2013 reporting escapes for farmed fish

Information on escapes is collected by:

There are no marine net-pens in Quebec (QC) or Prince Edward Island (PEI).

The number of escapes is based on best estimates. Exact numbers are often difficult to obtain and can sometimes only be verified when fish are harvested.

The average size of fish is based on codes of containment and is a more accurate measurement than life stage.

The result refers to using recapture methods as detailed in the relevant code of containment and summarizes the results of the recapture attempt.

Date of escape information has been collected since 2011 in BC and since 2013 in the Atlantic provinces.

2013 reporting escapes for farmed fish
Species Number Average size of fish Location Result Cause of escape Date of escape
Atlantic salmon 1,000 to 1,500 300 g Western Passage, Deer Island, NB No recapture efforts Torn net due to extreme high tide June 24, 2013
Atlantic salmon 20,500 4.5 kg South Coast, NL Directed marine recapture fishery and experimental freshwater fishery Extreme weather caused cage to submerge and collapse September 18, 2013
Atlantic salmon 200 4.5 kg South Coast, NL None Harvest error May 15, 2013
Arctic char Estimate unavailable* 1.5 kg South Coast, NL Recreational fishery; no catch reporting required Net damage; 0.5 m tear in net bottom May 25, 2013
Rainbow trout 2 60 g South Coast, NL None Offloading handling error June 5, 2013
Rainbow trout Estimate unavailable* 1.9 kg South Coast, NL Coastal waters; no bag limit recreational fishery; no catch reporting required No data July 5, 2013
Atlantic salmon Estimate uncertain* 3.5 to 4.5 kg South Coast, NL Gillnet and recreational fishery in inland waters Winter storm; escaped fish observed in coastal and inland waters in spring No data

*Companies have indicated that feed responses pre- and post-incident were not materially different, leading them to believe that the losses were not significant.