Eliminating any contact with wild Atlantic Salmon to prevent any diseases that may erupt in fish farms is a major concern to government officials and sportsmen alike. With this in mind the ASF (Atlantic Salmon Federation)is encouraging officials not to red stamp eliminate thoughts as to inland pond farms that rear Atlantic Salmon. The production of the salmon as a food source while keeping wild fish totally isolated from them is a prospect that could provide answers for current differences.
Officials with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) are saying that government officials and aquaculture industry leaders should keep an open mind about the possibility of raising salmon on land when they study a report entitled” Land-Based Closed Containment Salmon Aquaculture Project” that was released in January 2013.
Bill Taylor, the president of the ASF, said that the report is based on a joint project between the ASF and the Conservation Fund which shows that the successful adoption of land based freshwater, closed-containment systems for Atlantic Salmon growout could ultimately enable the salmon farming industry to shift production to inland areas. This type of aquaculture project would contain any possible diseases and prevent interventions with wild species.
The growout trial employed a pre-existing salmonid growout closed containment facility and technical expertise at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The trial demonstrated that Atlantic Salmon can be raised from post-smolt to harvest size within approximately 12 months in a land based, freshwater, closed-containment system.
Taylor said, “We realize that open pen net companies have a lot invested in their current technologies and there’s going to be push back to our message, but these companies need to take a serious look at the best science and technologies available today. Click this link to finish reading ASF releases report on salmon aquaculture.
A major dissent to this plan would no doubt come from the open sea net farmers who have a lot invested in their operations and are worried about further investments. The new costs could be alleviated through new technologies that were not available just a short while ago and could increase profits while decreasing growing costs.