Ottawa Dinner Promotes Sustainable Salmon

 Conservation Group Showcases Sustainably-Grown Farmed Salmon

For immediate release
October 10, 2012

St. Andrews, NB …. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will host its 16th Annual Fall Run Dinner at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC on Wednesday, October 17, where a highlight of the evening will be the sampling of sustainably-grown, farmed Atlantic salmon.

The smoked salmon that will be available for tasting was grown at The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute (TCFFI) in Shepherdstown, WV.  This salmon was grown without using harsh chemical treatments, antibiotics or vaccines, because the salmon were grown in closed containment land based tanks and not subjected to disease or sea lice.

So far, taste tests have been held in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and numerous other places in Atlantic Canada, including a recent gathering of chefs near Wolfville, NS.  The product was grilled and served to members of the Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee on Closed Containment when they visited the grow-out site in West Virginia.  Chefs and the general public who participated in taste tests have given the product rave reviews and ranked it very highly in taste, texture and quality.  

TCFFI and ASF are extremely pleased with the results of their research into land-based, closed-containment aquaculture, so far.   Using recirculation technologies that continuously filter and recycle water, as much as 99.8% of the water flowing through closed-containment systems is cleaned and returned to the fish tanks and more than 99% of fish waste solids and phosphorous are captured during the recycling process.

ASF and TCFFI are leading the way in transitioning from growing salmon in open net pen cages in the ocean to operations that completely separate farmed salmon from the environment and wild fish.  
Last week, ASF and TCFFI conducted an intensive, two-day workshop that was filled to capacity with representatives of the aquaculture industry, government, First Nations, academia, and conservation organizations from Canada, the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The workshop provided opportunities to exchange research on technical expertise and hear from farmers already engaged in growing fish in closed containment facilities, experts in certification programs for fish grown in an environmentally-sustainable manner, and government regulators.

ASF would like to draw government attention to the fact that land-based, closed-containment salmon farming technologies have advanced greatly over the past few years and that around the world farmers are recognizing that there is a lucrative market in supplying chefs and consumers who are increasingly demanding fish that have been produced from environmentally-sustainable sources. Their investment could help spur a new and green industry.

Tickets for the event are still available.  An exciting part of the evening is the live and silent auction of popular Atlantic salmon angling destinations, original art work by some of North America’s outstanding outdoor artists and other unique items. This year’s event also includes a performance by John McDermott.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Charles Cusson at fsamtl@bell.net or 514 926-1412.

ASF and TCFFI have a three-year plan to develop, evaluate, and refine innovative land-based closed-containment technology and will continue to transfer technical expertise, information and knowledge to industry, government, academia, First Nations, and interested entrepreneurs.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend.  ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England).  The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.

ASF Contact:  Charles Cusson, ASF Regional Director, Quebec
514 926-1412.