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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 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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May 21, 2017
Tom Walker, Aquaculture North America, 15 May 2017 – The first commercial scale indoor Atlantic salmon RAS facility in the US is up and running in Northfield, Wisconsin. 

“Our initial cohort of year-old Atlantics are moving through the system,” says Superior Fresh COO Brandon Gottsacker.  “We expect to harvest them in the second quarter of 2018 at a target weight of 4-5 kilograms.” 

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March 28, 2017
Carlee Lammers, Charleston Gazette-Mail, 28 March 2017 – A long, gravel driveway twists past a quaint farmhouse and leads to a more nondescript building just off the winding back roads of this Jefferson County city.

While it might not look like much from the outside, inside the building sits a research lab — the heart of Freshwater Institute, an internationally recognized program of the Conservation Fund.

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March 13, 2017
Ben Paynter, Fast Company, 13 March 2017 – State wildlife biologists continue seeking ways to reduce elk-human conflicts in the mountains, including installing electric fences on farms and setting aside more public land for the giant grazers.

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February 28, 2017
Rob Fletcher, Fish Farming Expert, 28 February 2017 – Up to 200,000 tonnes of market-sized salmonids will be grown in land-based systems within the next decade. So believes Steve Summerfelt, Director of Aquaculture Systems Research at the Freshwater Institute in West Virginia.

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