Our environmental practices
At Creative Salmon we want to prove that it is possible to farm salmon in an environmentally responsible manner while operating on a sustainable scale. We consider the environment in everything we do. And, we make these choices despite the extra work and costs involved.
How do we do this?
- We have an Environmental Monitoring Program, and in fact were the first salmon farm on the west coast to implement one – before government regulations came into effect. One of our farm sites was selected as an intensive research site for study to help develop new performance-based standards for the management of salmon farms in BC.
- We monitor our fish through underwater cameras – and we were one of the first companies to do so. Every fish pen is monitored during every meal by skilled staff. This ensures that the fish are fed properly and that feed waste is kept to a minimum.
- We follow a site fallowing plan to minimize our environmental impact, meaning that we only operate four of our six farm sites at any one time. This allows us to rotate between sites and to fallow them for up to several years. Even active sites have fallow periods of up to 3 or 4 months between stockings. The fallowing plan is guided by the results of our environmental monitoring program as well as site conditions, and allows the sea floor to return to its natural condition.
- We clean and maintain our sites without using any harsh chemicals or net antifoulants. We clean our nets by power washing them with sea water, or by exposing them to natural ultraviolet (i.e., sunshine!).