The Aquaculture Centre of Excellence at Lethbridge College has been researching closed systems that involve greenhouse-grown plants and fish production since 2003. | File photo

Aquaculture interest grows

John Derksen and his colleagues at the Lethbridge College aquaculture centre have been fielding two or three inquiries every week from people interested in setting up operations. That has been happening since last April amid burgeoning interest in local food production. Derksen, chair of the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence at the college, has worked in […] Read more

An Alberta Environment and Parks employee shows off a mature tiger trout caught in Lower Chain Lake. | Alberta Environment and Parks photo

Tiger trout coming to Alberta fishing ponds

The province has been stocking lakes since 2015 and is now making the species available to private fish hatcheries

The eye of the tiger and the thrill of the fight can be seen and felt in Alberta. Tiger trout, a sterile hybrid of Brown and Brook trout, are being made available to the province’s private fish hatcheries, which will in turn have them available later this year and future years to farmers who want […] Read more

By 2030, a marine expert says the fishing industry 
will be replaced by aquaculture. | File photo

Farmed fish will be main seafood source in the future

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Aquaculture is the future of seafood supply, a Norwegian marine economist told a prairie audience at a recent conference. Frank Asche from the University of Florida said trying to maintain wild fisheries for human food supply is “useless” and farmed fish will actually help wild fish stocks recover. “Fishing is our […] Read more


Nutraponics employees include aquaculturalist Geoff Harrison, left, plant specialist Stephanie Bach and CEO Tanner Stewart. The company grows fresh produce at its facility 
near Sherwood Park, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Going indoors to grow local

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Providing fresh local produce to Canadians year round could be achieved with a new farming concept that combines horticulture with aquaculture. NutraPonics, which opened in 2015 near Sherwood Park, is dedicated to supplying the local produce market and supporting local suppliers. Since last December, it has been selling fresh romaine lettuce, […] Read more

B.C. company can sell black soldier fly larvae as a protein alternative to fish meal or soybean meal.  | Getty photo

Black fly farm gets CFIA OK as farmed fish food

A company that raises flies for use as fish and poultry feed now has Canadian Food Inspection Agency approval to expand. Enterra Feed Corp., based in Langley, B.C., can now sell whole dried black soldier fly larvae as feed for farmed salmon, trout and Arctic char. It is the first Canadian approval of aquaculture feed […] Read more