Atlantic aquaculture grounded in science

Atlantic aquaculture grounded in science

Contributing more than $400 million, and over 4,000 jobs, each year to the Atlantic Canadian economy, aquaculture is one of the most research-intensive, environmentally responsible and commercially sustainable industries in the region.

“This is very much a science-based business,” says Susan Farquharson, Executive Director, Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA). “The people here are global experts working directly in a field that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says is one of the top five priority areas for saving the world’s oceans.”

Representing 80 members—farmers, feed producers, support organizations, and regulatory agencies—the ACFFA supports industry-driven scientific research and technological development specifically designed to strengthen and improve the sector.

In fact, says Farquharson, “Salmon farmers work with the best researchers from the federal and provincial governments, universities and the private sector on a wide variety of projects. They are committed to maintaining the environment in which they work and live, following the highest farm management standards and producing high-quality and nutritious food.”

For example, the industry uses a bay management area approach (BMA), which separates first, second and third-year fish, to maximize health management effectiveness and help prevent the spread of disease and parasites.

As well, salmon farmers use underwater cameras and sensors to avoid overfeeding as they tailor feed to suit dietary needs of at each life stage and improve digestibility—both of which significantly reduce waste. Today, the industry actually creates more fish protein (farmed fish) than it uses in making feed.

Cradling all of this is the Environmental Policy and Codes of Practice for marine net pen farming operations (a collaborative process with government agencies, academia and the fish-farming community) that guides the long-term sustainability of the marine finfish aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada.

“I think a lot of people may not realize what pioneers Atlantic Canadians are when it comes to aquaculture,” Farquharson says. “This region’s fish farmers have built the industry over the past 40 years into a recognized, international leader.”

And they’ve done it with research, science and responsible collaboration. •

2 Comments to “Atlantic aquaculture grounded in science”

  1. Avatar Sandy Fiander // January 12, 2020 at 12:04 am // Reply

    Is this a news article or a promotional advertisement ACFFA. Typically more than one opinion is provided in an objective news article. Did anyone writing this think to ask the residents of BC about their experiences with open net Fish farming. Obviously not as you May have included that open pen fish farms are being banned by the federal government in the waters of BC because of their highly destructive practices including the large declines in wild salmon populations through disease, fish escapes and sea lice. Heavy amounts of pollution from effluent, drugs and chemicals are also among the grave concerns voiced by locals who’s lives have been impacted by these farms. Not to mention smell, noise impact to local fishing and lobster industry, and the list goes on.
    If your doing a paid advertisement, it shouldn’t be disguised as researched reporting.

    • Avatar Sarah Smellie // January 13, 2020 at 10:20 am // Reply

      Hi Sandy,

      We appreciate your comments. This is sponsored content. There’s a “Sponsored Content” label beneath the headline on the website.

      Thank you for writing to us with your concerns.

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