The Conservation Fund in the News

September 6, 2017
Max Garland, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 6 September 2017 – More than $1.3 million in federal funding is slated to go to two West Virginia organizations to help develop sustainable food efforts and new housing, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced in a news release Wednesday.

The Natural Capital Investment Fund in Shepherdstown will receive $1.2 million from the ARC for its local food systems development work in five states, including West Virginia, the release said.
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August 31, 2017
Jordan Simonson, Jackson County Chronicle, 31 August 2017 – The largest Atlantic salmon farm in the country, Superior Fresh, opened its doors to Gov. Scott Walker Thursday in the small town of Northfield in Jackson County, providing a look into the future of harvesting fish and producing vegetables.

With the vision Superior Fresh has shown in the project, Steven Summerfelt, Ph.D., the director of aquaculture systems research for the Freshwater Institute, said it is the wave of the future.

“Superior Fresh is showing us what the future of seafood and agriculture is looking like at a commercial scale. Just the tour today, if a picture is a 1,000 words, this was a novel, and this novel isn’t science fiction. This is the future of environmentally-controlled agriculture,” Summerfelt said.
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August 31, 2017
Elizabeth Dohms, Leader-Telegram, 31 August 2017 – Atlantic salmon that once required a 4,000-plus-mile journey to the plates of hungry Midwesterners will feed those a little closer to their home in western Wisconsin.

“If a picture is a thousand words, this is a novel, and this isn’t science fiction,” said Steven Summerfelt, one of the facility’s engineers and the director of aquaculture systems research at Freshwater Institute based in West Virginia. “This is the future of environmental-controlled agriculture.”
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August 26, 2017
Castanet, 26 August 2017 – Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of Atlantic salmon from a Washington state pen that held 305,000 fish should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture because it's already leading the world with the most facilities using that method.

The First Nation, which received part of its funding from Tides Canada on the basis that it provide open access to its knowledge, has enabled Kuterra to become an industry leader, says Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va.

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August 26, 2017
Camille Bains, The Canadian Press, 26 August 2017 – Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of Atlantic salmon from a Washington state pen that held 305,000 fish should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture because it's already leading the world with the most facilities using that method.

Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., said three of the world's 13 land-based salmon facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity with its two operations, followed by Denmark.
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August 25, 2017
Financial Post, 25 August 2017 – Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of 305,000 Atlantic salmon in Washington state should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture.

Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., says compared with the United States, Europe and China, Canada has the most companies using closed-containment pens to harvest salmon.

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August 18, 2017
Jeff Lusk, West Virginia Executive, 18 August 2017 – According to the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s annual report, the Mountain State generated $14 in taxes for every $1 spent on advertising in Fiscal Year 2016. As the state continually searches for ways to increase revenue and diversify its struggling economy, organizations such as Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad (DGVR), the Hatfield McCoy Trail System and Racer Productions are providing massive opportunities for statewide economic development and diversification.

The success of the trails has not gone unnoticed at the national level. In 2016, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) granted funding to help businesses develop along the trails. This grant, coupled with an ARC grant to the Natural Capital Investment Fund, will provide business coaching, small business training and risk capital to entrepreneurs developing businesses to support the trail system. The growth of the trail system and the entrepreneurial opportunities it provides are enormous. It continues to exceed all expectations and is serving as an engine for tourism growth and entrepreneurship.
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August 16, 2017
Neil Ramsden, Undercurrent News, 16 August 2017 – Norwegian research body Nofima is running various research projects into the various finer points of recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) technology, in the belief that land-based systems will play a part in the industry in future.

Steven Summerfelt – of the Freshwater Institute in the US, and CtrlAqua – added that the US was likely to see a rise in RAS fish production, with great interest in raising fish near population centers.

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