August 3, 2022
British Columbia, Canada-based Taste of BC to start first production of Chinook Salmon
Taste of BC Aquafarms, which is based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, and has been farming steelhead in a recirculating aquaculture (RAS) facility since 2013, has taken its first steps in the production of Chinook salmon this year.
Blue Star Foods, Taste of BC's parent company, announced that it has hatched its first batch of Chinook, which are also known as king salmon. According to Blue Star, "the fish are performing well in growth trials with good FCR, growth and very low mortality".
It now intends to raise them to an average size of 3kg as it evaluates the potential of future species diversification.
It's been a busy year for Taste of BC, which entered into a $1 million, two-year agreement to supply steelhead fingerlings to another company in British Columbia in December.
The first delivery of those fingerlings is currently scheduled for Q3, 2022.
A Q2 announcement added that Taste of BC intends to complete the construction of its new, state-of-the-art hatchery in Q3, which will "allow it to evaluate the performance of the next generation designs planned for its large-scale expansion before they are finalised".
Over the last six months, ending June 30, 2021, the average fish harvest weight has been 1.94kg, just below its 2kg minimum threshold. Meanwhile, the total harvest downgrade percentage was 1.3%, while the feed conversion ratio (FCR) was 1.18kg feed for every kilo of fish produced – an improvement on the industry standard for open net pens, which is 1.2, according to Blue Star.
Ben Atkinson, president of Taste of BC said: "The first six months of 2022 have been focused on increasing standing biomass within our pilot facility as we continue to limit test system capabilities. At the end of Q2-2022, we finished with a standing biomass of 40MT in our facility, which was originally designed for 27MT, without compromising water conditions or fish performance.
"We are extremely pleased with the capabilities of our pilot system which provides a solid foundation upon which we are designing our forthcoming expansion."
- The Fish Site