Marine Harvest Pushes For Closed-Containment Projects


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 29, 2008

Marine Harvest Canada, which operates 37 Atlantic salmon grow-out sites in British Columbia, is urging the provincial government to develop closed-containment fish farm projects.

According to a Canadian Press report, the company says the provincial government must invest a minimum of $10 million to develop the technology, which in the past has been determined to not be economically feasible.

Last week, Marine Harvest pledged to coordinate the stocking of its open-ocean pens with wild salmon runs near Broughton Archipelago to ensure that fewer fish are being held when wild salmon migrate nearby on their way to the open ocean.

The area is densely stocked with salmon farms, and environmental groups fear the farms are responsible for the transmission of sea lice from farmed to wild fish.

Additionally, Alvaro Jimenez was appointed managing director for Marine Harvest in Chile and member of the company's Group Management Team. Jimenez has acted in the position since April. He joined Marine Harvest through the acquisition of his Santiago-based company, Delifish.

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