FAQs About Land-Based Aquafarms

What is Gold River Aquafarms’ land-based Recirculating Aquaculture Technology (RAS), and how does it contribute to sustainability in Canada’s aquaculture industry?

Recirculating Aquaculture Technology (RAS) is an innovative system that enables the efficient and sustainable production of fish in a controlled, land-based environment. The JLH Consulting process-patented design (the RASWayTM) is energy efficient, using up to ⅓ of the energy that traditional round tank systems use. For more information, please see the Technology section on our website at https://gr-aquafarms.com/our-technology/

By cultivating fish in this way, RAS facilities provide an alternative to harvesting wild fish. This helps to preserve biodiversity, reduce environmental impacts, and protect fragile ecosystems. In an RAS facility, water is continuously recycled and treated, minimizing the need for large amounts of freshwater and reducing the discharge of pollutants into the environment. By optimizing water usage, this valuable resource is conserved. Additionally, the nutrient-rich byproducts generated can be repurposed as a valuable fertilizer for agriculture.

How do land-based RAS aquafarms maintain water quality?

By recirculating and treating water, RAS facilities drastically reduce the amount of water used compared to traditional open systems. Advanced filtration systems, including mechanical, biological, and chemical processes, are used to remove waste products and maintain optimal water conditions for fish growth. By closely monitoring and controlling parameters such as oxygen levels, pH, temperature, and ammonia, RAS facilities ensure a healthy environment for the fish, minimizing the risk of disease outbreaks and promoting overall welfare.

How do land-based aquafarms ensure the health of the fish?

Close monitoring of water quality parameters and implementing proper biosecurity measures help to maintain optimal conditions for fish growth while minimizing stress. RAS facilities also prioritize disease prevention through robust quarantine procedures, regular health screenings, and strict control of the rearing environment. This method eliminates the use of antibiotics and other chemical treatments, promoting the production of healthy and high-quality fish.

How will an aquafarm in Gold River support local communities and the Canadian economy?

Sustainable RAS facilities contribute to the development of local communities and to the Canadian economy in multiple ways. This facility will generate year round employment opportunities and foster local partnerships by sourcing supplies and services from neighboring businesses, such as equipment manufacturers, feed suppliers, and maintenance providers. Our Advisory Council will also provide oversight from regional representatives. 

By producing land-based seafood locally, RAS facilities support food security and reduce dependence on imported and wild caught fish. This promotes regional economic growth, and contributes to a more resilient domestic market.

What economic advantages does a sustainable aquafarm offer for the aquaculture industry in Canada?

The ability to produce fish in land-based systems allows for year-round production, reducing the dependence on seasonal variations and weather conditions. Moreover, RAS facilities enable the production of fish closer to consumer markets, reducing transportation costs and ensuring the availability of fresh, locally produced seafood. Additionally, the high degree of consistency and automation in RAS facilities optimizes production, leading to increased productivity and dependability on this source of protein.