2013 reporting escapes for farmed fish
Information on escapes is collected by:
- provinces in:
- Nova Scotia (NS)
- New Brunswick (NB)
- Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations in British Columbia (BC)
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.
|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.
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