2014 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.

2014 reporting escapes for farmed fish
Species Number Average size of fish Location Result Cause of escape Date of escape
Rainbow trout Estimate uncertain* 400 g Port Mouton, NS No recapture efforts Extreme weather caused cage to submerge and collapse; sizeable hole observed in nets March 26, 2014
Rainbow trout 13,687 464 g Brettell Point, BC No recapture efforts During a 2-hour transport, a containment pen is presumed to have been damaged by the boat propeller, resulting in a large hole that was not observed until after the transport was complete May 14, 2014

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