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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Researchers Try Salt Water Salmon Rearing

With the number of hatchery-raised salmon that return to the river system each year dwindling, researchers are experimenting with raising salmon in salt water.

Betty House with the Atlantic Fish Farmers Association tells CHSJ News 2000 salmon are being raised in a sea cage instead of a hatchery to see if a more natural environment gives them a better chance at survival.

House says about 2000 young salmon will be tagged and released from their salt water holding pens in five or six weeks to see how they do.

House says Inner Bay of Fundy Salmon have been on the list of at-risk species since 2003, and this experiment will help research figure out why that's the case.