October 23, 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Clare Backman, 250-850-3276 ext 7258
Salmon Escape From Marine Harvest Farm
Campbell River, BC. Marine Harvest Canada reports an escape of farm-raised
Atlantic salmon from its Port Elizabeth site on Wednesday, October 21st.
Scuba divers discovered several holes in two pens at this Broughton area farm
while removing fish which had died as a result of low oxygen levels.
Prevention methods to eliminate further escape are in place. This incident has
been reported to regulators and a vessel is on site for recapture efforts.
A substantial number of fish still remain within these two pens. The exact number
of escapees will not be known until officially recounted next week, but is
estimated to be approximately 40,000. At an average weight of 4.7 kilograms,
these fish were shortly to be harvested and have not been treated with any
This unfortunate event may represent a significant financial loss to the company.
The cause of the holes remains under investigation, but may be related to the
fish removal process.
Marine Harvest Canada will provide an update when more information is known.
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Marine Harvest Canada produces 40,000 tonnes of high quality farmed Atlantic
salmon each year. The company employs approximately 550 people on
Vancouver Island and the central coast of BC.