Fisheries and Ocean Canada the lead federal department in managing Canada’s fisheries, in 2014-09-09, published the following statement on their website concerning closed containment aquaculture :
Closed containment describes a range of technologies for aquaculture; from floating bag systems to land-based recirculating water systems. Closed containment is a barrier technology that attempts to restrict and control interactions between farmed fish and the external aquatic environment. The technological focus is on reducing the potentially adverse interactions between cultured fish and the surrounding aquatic environment.
In general, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s policy regarding the ongoing development of aquaculture is to remain technology neutral, whereby the Department encourages innovation and the development of many new technologies, including closed containment systems, to help achieve sustainable resource development objectives. Fisheries and Oceans website
At IRAFS group we concentrate on the Land-based side of the industry, focusing on all aspects of the growth cycle, from hatchery facilities to production farms: with vertical integration of aquaponics and product processing.
Land-Based closed containment aquaculture offers a viable, sustainable alternative to the environmental impacts of net pen salmon farming. These technologies are fast developing as the most widely supported sustainable methods to meet the increasing demand for high quality fish and seafood. There are many benefits to using these technologies, many of which i have discussed in other posts. In a nutshell : they are cleaner, safer, highly productive, suitable for many species, these farms can be located next to markets and the technology is eco-friendly. Many of the world’s environmental protection groups, fish and seafood retailers and seafood watch groups are strongly in favour of Land-based aquaculture and together the represent collective movement towards supporting it’s development.
How large is this support movement?
The top Canadian food retailers have joined with SeaChoice to embrace this new technology by asking the government to financially support closed containment innovations.
Retail industry giants, including Overwaitea Food Group, Safeway and Loblaws have written to to Canadian government officials expressing their support for closed containment and the need for federal support of this opportunity for sustainable aquaculture development.
The short video below explains the need and the driving forces behind this trend toward land based fish farming.