Recirculating aquaculture is getting the spotlight early in 2014 with Canada announcing a new Vancouver Island facility that is raising salmon commercially in a completely land-based system. The new endeavor has created much discussion about how recirculating farms are changing the landscape for farming across the continent and that open water aquaculture should be a thing of the past.
For far too long, ocean fish farming has been a serious concern, with documented negative ecological impacts. Recirculating farms are not only a more sustainable alternative for the environment, they also provide access to local, fresh fish in places where previously there was none, such as the Canadian prairies.
In March, the first batch of salmon from this new on-land Canadian fish farm will be ready for market. Read more about the project and Canada’s new aquaculture developments.