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Research scientist Philip Lyons stands in front of a tank holding rainbow carp at Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, in Leende, Netherlands.

New technology allows more sustainable aquaculture

Alternative protein sources such as insect meal could replace fish meal fed to fish

Many are familiar with farmed salmon, catfish or tilapia. But there are many more potential species, says a research scientist at an aquaculture facility here. “When you compare fish farming to terrestrial farming we have thousands of different fish species that we could potentially farm… and when you compare that to terrestrial farming we have

Aquaculture could be big market for camelina

Fish-farming companies are looking 
for a crop-based alternative to fish meal 
from wild stocks

A recent discovery in the aquaculture industry may soon make camelina oil a highly sought alternative for fish feed. Currently half of the world’s seafood supply comes from farmed fish, but fish meal from wild stock is still part of the ration, putting a strain on the population. “The proportion of wild fish that is


Rudy and Leslie Reimer inside a hog barn converted to raise trout.

High hopes for a new type of Prairie inland fisheries

Consumers are looking for sustainably raised seafood, putting the Prairie 
provinces in a position to capitalize on cheaper land and pristine water

At times, Rudy and Leslie Reimer have felt like they’ve been swimming against the current. But surveying the tanks at Watersong Farm’s newly built trout observation room, Rudy Reimer said that the five years they’ve spent developing and redeveloping their self-contained fish farm have been worth it. “There is a lot of potential here —

Fish Farms To Double Southeast Asia Soy Demand

Soybean imports to Southeast Asia could double over the next 10 years, buoyed by demand from fish farms looking to feed China, the U.S. Soybean Export Council said Sept. 19. China, with the world s largest population, was the largest consumer of seafood last year, after Japan, a research report said. China consumed about 694

Model Fish Farm Now Operating

The first Canadian model aqua-farm demonstrating the viability of indoor fish rearing on the Prairies is now producing fish. But will it produce profits? “There’s still a lot of things to be worked out yet,” said Rudy Reimer following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house June 27 on his Warren-area farm where visitors heard more


Testing The Waters

Can we fish in your barn? Do you feed your fish worms? A lot of people are curious about the silvery trout now swimming in a Warren-area barn that once raised chickens. Owners Leslie and Rudy Reimer are happy to talk about what they’re doing. Fishing for answers on how to raise fish indoors is

MRTFA Makes Fingerlings Available

Do you have a dugout, pond, slough or lake on your property? Would you like to have some fishing fun and perhaps save a little money on your grocery bill? For a mere 35 cents per fish, you can purchase baby rainbow trout and “plant” them in a suitable location for your own fishing and

Fish Farm In Early Construction Stages

“The cornerstone of this program is research, to measure inputs and outputs.” – GRANT VANDENBERG, PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FRESHWATER AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT (IPSFAD) AWarren farm couple is excited about operating a new model fish farm on their property, despite delays that have set the federal and provincially funded project back months. “It’s


Government helps new entrant over existing industry

“There is an existing industry here. We’re not asking for handouts or free money.” – JOHN BOTTOMLEY Something smells fishy to John Bottomley of Agassiz Aqua Farms and it’s not his fish barn. The fish producer who has been working to establish an industry in Manitoba is outraged at a government announcement that one “inexperienced

One-third of world fish catch used for animal feed

“Does it make sense to take three to five pounds of perfectly good food and convert it into only one pound of food?” – Ellen Pikitch, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science One-third of the world’s ocean fish catch is ground up for animal feed, a potential problem for marine ecosystems and a waste of a