Middle Bay Demonstration Salmon Farm
The Middle Bay Demonstration farm is the Company’s Canadian operation and R&D facility and serves as a showcase to demonstrate the marine-based, commercially adaptable technology for sustainable salmon farming.
AgriMarine and BC-based Middle Bay Sustainable Aquaculture Institute (MBSAI), launched a pilot tank at Middle Bay, Campbell River, British Columbia in January, 2011. MBSAI is a not for-profit organization formed for the purpose of researching and developing the use of commercial-scale solid-wall containment systems for aquaculture. Contributing to this project in conjunction with AgriMarine is Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), and US-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The project has been endorsed by environmental non-governmental organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Living Oceans Society, the Coast Sustainable Trust and the Georgia Strait Alliance.
The Company launched the marine-based pilot tank in a high energy, marine setting in January 2011. The pilot tank proved successful at rearing a full crop of Chinook salmon. However, the tank was dismantled after a hurricane-grade storm in March 2012 caused damage and threatened the integrity of the tank. A version 2 tank has now been designed to better withstand high-energy marine environments, with enhanced structural strength and hydro-dynamic performance.