Monday, November 29, 2010

Closed Containment Gains Momentum


After years of struggle, advocates of closed containment aquaculture for salmon may finally be gaining some ground. Many stocks of wild salmon along BC's southern coast have been decimated by open net pen aquaculture, where millions of atlantic salmon are raised in a feedlot like setting, spreading parasites and disease to local populations of wild salmon. Despite the impact of open net pen aquaculture, industry and government officials have long argued against farming salmon in closed containment systems on land, saying it would be far too costly and would render the industry uncompetitive. Now though, the mentality appears to be changing. A number of high profile projects have been started by private parties and by non-profit organizations to demonstrate the viability of salmon aquaculture on land and a recent DFO study concluded that closed-containtment aquaculture could be economically viable and warrants further consideration. More information in a press release from the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR):

http://farmedanddangerous.org/uploads/File/news_releases/2010/caar-cc-dfo-nov2010.pdf

and from the Vancouver Sun:

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Fisheries+department+recommends+salmon+aquaculture+pilot+project/3878099/story.html

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