Thanks for the kind donation of the salmon for our Young Life BBQ. Again, everyone was amazed by the quality of the salmon. I told them that it was still swimming just a few days ago here on the island. They laughed and enjoyed it greatly.
We managed to raise about $12 000 through the event. Thank you very much for your part in this. You helped to make it great. We told everyone where we got the fish, and hopefully people will go to Superstore or Costco to get some more.
I will get together a group of 11 guys to see your facility next summer. The ones that I talked to are excited already.
How would you get from one side of the world to another without a motor? It’s a question many couldn’t comprehend. But two young adventurers are taking on the challenge.
Paddle to Seattle, the film will be available in February ‘09.
J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas paddle homemade kayaks 1,300 miles from Alaska to Seattle. The three-month journey is a distance equivalent of Greenland to the UK. During their adventure, they had a visit with Mark of Marine Harvest. We at MHC are looking forward to the film and hope to get a glimpse of their visit with Mark at the farm site.
“Mark and MHC were wonderful custodians of the beautiful inside passage that we grew to cherish so deeply on our expedition.” J.J. Kelley, Adventure Filmaker
Skycam: Dudes on Media
MHC’s Mark talking about his world on the Farm Site.
Great company on the Farm Site with MHC’s Mark.
Dudes on Media visit with Marine Harvest Canada.
Where is that pot of gold again?
Dudes on Media coming to the finish of Paddle to Seattle.
Check out their webpage www.dudesonmedia.com for more information about their expedition.
To go right to their postings about Mark and MHC, please check out http://blog.dudesonmedia.com/post/49929158/special-thanks-to-mark-and-marine-harvest-our
Feeding Fish at Ocean Falls
By Gina Forsyth
Recent years have seen significant positive changes in the world of fish feed, with Marine Harvest at its helm, according to Feed Manager Tim O’Hara.
Sourcing of alternative protein and oil raw materials has reduced our reliance on marine species. Feed is currently made up of approximately 15% fish meal with the balance of proteins coming from top quality vegetable sources such as corn gluten, soy, and rendered by products such as poultry meal and feather meal which is added to the feed in powdered form. Approximately 50% of oil in the feed now comes from non- marine sources and Marine Harvest is currently working to reduce its marine index to 1:1 (i.e., a kilogram of factory fish swimming in the ocean will produce a kilogram of farmed salmon).
This “fine tuning” of the raw materials through seeking out the best available quality means that the fish’s growth needs are met and also helps keep the cost of product under control as specific raw materials become scarce and expensive.
Feeding fish nutrient dense rations to biological potential rather than their physical capacity has led to lower feed conversion rates (FCRs). Fish are fed sufficiently for their biological needs and growth rates while not being “stuffed”. Feeding less means feed costs are kept under control and the environmental impacts significantly reduced.
O’Hara summed it up concisely when he said, “Fish are what they eat”. When fed a high quality diet throughout their life, that is reflected in the end product for which buyers are prepared to pay top dollar.
More efficient use of beta-carotene are on the way as well, which provides the potential for cost savings, however, O’Hara commented these are somewhat slow in coming because the color of fish is to some extent market driven and can change depending on the attitudes of consumers. He would like to see more efficient and targeted use of beta-carotene(s)’ that results in a 25% reduction in beta-carotene use over the growth cycle while maintaining market preferences. It’s taken a year to the current levels, with every indication the lower rate is certainly within realistic reach over the coming year.
We, at Marine Harvest Canada, are excited to share articles with you about our aquaculture business. We now are featuring articles written by Gina Forsyth. Stay tuned for monthly articles written by Gina that give you more of an insight into what the world of aquaculture is about at Marine Harvest Canada.
Gina owns and operates a Campbell River, BC based writing and research business and enjoys the opportunity to use her formal journalism training. Prior to becoming self-employed in 2007, Gina worked in the aquaculture business for almost a decade, first at the BC Salmon Farmers Association followed by Noboco and Marine Harvest Canada. She also works for Tremain Media, an educational media company, and Discovery Research, a market research company. In her spare time Gina can be found collecting stamps, reading, doing a variety of writing, belly dancing, and performing as Giggles with her local clown club.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.