Kuterra has two roles:
RAS is about 50 years old. It has grown and evolved to become the system of choice for farming high-value aquatic species, including salmon smolts and broodstock. Several years ago RAS technology had reached a level of effectivness and efficiency that made some people think it could be expanded to grow high-volume species, especially Atlantic salmon.
Around the world, several commercial operations started up. Kuterra was one of them, and the first in North America.
The 'Namgis First Nation decided to start Kuterra because it saw the potential of RAS Atlantic salmon aquaculture to eliminate the problems associated with the open-netpen industry and to remove Atlantic salmon from Pacific waters where five species of Pacific salmon live and spawn.
Others also saw the potential of RAS for Atlantic salmon aquaculture to solve some of the problems of the open netpen industry. With a complete separation between farm and wild environments, and ability to control all operational parameters, a well-designed RAS system has the potential to minimize risk and loss, both for business and the environment.
Some of those other groups felt that a good way to test that potential was to provide funding for Kuterra in exchange for data and public reporting. The intention is to make this information available to help accelerate learning and lower the risk for new and potential producers, and to help educate regulators and potential investors.
As a result, Kuterra has had a mandate to be an open-source operation since its earliest days. Already, many groups have said they've followed and learned from what Kuterra is doing. We're now compiling all our public reports in one place to share information even more broadly.
We’ve tracked more than a hundred performance metrics and we’ve published a number of technical reports on planning, construction and operations. These are some of what we've produced to date.
Kuterra performance metrics to 2016 06 30 (1.90 MB pdf)
Kuterra performance metrics to 2015 09 30 (1.70 MB pdf)
Kuterra performance metrics to 2015 06 30 (7.27 MB pdf)
Independent Environmental Monitor - final report (731 KB pdf)
Kuterra and Taste of BC - capital cost comparisons (2.8 MB pdf)
You can learn more about aquaculture innovation inititaives at these sites. Tides Canada's work through its Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund. The Conservation Fund's work through The Freshwater Institute, has worked with Tides Canada to organize a series of aquaculture innovation workshops. The presentations from all the workshop can be found here.