Photo: Another step forward for closed-containment aquaculture

Innovation needs material support if we’re going to make sustainability a reality and establish closed-containment aquaculture as a viable alternative to open net-cage farming (Credit: cpkatie via Flickr)

By Kealy Doyle, Communications Coordinator

A closed-containment salmon-rearing demonstration facility in Campbell River, BC will receive an extra $3.41 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a government not-for-profit foundation. SDTC funds clean tech that meets a market demand and provides economic, environmental and health benefits for Canadians.

The facility, known as the Middle Bay Project, has been endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation and will be the first commercial-scale closed-containment operation in B.C. It's only possible because of a partnership between private and non-profit organizations like the SDTC, the Middle Bay Sustainable Aquaculture Institute and AgriMarine Inc., which will provide $7.27 million to rear the facility's Pacific chinook salmon.

This is exactly the kind of material support innovation needs if we're going to make sustainability a reality and establish closed-containment aquaculture as a viable alternative to open net-cage farming. The quicker everyone can see the benefits of rearing healthy, disease-free salmon, the better; this extra funding will only help.

August 4, 2011
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/healthy-oceans-blog/2011/08/another-step-forward-for-closed-containment-aquaculture/

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