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Frequently Asked Questions
Why farm Atlantic salmon in a land-based RAS system located in Ontario?
The location is close to the largest Salmon market in the world the US, who today import around 95% of its product from marine open pen operations in Norway/UK, Chile and Canada. Located close to the markets results in a short transportation to end consumers and a reduced CO2 footprint.
Has the land based RAS system any negative impact on the wild salmon or the nearby environment?
The production on land in the RAS system has no negative impact on wild salmon or other species and any live escape of salmon from this RAS system is not possible. There are no organic buildup or negative impact on the surrounding environment and any sludge from the facility will be used as fertilizer or composed. The system re-use and circulate more than 99% of the water supplied to the system and no untreated water is returning to the water source.
Is farming Atlantic Salmon a sustainable way of producing protein?
Farmed Atlantic Salmon is the most efficient way of producing market desirable protein, with a 1:1 ratio of feed to protein produced. This means for every 1kg of feed used there is 1kg of protein produced. Through the land based RAS system the salmon is available every day year round. And it is a source of omega 3 fatty acids which have known health benefit to people. With an additional low CO2 footprint, no negative impact to surrounding environment or wild fish, extremely efficient use of water resources makes the RAS system by far more sustainable in all respect compared to traditional protein production on land or in the sea.
Where do you get your Atlantic Salmon egg from?
The Atlantic Salmon egg are supplied from Iceland and will be all female sterile salmon that cannot reproduce.
Will you process the Salmon in Ontario instead of exporting the HOG fish and jobs to the US?
Yes, we will do value added processing in Ontario ensuring maximizing value and jobs stays in the province and only consumer ready product are shipped out.
Does the land based Salmon farming create job opportunities?
Land based RAS system requires a whole range of different qualifications for its employees. There will be need of high end educated people both from a biological point of view, IT , technical skilled, people accounting/finance and more. In addition, the land based RAS system creates numerous of indirect jobs for various trades in the area statistical for fish farming 3 indirect jobs for each permanent jobs at the farm
Are farmed fish safe to eat?
Yes. Most authorities recommend that you eat more seafood, both lean and oily fish such as farmed salmon
Who monitors the contents of salmon?
Do our farmed salmon contain dangerous medicine residues?
No, we don’t use antibiotic or any other or legally drugs. The authorities samples every year both for diseases as well as other chemical or medicine residues.
What determines the content of potential environmental toxins in fish?
Feed the salmon eat – Salmon farming is a controlled food producer. The producer knows exactly what the fish is eating, and the feed producer are subject to strict quality control from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. All salmon feed used in Canada has to be approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency .
What does the feed consist of?
Farmed salmon eat dry feed shaped like pellets. Each pellet is a food package with nutrients such as salmon need: Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Proteins and fats come from fishmeal and fish oil, as well as from plant protein and vegetable oils
Why use the processing waste from the wild fish as ingredient in the salmon feed ?
Is it not a waste of natural resources to feed salmon with certain wild fish?
No, salmon farming is the most resource-efficient way to run animal food production. To produce 1 kg Salmon the farmer use 1,1 kg of salmon feed which is by far more efficient than producing 1 kg of beef, chicken or pork.
How do you control diseases in your farmed Atlantic salmon?
Monitoring and control of stocking density, nutrition and water quality, strict biosecurity protocols and regular health test of stock. In addition, we will have our own fish health team and veterinarian working on the land-based RAS facility.
Does your land based salmon farm have to meet or follow any regulations in Canada?
Yes, the Canadian aquaculture industry is one of the most strictly regulated industries in the world. There are both Provincial and Federal agencies overseeing the production and fish health year-round, like Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, Canadian Food and Inspection Agency, Provincial Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
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