Land-based salmon farming not viable: N.L.

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Newfoundland and Labrador government says land-based salmon farming is not a viable alternative to open-net farming in the ocean.

Some calls were made to move the province’s aquaculture industry inland to prevent spread of disease after the recent discovery of dozens of farmed salmon in rivers on the Burin Peninsula.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture says there have been numerous attempts to farm salmon in fully enclosed inland facilities, but they have proven not to be economically, environmentally or technically viable.

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