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TYPICAL INDOOR AQUACULTURE SITE

About 12,000 market-ready salmon, being raised in a temperature-controlled tank, died after an electrical system failure at a farming centre located near Burlington, NS

The event took place last weekend in an aquaculture farm belonging to the firm Sustainable Fish Farming Canada Ltd., who operate under the brand, Sustainable Blue.

The company ensures a new power supply had been installed as part of a planned expansion to their Red Bank Road facility.

On referring to the unforeseen event, Kirk Havercroft, the firm’s CEO, explained that every backup system in place was comprised, meaning emergency alarms failed to alert employees of the power loss.

And he added: “It’s clearly a significant loss in revenue as the salmon were doing exceptionally well and we had customers for all 30,000 kilograms when they were ready for delivery in April and May.”

Company’ sources informed that the salmon were part of a project the company was conducting to demonstrate that salmon can be grown on land.

It has been pointed out that the salmon in the farm’s hatchery were unaffected by the power shortage and that it still has about 10,000 juvenile salmon and 20,000 salmon eggs.

Havercroft remarked that data will be collected from the dead salmon during the extensive cleanup process, and that information will prove valuable as the company moves forward.

“There is a commercially viable industry here. We’ve seen that in the growth rates we’ve achieved and the data we’ve collected to date,” he said.

“We take great encouragement from that and our attitude will be this project has to continue, so that’s what we’ll be focused on,” he added.

Sustainable Fish Farming Canada Ltd. started building its land-based fish farm in West Hants in 2007. The company started growing fish commercially in 2009, beginning with European sea bass and bream and switching to Atlantic salmon production in 2013.

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