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Low-Water Salmon Tanks Draw Experts to Watch, Learn

Christine Pratt, The Wenatchee World, 27 February 2014  —  BAKER FLATS - Healthier fish, 70 percent less fresh water use, easier care and maintenance, cleaner water.  At a time when fisheries biologists are tasked with improving efficiency and reducing the cost of raising and releasing young salmon, an experiment undertaken by the Chelan County PUD in 2008 is turning heads around the region.

Fish Farming in Land-Based Closed-Containment Systems

Summerfelt and Christianson, World Aquaculture Magazine, March 2014  – The Aquaculture Innovation Workshop #5 – An International Summit on Fish Farming in Land-Based Closed-Containment Systems was hosted by The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, Tides Canada (TC), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV, 4-6 September 2013. This international summit provided an opportunity for aquaculture producers, scientists, engineers, aquaculture industry suppliers, regulators and investors to communicate progress on the technical, biological and economic feasibility of culturing fish – particularly salmon – to food-size in land-based closed-containment systems.

Making it work – ASF co-hosts an international summit on land-based fish farming

Jonathan Carr, Atlantic Salmon Journal Winter 2013 — Forty years ago, in 1973, a small group of scientists gathered at the College of Cape Breton in Sydney Nova Scotia, to hear a presentation about salmon aquaculture in Norway. The idea of net pen aquaculture in Atlantic Canada garnered much skepticism at that time.  Read Jon Carr’s assessment of how we got here and where we are going in Atlantic salmon aquaculture. 

Farming salmon on land is possible – the future of fisheries may not require fish to ever see the ocean

Evelyn Boychuk, CBC.ca CBCNews, January 6, 2014 – “It’s no longer possible to say that recirculation aquaculture systems … are not possible for Atlantic salmon, because we’re living proof that is [not] the case,” says Jackie Hildering, community liaison for the Namgis closed-containment project.

Shepherdstown’s Freshwater Institute offers sustainable aquaculture

HeraldMailMedia.com, December 2, 2013. — Tucked away off the back roads of Shepherdstown is a typical-looking farmhouse. A gravel drive winds behind it, leading to a nondescript building, a research lab that is the heart of the Freshwater Institute, an internationally recognized program of The Conservation Fund.  Nature is teeming in that lab, the centerpiece of which is a tank filled with 40,000 gallons of water and 5,000 Atlantic salmon, each weighing about 4 to 6 pounds. That tank and the fish within it feed the research into sustainable aquaculture conducted by the staff, including Senior Research Associate John W. Davidson III.  VIDEO: Watch this great piece by the Herald Mail featuring our work producing Atlantic salmon.

Seafood Solutions Of The Future: Growing By Sea And By Land

Press Release. September 19, 2013. — International Symposium Offers Insights into Rapidly Evolving Aquaculture Technology and the Growth of Clean, Land-Based Systems.

Does the future of fisheries rest on dry land?

Rosemary Westwood, Maclean’s September 1, 2013 — The idea of Prairie seafood may seem outlandish, but with soaring demand running headlong into environmental concerns over fish farms, some believe the future of the fisheries industry rests on dry land.  At the Cheslakees Indian Reserve near Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, environmental groups and the ’Namgis First Nation recently opened North America’s first commercial-scale Atlantic salmon farm based entirely on land.

Land-based salmon farming waiting for its big break

Elisabeth Fischer Intrafish.com April 4, 2013 — The views on land-based salmon farming are ambivalent, but the call for a move onshore seems to be growing louder every day.  Up to a dozen new farms are currently in various planning or construction stages all around the world, in addition to the four that have already been stocked with smolts.  And the industry interest is “tremendous” and growing, Steven Summerfelt, director, aquaculture systems research at the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, one of the major research institutes into on-land recirculation systems for salmon, told Intrafish. (Article pdf courtesy of Intrafish.com  Land-based salmon farming waiting for its big break -First in Seafood News – Intrafish )

