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Fish Farming International: The First Nation farm proving salmon can be produced on land

By Josh Stilts, Fish Farming International

In the northeast corner of Canada’s Vancouver Island, the four-person staff of the ‘Namgis First Nation’s closed containment salmon farm is attempting to do what many in aquaculture think is impossible, and make commercial farming of Atlantic salmon on land economically viable.

The first land-based aquaculture system in North America to grow Atlantic salmon on a commercial scale, the ‘Namgis farm is designed to eliminate the environmental impacts of net-pen farming, to create a sustainable business, and to provide a model for others to follow. The farm’s CEO, Garry Ullstrom says, “Seeing is believing, and it’s our job to prove that it works."

Proving a point: The First Nation farm proving salmon can be produced on land (pdf 2.44 mb)