'Namgis Closed Containment Atlantic Salmon Farm
History made! On March 18, 2013 fish entered the 'Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm - the first land-based, closed containment Atlantic salmon farm in Canada, and one of the first in the world that will raise Atlantic salmon to full market size.
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Chief Bill Cranmer of the 'Namgis and Eric Hobson, President of the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, extend their great thanks for all the expertise and support that has made it possible to reach this critical point in moving toward proving the economics of growing Atlantic salmon sustainably, on land, separated from the marine environment.
By controlling conditions in closed containment, it is anticipated that the fish will grow 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 first harvest from the ‘Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm is planned for April, 2014.
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.
For more information, click here. Includes a link to the latest Project backgrounder, photos, and media coverage.
Cohen Report Card - Government moving backwards? No positive action for wild salmon 6 months after Sockeye Inquiry Final Report
On October 31st, 2012, the $26 million Cohen Inquiry Final Report “The Uncertain Future of the Fraser River Sockeye” was released. It included 75 recommendations to government and has been quoted as a “blueprint” for salmon conservation.
It’s been over 6 months since the Report was released and where are we now?
Not only has government not responded to any deadlines in the Cohen Inquiry Final Report, many recent decisions and initiatives suggest they are taking steps that seem contrary to recommendations from the Inquiry.
The “Cohen Report Card” (www.watershed-watch.org/cohen-report-card/) provides an overview of Justice Cohen’s recommendations and highlights the delays and lack of action to date.
This service is provided by Watershed Watch Salmon Society and the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation due to their grave concerns regarding government action on the Cohen Final Report and protecting sockeye for future generations