'Namgis Closed Containment Atlantic Salmon Farm
The first fish that entered the 'Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm on March 18th, 2013 are now in the growout part of the facility and the second "cohort" of fish have entered the quarantine unit.
The 'Namgis facility is 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 - 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.
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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 first harvest of premium fish from the 'Namgis closed containment facility is scheduled for March 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. See www.kuterra.com.
Sigh - it's been a year and still no government action on Cohen
October 31st, 2013 marks the 1 year anniversary of when 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 has been a year since the Final 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 (WWSS) and Save Our Salmon due to our grave concerns regarding government action on the Cohen Final Report and protecting sockeye for future generations.
Click here for the October 30, 2013 WWSS/SOS media release outlining the concerns around government inaction.