Update On Viability Of Land-Farmed Salmon – Interview with CBC New Brunswick

CBC.ca  Information Morning St. John  February 4, 2013 — The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in West Virginia has been experimenting with large-scale, on land salmon farming. The private non-profit is ready to release a report on its findings soon. Steven Summerfelt is the Institute’s director of Aquaculture Systems Research.  Dr. Steven Summerfelt provides an update on the realities and the promising future of land-based closed containment salmon aquaculture with CBC’s Hance Colburne on the Information Morning St. John show.  Highlights include a response to concerns about production costs compared to conventional net-pen ocean farming and illustration of the need for consumers to consider the full value of environmentally responsible sources when making purchase decisions.  

Aquaculture Innovation Workshop No. 4 – Comox, British Columbia

TidesCanada.org, December 15, 2012 — Proceedings and presentations are available for the 4th Aquaculture Innovation Workshop held 5-6 November, 2012 in Comox, BC .  Working with co-hosts Tides Canada and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Fund’s Freshwater Institute assembled an international agenda of speakers with a focus on farmed salmon production in land-based closed-containment systems.  A special seafood reception for attendees and guests featured salmon preparations from fish sustainably produced in the Freshwater Institute’s Shepherdstown, WV facility.

Second Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture – Future of Smolt Production

Nofima.no. October 30, 2012 — Freshwater Institute staff were invited for presentations at the Second Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture – Future of Smolt Production, held 23-24 October 2012, in Sunndalsøra, Norway. The conference focused on Norway’s recent emphasis to expand Atlantic salmon smolt production using water recirculating systems to conserve water and provide a more optimum environment for smolt production.  Dr. Christopher Good’s presentation was titled The Effects of High (20 mg/L) Versus Low (10 mg/L) Dissolved Carbon Dioxide Exposure on Atlantic Salmon Salmo salar in Replicated Water Recirculation Systems. Dr. Steven Summerfelt provided a keynote presentation titled Research and Developments in Closed Containment Aquaculture Throughout the World.  

New Farming Technologies Produce Healthier Salmon

FIS.com. September 24, 2012 — A partnership between Freshwater and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a conservation organization with headquarters in St. Andrews New Brunswick, is producing healthy, unstressed farmed salmon that are free of disease and sea lice in closed-containment freshwater facilities on land without vaccines, harsh chemicals and antibiotics. The goal is to give fish farmers and regulators the opportunity to choose a different way to grow fish that is not only better for the environment, but also better for business. 

Public Health Threats Are Lurking In Water Supply

Martinsburg Journal-News. August 17, 2012 – Following up on the article “Jefferson Stream Declared Impaired By Fecal Bacteria,” Freshwater Institute scientist, Michael Schwartz provided details on the Institute’s Septic Risk Model in a Letter to the Editor.  The model can be used to identify particular zones in the watershed where poorly performing or sited septic systems would almost certainly lead to pollution of the stream.  The data can then be used to assure that cost-share funding will be targeted to provide the best environmental outcome.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito Visits Freshwater

Shepherdstown Chronicle. April 20, 2012 – On Friday, April 13, 2012, West Virginia Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito visited with Dr. Steven Summerfelt at The Freshwater Institute to learn about our ongoing research to produce healthy, safe and nutritious fish in the United States. 

Closed-containment Salmon-farming Project Paying Environmental, Economic, Culinary Dividends
SeaFood Business Magazine. April 5, 2012 — Article titled “Closed-containment salmon-farming project paying environmental, economic, culinary dividends” in the April 5, 2012 edition of SeaFood Business magazine mentions our Atlantic salmon research. 
YSI Donation To Freshwater Institute Helps Protect And Restore Healthy Populations Of Salmon

Press Release. November 15, 2011 — The Freshwater Institute benefits from a donation of technology and expertise from YSI, a developer and manufacturer of water quality monitoring and testing equipment. Freshwater is using the donation to grow healthily populations of salmon and trout on land.