March 18th, 2013 will soon be harvested, growing to harvest size in only 1 year!  

This makes clear that not only is closed containment better for the environment, there are many production benefits as well. By being able to control conditions in closed containment, stresses to the fish are greatly reduced and their care is optimized. This leads to the fish growing to full size in about half the time it takes in open net-pens; using 30% less feed; and without the use of pesticides and antibiotics. 

The 'Namgis First Nation's KUTERRA Project is the first land-based, closed containment Atlantic salmon farm in Canada, and one of the first in the world to raise Atlantic salmon to full market size - sustainably, on land, separated from the marine environment.

The motivation behind the project is to prove the economics of raising Atlantic salmon in a way that does not impact the wild salmon and all that depends on them. 


Fish are in!

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The Project is 100% owned by the ‘Namgis First Nation. The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation is a Project partner and Tides Canada is a Project advisor and funder.  See 


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Update on Developments Regarding Finfish Aquaculture

One aspect of the work of the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation is to provide ease of public access to education materials regarding salmon aquaculture. This aids public participation in informed decision-making around salmon farming and allows members of the public to determine when they may want to seek more information and/or provide feedback to government representatives such as Members of Parliament.



See this link for developments and resources related to:

  • Lifting of the moratorium on expansion of open net fish farms in BC other than in the Discovery Islands (includes SOS comment on 3 applications for expansion in the Broughton Archipelago)
  • Cohen Commission into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (includes that SOS and Watershed Watch have filed Environmental Peitions to the Auditor General regarding lapsed deadlines and inaction on Cohen recommendations)
  • Genome BC Study into Salmon Health (first reporting of results for microbes in farmed, hatchery and wild salmon anticipated in September)
  • Land-based closed containment for Atlantic salmon (includes that the first harvest from the 'Namgis First Nation's KUTERRA salmon farm will be in March)
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