Marine Harvest loses 280K salmon due to algae bloom
Thursday, October 02, 2014, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) is estimating a loss of up to 280,000 fish of an average weight of 4.1 kilograms due to a harmful plankton bloom at Marsh Bay near Port Hardy, BC.
The harmful algae, Heterosigma akashiwo, are common plankton known to kill salmon.
Originally reported on MHC's website on 27 May, the company's salmon farms have been on high alert for harmful plankton all summer.
"We've had over three months of sunny days, and have watched the plankton grow in many of our operating areas over this time," said James Gaskill, Production Director.
"Our mitigation systems, which include tarps and aeration, have worked very well in all other regions but just couldn't overcome this extreme and rare bloom," Gaskill added.
A recent change in weather has reduced concern of further blooms, and mortality has ceased at Marsh Bay.
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