Blue Star Foods hatches its first batch of Chinook salmon

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Taste of BC Aquafarm’s parent company, Blue Star Foods, has announced that it has hatched the first batch of Chinook salmon at its Nanaimo facility.

“The fish are performing well in growth trials with good FCR, growth and very low mortality,” Blue Star Foods announced. It will now raise the salmon to an average weight of 3KG.

The first batch of Chinook salmon comes after Taste of BC entered into a 2-year agreement, worth $1 million, to supply steelhead fingerlings to a British Columbia-based company, with the first delivery due in Q3 2022.

“The first six months of 2022 have been focused on increasing standing biomass within our pilot facility as we continue to limit test system capabilities. At the end of Q2-2022, we finished with a standing biomass of 40MT in our facility, which was originally designed for 27MT, without compromising water conditions or fish performance. We are extremely pleased with the capabilities of our pilot system which provides a solid foundation upon which we are designing our forthcoming expansion.” Ben Atkinson, President of Taste of BC Aquafarms, said.