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Major aquaculture expansion in Eastern Canada

Canada: While the west coast of Canada is embroiled in controversies over salmon farming, east coast operators and governments are charging ahead


Odd Grydeland

As yet another inquiry into the state of wild vs. farmed salmon gets underway in Vancouver, fish farmers in Newfoundland are investing millions and building new hatcheries and processing plants for their farmed fish of tomorrow, as Terry Roberts of The Coaster explains 

The province's aquaculture industry is expected to experience continued growth in the coming years as a second New Brunswick firm emerges as a major player in the sector.
Cooke Aquaculture has been generating most of the headlines for its activities in the Coast of Bays region. But Northern Harvest Sea Farms Newfoundland Ltd. has been quickly - yet quietly - building its own presence in the region. The president of Northern Harvest, Larry Ingalls, said the company is close to making an announcement on a $10-million (~€ 7.9 million) hatchery which will likely be built near Stephenville. He said it will allow the company to dramatically increase production of salmon at its marine farms on the south coast.

Northern Harvest has been operating in the province for less than two years. It started by purchasing aquaculture assets from the Barry Group of Cos. in the summer of 2008. The company now reports about 5,000 metric tonnes of annual production in this province, and expects that figure to double by next year. Ingalls sees a day when production will reach 15,000 tonnes. Northern Harvest has operations in St. Alban's, Hermitage, Harbour Breton and Pool's Cove, operates 10 marine farms, and employs roughly 125 full-time employees. He predicts another 75 people will be needed as the operation continues to grow. The company is based in St. George, N.B., but Ingalls said "90 per cent" of the company's future growth will take place in this province. It's a family firm run by Ingalls and his brothers, David and Neil. They have been in the farmed salmon business since 1985.

The south coast has been described as one of the last untapped regions for fish-growing, and companies have been taking notice. Cooke Aquaculture has led the way, having begun a significant expansion in 2007. In 2009, the industry reached record levels of production (nearly 14,000 tonnes) and market value ($92 million). This was driven largely by growth in the salmonid sector. Observers say there's potential for 40,000 tonnes of salmonid production each year. It's believed that roughly 1,000 people are working directly or indirectly in the province's aquaculture industry. "There's a sense of vibrancy. There's not a house to rent in hardly any community", said a local member of the provincial government.

"All of this is welcomed news for our industry, which is an environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial endeavour for our coastal communities," said Cyr Couturier, executive director of the province's aquaculture industry association. Couturier added that he looks forward to further announcements by Northern Harvest and other aquaculture companies in the near future.


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