Closed Containment

Closed Containment is Affordable
(David Suzuki Foundation – website)
“We know that net-pen aquaculture threatens wild salmon, and we also know that the industry is a profitable one that contributes significantly to local, provincial and national economic accounts. The good news is that an increasing body of evidence shows that land-based, closed-containment aquaculture is an environmentally, technically and economically viable option to net-pen aquaculture.”

Closed Containment currently in production:

Sustainable Blue (Nova Scotia)

sustainable blue
Sustainable Blue is a Canadian producer of both exotic and native species of fish, situated close to The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. It uses world leading aquaculture technology, designed in-house, in the operation of land based recirculation fish farms. It is committed to product quality, environmental responsibility and commercial success through technological excellence.
World Leading Aquaculture in the Heart of Nova Scotia (website)

K’udas Project: ‘Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm (B.C.)

'Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm
History made! On March 18th, fish entered the ‘Namgis First Nation’s 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.
‘Namgis Closed Containment Salmon Farm

TIDES Canada: Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund
(project funding)

Kuterra: Sustainability has landed
(land-based brand website)

AquaSeed – SweetSpring Salmon (Washington)

SweetSpring Salmon
SweetSpring Salmon are raised in spring water from the Cascade mountain range in a leading edge, close contained, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). Our system utilizes self contained tanks on land, which allows for a very controlled environment and the ability to address many of the challenges traditional net-pen farmed salmon operations face.
NOTE: “SweetSpring” salmon are now available in 124 Overwaitea stores in Western Canada

Giving Wild Salmon a Break (website)

FreshWater Institute (West Virginia)

Freshwater Institute
Rural West Virginia may seem like an unlikely location for an internationally renowned research facility and salmon aquaculture, but there sits The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute (TCFFI) nestled on 100 acres of farm land. The institute opened its doors in 1987 in the hopes of solving some of the most pressing issues related to the management and efficient use of freshwater resources.
Evolving Technology Closes in on a More Sustainably Farmed Salmon ( article)

Middle Bay Sustainable Aquaculture Institute (Vancouver Island)

B.C.’s first closed, floating salmon-farming tank — touted as a greener alternative to traditional open-net pens — has been installed off Vancouver Island.

closed containment fish farm The first of four tanks to be used in a commercial-scale salmon-farming operation has been placed in the water of Middle Bay in Campbell River, Vancouver-based AgriMarine Holdings Inc. and the Middle Bay Sustainable Aquaculture Institute announced…
Closed-Pen Salmon Farm Launches in B.C. – Jan.17, 2011 (CBC news)
Another step forward for closed-containment aquaculture – Aug. 4, 2011 (Suzuki Foundation)


Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
(House of Commons, 41st Canadian Parliament)
March, 2013
B. Reduced Environmental Impacts
The Committee heard a great deal of testimony about the impacts of open-net pen salmon farming on wild fish and the environment. Some of the most commonly cited concerns include:
  • The transfer of sea lice between wild and farmed salmon as the wild salmon migrate past open-net aquaculture sites;
  • Contaminants (including fish waste and excess feed, pesticides, antibiotics, feed additives, antifouling agents, etc.) polluting the local aquatic environment, altering habitat and harming other species;
  • The transfer of infectious diseases such as infectious salmon anemia (ISA); and
  • The risk of escaped farmed salmon breeding with or out-competing wild salmon;
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