Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Closed Containment Coho Farming Deemed Sustainable


For the first time ever a salmon farming operation has been deemed sustainable by the Seafood Watch program run by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. A company called AquaSeed is growing Coho in a closed containment, freshwater environment dramatically reducing the environmental impacts of fish farming. Fish farms around Vancouver Island have been identified as a major threat to the future of wild salmon in the region and over the last few decades populations of all species of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead have declined dramatically in areas affected by fish farming activities.

Article here:
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=1-2010&day=18&id=35201&l=e&country=0&special=aquaculture&ndb=1&df=0

From the Scientific American:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coho-salmon-farming

Also, Marine Harvest Canada, a major fish farming corporation is developing a pilot project for Closed Containment Salmon Farming and are hoping to garner financial support from the Canadian federal governement:

http://www2.canada.com/albernivalleytimes/news/story.html?id=d26abca4-f3ce-450f-b740-a23b0fba5c65

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